Voice & Data

Reliance Jio announces acquisition of Spectrum in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd announces that it has successfully acquired the right to use spectrum in 13 key circles across India in the recently concluded spectrum auction conducted by DoT, Government of India. Circle wise details of Circle wise details of spectrum acquired are provided in the following table: Circles 800MHz band 1800MHz band Assam 5.0 Bihar 5.0 Haryana 5.0 4.0 Himachal Pradesh 5.0 5.4 Jammu & Kashmir 5.0 Kolkata [...]

Idea Cellular Wins back crucial 900 MHz Spectrum across 9 Service Areas

Idea Cellular, has successfully retained the crucial 900 MHz spectrum and won 54 MHz of 900 MHz Spectrum, out of overall win of 79.4 MHz Spectrum, for nine of its leadership Service Areas covering over 73% of the company’s revenues. The provisional results of the spectrum auction were announced by the DoT earlier. Idea’s successful bid has helped it retain its spectrum in the 900 MHz band ensuring business continuity and [...]

Exclusive: Virgin Mobile will be merged into the parent operator Tata Docomo with effect from March 27

Virgin Mobile the Pseudo MVNO offering by Tata teleservices Ltd. will be merged into the parent operator body Tata Docomo with effect from tomorrow. Virgin mobile was established in 2008 as a separate brand name by TTSL with focus on the youth which was its target subscriber base. Virgin mobile quickly gained popularity among the young population of mobile users with its unique offering of earning talktime by receiving incoming calls. [...]

BSNL introduce 1GB 3G data at just Rs 68

BSNL has announced new data STV which offer 1GB 3G for Rs 68 with validity of 10 days. This new data plan will be available for subscriber in all BSNL circles starting 1st April 2015 (not an April fool joke) as a promotional offer for a period of 60 days. Earlier this month BSNL CMD Mr. Anupam Shrivastav announced BSNL plans to reduce 3G tariffs by 50% after phase 8 of network [...]

Idea and Airtel gets new MSC codes 9133 and 8942 series for Andhra and West Bengal

DOT has assigned new MSC codes for Idea cellular in Andhra Pradesh telecom circle and Airtel in West Bengal telecom circle. Idea has been assigned MSC code 9133 which is part of 9100 series in Andhra Pradesh LSA. While Airtel has been assigned 8942 series which include 89420, 89428, 89429, 89440, 89448, 89449, 89450, 89455, 89458 & 89459 in West Bengal LSA. As we reported earlier DoT Licensing wing has given the [...]

Russia’s Sistema looking to increase stake in MTS beyond 74%

Sistema Sham Teleservices LTD (SSTL) will be resubmitting its application to the government by mid-April for increasing its foreign holding in the company beyond 74%. The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) had last September turned down SSTL's proposal to raise foreign holding beyond the current 74 per cent. The initial proposal had hit a hurdle over confusion about the proposed mode of investment. The Department of Telecommunications had said that the [...]

Tata-DoCoMo headed for international arbitration after RBI rejects Tata buying Docomo’s stake for $1.1 billion

The Reserve Bank has rejected Tata Sons' proposal to buy Japanese telecom firm NTT DoCoMo's stake in their struggling joint venture, Tata Teleservices 7th largest operator by market share, for about 1.1 billion dollars (Rs 7,250 crore). "The RBI has conveyed that it cannot accede to this request as the same is not in conformity with the extant FEMA regulations and has advised that any such purchase of shares be [...]

MTS revenue from data services nearing 50% of total revenue

MTS the only pure play CDMA operator in the country with operations in 9 circles is boasting of positive growth in terms of gross revenue. In terms of total revenue for the quarter ended December 31, MTS revenue reached Rs 350 crore registering a growth of 17% over the same quarter. On a full year basis, the total revenue touched Rs 1347 crore by growing 10% over the previous fiscal. [...]

Idea Launches 3G Services in Delhi on 900 MHz Spectrum

Idea Cellular, has launched its 3G services on 900 MHz spectrum band in Delhi circle.  The 3G launch in Delhi is a milestone achievement for Idea as it marks company’s first 3G network in a metro circle in India. With this, Idea’s 3G network has expanded to 12 major markets in India, in addition to 3G services through ICR arrangements with other telecom operators in 9 circles, enabling its 3G [...]

Airtel-Vodafone Backed Firefly to Crash Jio’s WiFi Party

India's WiFi market is going to see major revamp as the approach from the top players are changing, thanks to Reliance Jio's upcoming commercial launch with Wifi & 4G in the kitty. Airtel & Vodafone - the leaders have formed a JV - Firefly Networks in 2014, which was as a sleeper cell with just 30-people team since the beginning. But the entity is going to be a full phased [...]

Tata Docomo launches Tata Photon Walky with Wi-Fi hotspot

Tata Walky now gets wifi enabled; a multi-purpose, portable wireless device that can be used to make calls and surf the internet. Targeted more towards the new age internet generation that wants to stay connected all the time, the Tata Photon Walky works both as a landline and WiFi hotspot and can connect upto 5 devices at the same time “Tata Photon Walky is a unique device that will give [...]

Bharti Airtel to offer private network solutions for global enterprise customers on Amazon Web Services

Bharti Airtel, announced that it has joined the AWS Partner Network (APN) and will deliver private network solutions for enterprise customers across the globe using Amazon Web Services (AWS). This will help Airtel’s enterprise customers across the globe leverage the power of AWS Direct Connect to establish a dedicated network connection between customers’ premises and Amazon’s data centers – thus helping them reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and experience [...]

How to use your laptop as a Wi-Fi Hotspot? Step-by-Step Guide for Windows and Ubuntu

With the advent of smart devices and the resulting app ecosystem Wi-Fi routers have become commonplace in every household. Wi-Fi routers are a great way to share your high speed internet connection with multiple smart devices like phones, tablets, eBook readers and even laptops. Tech savvy individuals have been using different third party tools and sometimes Operating System's built in tools to share their wired internet connectivity without actually investing [...]

Mystery of the unknown 3G network MNC 404 999 continues

We have previously reported how there has been spotting of  a mysterious 3G network in various parts of Delhi NCR circle bearing the MCC MNC 404 999. At that point we were tempted to believe that it was the test signal being used by Idea cellular to later launch 3G on 900MHz band in Delhi, but Idea confirmed that the signal did not belong to them. We were also informed [...]

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