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After Vodafone, Airtel moves to woo heavy data users with new pack offering 1GB 3G data at Rs 95

To tap heavy data users, Airtel has now started offering 1 GB 3G data at only Rs 95 for its prepaid customers across many circles. This new data pack is targeted for data hungry customers as it comes with 1 GB 3G data for two days of validity. As of now, this new pack is the lowest priced 1 GB data 3G pack from Airtel. Few days back, telecom operator Vodafone… Read More

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Airtel enterprise arm expands into Middle East with GBI partnership

In a bid to expand its reach to multiple new countries in the Middle East region, Bharti Airtel, through its enterprise arm Airtel Business, has partnered with GBI, which is a global service provider that owns and operates a multilayer carrier neutral network connecting the world to the Middle East. The partnership is in line with the long-term strategy of Airtel Business, considering the long-term potential for the Middle East… Read More

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India IPO: Vodafone picks Kotak, BoFA & UBS as global coordinators

Vodafone has reportedly selected Kotak Investment Banking Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA), and UBS as joint global coordinators of its Indian unit’s IPO, which is widely expected to raise between $2 billion-$2.5 billion to fund operations in the country. According to a Reuters report, Vodafone is likely to launch the IPO early next year, and could be valued at about $20 billion under the offer. It added that Deutsche Bank,… Read More

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Challenging BSNL’s Wired Broadband Monopoly could drive next round of Growth for Wireless Providers

With underground cables spanning across length and breadth of the country, BSNL continues to enjoy a monopoly in the wired broadband segment. To BSNL’s relief, due to the sheer CapEx requirements involved in building a wired network from scratch and other associated investments like exchanges, staff etc. competition does not emerge in small towns and villages. It is only in densely populated cities that BSNL’s faces stiff competition from numerous… Read More

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Idea 4G service now available across 102 towns in Kerala

Idea Cellular has expanded its 4G network to 102 towns in Kerala. The operator had started 4G LTE services in Kerala only 4 months back with Kochi, Malappuram and Kozhikode. Idea has surpassed its peers Vodafone and Airtel whose 4G services are limited to few cities in the circle. With its 4G service now covering 102 towns, Idea has the largest 4G network in Kerala. Idea already has the widest 3G network… Read More

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Q4 results: Moody’s affirms Baa3 rating for Bharti Airtel and stable outlook

Moody’s Investors Service said that it continues to support Bharti Airtel’s Baa3 rating and stable outlook post the telco’s operating performance for the fourth quarter of the financial year ended 31 March 2016. “The strong momentum in Bharti’s Indian businesses continues to support its Baa3 ratings. Moreover, as tower asset proceeds — totaling $1.8 billion received to date – will be used for debt reduction, its credit metrics will remain… Read More

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Jio LYF second largest LTE smartphone brand in Q1: Counterpoint

Reliance Jio, which is yet to launch it’s commercial 4G services, has already marked its presence in the country’s fast growing smartphone market. The LYF smartphone brand has emerged as India’s fifth largest smartphone player in its first quarter since launch, according to data from Counterpoint Research, which says that the LYF brand cornered an impressive 7% share of the smartphone market. Notably, Jio’s high speed broadband services are being… Read More

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Telenor launches ultra affordable 4G service in Visakhapatnam, starts offering 1GB at Rs 149

After launching 4G service in Varanasi, Telenor India has now added Visakhapatnam – Andhra Pradesh as its second city for 4G services. The 4G service is being deployed over narrow-band LTE network operating on 1800 MHz spectrum. Telenor is offering ultra affordable 4G plans in Visakhapatnam for its customers. 1GB 4G data comes at a cost of just Rs 149 and 2GB 4G data at Rs 249 with 28 days validity. Customers will also get reduced… Read More

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BSNL will soon offer prepaid CDMA recharge through its own portal

Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) has announced that it will soon launch recharge facility for prepaid CDMA mobile numbers through its online recharge portal website. Currently only GSM prepaid numbers could be recharged through BSNL recharge portal. The latest move is in response to grievance filed by a BSNL user regarding non-availability of CDMA prepaid recharge facility on BSNL recharge site. BSNL is currently testing the service and will make the facility go-live within next 2-3 weeks.… Read More

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Jio launch after spectrum integration with RCom, delay frustrates investors: Reports

A Citi Group report said that the excessive delay in Reliance Jio’s commercial 4G launch is frustrating investors, even as it said that the delay may be on the account of the company’s chase for perfection. The Citi Group, in a note, said that the ensuing delay could be testing investors’ patience. It raises concerns of Jio further eroding its first mover advantage. “The capital expenditure targets also continue to… Read More

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Vodafone SuperNet 4G Services launched in Haryana

Vodafone India has launched its SuperNet in Haryana and has welcomed the people in the state to experience Vodafone’s 4G services. “Our investments in the last fiscal has been in putting a world class Supernet experience for our 53 lakh + customers .Haryana now boasts of an upgraded Vodafone SuperNet, which provides customers with all-round benefits of a seamless network experience, beyond just speed, with super content, super streaming and… Read More

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Airtel’s Vittal says attracting new subscribers to premium broadband services will be a challenge

Bharti Airtel’s Gopal Vittal, Managing Director & CEO, India & South Asia said that it would be a challenge for the company to attract new subscribers to its premium broadband services in a fiercely competitive market. His comments come at a time when Airtel’s data penetration has flattened nationally over the past few months, and it has seen a sequential dip in both average data realisation per MB (ARMB) and data… Read More

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RCOM 4G Upgrade offer, 10GB 4G + 1GB 3G data and 150min for Rs 93

Reliance Communications (RCom) has announced 4G upgrade offer for CDMA prepaid voice as well dongle data subscribers. To avail the the offer, RCOM has introduced recharge voucher for Rs 93 which can be availed before or after the migration process. As per our source, the 4G Voice upgrade voucher Rs 93 offer benefits of 10GB 4G + 1GB 3G/2G data along with unlimited calls to RCOM network and 150 minutes Local/STD calls. The voucher benefits… Read More

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