Airtel and Jio in war of words again over PoIs; Jio says Airtel did not provide PoIs earlier

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In contrary to the announcement made by Bharti Airtel yesterday, Reliance Jio Infocomm says that the release of Points-of-Interconnect (PoIs) from Airtel happened only after the intervention by authorities. Jio welcomed the 7,007 additional PoIs it provided. “RJIL welcomes 7,007…

November 4th, 2016 11:36 AM 104Comments

Telecom department mulls new telecom policy to incorporate next-gen technologies

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In a bid to incorporate next generation technologies and further drive the growth of India’s telecom sector, the telecom department (DoT) is now mulling over the new telecom policy from 2017. The move comes at a time when the department…

November 4th, 2016 2:10 AM 5Comments

India might be among first nations to get Netflix’s watch offline mode

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Netflix may allow the users to download movies to watch offline, according to the company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. Sarandos revealed the plan to CNBC ahead of the premiere of a new show. “We have talked a lot about…

November 3rd, 2016 7:20 PM 6Comments

Bharti Airtel says interconnect capacity for 75 million customers provided to Reliance Jio

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Following the recent penalty recommended by the telecom regulator, Bharti Airtel on Thursday provided over 7,000 additional Points of Interconnect (PoIs) to Reliance Jio, taking the total number of PoIs provided till date to over 17,000, a capacity sufficient to…

November 3rd, 2016 6:52 PM 54Comments

Reliance Jio’s free digital content will drive subscriber addition, data usage: Fitch

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Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio’s wide range of offerings, including media and entertainment content will help the telco in subscriber additions and data consumption, which will drive cash generation, according to Fitch Ratings. The ratings agency said that the 4G entrant…

November 3rd, 2016 6:45 PM 6Comments

Android’s global market share reaches 88%: Strategy Analytics

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The global smartphone shipment has reached 375 million units in the third quarter of 2016, according to the research firm Strategy Analytics. Android operating system grabs 88% of the global market share. Within the 375 million units, 328.6 million units…

November 3rd, 2016 3:30 PM 2Comments

Update: Jio 4G network registers a drop-in-speed and reaches half the speed of Airtel: CLSA Analysis

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In contrast to the almost stable network speeds maintained by Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio showed a fall in speeds from 7.2Mbps in September to 6 Mbps, brokerage group CLSA said in their second edition of Quality of…

November 3rd, 2016 12:32 PM 105Comments

Reliance Jio plans to invest another 1 lakh crore to expand network; will install 45K new 4G sites in six months

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Mukesh Ambani-led 4G ­telecom operator Reliance Jio is planning ­to invest another Rs ­1 lakh crore over a period of four years to expand its network in the country, t­he telco said while informing the telecom ­minister Manoj Sinha ­on…

November 2nd, 2016 7:15 PM 35Comments

Bharti Airtel prepares for VoLTE battle against Reliance Jio, large scale launch likely in coming weeks

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Bharti Airtel is all set for a battle against 4G newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm on the voice over LTE (VoLTE) front with a possible nationwide launch within this calendar year. The leading carrier has awarded a nationwide VoLTE contract worth…

November 2nd, 2016 4:46 PM 110Comments

Telenor extends e-KYC SIM activation facility to 700 stores in six circles

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Telenor India has deployed e-KYC based SIM activation facility across its six circles, announces the company. Now the e-KYC facility is available at 700 stores of Telenor. This will soon expanded to 2000 stores by the end of November. Speaking…

November 2nd, 2016 12:13 PM 1Comment

VoLTE smartphone demand goes up in India, courtesy free services from Reliance Jio

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The launch of Reliance Jio’s 4G data and VoLTE voice services has led to a significant surge in demand for smartphones compatible with the voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology. Reliance Jio, which launched commercial services on September 5, is offering free voice…

November 2nd, 2016 10:56 AM 25Comments

GSM telecom operators install 1,29,101 base stations in four months to tackle call drops

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The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said that GSM telecom operators have set up about 1,29,101 base stations in four months, exceeding the target set by double the number. It added that Indian GSM telcos will continue to make…

November 2nd, 2016 3:32 AM 7Comments