Voice & Data

BSNL To offer ISD calls to Bhutan at 10 paisa per second

BSNL, the state owned telecom company, has introduced a STV-16 (Special Tariff Voucher), which enables its prepaid mobile customers to make ISD calls to Bhutan at the rate of 10 paisa per second. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, Director (CM), BSNL Board said "BSNL is already having rate cutter STVs for so many other countries. Considering special relationship between neighbouring SMRC countries, BSNL has offered this concessional tariff to its esteemed customers

Free Wi-Fi now reaches Indian railway stations, MTS to setup hotspots

Russia's Sistema JFSC that operates under the MTS brand in India has joined with Indian Railways to provide free WiFi services in three railway stations in India by the first quarter of 2015. "We have got approval for putting up Wi-Fi hotspots at Agra, Ahmedabad and Varanasi railway stations and are working on proof of concept," Sistema Shyam Teleservices Chief Executive Dmitry Shukov said. The Varanasi railway station is under

Marginal Increase in broadband users in September 2014, BSNL leads

Releasing the latest data received by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) from the service providers, the number of broadband subscribers marginally increased from August to September. The total number of subscribers went up 74.31 million at the end of August to 75.73 million at the end of September in all segments: wired subscribers, mobile device users (phones + dongles) and fixed wireless (wi-fi, wi-max, point-to-point radio and VSAT). Mobile

Videocon hopes to launch 4G in Haryana and Punjab by next year

Videocon Mobile Services will launch high-speed data 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Haryana and Punjab by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014-15. The company has a Unified Licence, which allows it to provide all kind of services including 3G and 4G. The 4G services will be launched in all six circles, where it bagged spectrum in the November 2012 auction. With this, the company to expand aggressively by buying

Airtel brings back tariff wars, prices 4G lower than 3G plans

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile carrier by subscriber base, is offering high-speed fourth-generation (4G) services packs at lower prices than 3G plans for its customers ahead of the highly awaited Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio 4G launch. It is believed that the development comes after Reliance Jio said they would provide 10-12 times faster 4G wireless service compared to 3G networks at cheaper rates which is expected to launch by next

MTS Q3 revenue up 20%, data card subscriber base increased by 6.3%

Sistema Shyam Teleservices, which operates under the MTS brand, has reported a net loss of Rs 437.9 crore for the quarter ended September 30, compared to Rs 760.1.9 crore a year ago. The company is doing its business in nine circles. The company's net loss however expanded from Rs 402.5 crore in the previous quarter, mainly due to higher forex losses, the Indian unit of Russia's Sistema JSFC said. "During the

Vodafone India becomes first Private telco to offer 3G services across India, launches 3G roaming in Odisha

Vodafone India, has launched its 3G roaming services to its customers in Odisha circle with this launch, Vodafone also becomes the first private Telco to provide 3G services across India.   In addition to offering customers (both pre and post paid) 3G roaming facilities, Vodafone is also offering multiple packages to suit customer requirements in Odisha. The postpaid plans start from monthly rentals of Rs. 150 for 500MB, going up to Rs

TRAI to examine Airtel and Uninor’s deal with Facebook and WhatsApp

According to some reports Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is looking at examining Airtel's special deal with social media giants-Facebook and WhatsApp. The authority will examine Airtel’s data packages offering access to Facebook and WhatsApp to determine whether they amount to “preferential access” for such services. The offers being examined include Airtel's 5 bundle of 15 MB data for five days and the seven-day access package that costs a customer

Idea Cellular to stay away from 700 MHz spectrum

Idea Cellular has said that the company is not looking at the 700 MHz spectrum band for mobile broadband. “We have seen how the 2300 MHz spectrum which was auctioned in 2010 still remains unused as services are yet to be launched on this band. This should, therefore, discourage us from looking at the 700 MHz band for the immediate present,” said Rajat Mukarji, chief corporate affairs officer at Idea

TRAI amends Telecommunication Tariff Order to exempt small ISPs from tariff reporting requirements

Smaller Internet Service Providers (ISP) finally rejoices as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has exempted them from tariff reporting through 59th Amendment to the Telecommunication Tariff Order (TTO), 1999. As per the amendment, the authority has granted the following exemptions to ISPs in respect of tariff reporting requirement: (i) An ISP shall be exempted from the tariff reporting requirement during a financial year if the total number of