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


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


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

Google brings improved detection filters on Play Store to combat fraudulent apps


To combat fake apps and services on its Play Store, Google announced an enhanced filtering and detection mechanisms on Google Play. The new filters will prevent app developers from publicizing their apps in a deceitful manner. With the new filters,…

November 1st, 2016 4:23 PM 4Comments

TRAI directs operators to ensure minimum 512Kbps speed for broadband subscribers, asks operators to SMS customers about usage limits: Report


In what it calls to be a relief to the broadband customers, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has directed the telecom service providers to inform the broadband subscribers about the usage limits, especially at the point when they…

November 1st, 2016 11:26 AM 24Comments

Entry of Reliance Jio reduced the price of smartphones, but its speed still disappoints the customers


“Buy 1, Get 1,” free has always been a widely used, successful marketing tactic. Reliance Jio elusively modified it and sold this old wine in a new bottle. By offering everything for free, it successfully grabbed subscribers into its tentacles.…

October 31st, 2016 3:16 AM 76Comments

Telecom Minister to meet CEOs on November 1 to review call drop issue: Report

Bringing call drop issue back to the limelight, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has announced that he will meet the CEOs of the telecom companies on November 1. The meeting will check the progress of solutions implemented by the companies to…

October 29th, 2016 1:47 PM 5Comments

BSNL to reduce workforce in India to cut costs: Report


State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is set to reduce its total workforce by 7% to 1,96,162 by April 30, 2017, from the current employee-base of 2,09,996 in 2016-17, the telco, in a response to an application filed…

October 28th, 2016 1:57 PM 29Comments

India to have 280 million 4G connections by 2020, overall base to touch 1 billion: GSMA


India’s telecom industry will have nearly 1 billion unique mobile subscribers by 2020 up from 616 million such users in June 2016, even as the number of 4G connections will touch 280 million by 2020 from just three million at…

October 28th, 2016 7:21 AM 7Comments

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal says Jio’s free tariffs issue needs to settle as nothing can be free for a lifetime


Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal on Wednesday said the Indian telecom industry needs to settle the issue of Reliance Jio's free tariffs, adding that “nothing can be free for a lifetime.” The telecom czar also urged the Telecom Regulatory Authority…

October 27th, 2016 7:42 PM 128Comments

Airtel’s Chairman Sunil Mittal elected as the Chairman of GSMA, becomes the first Indian to hold the position


Bharti Enterprises’ Founder and Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal was elected as the Chairman of GSMA. The position is valid for two years, from January 2017 through December 2018. He is the first Indian to chair the telecom industry Board. Alongside…

October 27th, 2016 1:53 PM 34Comments

Idea Cellular says Jio’s impact negligent due to a few port outs, to approach DoT on Rs 950-cr Trai penalty


Idea Cellular will shortly approach the telecom department (DoT) on the Rs 950-crore penalty recommended by the regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for not providing adequate providing interconnection points to Reliance Jio Infocomm, claiming that the telco…

October 27th, 2016 12:32 PM 24Comments

More problems for Telenor in India, posts Rs 3,262 crore operating loss in Q3


Norway-based Telenor Group’s India unit has reported to 4 billion Norwegian krone or Rs 3,262 crore operating loss in the third quarter, widened from NOK 373 million a year earlier, hurt by impairment charges and write-downs worth 4.1 billion Norwegian…

October 27th, 2016 8:42 AM 4Comments