December 8th, 2016 7:06 PM 0 COMMENTS

Gaana Adds Support for 9 Additional Languages for Non-English Speakers in India

Music streaming service in India is growing with each passing day. There is new music streaming service launching every now and then. One that stands out from the crowd is Gaana. Touted as the India’s largest music streaming app, Gaana is now available in 9 Indian languages besides English. The music can be now streamed in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, and Punjab. Having said that, Gaana... Read More

December 8th, 2016 11:30 AM 4 COMMENTS

What’s the Main Idea Behind InFocus’s Aadhaar-Enabled Smartphones and How Will They Benefit Normal People?

InFocus, the American smartphone maker had been recently awarded with the Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) which gives it the exclusive access to launch smartphones with support for Aadhaar verification via Iris-recognition. The company stated that it will be launching a slew of devices in the near future with the first smartphone with support for the Aadhaar based authentication being launched in the next 2 to 3 months. These... Read More

December 7th, 2016 1:35 PM 9 COMMENTS

Vodafone bags telecom contract from Goa govt, pips Jio, Idea Cellular

Vodafone, the country's second largest telecom operator by users, has bagged a contract from the Goa government for providing SIM connections with free calling and free data services with a usage limit, beating the 4G entrant Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular, which is India’s third largest telco by users. Vodafone India won the bid with a quoted price of Rs 124.90 per individual beneficiary, the Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar... Read More

December 5th, 2016 7:12 PM 1 COMMENTS

TRAI extends deadlines for stakeholder and counter comments on M2M paper once again

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday said that it has extended the deadlines for stakeholder and counter comments on its discussion paper on delicensing some 4G spectrum for M2M communications. This is the second time when the regulator has extended the deadlines. TRAI has now sought comments on the consultation paper by January 12, 2017, and counter-comments by January 19. It had originally sought such submissions by November 15... Read More

December 5th, 2016 6:54 PM 1 COMMENTS

India’s Internet user base to double to 600 mn users, smartphone subscription to reach 520 mn by 2020: ASSOCHAM- Deloitte joint study

The Internet user base in India is rapidly expanding, and is expected to double to 600 million users by 2020 from 343 million users currently, driven by 3G and 4G penetration, according to an ASSOCHAM- Deloitte joint study. The study said that the Internet user base has reached a penetration of over 27% as comapred to 50.3% penetration in China. It added that rural adoption of data-enabled devices is also... Read More

December 5th, 2016 5:51 AM 8 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio doesn’t need COAI intervention over interconnection issue: Report

Reliance Jio’s reluctance to discuss interconnection by involving the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has impacted the latter’s efforts to resolve the contentious inter-connection or PoI issue, the GSM body told a parliamentary panel. The Mukesh Ambani-led telecom operator held that the COAI’s intervention is not warranted on a "bilateral matter", A PTI report said. The COAI has written to Anurag Singh Thakur, Chairman of Standing Committee on Information... Read More

December 5th, 2016 2:50 AM 2 COMMENTS

Indian telcos’ performance has improved on call drop parameters says Telecom Minister

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said that there has been consistent improvement in the performance of telecom service providers in meeting the benchmark for call drop parameters.  The minister, while informing the Rajya Sabha, referred to the quarterly performance monitoring reports of September 2015, December 2015, March 2016 and June 2016 available on the Trai website. The Trai monitors the performance of service providers through quarterly performance monitoring reports. The telecom... Read More

December 3rd, 2016 12:58 PM 18 COMMENTS

Telecom regulator to examine Reliance Jio’s Happy New Year offer: R S Sharma

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will examine Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio’s Happy New Year offer that provides free voice and 4G services to its existing and new customers till March 31, 2017. The Trai chairman R S Sharma said that the regulator will look into the offer. “Every tariff that is filed before us is examined. We will come up with our response at appropriate time," he was... Read More

December 1st, 2016 7:00 PM 237 COMMENTS

‘Happy New Year’ Says Reliance Jio; Extends Welcome Offer Till March 2017

Reliance Jio, the major disruptor in the Indian telecom sector has stunned everyone yet again with their new offerings. Mukesh Ambani, the company chief chairman, today at an event announced his happiness towards Jio’s 50 million achievement and stated that the ‘Welcome Offer’ will now be extended till March 2017, but has a different name this time around- ‘Jio Happy New Year Offer’. Take a look at what Mukesh Ambani... Read More

December 1st, 2016 2:30 PM 0 COMMENTS

Malaysia-based Axiata plans to sell 20% stake in Idea Cellular: Report

Malaysia-based Axiata, the owner of 20% stake in Idea Cellular, is reportedly planning to sell its share in the country’s third largest telecom operator, following concerns over the telco’s “subdued” valuation. According to a report in ET, Axiata believes Idea Cellular’s valuation will remain subdued for at least the next three years due to the pricing onslaught stem from the entry of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm. Axiata has informally... Read More

December 1st, 2016 2:19 AM 1 COMMENTS

FDI in telecom sector reached $10 billion in first eight months of 2016-17: Telecom Secretary J S Deepak

Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said that foreign direct investment (FDI) in the telecom sector has jumped to $10 billion during the first eight months of 2016-17, from $1.3 billion in 2015-16, driven by policy reforms brought by the Indian government. FDI in telecom sector stood at $1.3 billion in 2013-14, which increased to $2.9 billion in 2014-15, and $1.3 billion in 2015-16. “FDI has jumped to USD 10 billion,... Read More

December 1st, 2016 2:12 AM 0 COMMENTS

RCom’s ‘non-core’ assets like GCX may become key focus area after restructuring: Moody’s

Reliance Communications’ 'non-core' assets originally identified for disposal like GCX will become the telco’s key business focus following the planned de-merger and tower sale, ratings agency Moody’s said on Wednesday. The agency has also downgraded RCom’s corporate family rating and senior secured bond rating to B1 from Ba3, due to the telco’s weak operating performance in the first half of the fiscal year, as evidenced by the continued contraction in... Read More

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