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

May 16th, 2015 12:38 PM 14 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio likely to disrupt the status quo of telecom industry: Bernstein Research

In a move to capture more number of customers in shortest possible time and to reach in par with other telecom giants like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, Reliance Jio may launch ‘disruptive offers’, according to Bernstein Research. The research titled ‘What is the Likely Impact of Reliance Jio’s Market Entry?,” predicts that Reliance Jio can earn a market share of nine percent over a period of 10 years through an... Read More

May 15th, 2015 1:46 PM 2 COMMENTS

SC rejects the plea for spectrum license extension, says corporate houses know the tactics of ROI

The Supreme Court rejected the pleas submitted by telecom companies, including Vodafone and Bharti Airtel seeking extension to their 2G spectrum licenses for next 10 years. The Court observed that there is no merit involved in extension. "The impugned decision of the government, which in fact resulted in huge inflow of revenue in the auctions conducted during the pendency of this litigation, cannot be said to be a totally irrational... Read More

May 15th, 2015 12:37 PM 0 COMMENTS

Telecom subscriber base near 1 billion mark, Tele-density increases to 79%

Indian telecom subscriber base is one step away from breaching 1 billion mark with 996.49 million subscribers at the end of March 2015. Total telephone connections in the country witness a monthly growth of 0.93% in March 2015. The overall tele-density in the country increased to 79.38% from 78.73% in February. While most operators witness growth in subscriber addition, BSNL and TATA Tele lost 1 million and 0.2 million subscribers respectively.... Read More

May 11th, 2015 10:14 PM 14 COMMENTS

RCom plans to sell its stake to reduce debts

Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) is following Bharti Airtel’s footstep to reduce its debts, by selling a stake in its telecom towers unit. The company has invited proposals from bankers, revealed RCom in a filing to BSE. “The company has invited certain investment banks to make proposals for running a process to monetize the valuable tower and fibre assets held in its subsidiary, Reliance Infratel Ltd within the current financial year,”... Read More

April 24th, 2015 3:06 PM 4 COMMENTS

Minister to meet telecom operators on ‘frequent call drops’

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, will soon meet the telecom companies to discuss the concerns on ‘frequent call drops’, which have raised since past few months. There is no confirmation on date of meeting yet. Besides the mass, the MPs have also reported similar issues on call drops, such that the calls get disconnected within 15-20 seconds of its connection. The complaints say that the... Read More

April 16th, 2015 12:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

Jio and COAI divided on new interconnect charges enforced by TRAI

Reliance Jio which is yet to launch its commercial services is a member of the cellular operators association of India (COAI). The decisions of the COAI are greatly influenced by those of the incumbent operators Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular which have a major share of active cellular subscribers. Recently TRAI had reduced the interconnect charges that the operator on whose network the call originates pays the operator on whose... Read More

April 13th, 2015 11:50 PM 4 COMMENTS

Net Neutrality report by Telecom Ministry on May 9

The debates on Airtel Zero is expanding to new heights. The Government has set up an expert panel to examine the issue of ‘Net Neutrality’, which will release its findings on 9th May. According to Telecom Minister Ravi Sankar Prasad, a committee comprising of the senior government official was already formed in January to study on net neutrality. “Way back in January itself, I have also constituted a committee headed... Read More

April 13th, 2015 2:50 PM 35 COMMENTS

Toll-Free Apps Help Build Smart Pipes for a Digital India

The booming digital economy has implications for a country soon predicted to have 283.8 million users - the world’s second largest Internet user base after China. Internet traffic in India is expected to increase five-fold by 2018, with a CAGR of over 40%, according to a recent consultation paper prepared by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). In this article, I address how India is grappling with infrastructure, innovation... Read More

April 12th, 2015 1:40 PM 2 COMMENTS

Broadband subscribers base grow 3% in Feb 2015, Wireless broadband still leads

While mobile subscriber base growth has slowed to 0.86% in February, broadband subscriber base in the country registered a impressive growth rate of 3.05% during the month. Broadband subscriber base increased from 94.49 Million at the end of Jan-15 to 97.37 million at the end of Feb-15. Bharti Airtel continues to lead the market with 20.88 million broadband subscribers. Wired Broadband Out of the 97.37 million broadband users, only 15.45 million was on wired broadband.... Read More

April 10th, 2015 4:49 PM 0 COMMENTS

Telecom companies paid the upfront dues of spectrum auction

Telecom companies who acquired airwaves during the last month’s auction paid their upfront amount balance with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) by paying Rs. 18,000 crore. The deadline for the making the payments was Thursday. The seven operators, who won the bids had to pay an initial amount of Rs. 28,872 crore, with the rest in installments after a two-year moratorium. The payments have helped the Government to meet its... Read More

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