Editorial

Google Services to be Faster on 2G, More Internet Related Initiatives on Cards?

In a recent update, Google is starting an initiative in India to optimize its search results on mobile devices. This optimization will bring faster Google search on mobiles even on slower internet connection (2G or 1x). Google is serious about this, that’s mainly because Mountainview based company’s majority of revenues come from online advertisements. But now Facebook is becoming a strong competitor to Google, thanks to Facebook’s popularity on social

TelecomTalk Turns 6 Happy Bday TT

So it all started 6 years back on October 10 2008, looking back it’s been the best years of my life, met lots of big guys from the industry made tons of friends in the virtual world, had some tough fight with operators for showing the real facts. Thanks to team-TT without whom this would've not been possible. I also made a lot of friends during this course of time

Analysis: Indian Telecom Operators limiting calls to customer care at 198

Few years back TRAI allowed operators to charge for contacting customer care executives at 50p/3min. But on condition that the operator should have a dedicated toll free complaints number 198. While all operators did follow this, but they are limiting number of calls made to 198 per day. So I did an investigation to reveal exact number of calls allowed per day to 198 by each operator. How did we test

Internet players invest USD100 billion-Analysys Mason Report

Competition is ripe and heating up in every product, industry and domain. The battle has now reached the Internet players. Recently Facebook hit the news for its pilot project where drones would be used to increase the connectivity and penetration of Internet. A recent report by Analysys Mason only strengthens the news. A new study from the telecom specialist firm Analysys Mason shows the internet players are investing upto USD

Should Indian telecom operators worry about WhatsApp voice calling feature?

We had already analysed the affect of IM apps such as WhatsApp and Viber on telecom providers. Now, the rumours about WhatsApp introducing the voice calling feature have been doing the rounds since February. Last month, WhatsApp’s Jan Koum had indicated in a tweet that the voice calling feature would prove to be challenging to network carriers all around the globe. So should carriers be worried about the upcoming voice

Should TRAI Ask ISPs To Advertising Unlimited Plans With FUP?

Choosing a data plan is tough, especially when Indian Internet Service Providers are still providing misleading information to the users. In March 2012, TRAI had released a directive asking service providers to stop misleading customers with their advertisement. It said: “Advertising the titles of the tariff plans or other packages/schemes, which suggest unlimited usage, will be treated as misleading in situations where the features of such plan/scheme/package put restrictions on

What is the difference between G, E, 3G, H, H+ and 4G symbols? We find out!

You would have noticed different symbols appearing on your smartphone or tablet's status bar at different times such as G, E, 3G, H and H+. Ever wondered what do they actually mean? Many readers have been asking us their exact meanings and why those symbols keep on switching. I have created a small table which explains the meaning of all these symbols. Note 1: 8 Bits = 1 Byte. Hence, you need to divide

Future of Mobile Virtual Players is Bright in India, Provided Regulations at Place

In my last article I explained how Indian ventures via 'PSEUDO-MVNO' route failed to sustain. But in the changed situation in the telecom sector, which includes less competition, exit of most new operators, power to incumbents, standardized tariff regime, expansion of 3G coverage & hence more uptake, upcoming 4G based mobile broadband, aggressive growth of mobile internet in urban areas, interest in mobile internet in rural areas, gross difference between

BSNL to Lease Tower Infra No to Fiber Sharing, a good Move?

After new government sets in, there are only good news for state-run telcos - BSNL & MTNL. In the latest development BSNL decides for leasing or sharing its telecom towers across the country. The revenue from tower sharing can boost its present weak financial status. At present BSNL has around 73,000 towers of its own and a good number of them are in remote areas which will give good valuation. We

MVNO in India: Not Truly MVNO Failed in Most Cases

Though MVNO is not legally approved in India, there are several trials of MVNO-like operations. World's one of the most popular MVNO, UK-based Virgin Mobile tied up with Tata Docomo, the telecom arm of legendary Tata Group. Virgin Mobile was selling CDMA & GSM voice and CDMA data over dongles; concentrates on GSM only now - offers voice & 2G internet. Tata Docomo has another tie up with Future Group