About the author: Having over six years of experience in business journalism, Krishna has a knack for writing on telecom and IT. She believes that tryst with technology is the best thing that has ever happened to mankind. Krishna is a telecom analyst

October 26th, 2020 4:33 PM 39 COMMENTS

Why Indian Telecom Operators Are Contemplating Mobile Tariff Hikes?

The Indian telecom sector showed its prowess amid the crisis as it stood tall and provided critical support for the functioning of the entire economy. The telecom sector in India, which offers the lowest tariffs in the world, is a crucial sector for the country. Not only that, but its contribution is significant to the country’s GDP and it is a growth enabler for other sectors as well. But still,... Read More

December 18th, 2016 7:14 AM 13 COMMENTS

4G, Augmented Reality, USSD: Just some of things that will make headway in 2017

We could better call 2016 as ‘the year of 4G’, with the advent of Reliance Jio and free voice calling offerings and some exciting data packs. In fact, with Reliance Jio, the whole telecom ecosystem geared up to provide 4G and VoLTE phones. As we bid adieu to 2016, we zeroed in on few trends that we may see in the year to come: 1. Inevitable Existence in the devices segment... Read More

September 16th, 2016 4:12 PM 106 COMMENTS

Who will be the Ultimate Winner in Jio-triggered 4G Rate Race?

By now, you must be very well-versed with the term 4G or the fourth generation services and the speed (capable of offering up to 100 Mbps download speed and 40Mbps upload speed) which it promises to give, thanks to Reliance Jio for bringing the 4G revolution in the country, where every Tom, Nick and Harry is heading for a Jio SIM and swarming the retail stores in every nook and... Read More

March 1st, 2016 1:29 PM 2 COMMENTS

Budget 2016: Get ready to burn a hole in your pockets with rise in mobile tariffs; phones to get dearer too

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the union budget 2016-17 in Parliament and raised the Special Additional Duty (SAD) on PCBs of mobile phone or tablet computer by 2%, taking it to total 4%, which would lead to a rise in the prices of mobile phones. Besides, the government also increased the service tax by 0.5% that would add further pressure on the mobile tariffs. At the same time, Basic Customs... Read More

February 29th, 2016 4:53 PM 1 COMMENTS

Spectrum auctions may add Rs 98,994 crore to government’s kitty in FY’17

Spectrum auctions, license fee and one-time spectrum charges are likely to swell government’s kitty by 76% to Rs 98,994.93 crore in the financial year ending March 2017. In the current financial year, the government expects an income of Rs 56,034.35 crore from the telecom sector. "The arrears of the previous years and receipts from fresh auction are also included in the Budget Estimates 2016-17," the budget documents said. The spectrum auctions,... Read More

February 28th, 2016 11:26 AM 9 COMMENTS

50% of those who leave us always want to join back I was also one of them: Bharti Airtel’s Gopal Vittal

Commenting on Bharti Airtel’s key achievement, which has been rated as one of the best companies to work for in India in a survey conducted by Business Today, the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gopal Vittal has said that 50% of its employees who leave the company always want to join back. “We are proud of the fact that about 50% of employees who leave us always... Read More

February 25th, 2016 7:33 PM 1 COMMENTS

Rail budget gives a push to Wi-Fi enabled stations; TEMA welcomes move

Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India (TEMA) has given thumbs up to the government’s announcement of developing 100 Wi-Fi enabled railway stations this year as part of the Rail Budget. TEMA said: “The domestic telecom industry welcomes the development of enabling 100 new railways stations with Wi-Fi services. This is a positive development in line with the government’s Digital India initiative to bring more internet users online. This would serve... Read More

February 24th, 2016 9:04 PM 9 COMMENTS

Government awaits Trai’s recommendations on voice-calling apps

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the government will decide the fate of internet-based calls in the country following telecom regulator Trai’s recommendations on such voice-calling apps. "Trai has issued a consultation paper 'Regulatory Framework for Over the Top (OTT) service' on March 27, 2015, which includes regulatory treatment of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). Government will take a position on this aspect after the outcome of this consultation... Read More

February 24th, 2016 6:33 PM 4 COMMENTS

Optus, Huawei brace up for 5G; achieve Download Speeds of 1.23Gbps – 1.41Gbps

In their continued work on 4.5G, which is evolving towards 5G technology, telecom services provider Optus and China-based Huawei have achieved a download speed of 1.23 Gbps- 1.41 Gbps. The combination of Carrier Aggregation, Higher Level Modulation, and 4X4 MIMO achieved a peak download speed of 1.23Gbps over the air in live network conditions. The trials of specific sets of 4.5G technologies, known globally as LTE-Advanced Pro or 4.5G, occurred at... Read More

February 23rd, 2016 4:16 PM 2 COMMENTS

5BARz India ties up with Indian Tier 1 cellular operator to strengthen network signal

Technology start-up 5BARz India has partnered with one of India’s largest tier 1 cellular operator to improve in-building cellular network signals. This would be the second commercial roll out of the 5BARz Network Extender onto Indian cellular networks to help boost the network signal strength from 1 bar to 5 bars. 5BARz India will provide a range of network extenders that will be customized to specific telecom operators in India. The... Read More

February 23rd, 2016 12:00 PM 7 COMMENTS

Bharti Airtel comes out with Platinum 3G network for Shillong customers

As part of its Project Leap, telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel has launched its platinum 3G network for customers in Shillong. Platinum 3G promises to deliver faster internet speed, enhanced voice clarity and an improved network experience for customers in the circle. The offer will help optimize the backend engagement between the network and mobile devices, thus allowing customers to enjoy extended battery life on their phones, the company said... Read More

February 22nd, 2016 10:48 PM 17 COMMENTS

Bharti Airtel adds temporary sites in Kumbakonam to strengthen network connectivity during Mahamaham

Country’s top telecom operator Bharti Airtel has added temporary sites in Kumbakonam and its adjacent towns in order to strengthen its network connectivity during the Mahamaham festival, which is taking place in Tamil Nadu. About 50 lakh people attend the Mahamaham festival that happens every 12 years. “In order to provide top-class connectivity to its customers during the week-long festival, Airtel has added temporary sites with higher capacity near Mahamaham... Read More

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