March 10th, 2015 8:11 AM 14 COMMENTS

BSNL to install Google Global Cache (GGC) Servers in various telecom circles to improve Internet experience for its subscribers

State-owned BSNL the 5th largest telecom operator by subscriber base in India has been on a spree to revive its troubled operations by resorting to various means like surrendering its excess CDMA and BWA spectrum for a refund from the government. The telecom minister has also been giving incentives for the revival of MTNL and BSNL like cancelling of call termination charges for landlines. BSNL had recently announced that it... Read More

March 4th, 2015 8:04 AM 21 COMMENTS

Auction special: 900MHz licence renewals, what do the incumbents have at stake?

The wait is finally over as the big day has arrived. The largest spectrum auction in the history of Indian telecom industry is set to commence today as 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands go up for sale. The government will be auctioning 380.75 MHz of spectrum in 800, 900 and 1800MHz bands and 85MHz in 2100MHz band. A total of 8 telecom operators will be bidding for spectrum out... Read More

March 3rd, 2015 1:28 AM 48 COMMENTS

BSNL to reduce 3G tariffs by 50% after phase 8 of network expansion, can this be a game changer?

BSNL the state-owned telecom operator in association with MTNL is the only operator to currently hold Pan India 3G spectrum. BSNL offers 3G data at the market price of Rs.175 for 1GB and Rs.251 for 2GB. Due to its affordable tariff and Pan India free data roaming, BSNL has a large market share of mobile data subscribers.   BSNL has been in the process of network modernisation and expansion and is... Read More

February 27th, 2015 2:35 PM 3 COMMENTS

Supreme Court says government can go ahead with 2G spectrum auction as scheduled

The Supreme Court of India (SCI) has allowed the government to go ahead with the 2G spectrum auction scheduled for March 4.The outcome will not be finalised without its permission. While staying the February 12, 2015 interim order of Tripura High Court, the SCI bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said no bidder, if successful, shall claim any equity in the bidding process. The Tripura High... Read More

February 25th, 2015 1:29 PM 53 COMMENTS

TATA and Aircel not allowed to bid for new airwave, how will DOT decision affect Aircel and TATA?

DOT has published the list of pre-qualified bidders for March 5th spectrum auction. TATA and Aircel will not be allowed to bid for new spectrum as both companies have declared negative net worth. They are only allowed to buy additional spectrum in circles where they already offering its services. In the list of pre-qualified bidders, Bharti Airtel has the highest net worth at Rs 73069.60 crores followed by Reliance Jio Infocomm Rs 23029.58 cores.... Read More

February 20th, 2015 6:48 PM 9 COMMENTS

LTE on 700 MHz band, advantages and implementations around the world

As we inch closer to the upcoming spectrum auctions, all limelight is focused on the 800, 900, 1800 and 2100MHz frequency bands. But one of the most efficient bands for the deployment of LTE is less talked about and still remains shrouded in ambiguity, yes we are referring to the 700MHz band. The 700MHz band is one of the most sought after band for LTE deployment around the world due... Read More

February 18th, 2015 8:30 PM 13 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio submits the highest Earnest Money Deposit for upcoming spectrum auction

The 8 telecom operators who have submitted applications for participating in the upcoming spectrum auctions charted to begin on 4th March have submitted their earnest money deposit(EMD). EMD translates to points which can be used by the operator to bid for spectrum blocks in the auction. It turns out that Reliance Jio has paid the highest EMD of around Rs.4500 crore, followed by Bharti Airtel which paid Rs.4336 crore, Idea... Read More

February 16th, 2015 9:56 PM 10 COMMENTS

Idea cellular, Rcom, Tata DoCoMo and Reliance Jio also submit applications for upcoming spectrum auction

Earlier today we shared with you how the four telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel and Uninor had submitted applications for the spectrum auction to commence in March 2015. Today being the last day for submission of applications, we were expecting to see the other operators also apply. Now in the recent developments, Idea cellular, Rcom, DoCoMo and Rjio have also submitted their applications for the auction. As we shared... Read More

February 16th, 2015 3:49 AM 7 COMMENTS

Spectrum War: Telecom Ministry files petitions in SCI against any stay on upcoming auctions

The telecom ministry has moved Supreme Court of India (SCI) against any stay on the upcoming auction of spectrum slated to start from March 4 if any group submits a plea for a stay. The case is expected to come up for hearing today. The government has decided to auction the 2G bands in March, 2015. DoT will also be releasing a block of 2100 MHz or the 3G band... Read More

February 11th, 2015 2:03 AM 2 COMMENTS

Indian telecom subscriber base reaches 970 Million in December 2014

The number of telecom subscribers in India has reached its all-time high touching 970.97 Million in the quarter ended December 2014 according to the latest report by Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI). The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 964.20 million at the end of November 2014 to 970.97 million at the end of December 2014. The telly density has increased to 77.58% which implies that out... Read More

February 7th, 2015 6:21 PM 6 COMMENTS

Why Payment banks are the new rage with telcos in India?

Very soon, you will be able to pay your electricity bills while buying groceries at the supermarket because now the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is allowing setting up payment banks. February 2, 2015 was the last date of applying for payment bank. Some of India’s biggest companies including Bharti Airtel, Aditya Birla Group, Reliance Industries, future group and some lesser known companies like Fino Paytech, Oxigen has applied for... Read More

February 6th, 2015 3:36 PM 10 COMMENTS

Soon Aadhaar card to be made mandatory for new mobile connections in 5 circles

Government of India entities, as well as major telecom operators, have agreed to test Aadhaar-card based e-KYC for issuing SIM cards in five circles as a pilot project. With this, Aadhar number will be mandatory for one to buy a new Sim card. However, all telecom companies to slowly ask customers to submit their Aadhar number with their new connection request. Two months ago, Department of Telecom (DoT) had asked... Read More

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