March 3rd, 2016 7:11 PM 2 COMMENTS

India telcos approach Supreme Court over Trai’s call drop regulation

Indian telecom operators have finally approached the Supreme Court, challenging recent High Court order that upheld the Trai's regulation mandating carriers to compensate consumers for call drop. The telcos, through their lobby bodies, COAI and AUSPI, in separate but similar petitions in the Supreme Court, sought a stay on Trai’s regulation till the time the matter is adjudicated. The COAI represents mobile phone operators such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India,... Read More

February 29th, 2016 7:51 PM 28 COMMENTS

RCom-Aircel to own 50% each in new wireless entity, to become third largest telco: Report

Reliance Communications and Aircel will combine their respective wireless business and will hold 50% each, a change from an initial merger plan to create a new listed company to run their combined wireless businesses. RCom and Aircel had started a 90-day period of exclusive merger talks on December 22. An Economic Times report said that the deal is expected we expect to close the deal by September 30, and the... Read More

February 29th, 2016 5:53 PM 12 COMMENTS

Delhi High Court says telcos must pay subscribers for call drops

The Delhi High Court upheld the Indian telecom regulator’s order that mandates telcos to compensate subscribers for call drops from January 1, 2016, dismissing all the petitions filed by COAI, AUSPI and 21 telecom operators, including Vodafone, and Bharti Airtel. A Delhi High Court bench said that there is no dispute about the power of Trai to make regulation under section 36 of the Act. “The impugned regulation has been... Read More

February 25th, 2016 4:22 PM 7 COMMENTS

Six Indian mobile operators win GSMA Chairman’s Award 2016

Six Indian Mobile Operators have bagged this year’s GSMA Chairman’s Award for their role and achievement in making GSMA’s Mobile Connect Initiative a success. Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices, Telenor and Vodafone are the operators who won the recognition. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel received the award from Highness Felipe VI, King of Spain on behalf of other winners. The GSMA’s Mobile Connect service is a universal... Read More

February 24th, 2016 11:29 AM 24 COMMENTS

Telenor to get pan-India footprint via acquisition?

Telenor is under discussions with a telecom company to expand its Indian operations nationwide from the current six circles, according to media reports. Telenor currently offers services in six telecom circles, and is planning to launch services in Assam soon. It was earlier in talks to acquire Tata Teleservices in the country. The Norwegian-based telecom group wants to offer 4G on the 1.4 MHz narrow LTE band in six months.... Read More

February 18th, 2016 12:10 PM 31 COMMENTS

Here’s the reason for the slow uptake of 4G LTE in India

It is a fairly well known and well-accepted in the industry that the uptake of 4G services, launched by various service providers, like Idea Cellular, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India, is not impressive. While it is still early days to pass the verdict one way or the other, it is certainly likely to be an area of concern for Reliance Jio which is close to launching commercial 4G network soon. The... Read More

February 12th, 2016 5:35 PM 35 COMMENTS

In the guise of 4G, 3G, are you getting 2G service? Raise your voice now!

So, are you the one who thought of accessing the best speed with that premium 4G pack, but still struggling to experience a higher speed? Well, you are not the only one cribbing about it in the crowd, but a lot of customers today complain about getting lower speeds even at premium packs. Keeping all these factors in mind, All India Mobile Retailers Association (AIMRA) has started off an awareness... Read More

February 8th, 2016 5:28 PM 42 COMMENTS

Net Neutrality wins! TRAI against differential pricing, to charge penalty of Rs 50,000/day for breach of rules

In a big blow to Free Basics and Airtel Zero platforms, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today announced that no service provider will be allowed to offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content. In what could be a major win for net neutrality in the country, the telecom regulator said that a penalty of Rs 50,000 a day, capped at Rs 50 lakh,... Read More

February 8th, 2016 3:11 PM 10 COMMENTS

Free Basics vs Free Net: Who will be the winner?

At a press conference today, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is likely to take a strong stance on net neutrality amid speculations that the telecom regulator will bar zero-rated products such as Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero. According to Economic Times, TRAI is likely “to disallow subsidised data packages that offer access to only a select services, such as Whatsapp or Twitter, packages which are currently offered... Read More

February 6th, 2016 7:40 PM 18 COMMENTS

Call drops: GSM, CDMA carriers slam Trai over independent tests reports

India’s GSM carriers such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, along with CDMA players like RCom and Tata Teleservices have collectively slammed the Indian telecom regulator, Trai, for uploading results of recent independent call drop tests conducted across seven cities on its web site, according to media reports. These telcos, through lobby bodies COAI and ASUPI, said that the published results do not represent actual performance of operator... Read More

February 5th, 2016 3:53 PM 8 COMMENTS

Vodafone India Q3 ARPU plunges, adds 5.4 million new customers

Vodafone India’s average revenue per user (ARPU) plunged in the third quarter to reach Rs 174.9, against Rs 178 in the second quarter. Vodafone, the country’s second largest telco, added 7,600 3G sites in the third quarter to take the overall 3G site count to 47,000 sites with 3G coverage reached 94% in targeted urban areas. The telco’s 2G cell site count stood at 134,000 in India in the third quarter. Bharti... Read More

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