About the author: The happy guy RDB (stands for Rudradeep Biswas) has been writing for Telecomtalk since 2009, covering mobile operators, 3G, broadband, WiFi, 4G, LTE, telecom policies and what-not related to Indian telecom. He is by profession a doctor, did his MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata.


Vodafone India to offer Free Incoming in National Roaming from this Diwali onwards

Vodafone India, has announced Free Incoming calls while roaming nationally for ALL its customers. Starting this Diwali, all Vodafone India customers, travelling anywhere in the country, can continue to talk worry free without having to cut short their conversations. Speaking on this new initiative, Sandeep Kataria, Director – Commercial, Vodafone India, said “At Vodafone, the customer is at the heart of all that we do and it is an ongoing… Read More


Airtel starts offering 4G services in Bhopal, Raisen and Vidisha

Airtel has started offering its 4G services in Bhopal, Raisen and Vidisha. Airtel has deployed state-of-the-art FD LTE technology in the 1800 Mhz band to roll out 4G services across Madhya Pradesh. Also, in an industry first, 4G services in Madhya Pradesh have been rolled out using 10 Mhz of 1800 Mhz spectrum and this will help deliver a superior mobile broadband experience to Airtel customers in the state. Commenting… Read More


Airtel to offer 10 GB 4G/3G data for Rs. 259 for customers purchasing any new 4G mobile

Airtel today announced an exciting data offer for all customers purchasing a new 4G mobile handset. Airtel is offering 10 GB 4G/3G data on a recharge of Rs. 259 along with any new 4G handset. 1 GB data will be instantly credited to the customer’s account and the additional 9 GB data can be claimed by the customer through MyAirtel App. The data will be valid for 28 days. Users can… Read More


Average call failure rate on Vodafone’s network over 63% and 44% with Idea Cellular, claims Reliance Jio

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has said that Vodafone and Idea Cellular are still not releasing sufficient interconnection points (PoIs), which it said is resulting in massive call failures. Jio has written letters to both these telcos earlier this week, warning them of consequences if they continue to ignore the 4G entrant’s requirement for more PoIs . As per media reports Jio, in separate letters that were marked to the regulator… Read More


Reliance Jio has threatened top telcos’ major revenue contributor with free voice offering

Reliance Jio has threatened India telecom operators’ major revenue contributor, voice, with the launch of life-time free voice calls, and its launch strategy will squeeze operational cash flows of the Indian telecom sector in Fiscal year 17-18, according to India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra). Top telcos such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular’s debt burden will also go up with the increase in spectrum and non-spectrum debt capital expenditure… Read More


Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao seeks level playing field, stable policy

Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao has sought a predictable policy regime, level playing field and fair application of goods and services tax (GST), during his first meeting with telecom minister Manoj Sinha. Indian telcos, including Vodafone, have asked the government to cap the rate at 15% under GST as higher rates would drive up cost of provisioning services. Higher cost will also result in higher phone bills for both prepaid and… Read More


Trai may be planning a crackdown on online video ads as they eat into consumer data packs without knowledge: Report

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai), the country’s telecom regulator, seems to be preparing for a crackdown on unsolicited online video ads that download automatically without consumers’ knowledge, ultimately eating into their data packs, leading to higher costs for them. The regulator will now hold a seminar in Hyderabad on October 24 with industry experts to examine concerns over unsolicited online video ads, a PTI report said, adding that… Read More


Reliance Jio now uses 10 MHz spectrum in Band 3 to offer 4G services in Kolkata

Reliance Jio has completed the upgradation of its network in the Kolkata circle with the deployment of unused 5 MHz spectrum block in the band 3, now running the network with a total of 10 MHz spectrum in the band 3, according to information shared by a tipster. The move will help the company offer better speeds to customers in the circle. The Mukesh Ambani-led telco is running 4G services using the… Read More


Netflix’s ISP Speed Index: Spectranet fastest internet service provider with 2.17 Mbps speed, pips Bharti Airtel

Spectranet has emerged as the faster internet service provider (ISP) with 2.17 Mbps speed in the Netflix’s ISP Speed Index, piping India’s leading telco Bharti Airtel, which had 2.10 Mbps broadband speed. The index ranking shows that Bharti Airtel has lost its first position to Spectanet due to decline in its broadband speeds. The telco had earlier topped the chart with 2.21 Mbps speeds, while Spectranet improved its speeds from 2.13… Read More


India lost $968 million due to max 22 internet shutdowns

As many as 22 internet shutdowns occurred in India between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, costing the country a total of US$968 million, contributing to a total global cost of US$2.4 billion due to internet blackouts, findings by Brookings reveal. India and Iraq jointly captured the top spot for observing maximum internet shutdowns. The non-ISIS controlled parts of Syria stood at third spot with 8 shutdowns, followed by 6… Read More


Local mobile resellers sell Jio SIMs in black, charging up to Rs 500 across metros: Report

Local mobile resellers have been selling Reliance Jio SIM cards in black for a price ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 500 per SIM across metro cities, even as the telco’s authorized stores–Reliance Digital and Express Mini stores—fail to meet consumer demand. There has been a huge demand for Jio connection which comes loaded with unlimited data and 4,500 voice minutes for the first-three months, till December 31, 2016. These local… Read More


Vodafone and Idea bet big on 2500 MHz TDD-LTE in India, device ecosystem still relatively underdeveloped

Vodafone and Idea will create a new LTE ecosystem in the country on 2500MHz band (TDD-LTE on Band 41). Both companies did not have any spectrum in the 2300MHz band and they are currently offering LTE-FD on the liberalized 1800 MHz band only. Vodafone has acquired 2500MHz spectrum in 14 circles while Idea won the same in 15 circles. While Vodafone targets metro circles and mostly cat-B circles for its… Read More


Aircel to offer 1GB 3G data at Rs. 24

Aircel, in its aggressive bid to redefine data consumption, is encouraging its existing and potential customers to enjoy 1GB of 3G data for just Rs.24 with a validity of 28 days. To avail ‘1GB 3G data at Rs.24’, all existing and new customers first need to recharge with Rs.329 that would give them 2GB of 3G data with a validity of 28 days. These customers, henceforth, can enjoy 1GB of 3G… Read More

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