August 5th, 2015 1:29 PM 2 COMMENTS

The results of special audits on call drops to be announced on August 15

The special audits on call drops in metro/capital cities, which Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced early last month, will be filed on August 15. The issue of call drop raised major complaints among the subscribers that eventually led to online campaigns like #NoCallDrops. Subsequently, the Government warned the telecom operators to improve their service and asked to file a report by July 31. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)... Read More

July 23rd, 2015 10:27 AM 1 COMMENTS

Government asks telecom operators to submit report on call drop issue by July 31

July 31st is the deadline given to telecom operators to report back to the government after analyzing the faults in their networks that cause frequent call drops. The government also has asked to take necessary steps to optimize the radio frequencies in their networks. Within the action that were prescribed, the Government has asked operators to install more sites, adopt in-built solutions and augment existing frequency resources to reduce call... Read More

July 17th, 2015 11:38 AM 13 COMMENTS

TRAI telecom subscriber data for May 2015, landline connections continue to decline

TRAI has released telecom subscriber data for the month of May 2015. The total telecom subscriber base was at 1002.05 million and overall tele-density was at 79.67% at the end of May 2015. In the month, total of 2.34 million new subscribers were added generating a monthly growth rate of 0.23%. Wireless subscriber witnessed net addition of 2.44 million subscribers out of which 2.38 million were from rural and just 0.05 million subscribers from urban.... Read More

June 17th, 2015 6:55 PM 30 COMMENTS

Vodafone hikes data tariff in Delhi

At a time when other companies have hiked tariffs or slashed benefits in data category, Vodafone hikes data tariff by up to 47 % price in prepaid category . The increase comes as the aftermath of March spectrum auction wherein telcos had paid around Rs 1.1 lakh crore to acquire airwaves. Earlier, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular and Aircel had increased the data tariffs. Vodafone has increased the price of... Read More

June 9th, 2015 5:45 PM 5 COMMENTS

Speedy closure for spectrum allocation processes: Report

Telecom operators who won the spectrum allocation auction in recent March 2015 are likely to receive the spectrum soon, reports Economic Times. Last week, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued letter of intent (LoI) to players like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications and Reliance Jio Infocomm, who won the auction in March. This fast pace action seen in closing allocations is viewed as Modi government’s efforts to become... Read More

June 8th, 2015 10:48 AM 12 COMMENTS

Telecom subscriber base at 1 billion, Tele-density increase to 80%

Total number of telephone connections in the country reached all time high of 1 billion at the end of April 2015, making India the second country in the world after China to cross this mark. Tele-density in the country was at 80% at the end of April 2015. In the month of April, a total of 4 million new mobile subscribers were added taking mobile subscriber base to 973.11 million. Airtel leads customer addition with 2.24... Read More

May 30th, 2015 6:20 PM 7 COMMENTS

Narendra Modi To Inaugurate NGN Technology Core Switches for East Zone

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the core switches of East Zone located at Bhubaneswar and Kolkata, and 100 NGN LMG switches in Patna on June 28, 2015. As per the reports, these 100 LGN LMG switches will be spread equally in North, East, South and West Zone. BSNL had recently disclosed that they will be partnering with Bharti Airtel for 2G roaming Pan India to improve... Read More

May 29th, 2015 5:04 PM 3 COMMENTS

COAI announces new leadership for 2015-16, Himanshu Kapania, Managing Director, Idea Cellular Ltd. has been elected as the Chairman

COAI, the leading Mobile Communications Association representing seven of the largest mobile service operators, and the majority of telecom equipment manufacturers as well as other communication services and product companies in India,in its Annual General Body Meeting, held on May 28, 2015, announced the election of its new leadership for the term 2015-16.Mr.Himanshu Kapania, Managing Director, Idea Cellular Ltd. has been elected as the Chairman and Mr. Gopal Vittal, Joint... Read More

May 22nd, 2015 10:17 PM 6 COMMENTS

Hit by spectrum auction, Idea to sell its towers Multinationals show interest in the deal

Idea Cellular, one among the debt-laden companies after expensive spectrum auction as part of fresh capital-raising plans is planning to sell its to sell its independent towers. The Aditya Birla Group subsidiary is looking for a Rs 7,580-crore ($1.2 billion) revenue from the deal. Sources reveal Economic Times that Malaysia’s Axiata, Bharti Infratel and American Tower Corporation (ATC) have expressed their interest in the deal. Idea Cellular is India's third... Read More

May 22nd, 2015 3:14 PM 2 COMMENTS

Net Neutrality: CCI waits for TRAI’s recommendations to proceed, Parliamentary meeting turns dubious

Competition Commission of India (CCI) reiterates their stand to wait for the recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to scrutinize net neutrality issue, says it Chairman Ashok Chawla. According to Chawla, the issue of net neutrality is a policy issue and it is not something can be decided without understanding the stand of TRAI in the case. “The regulator has to decide first. Based on whatever happens in... Read More

May 16th, 2015 10:41 PM 1 COMMENTS

Reliance Communications and Sistema held talks to form joint venture in India, no sales planned

Putting an end to the rumor that Reliance Communications is in talks with Sistema to buy its Indian wireless business, Sistema Chief Vladimir Yevtushenkov revealed that the talks held were about the possibility of forming a joint venture in India. He said there are no plans to sell Sistema Shyam Teleservices, which is one of the smallest telecom players in India with less than one percent market share and nine... Read More

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