BSNL lost the most wireline subscribers in July 2016- TRAI

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According to data released by TRAI about telecom subscriber base in India at the end of July 2016, Wireline subscriber base declined from 24.74 million at the end of June 16 to 24.62 million at the end of July 16.…

October 12th, 2016 10:11 AM 1Comment

BSNL goes bullish on data play, plans to ramp up mobile broadband capacity by 600 terabyte

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State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will increase its mobile broadband capacity by up to two-fold to 600 terabytes in a month in a bid to stay relevant in the country and to better compete with private players…

October 10th, 2016 9:30 AM 19Comments

Idea Cellular to begin 4G deployment in new circles soon

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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…

October 9th, 2016 7:21 PM 49Comments

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

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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…

October 9th, 2016 12:08 AM 1Comment

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

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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…

October 8th, 2016 4:03 PM 23Comments

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

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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…

October 8th, 2016 11:56 AM 25Comments

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…

October 7th, 2016 3:37 PM 44Comments

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

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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…

October 7th, 2016 10:35 AM 10Comments

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

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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),…

October 7th, 2016 6:00 AM 6Comments

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…

October 6th, 2016 10:48 PM 167Comments

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…

October 6th, 2016 10:17 PM 32Comments

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

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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…

October 6th, 2016 11:06 AM 4Comments