May 27th, 2016 2:54 PM 9 COMMENTS

Telephone subscriber base in India reaches 105.88 crores in March 2016: TRAI

The total telephone subscriber base in the country has increased to 105.88 crores in March 2016, says the data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Both wireless and wireline sector have registered only a marginal change in this quarter. The wireless subscriber base has increased by 0.68% to 103.36 crores at the end of March, from 102.66 crores last month. As for the wireline is concerned, the subscriber... Read More

May 27th, 2016 7:15 AM 5 COMMENTS

Trai to introduce consultation paper on internet-based telephony in a month: Report

India's telecom regulator is preparing to come out with a consultation paper on internet-based telephony in a month, according to the chairman R S Sharma. Sharma told the news wire service PTI the paper will explore framework for internet telephony in present context. His comment comes amid a debate in the telecom industry over the framework for calls being made using the internet through various mobile applications. Recently, state-run telco... Read More

May 21st, 2016 6:15 PM 46 COMMENTS

RCom-Aircel merger talks get 30 days extension

Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications, in an official statement, said that it is further extending merger talks with Aircel promoters by further 30 days to June 22 following substantial progress in their discussions. The talks originally started on December 22 for a 90-day period since December 22, but got extended to May 22. RCom is currently in talks with Maxis Communications Berhad (MCB) and Sindya Securities and Investments Private Limited (Sindya), the... Read More

May 19th, 2016 4:23 PM 2 COMMENTS

Pre-consultation on net neutrality to start this week: Trai

Indian telecom regulator Trai will kick-off pre-consultation on net neutrality within two to three days, the chairman R S Sharma said. While the differential tariff issue has already been resolved by the regulator, parts of net neutrality like framework for internet-based calls, messaging, throttling of internet speed on the basis of content have not been resolved so far. Earlier, India’s leading telco Bharti Airtel had separately written to Trai seeking clarification... Read More

May 14th, 2016 2:16 PM 5 COMMENTS

Mixed MVNO Bag For Indian Telcos

In a significant move, Telecom Commission recently approved a new category of mobile phone services, called Virtual Network Operators (VNOs). A key difference between the two is that while a traditional service provider would invest in building a network, VNO can just pay and partner with an existing operators and sell their services under their own brand. They can partner with multiple operators as well. A number of global players,... Read More

May 10th, 2016 11:52 AM 82 COMMENTS

BSNL set to ink 2G ICR agreements with Jio, Vodafone: Report

BSNL, the state-run telecom operator, is set to ink 2G intra- roaming agreements with Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio, and Vodafone this month, according to a PTI report. The report added that the agreement, once signed, will allow Jio and Vodafone customers to get access to BSNL network where there is a coverage gap. In return, BSNL customers will also have access to the networks of Reliance Jio and Vodafone. BSNL, which... Read More

May 8th, 2016 1:00 PM 6 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular joins ‘Prepaid on Postpaid’ club; targets corporate postpaid customers

After Bharti Airtel's move to offer 'Prepaid on Postpaid'; Idea Cellular has now started offering the same to its corporate postpaid connections. 'Prepaid on Postpaid' is a solution that allows people who are using company based corporate connections top up their own number without any hassle. As corporate connections come with limited data or sometimes it doesn't offer any limit, which forces customers to use two SIMs or even two mobile... Read More

May 4th, 2016 5:05 PM 29 COMMENTS

Videocon to stop services in Haryana circle from May 11; asks customers to switch network

After selling its spectrum in six circles to Bharti Airtel, Videocon has now started sending SMS to its subscribers, advising them to switch to other network before May 11, 2016. The operator is now left with spectrum only in the Punjab circle, however, this will soon expire and is being put for sale in the next auction by DoT. As per the SMS send to subscribers, Videocon Telecom services will stop in... Read More

May 2nd, 2016 11:17 AM 1 COMMENTS

India IPO: Vodafone picks Kotak, BoFA & UBS as global coordinators

Vodafone has reportedly selected Kotak Investment Banking Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA), and UBS as joint global coordinators of its Indian unit's IPO, which is widely expected to raise between $2 billion-$2.5 billion to fund operations in the country. According to a Reuters report, Vodafone is likely to launch the IPO early next year, and could be valued at about $20 billion under the offer. It added that Deutsche Bank,... Read More

May 1st, 2016 6:11 PM 113 COMMENTS

Challenging BSNL’s Wired Broadband Monopoly could drive next round of Growth for Wireless Providers

With underground cables spanning across length and breadth of the country, BSNL continues to enjoy a monopoly in the wired broadband segment. To BSNL’s relief, due to the sheer CapEx requirements involved in building a wired network from scratch and other associated investments like exchanges, staff etc. competition does not emerge in small towns and villages. It is only in densely populated cities that BSNL’s faces stiff competition from numerous... Read More

May 1st, 2016 3:11 PM 26 COMMENTS

Idea 4G service now available across 102 towns in Kerala

Idea Cellular has expanded its 4G network to 102 towns in Kerala. The operator had started 4G LTE services in Kerala only 4 months back with Kochi, Malappuram and Kozhikode. Idea has surpassed its peers Vodafone and Airtel whose 4G services are limited to few cities in the circle. With its 4G service now covering 102 towns, Idea has the largest 4G network in Kerala. Idea already has the widest 3G network... Read More

April 23rd, 2016 2:23 PM 20 COMMENTS

Vodafone India introduces ‘Weekly Night Pack’ for Kolkata users

To tap data hungry customers and boost data usage, Vodafone India has now introduced 'Weekly Night Data' pack for Kolkata customers that would offer night data benefits on weekly basis, upon recharging. Ahead of Jio's launch and a new data war between telcos, companies are seen frequently expanding their data offerings to win customers heart. Vodafone also introduced its new 'SuperNet' branding to promote its high speed data services across... Read More

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