November 14th, 2014 4:39 PM 1 COMMENTS

6.28 million new GSM connections added in October: COAI

GSM mobile operators have added 6.28 million new subscribers in October, compared to 5.54 million additions in the previous month. With this, the GSM subscriber base in the country stands at 762.36 million at the end of October 2014. A month ago, it was 756.02 million users in India. Plus, the total subscriber base showed a 0.83% increase over September with 6.28 million new connections in October. On the other... Read More

November 14th, 2014 12:17 PM 17 COMMENTS

DoT may offer Rs 11,000 crore to revive BSNL

The department of telecom (DoT) is planning to offer a soft loan to the tune of Rs 11,000 crore to the loss-making state-run telecom operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL). This seems to be a move to address BSNL's concerns about taking on MTNL's mammoth debt on its books. As on March 31 (2014), the total debts in the books of BSNL and MTNL stand at... Read More

November 12th, 2014 9:51 PM 4 COMMENTS

BSNL awaits green signal for revival, will it really help BSNL ?

State owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) awaits a green signal from the Narendra Modi government to implement its plans to hive off its tower assets into a new company. This move will facilitate leasing out infrastructure to private firms and aims at generating around Rs 1,600 crore in revenue. Almost an year ago, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had sent a proposal to a group of ministers... Read More

November 11th, 2014 7:46 PM 10 COMMENTS

20% fall in data tariffs expected due to Reliance Jio’s entry: Fitch Report

The credit profiles of the top four Indian telcos - Bharti Airtel Limited , Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications will remain intact in 2015 thanks to a gradual rise in voice tariffs and improving regulatory environment that stem from industry consolidation, according to Fitch Ratings. “The likely entry of new telco Reliance Jio, which is part of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) in H1 2015 will intensify competition in... Read More

November 4th, 2014 7:57 PM 2 COMMENTS

Naidu commends Sunil Mittal’s efforts in restoring services in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has written a letter to the Bharti Airtel top gun Sunil Mittal appreciating and thanking him for his efforts in restoring the telecom services in the Hudhud affected Andhra Pradesh. The CM had questioned telecom operators regarding restoration of the services in the area and had gone on to accuse them of being only profit driven after the services weren't restored even after a... Read More

November 4th, 2014 5:03 PM 2 COMMENTS

A separate exit policy to be framed by DoT for telecom sector

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) is currently working on framing an exit policy for the telecom sector in the country. The new policy will allow the companies to exit the sector without losing out on the value of assets that they have accumulated over a period of time. Currently, there are a slew of regulatory approvals and guidelines which come into play regarding the transfer of assets of a company... Read More

October 31st, 2014 6:23 PM 3 COMMENTS

Operators request to postpone the next spectrum auction

Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance have sent a joint letter to the Telecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting to postpone the next spectrum auction till sufficient spectrum across bands are available for sale. Bharti Airtel currently holds 900 MHz in 13 non-metro circles. Vodafone and Idea have 900 Mhz spectrum in 9 non-metro service areas. All the 9 non-metro spectrums of India and six spectrums each of Airtel... Read More

October 29th, 2014 5:08 PM 5 COMMENTS

Department of Telecom finally allots the 1,800 MHz spectrum bands auctioned this year

The telecom department has finally completed allotting a major part of the 1,800 MHz spectrum it auctioned earlier this year.  Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio Infocomm and Uninor were the companies that won it. Bharti Airtel is awaiting allocation of the more efficient 900 MHz spectrum secured in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. On the other hand, Vodafone has been allocated a portion of the 900 MHz spectrum it... Read More

October 26th, 2014 5:47 PM 22 COMMENTS

Will customers end up paying for the spectrum auction in terms of higher tariffs?

We may soon see a price increase in our regular cellular tariffs, warned the telecom operators across India. The spectrum auction and the price reserved for the same will be a huge amount and covering the current debts with the new debts will be a head scratcher for the operators! "This increasing debt load will place increasing margin pressures on operators due to higher interest expenses," said Rajan S Mathews, director general at the Cellular... Read More

October 24th, 2014 2:36 PM 5 COMMENTS

New MSC codes allocated for the Telcos spread across LSAs

The number of GSM subscribers in the country is rising steeply and it becomes essential for the authorities to assign new number series for the Telcos. The new number allocation will make the previous allocations null and void. MSC codes are allocated to Idea Cellular, Vodafone West Limited, Telewings Communications Services Private Limited and Bharti Airtel. The following MSCs have been allocated to the respective operators Additionally the MSC codes... Read More

October 20th, 2014 7:11 AM 4 COMMENTS

BSNL Introduces STV 18, Starts Offering Cheaper outgoing calls to Nepal

BSNL has introduced a new Special Tariff Voucher (STV) of Rs. 18 allowing outgoing calls to Nepal at Rs. 6.50 per minute. Earlier BSNL charged its users Rs. 10 per minute for an outgoing call to Nepal. At these rates, BSNL is earning just 50 Paise per call as rest of the amount is spent in paying taxes, termination charges etc. Meanwhile both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone charge their users Rs.... Read More

September 18th, 2014 4:23 PM 10 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio and GTL Infra sign Tower Infrastructure Sharing Deal

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and GTL Infrastructure Limited, a Global Group enterprise, engaged in the business of Shared Passive Telecom Infrastructure in India, today announced the signing of a Master Services Agreement (MSA) for tower infrastructure sharing. Sanjay Mashruwala, Managing Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited said, “Our mission is to launch a pan India next-generation voice and data services. We will build the same through a judicious combination of own... Read More

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