June 23rd, 2016 4:48 PM 8 COMMENTS

RCom to shortly ink binding merger deal with Aircel founders

Reliance Communications said that it expects to shortly sign a binding merger deal with the founders of Aircel, for combining the wireless businesses of both the telecom companies. “RCOM and Maxis Communications Berhad (MCB) and Sindya Securities and Investments Private Limited (Sindya), the shareholders of Aircel Limited expect to sign binding definitive documentation and announce the proposed Transaction for the combination of the Indian wireless business of RCOM and Aircel very... Read More

June 22nd, 2016 4:17 PM 20 COMMENTS

BSNL tops in providing new wireless connections during Apr 2016: TRAI

According to the ‘April 2016 Telecom Subscription Data’ released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), BSNL has topped in the country for providing new wireless connections. BSNL has made a net addition of 11,39, 541, leaving behind the private operators during April 2016. Another state-run operator MTNL has made 11,591 net additions to the wireless subscriber base. Considering the total subscription base for wireless broadband service in the... Read More

June 20th, 2016 10:03 AM 34 COMMENTS

Jio may achieve Rs 250 ARPU driven by high 4G usage: CLSA

Higher 4G data usage will allow Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio to achieve Rs 250 level of average revenue per unit (ARPU), according brokerage firm CLSA. The brokerage firm said that the ARPU needed to ensure achievable subscriber target which may get returns in the next 5 years for the telecom operators. While it is 30 per cent higher than Bharti Airtel’s ARPU, it implies 25% discount to estimated 3G ARPU. Earlier,... Read More

June 13th, 2016 3:47 PM 1 COMMENTS

PAC asks Telecom and Revenue Secretaries, TRAI Chairman to explain ‘inaction’ upon the CAG report

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has summoned the Telecom and Revenue Secretaries, and the TRAI Chairman to explain their “inaction” over the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report that revealed Rs. 46,000-crore under-invoicing by private telecom operators, reports Daily Pioneer. In the report that was released in March 2016, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) had accused six leading telecom operators of understating gross revenue of... Read More

June 12th, 2016 2:24 PM 2 COMMENTS

Ban on discriminatory pricing of data services may take a legal turn: Report

The Indian telecom industry is at loggerheads with the sector regulator, Trai, for various reasons, including call drops. The relationship may further deteriorate and take an ugly turn with the GSM telecom operators is mulling over taking the Trai to court over the ban on discriminatory pricing of data services. Rajan Mathews, director-general of the lobby group Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), told daily newspaper Economic Times that the... Read More

June 11th, 2016 12:57 PM 6 COMMENTS

Telcos to install 60,000 new BTS with Rs 12,000 crore investment in 100 days to tackle call drops

The Indian telecom service providers will install 60,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) with an investment of around Rs 12,000 crore in the next three months to improve networks which should help check the call drop issue in the country. This was the outcome of the high profile meeting of the Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak with the CEOs of Indian telcos, who presented a 100-day action plan to the government on... Read More

June 8th, 2016 11:57 AM 21 COMMENTS

After Kolkata, Vodafone expands 4G coverage to two more cities of West Bengal

After launching 4G services in Kolkata; Vodafone India has now stepped in to provide 4G coverage across two more cities of West Bengal--Barasat & Kalyani. The two major cities of West Bengal falls in the outskirts of Kolkata telecom circle. According to sources, in terms of coverage of 4G LTE network, Vodafone lags behind Airtel and RJio which have a decent LTE network across the circle. Even after launch of 4G services,... Read More

June 3rd, 2016 12:38 PM 0 COMMENTS

Trai says can’t give nod for closed network content without reviewing deal arrangement and plans

The Indian telecom regulator may not allow telecom operators and content provider to enter into exclusive tie-ups to offer content on closed networks or intranet. It said that it won’t provide its views on such tie-ups without examining the arrangement of deal and plans. Trai, in a letter to telecom industry bodies COAI and AUSPI, said that telcos are required to submit full details of the arrangements with content providers... Read More

June 2nd, 2016 6:53 PM 3 COMMENTS

Trai’s call drop test results should not be compared with standard QoS benchmark: COAI

Cellular operators Association of India (COAI) said that Trai's call drop tests were limited and should not be compared with standard Quality of Service (QoS) benchmark. COAI represents the top seven GSM telecom operators in the country. COAI, in an official statement, said that Trai results ought not to be confused with the standard QoS mandate which is computed for the whole Licenced Service Area (LSA). “The particular drive test and... Read More

June 1st, 2016 6:46 PM 67 COMMENTS

BSNL tops in growth rate in March 2016 beating private players

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the market share of BSNL has increased to 8.35% in March 2016. The telecom operator has topped the list of all telecom service providers in the country including the private operators such as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to gain a growth of 1.79% in March 2016. This is 2.5 times higher than the industry growth rate of 0.68%. In March 2016,... Read More

May 31st, 2016 6:26 PM 9 COMMENTS

Telecom industry saw lowest growth last fiscal since 2010: Idea Cellular MD Himanshu Kapania

Idea Cellular’s managing director Himanshu Kapania said that the country’s telecom sector saw a growth of 6.5% in last fiscal year, which is lowest since 2010. Kapania, who is also the outgoing chairman of GSM lobby body COAI, said that the industry added 79 million active subscribers despite seeing a decline in revenue from voice calls. "If I go back to 2010, the industry has consistently been delivering double digit... Read More

May 28th, 2016 11:36 AM 62 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio to deploy new cells sites to expand network ahead of December launch: Report

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio is likely to expand its 4G network significantly with the installation new cell sites together with players like Bharti Infratel and American Tower Corporation (ATC) ahead of its mega December commercial launch, according to a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA-ML). “With a full-scale Jio launch now expected to be around December, 2016, we now see a higher possibility that Jio could start installing... Read More

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