About the author: Esmail is our very own in-house spectrum specialist. He is passionate about Telecom, DTH and OTT video streaming apps. When not writing an article, you can find him binge watching shows on Netflix while sipping on a cup of coffee.

February 18th, 2015 8:30 PM 13 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio submits the highest Earnest Money Deposit for upcoming spectrum auction

The 8 telecom operators who have submitted applications for participating in the upcoming spectrum auctions charted to begin on 4th March have submitted their earnest money deposit(EMD). EMD translates to points which can be used by the operator to bid for spectrum blocks in the auction. It turns out that Reliance Jio has paid the highest EMD of around Rs.4500 crore, followed by Bharti Airtel which paid Rs.4336 crore, Idea... Read More

February 16th, 2015 9:56 PM 10 COMMENTS

Idea cellular, Rcom, Tata DoCoMo and Reliance Jio also submit applications for upcoming spectrum auction

Earlier today we shared with you how the four telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel and Uninor had submitted applications for the spectrum auction to commence in March 2015. Today being the last day for submission of applications, we were expecting to see the other operators also apply. Now in the recent developments, Idea cellular, Rcom, DoCoMo and Rjio have also submitted their applications for the auction. As we shared... Read More

February 16th, 2015 6:05 PM 4 COMMENTS

Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel and Uninor submits applications for March 2015 Auctions

Four telecom operators Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel and Uninor have submitted their applications for participating in the spectrum auctions charted to begin on 4th March 2015. So far, state owned BSNL, MTNL and Russian operator SSTL have decided to not participate in the upcoming auctions. MTNL and BSNL cited the lack of urgency in buying spectrum while SSTL cited the high base price as the reason for, not participating. Most of... Read More

February 15th, 2015 2:02 AM 2 COMMENTS

Sneak Peek into Vision LTE conclave 2015

We were invited to attend the Vision LTE conclave in New Delhi hosted by Gionee, Uninor and News X. The conclave revolved around the pivotal role played by 4G LTE and the challenges involved in its implementation and mass adoption and the future roadmap and steps to be taken to ensure it's smooth uptake in the Indian market. The chief guest for the event was none other than the honourable... Read More

February 13th, 2015 5:52 PM 2 COMMENTS

Zomato to launch online food ordering service in India next month

When it comes to deciding on a restaurant or food joint to go and eat at, the one name that pops up immediately in most of our heads is Zomato. Most of us must be familiar with this useful app, I would go so far as to call it the encyclopaedia of eateries. There are barely any apps in the market that can parallel the ease of access and wide... Read More

February 12th, 2015 7:22 PM 7 COMMENTS

Aircel offers online exclusive recharge Rs.29 gives 125 MB 3G data for 28 days

Aircel the 6th largest telecom operator by subscriber base has launched an online exclusive data recharge voucher priced at Rs.29 which offers 125MB data at 3G speeds in 3G circles and at 2G speeds in 2G circles, this pack comes with a validity of 28 days. This pack is beneficial for subscribers who use very little data and mainly use their smart of feature phones for instant messaging apps like... Read More

February 12th, 2015 6:26 PM 8 COMMENTS

MTNL offers lowest 3G data tariff in Mumbai 1GB for Rs.152

The state-run telecom operator MTNL has started offering one of the lowest tariffs for 3G data in Mumbai. MTNL has launched a pack offering 1GB 3G data for Rs.152 with 30 days validity. In comparison, other 3G players in Mumbai offer Rcom Rs.177, Airtel Rs.249 and Vodafone Rs.251 for 1GB 3G data with 30 days validity. As of now this offer is launched as a limited period offering but later... Read More

February 12th, 2015 4:19 AM 56 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular launches whatsapp pack at Rs.39

Idea cellular the third largest Indian telecom operator by subscriber base has launched a dedicated WhatsApp pack for Rs.39 with 30-day validity for its subscribers in Andhra Pradesh circle, but the usage is limited to 200MB. This comes in as a late move by the operator, considering that operators like Reliance communications, Aircel, Tata Docomo, Uninor and Airtel have been offering content based packs like these since long. Rcom offers... Read More

February 11th, 2015 2:03 AM 2 COMMENTS

Indian telecom subscriber base reaches 970 Million in December 2014

The number of telecom subscribers in India has reached its all-time high touching 970.97 Million in the quarter ended December 2014 according to the latest report by Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI). The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 964.20 million at the end of November 2014 to 970.97 million at the end of December 2014. The telly density has increased to 77.58% which implies that out... Read More

February 10th, 2015 7:31 PM 36 COMMENTS

Facebook partners with Reliance communications to offer free internet, Internet.org App review and TT perspective

We were invited to attend the launch event of internet.org today in Mumbai. This is a joint venture between Facebook and Rcom with the aim of reaching internet connectivity to the Billion Indians who today have a mobile phone but so not have access to online services. The event started off with Mr Gurdeep Singh, Chief Executive officer of Consumer business RCom outlining how two-thirds of the mobile Indian population... Read More

February 10th, 2015 12:36 PM 0 COMMENTS

ZEE HD league aims to cater to the taste of the affluent TV viewer population

ZEE entertainment enterprises LTD (ZEEL) offers the best in class digital content ranging from Hollywood and Bollywood movies to prime time sitcom and soap opera to international TV shows and Live sporting events. The high definition offering ranges across a bouquet of 5 channels namely Zee HD, Zee Cinema HD, & Pictures HD, Zee Studio HD and Ten sports HD together the bouquet is rebranded as ‘Zee HD league’- A... Read More

February 10th, 2015 12:28 AM 15 COMMENTS

MTNL and BSNL say no to upcoming spectrum auction

State-run telecom operators MTNL and BSNL have declared that they will not be participating in the upcoming spectrum auctions. MTNL and BSNL have said they have sufficient spectrum to carry on their services without disruption at the moment and see no immediate requirement for the same. The state-run operators had stayed away from November 2012, March 2013 and February 2014 spectrum auctions as well. Telecom minister Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad... Read More

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