It is the year Voice over LTE (VoLTE) finally picked up in India and is further likely to gather momentum as the year comes to an end. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio launched VoLTE-powered 4G services last year. It was on the back of VoLTE capability that Jio was able to offer free voice calling for life to its subscribers. VoLTE allows voice calling at a fraction of the cost when... Read More
Digital payment major Paytm has launched Payments Bank with features at par with a traditional bank in the country. Paytm Payment Bank will be offering 4 percent interest rate and cashbacks on deposits, zero fees on online transactions and zero minimum balance. The company is targeting to acquire 500 million customers by 2020. [caption id="attachment_163924" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Image: Twitter[/caption] “RBI has given us an opportunity to create a new kind... Read More
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is spoiling the habits of Indian customers by offering them one lucrative deal after another. While the consumers stand to gain, it is also a reflection of Jio’s desperation to convert as many of its 100 mn subscribers to paid subscribers. The majority of Jio’s customers joined the network to avail free services offered by the company at the time of its launch in September 2016.... Read More
India’s largest service provider, Bharti Airtel has recently awarded a $60 million pan-India deal to Nokia to deploy Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology across the country, according to a recent report by ETTelecom. While Airtel is already believed to be piloting VoLTE, other incumbents, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, are also planning to deploy VoLTE. Greenfield operator Reliance Jio, which has recently launched commercial services in the country has been marketing VoLTE... Read More
The forthcoming spectrum auction in October this year is going to be different in more ways than one. To begin with this is the first time that 700Mhz spectrum will be auctioned. Secondly, this is possibly the biggest supply of spectrum to be auctioned in India. A total of 2354.55Mhz of spectrum would be auctioned in frequency bands of 700Mhz, 800Mhz, 900Mhz, 1800Mhz, 2100Mhz, 2300Mhz and 2500Mhz. Out of these... Read More
A new chapter begins in the story of Indian telecommunications industry with the launch of Reliance Jio’s 4G services earlier this month. In a highly disruptive move, Jio launched services by announcing one of the cheapest data plan in the world and free-voice-for-life service to its subscribers. As if this wasn’t enough the company would be offering free voice, data and messaging service till the end of the current calendar... Read More
The launch of RJio’s 4G services seems to be much closer to reality now ever. The company hopes to differentiate on the basis of quality of services and content. While the incumbents have been working towards upgrading and modernizing their networks to face the RJio challenge, the same cannot be said about their content strategy. In anticipation of RJio’s 4G launch the incumbents have been modernizing and upgrading their networks.... Read More
The changing voice dynamics and soon to be launched Reliance Jio’s 4G services is providing momentum to Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the country. The incumbents, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are likely to focus on VoLTE in the coming few years. In fact, Airtel and Vodafone have already awarded IP Multimedia System (IMS) solution deal to Nokia. Incidentally Nokia has also bagged $100 Million IMS contract from... Read More
The Indian Government is at it again and this time at a much bigger scale. We are obviously referring to the recently announced mega spectrum auction of nearly 2300Mhz of spectrum across various frequency bands. Claimed to be one of the largest spectrum auctions in the country, it will witness the sale of spectrum in 700Mhz, 800Mhz, 900Mhz, 1800Mhz, 2100Mhz, 2300Mhz and 2500Mhz frequency bands. This is also the first time... Read More
There is a continuous pressure on Indian service provider’s voice business today. Though voice continues to be the mainstay of the Indian telcos, the voice margins are under pressure for most of the telcos. For Bharti Airtel, revenue from non-voice operations is 28.9%, as per the company’s quarterly results at the end of March 2016. Both Airtel and Idea Cellular have recorded a drop in voice revenue per minute by 2.4%... Read More
In a significant move, Telecom Commission recently approved a new category of mobile phone services, called Virtual Network Operators (VNOs). A key difference between the two is that while a traditional service provider would invest in building a network, VNO can just pay and partner with an existing operators and sell their services under their own brand. They can partner with multiple operators as well. A number of global players,... Read More
There is an unmistakable buzz in the Indian telecom industry nowadays. The whiff of much-anticipated commercial launch of Reliance Jio Infocomm’s 4G services is getting stronger with each passing day. While the details of the final tariff are not yet in the public domain, it is safe to assume that the launch will be disruptive in nature for the entire telecom industry but especially so for the established players. It... Read More
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Rummaan Khan :
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Rummaan Khan :
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