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

February 22nd, 2016 5:16 PM 0 COMMENTS

Orange ties up with Google to enhance digital offering across Africa, Middle East

Telecom operator Orange has inked a deal with Google, which would help customers to increase access to mobile internet services across Africa and Middle East. Orange’s mobile network and mobile expertise combined with Google’s mobile applications would offer customers the best of both partners in terms of access and content through an all-inclusive digital communication package, a statement said. As per the deal, customers across the Orange MEA footprint will... Read More

February 13th, 2016 2:28 PM 2 COMMENTS

Opera launches Netflix-style subscription service for premium Android apps globally

Opera has unveiled globally its new Netflix-style subscription service for Android apps, Apps Club, which is a browser-based app store and a digital application distribution platform. The Apps Club offers an alternative distribution and monetization model for apps based on an unlimited “all you can download” subscription offer, payable through operators’ billing system. Opera Apps Club can be highly customized for each mobile operator's audience, focusing on games or apps from hundreds... Read More

February 13th, 2016 8:45 AM 29 COMMENTS

BSNL to woo youth on Valentine day with special pack of Rs 4 with 20 MB data

Targeting the youth, state-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL ) has launched a special offer, wherein it is providing 20 MB data at Rs 4 on Valentine Day, February 14. RK Mittal, Director (CM), BSNL, said that “10% extra data will be given on all data special tariff voucher (STVs) with MRP more than Rs 70 during February 13-Febraury 20. Besides, BSNL this year has kept Valentine day out... Read More

February 12th, 2016 5:35 PM 35 COMMENTS

In the guise of 4G, 3G, are you getting 2G service? Raise your voice now!

So, are you the one who thought of accessing the best speed with that premium 4G pack, but still struggling to experience a higher speed? Well, you are not the only one cribbing about it in the crowd, but a lot of customers today complain about getting lower speeds even at premium packs. Keeping all these factors in mind, All India Mobile Retailers Association (AIMRA) has started off an awareness... Read More

February 11th, 2016 11:48 AM 9 COMMENTS

Telenor India operating loss widens in the fourth quarter

Telenor India’s operating loss widened at NOK 368 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with NOK 285 million a year earlier. The Norway-based telecom company’s India unit’s full year operating loss stood at NOK 990 million, against operating profit of NOK 882 in 2014. Telenor India’s revenue however increased at NOK 1436 million in the quarter, compared with NOK 1187 million a year earlier. “The mass market approach,... Read More

February 10th, 2016 2:36 PM 13 COMMENTS

Bharti Airtel goes green; turns 40,000 sites into green network sites

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has migrated over 40,000 of its network sites across India to green technology in sync with its commitment towards green network initiatives. More than 40,000 of these green network sites are designed to operate largely on battery-hybrid, lithium-ion and solar hybrid solutions with very little diesel consumption. Apart from these measures, Airtel maintains strict adherence to Indian Emission Norms along with its own safeguards that ensures emissions... Read More

February 9th, 2016 10:23 AM 16 COMMENTS

COAI gives a thumb down to TRAI’s decision on differential pricing

The Cellular Association of India (COAI) today expressed its disappointment over TRAI’s decision against differential pricing and said that the rule will have an impact on the government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ initiative. The telecom regulator today announced that no service provider will be allowed to offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content and a penalty of Rs 50,000 a day, capped at Rs 50... Read More

February 8th, 2016 5:28 PM 42 COMMENTS

Net Neutrality wins! TRAI against differential pricing, to charge penalty of Rs 50,000/day for breach of rules

In a big blow to Free Basics and Airtel Zero platforms, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today announced that no service provider will be allowed to offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content. In what could be a major win for net neutrality in the country, the telecom regulator said that a penalty of Rs 50,000 a day, capped at Rs 50 lakh,... Read More

February 8th, 2016 5:21 PM 4 COMMENTS

VoLTE calls less stable than traditional voice services, says Amdocs study

VoLTE calls may be a strategic service for operators as it offers operating expense (OPEX) and capital expense (CAPEX) reductions through the promise of repurposing 2G and 3G, but call drops can be four to five times higher on such calls compared to traditional services, says an Amdocs study. “The quality of experience VoLTE provides initially, post-deployment, can be less stable than the traditional voice service it replaces, requiring aggressive... Read More

February 8th, 2016 3:11 PM 10 COMMENTS

Free Basics vs Free Net: Who will be the winner?

At a press conference today, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is likely to take a strong stance on net neutrality amid speculations that the telecom regulator will bar zero-rated products such as Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero. According to Economic Times, TRAI is likely “to disallow subsidised data packages that offer access to only a select services, such as Whatsapp or Twitter, packages which are currently offered... Read More

February 6th, 2016 11:43 AM 4 COMMENTS

Call drops come to haunt again; Trai says none of the operators meeting benchmarks

The test report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) indicates that most of the operators are not adhering to the prescribed benchmarks for call drops and state-run MTNL is the worst performer in Mumbai and Delhi circles. For Mumbai and Delhi, the route length was increased to 600 Km after taking inputs from the telecom service providers about the additional routes and it was found that MTNL... Read More

February 6th, 2016 9:35 AM 5 COMMENTS

India’s rank in LTE network improves, but not painting a rosy picture when compared to peers

Albeit, there’s plenty of scope for improvement, India’s state of LTE network has improved from 50 in Q3 2015 to 36 in Q4 2015, says a study. An Open Signal report says that “some countries like South Korea and Singapore have managed to build networks unrivalled in both technology and reliability, while others have mastered only one half of that network calculus. No other large countries have managed to build... Read More

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