March 20th, 2021 8:00 PM 32 COMMENTS

BSNL 4G Launch Can Change the Overall Telecom Market: Opinion

Whenever Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launches 4G services pan-India, it will completely change the competition structure of the Indian telecom. The state-run telco is surviving through its revival package and fixed-line broadband connections at the moment. Millions of users are still utilising 2G and 3G networks of the telco. Thus the telco might not shut down its older-general networks, but it is in immediate need of launching 4G services.... Read More

March 16th, 2021 6:30 PM 18 COMMENTS

BSNL Might Roll Out Hybrid 4G in Next 10 Months

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has come up with two different plans to fast-track the process for rolling out 4G in the country. The earlier 4G tenders from BSNL had to be scrapped because the government didn’t want the telco to get its network equipment/gear from foreign vendors. But an early rollout of 4G is necessary to ensure the telco's survival amidst competition with private players that hold a majority... Read More

March 2nd, 2021 3:06 PM 52 COMMENTS

Airtel Spent Rs 18,699 Crores in Spectrum Auction, Acquired 355.45 MHz Spectrum

Bharti Airtel spent a total of Rs 18,699 crores in the recently concluded 4G spectrum auctions. The auctions were conducted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), under which the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, and 2500 MHz spectrum bands were up for bidding. Airtel acquired 355.45 MHz of spectrum across Sub GHz, mid, and the 2300 MHz bands against the total spending of... Read More

March 1st, 2021 6:32 PM 5 COMMENTS

BSNL Might be Able to Rollout 4G in Six Months, Here is How

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) might be able to roll out 4G in the next six months. The telco is looking for the up-gradation of more than 49,300 sites across India, including the ones covered by ZTE, so that it can roll out 4G faster. The state-run-telco has expressed its inabilities of meeting the requirements for the rollout of a new 4G tender and has said that if it were... Read More

February 11th, 2021 1:14 PM 1 COMMENTS

Data Traffic in India Grew by 60 Times in Last 5 Years: Nokia MBiT

Nokia recently released its 8th edition of the Mobile Broadband India Traffic Index (MBiT) 2021 detailing the mobile broadband performance in the country. The report highlights that data traffic grew by 36% YoY in 2020 primarily owing to the 4G data consumption and the addition of millions of new 4G subscribers across the country. In the last five years, data traffic in India grew by 60 times which is amongst... Read More

February 6th, 2021 7:06 AM 0 COMMENTS

BSNL Extends Free 4G SIM Offer Till March 31, Also Enables Free Call Forwarding Facility

BSNL has extended the free 4G SIM card offer in its leading circle Kerala till March 31. Besides the free 4G SIM card offer extension, BSNL also issued a new press release stating it is enabling free call forwarding facility in Chennai and Tamil Nadu telecom circles. In Kerala, BSNL is providing 4G services in majority of the cities, so for those who are looking to upgrade, there's no better... Read More

February 5th, 2021 9:00 AM 10 COMMENTS

Union Minister States Government Has No Plans to Shutdown BSNL and MTNL

Union Minister Sanjay Dhotre has stated in the Lok Sabha that the government has no plans as of now to close the public sector telcos such as BSNL and MTNL. This is a sigh of relief for users of these services since they have been part of the loss-makers and some were predicting an exit for Bharti Sanchar Nigam Limited. The minister shared that the losses incurred by BSNL had... Read More

February 4th, 2021 10:53 AM 57 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Upgrading Network to Offer 4G-Only Services in Kerala

Vodafone Idea which is currently in the process of phasing out the 3G network across the country says it is upgrading the network in Kerala circle. Vi is informing this news to its customers in Kerala via an SMS, but what's more interesting is the mentioning of '4G-only' services. For the unaware, Vi has already refarmed 3G spectrum for 4G in four circles- Delhi & NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Gujarat.... Read More

February 2nd, 2021 11:08 AM 1 COMMENTS

Family Postpaid Plan of Rs 999: Check What Airtel, Jio, BSNL and Vi are Offering

With the entire family restricted to the premises of their home, internet usage is at an all-time high in India. Now, this is not a matter for you if you have a broadband connection, since it can easily be shared amongst members of the household. But, if you like countless others in India depend on a data restricted plan that is available to only one user, recharging three or four... Read More

January 12th, 2021 10:37 PM 38 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Migrates 3G Spectrum to 4G in Gujarat, Also Increases 4G Bandwidth

Vodafone Idea continues to refarm the 3G spectrum to enhance its 4G services. As per the latest development, Vi has successfully refarmed its 3G spectrum to 4G across 11 cities in Gujarat. The telco already refarmed its 3G spectrum to 4G in other circles like Delhi & NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru. The refarming of 3G spectrum will substantially enhance Vi's GIGAnet 4G capacity in these cities. Furthermore, Vi also added... Read More

January 9th, 2021 2:34 PM 56 COMMENTS

Upcoming Spectrum Auction to See High Demand for 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz Bands

The next round of 4G spectrum auction in India is slated to take place on March 1, 2021. Many believe that the upcoming auction will primarily be focused on operators renewing their expiring spectrums in CY21. But according to a report from ICICI Securities, instead of focusing on the renewal of spectrum, the operators will use this auction to add more spectrum to their portfolio for an easier and faster... Read More

January 8th, 2021 12:55 PM 28 COMMENTS

4G Spectrum Available for Less than Half the Price in Upcoming Auction

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) which decides the price of the spectrum bands or airwaves sold to the telecom operators will be availing the 4G spectrum for less than half the price in the upcoming auctions. Just to be clear, half the price here means half the price of what the operators paid for the spectrum bands in the previously held auctions. The 4G spectrum auction is slated to start... Read More

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