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 5th, 2015 4:40 PM 4 COMMENTS

T24 to start offering affordable pan India roaming on Tata Docomo network by default

T24 the pseudo MVNO association between Future group and the telecom arm of Tata group has been popular loyalty program for subscribers who shop at Future group associated establishments like Big Bazar, Central, and eZone. T24 offers GSM and 3G services at affordable rates by riding on the GSM network of Tata Docomo. They offer 3G services in the 9 circles where Tata Docomo has license and spectrum. From 5th... Read More

January 23rd, 2015 5:34 AM 3 COMMENTS

Ministry of Information and broadcasting grants 5 new channel licences

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry of India have granted 5 new channel licences including 4 Non NEWS and 1 NEWS channel license. This brings up the total number of licensed private TV channels to 826, which includes 405 news and current affairs channels and 421 non-news and current affairs channels, as on 31 December 2014. The new entrants Krishna Showbiz Services has got three licences to launch non-news channels. The... Read More

January 15th, 2015 7:35 PM 1 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Airtel request DoT for another pre-bid conference ahead of spectrum auctions

Telecom operators Vodafone, Idea and Airtel have demanded the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to conduct a pre-bid conference for issues related to 3G spectrum to be put up for sale in the forthcoming spectrum auctions. The spectrum auction will start from February 25. "Since there will be quite tight timeline when DoT will notify quantum of spectrum that will be auctioned and other modalities related to it, may be you... Read More

January 12th, 2015 12:07 PM 194 COMMENTS

Exclusive : Reliance launches ‘Truly Unlimited’ EvDO prepaid plans at Rs.449 for Netconnect+ Pan India

Reliance communications the flagship company of ADAG group has been on the forefront for launching a slew of pioneer products and services in the Indian telecom market. From time to time Reliance has launched offerings that have disrupted the existing market scenario and given rise to fresh tariff wars. In the past we have witnessed trendsetting offerings like Pan India free incoming in roaming and now they are the first... Read More

January 11th, 2015 7:14 PM 40 COMMENTS

Reliance revises CDMA Data packs, Reduces validity of Rs.94 voucher

The GSM operators especially the AVoId group has been on a data tariff hike in the recent times. Most of the operators have either reduced the data offering or reduced the validity keeping the pack denomination unchanged, others have hiked the denomination keeping the data offering and validity unchanged. CDMA has been the technology of choice for people who prefer a more robust network and seek value for money tariffs... Read More

January 9th, 2015 5:47 AM 30 COMMENTS

Vodafone revises 2G data tariff in Mumbai

Vodafone India has revised its 2G data plan offering in Mumbai circle. The Rs.199 plan which earlier gave 2GB data now gives 1.25GB data at Edge speed and after 1.25GB the user can continue to surf at 40Kbps speed, this pack is valid for 28 days. Alongside this pack they have also launched an Online exclusive 2G pack of Rs.249 which offers 3GB+768 MB free for 28 days post which... Read More

January 1st, 2015 1:58 PM 35 COMMENTS

TRAI recommends PAN India 3G auction in Feb 2015 – can this be a game changer for Indian Telecom ?

As we all know, we are heading towards the biggest spectrum auction in the history of Indian telecom to be conducted next month. This auction will the first time when all frequency bands 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz will be auctioned in a single auction. Now in the latest development in the talks between the Telecom and Defence ministries we have been informed that yesterday the Defence ministry finally agreed... Read More

December 25th, 2014 5:58 PM 86 COMMENTS

Reasons why we expect to see a soft launch by Reliance Jio on 28th December

Telecom enthusiasts all over the country are eagerly awaiting the commercial launch of Reliance Jio which is the 4G venture that marks the re-entry of Mukesh Ambani in the telecom market. Every year as we approach the end of December, rumours of Jio’s launch run rife with the date under speculation being 28th December which is the birth anniversary of late Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani, the pioneer of reliance group of... Read More

December 24th, 2014 1:29 PM 0 COMMENTS

COAI asks Department of Telecommunications to limit testing of imported telecom equipment

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has written a letter to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to conduct testing of imported telecom equipment on a sample basis rather than testing the entire shipment, as the latter would impede the supply of key network equipment. The industry telecom body has also requested for phased local screening of telecom network products as the country does not have the adequate infrastructure,” said COAI... Read More

December 19th, 2014 5:33 PM 26 COMMENTS

RCOM brings New Year 2015 data delight for its CDMA subscribers offers 1GB/Month for Rs.56

We are at the brink of the New Year and discounts and special offers are pouring in from every direction. With the impending launch of Reliance Jio in the first and second quarter of 2015, every operator is busy in upping their game and one operator that is at the forefront in this regime is RCOM. Reliance communications has been taking every possible measure to ensure that it doesn’t lose... Read More

December 19th, 2014 11:25 AM 10 COMMENTS

Google sweetening the holiday season by offering free digital media content through play store

As we draw closer to the end of the year and the festive season of Christmas approaches we see companies drawing customers with attractive offerings and discounts. Google is trying to use the opportunity to introduce users to the media content in the play store aka. Movies and music albums. Majority of users use the play store to download apps and games only. Very few subscribers have taken to buying... Read More

December 13th, 2014 2:38 AM 6 COMMENTS

One slot of 3G airwaves likely to be auctioned in Feb 2015 along with 2G spectrum

Under an agreement between the Telecom Ministry and Defence Ministry, the latter had agreed to vacate airwaves in the 2100MHz band for being auctioned by the Department of Telecommunications for commercial deployment of 3G services. In 2010, the Defence Ministry had vacated 20MHz of spectrum in 17 circles and 25MHz of spectrum in 5 circles in the 2100MHz band. Out of this, one block of 5MHz was reserved on Pan-India... Read More

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