October 9th, 2016 7:21 PM 50 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular to begin 4G deployment in new circles soon

Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telecom operator by users, said that it will spend Rs 1000 crore more on network capital expenditure to maximize the spectrum and to capatalise on 4G opportunity in the market. “Our priority is to maximize the spectrum we have just bought and what we bought in 2015…this year we had said we will spend Rs 7,000 crore but we will now be increasing it... Read More

October 9th, 2016 12:08 AM 1 COMMENTS

Airtel, Vodafone, Idea to invest 25% more in network capex over 2 years

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, which are already facing pressure due to the entry of Reliance Jio, may spend around Rs 80,000 crore in network capital expenditure (Capex) over the next 2 years, which is 25% higher than the aggregate network capex in the previous two fiscals, CRISIL Research said. “This has come at a time when profitability and operational cash flows are expected to come under pressure... Read More

October 8th, 2016 4:03 PM 23 COMMENTS

Fresh auction with reduced price for 700 MHz cannot be ruled out: ICRA

Credit ratings agency ICRA expects a fresh auction with reduced price for 700 MHz, following the industry feedback in form of non-participation in the 700 MHz band and the quantum of spectrum remaining unsold. Although 700 MHz band has higher efficiency for data services, it was expensively priced and the ecosystem around the band is not fully developed, which resulted in no participation in this band, the agency said. The agency... Read More

October 8th, 2016 11:56 AM 25 COMMENTS

RCom gets another nod for MTS acquisition, may close deal in November

Reliance Communications (RCom) said that it has received a nod from the Bombay High Court for the acquisition of Russian conglomerate Sistema's Indian telecom unit, Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL). Following this nod, RCom will now approach the telecom department for the final approval for the acquisition. Media reports said that the acquisition is expected to be closed by November 2016. “We wish to inform you that Hon’ble High Court... Read More

October 7th, 2016 3:37 PM 44 COMMENTS

Vodafone acquires 365.2 MHz of spectrum across 1800/2100/2500 bands for Rs. 20,208 crores

In the recently concluded auction Vodafone India has managed to acquire a total of 365.2 MHz of spectrum including of 2 x 82.6 MHz FDD and 200 MHz TDD spectrum across 1800/2100/2500 MHz bands. The new spectrum significantly enhances the coverage, capacity and speed of Vodafone India’s 4G data services in its key circles, complementing existing high-quality 2G and 3G voice and data capabilities. Vodafone India has 17 circles with 4G capability,... Read More

October 7th, 2016 10:35 AM 10 COMMENTS

Tata-NTT Docomo case: RBI approaches Delhi high Court to explain its position

In an interesting turn of events, the Reserve Bank of India has approached the Delhi High Court on Wednesday seeking to be heard independently in Tata Sons vs NTT Docomo case, where the latter has sought implementation of a $1.2-billion arbitral award that it had won against the Tata Group. The RBI has requested the Delhi High Court to file an intervention application to explain its position on the international... Read More

October 7th, 2016 6:00 AM 6 COMMENTS

MediaTek launches smartphone design program to promote ‘Make in India’ initiative

To give a push to the "Make in India" initiative by the Indian government; One of the largest chipset makers - MediaTek is working on a new program. It has collaborated with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), India, Indian Cellular Association (ICA) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs(MOEA), Taiwan to launch a smartphone design training program. The program will go functional later this year, and will last... Read More

October 6th, 2016 10:48 PM 167 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio acquires 269.2 MHz spectrum in auction to become the largest holder of liberalised airwaves in the country

Reliance Jio the new entrant in the telecom space has announced its acquisition of a fresh 269.2 MHz of airwaves across the 850/1800/2300 MHz bands and has perhaps emerged to be the only operator which managed to bag some spectrum in either of the bands in all 22 circles in the recently concluded auction. With this, the operator has emerged to be the largest holder of liberalised spectrum in the... Read More

October 6th, 2016 10:17 PM 32 COMMENTS

Airtel adds 173.8 MHz to its spectrum kitty across 1800/2100/2300 MHz bands to become Pan India 2G/3G/4G operator

Bharti Airtel the largest operator by subscriber base has managed to add a total of 173.8 MHz to its overall spectrum holding at a cost of Rs. 14,244 crore. With this purchase, Airtel now becomes the first operator to possess Pan India 2G/3G/4G spectrum. Through strategic buying, in the latest auction, Airtel has built new 4G/3G capabilities in 7 circles. The Company has spent Rs. 10,340 cr towards enhancing data capacities in... Read More

October 6th, 2016 11:06 AM 4 COMMENTS

Telecom department issues ‘letter of intent’ to 60 local firms for VNO (Virtual Network Operator) license

As many as 60 companies have been issued letter of intent (LoI) for the unified Virtual Network Operator’s (VNO) category B license by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), according to a notification by the department. These companies include small businesses from tier-II cities such as Agra, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Surat and Faridabad and metro cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Some of the companies are Sanchar Tele Network Bhavnagar Ambica Telecom Service,... Read More

October 5th, 2016 5:11 AM 21 COMMENTS

Google Pixel and Pixel XL launched, Here’s everything that you need to know

Google finally unveiled its much reported/leaked smartphone - the Google Pixel. Being one of the most ambitious projects by Google to make a debut in the field of smartphone manufacturing. We are calling it a debut because this is the first smartphone that has been entirely designed by Google with a little guidance from HTC. Pixel is the new Nexus by Google. The search engine giant has ended its Nexus... Read More

October 3rd, 2016 6:00 AM 35 COMMENTS

Redmi 3S Plus is Xiaomi’s first offline-only smartphone – Here’s everything you need to know

In a move to take advantage of the ongoing festive season in India, Xiaomi has launched yet another budget 4G smartphone, dubbed as the Redmi 3S Plus. It is a new variant of the recently launched Redmi 3S, and surprisingly it will be up for offline sale only. The specifications of the Redmi 3S+ are similar to the Redmi 3S Prime, except for the RAM capacity, this one comes with... Read More

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