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

November 13th, 2015 12:57 PM 0 COMMENTS

What actually pushed two heavy-weights Cisco and Ericsson to join hands?

Well, the world must be knowing this that Cisco has a leadership position in computer networking equipment and majorly sells its products to businesses and government and Ericsson holds a strong foothold in selling its gears to the communications service providers, and as a result, the outcome of their tie-up would bring in a stronger entity. But what actually pushed these leaders to come together and start selling each other’s... Read More

November 13th, 2015 11:25 AM 9 COMMENTS

Vodafone group CEO meets PM Modi; Commits Rs 13,000 crore investment in India

India’s second-largest telecom operator Vodafone will invest Rs 13,000 crores (£ 1.3 billion) for capacity augmentation, new business initiatives in the country and also for government’s Digital India and Make in India programs. In a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in London, Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group Plc’s CEO, committed this investment. Vodafone also reiterated its commitment to support government’s Digital India and Make in India initiatives. Out of the... Read More

November 13th, 2015 12:31 AM 0 COMMENTS

Smile inks deal with UK firm Squire Technologies to bring first VoLTE network in Africa

Smile, which operates mobile wireless 4G LTE broadband networks in the 800MHz band in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, has tied up with UK-based Squire Technologies to offer first VoLTE (Voice over LTE) network in Africa. Squire Technologies’ SVI-SBC (Session Border Controller) has played a crucial role in the deal. Building on half a decade of NGN (Next Generation Networks) deployments, the SVI-SBC was rapidly deployed to support LTE Pre-Conditions enabling... Read More

November 10th, 2015 7:48 PM 1 COMMENTS

From password protected messages to self-destruct messages, n-gage unveils new features to keep security issues at bay

Lifestyle chat-app n-gage has introduced 10 new security features that enable users to keep their secret friends, chats with them, and groups hidden within a password protected area. Its additional features such as ‘Safe’ allows users to send password protected messages, while ‘Blink’ brings peace of mind to the user, knowing that their messages will self destruct at the receiver’s end after a specific time. With ‘Scramble’, users can control... Read More

November 10th, 2015 1:21 PM 0 COMMENTS

Tata Docomo kicks off multi-city symposium around ‘Digital Disruption’

Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservice (TTL), has started multi-city symposium that showcases its gamut of offerings around digital technologies, including marketing solutions, enterprise collaboration, asset connectivity and enterprise connectivity to its customers in India. With more than 250 participants, consisting of CEOs, industry experts, entrepreneurs and CIOs, Tata Docomo led the discussion at its annual industry confluence ‘Do Big Symposium’ around the technologies powering digital disruption -... Read More

November 9th, 2015 6:36 PM 0 COMMENTS

Ericsson, Cisco tie up to add $1 billion more to their kitties by 2018

ICT services providers Ericsson and Cisco have entered into a global business and technology partnership to create the networks of the future that would help both of them to add about $1 billion to their revenues. “In a world driven by mobility, cloud, and digitization, the networks of the future will require new design principles to ensure they are agile, autonomous, and highly secure. Ericsson and Cisco will meet this... Read More

November 9th, 2015 2:18 PM 21 COMMENTS

Telcos to telecom minister: Trai’s call drop compensation order big blow for Digital India

GSM and CDMA lobby groups, COAI and AUSPI, have said that Trai’s compensation order on call drops would be a setback for government’s Digital India initiative and would also affect investment into the sector. In a joint letter to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, they requested government’s intervention in the matter as the telcos are likely to lose about Rs 54,000 crore a year following Trai’s order. The telcos are... Read More

November 9th, 2015 12:33 PM 5 COMMENTS

Bharti Airtel’s music app Wynk hits 12 million downloads since launch; latest version features save data mode

Country’s top telecom operator Bharti Airtel has said that its mobile application ‘Wynk Music’ has crossed 12 million downloads since its launch little over 12 months back and now, its latest version features a ‘Save Data’ mode that enables users to save up to 70% on data charges. The latest version Wynk Plus subscriptions allow for unlimited downloads and have also grown substantially on... Read More

November 7th, 2015 2:28 PM 2 COMMENTS

Some light at the end of the tunnel? Government ready for out-of-court settlement in Vodafone tax dispute

In what could bring some sigh of relief for telecom firm Vodafone, the Government has said that it is ready for an out-of-court settlement with the telco with respect to the latter’s over Rs 20,000 crore tax case. "As far as out-of-court settlement for Vodafone is concerned we have always said that we are prepared to discuss with friends and colleagues in Vodafone in good faith as to whether it... Read More

November 6th, 2015 9:37 PM 58 COMMENTS

Mobile tariff to move north as TRAI overturns telcos’ demand to withdraw call drop compensation order

Telecom regulator Trai has overturned telecom operators’ demand to withdraw an order of compensating the customers for up to three call drops, as a result, the telcos are most likely will pass on the burden to the customers now in the form of rise in mobile tariffs. GSM lobby group COAI and the association for CDMA operators AUSPI had written to Trai on October 27 to withdraw its regulations on... Read More

November 4th, 2015 12:18 PM 9 COMMENTS

Why are telcos resorting to offering insurance cover?

After Telenor, Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL), which runs under the brand MTS, is all set to provide insurance cover to its data subscribers. For the first time, with Telenor, a telecom operator has started offering life insurance to its new and existing customers, with covers from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000. SSTL has tied up with Oriental Insurance company to provide Rs 1 lakh accidental insurance cover to its new... Read More

November 2nd, 2015 7:19 PM 8 COMMENTS

Will RCom-SSTL merger set the ball rolling for telecom consolidation in India?

In 2014, the telecom industry in India thought that it would see its first consolidation in the sector with Bharti Airtel’s acquisition of Loop Mobile, which would have made the former a number 1 player in the Mumbai circle, where Vodafone had a dominating position. But, country’s top operator called off the Rs 700-crore deal after it got stuck in regulatory hurdles. Now, with RCom, SSTL merger, the question pops... Read More

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