July 1st, 2021 10:35 AM 17 COMMENTS

Indian Telcos Will Keep Their Focus on 4G, 5G Insignificant for Now: Opinion

The buzz around the arrival of 5G has been quite high in India since the time the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had announced that telecom operators could start with 5G trials. There are some who believe it will be good for the economy, and then some who are worried about its impact on nature (Juhi Chawla case). Regardless, the next-generation technology is insignificant for now. Even in 2022, it won’t... Read More

June 30th, 2021 2:58 PM 0 COMMENTS

BSNL Can’t Do 5G Straightaway, 4G Required: Opinion

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), regardless of its falling reputation, is loved by many in India. One thing that’s become evident from the statements of the government is that the telco won’t be privatised and its 4G networks will be leveraged to make it profitable again. There are many who question BSNL’s attempt to roll out 4G networks when it is on the verge of becoming a legacy network and... Read More

May 12th, 2021 1:39 PM 0 COMMENTS

How Far India Has Come With 4G in Five Years

4G got a major boost in India with the arrival of Reliance Jio in September 2016. Since then, the amount of growth and traction that 4G services and smartphones have seen is tremendous. No other connectivity technology, including 2G or 3G, saw such fast adoption rates as 4G. According to a Nokia MBiT Index report, 4G has displayed the fastest growth rate in the telecom history of India. Reliance Jio... Read More

May 11th, 2021 2:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

India Keeps China Out of Telecom PLI Scheme: Report

The Indian government had earlier announced the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for the telecom sector worth Rs 12,200 crore. Now, as per a report from the CNBC-Awaaz, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is going to issue the final guidelines for the scheme in 1 to 2 days. The telecom department will soon start inviting the interested companies for submitting applications for the scheme. The application window will be open... Read More

April 29th, 2021 1:57 PM 157 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea’s 4G Network Faster Than Jio, Airtel: Ookla

Vodafone Idea (Vi) provided users with the fastest 4G network in India during the January to March 2021 quarter. For the unaware, this is the third consecutive quarter for Vi to hold the title of offering the fastest 4G network in India. Ookla, a major fixed broadband and mobile testing company, said that Vi provided the fastest 4G network to the users in India during the last quarter of FY2020-21.... Read More

April 25th, 2021 7:02 AM 79 COMMENTS

BSNL and Vodafone Idea Still Have a Great Future in India

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Vodafone Idea (Vi) both have a great future in the Indian telecom market. Even though the operators have been fighting to survive and losing most of their subscribers to Jio and Airtel, they can still turn things around pretty fast. BSNL will benefit a great deal if it can improve its network quality and coverage throughout India by launching 4G in the next 14... Read More

April 8th, 2021 5:51 PM 50 COMMENTS

Jio Might Go Against Market Expectations and Introduce Tariff Hikes: Report

India’s number one telco, Reliance Jio, might soon introduce tariff hikes. This would be a surprise for the market since many expect the telco to keep its tariffs the same in the near term and target a higher market share. Jio hasn’t been adding as many subscribers as it did in its initial years of operations. The telco added around 100 million subscribers every year for the first four years.... Read More

March 29th, 2021 5:00 PM 48 COMMENTS

BSNL Gets a Major Relief, to Roll Out Hybrid 4G Pan-India Soon

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will finally be able to roll-out 4G pan-India very soon. The state-run telco has received the nod from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to go ahead with its hybrid 4G rollout plan. For the unaware, under the proposed hybrid 4G rollout plan, BSNL had recommended splitting its tender into two parts. The first part contained 50,000 sites reserved exclusively for the Indian vendors, and the... Read More

March 17th, 2021 4:00 PM 13 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Fastest 4G Network in Assam For Second Consecutive Quarter: Ookla

Vodafone Idea (Vi) has been recognised as the fastest 4G network in the state of Assam. It is worth noting that the telco has bagged the title twice now in straight consecutive quarters. For the unaware, Ookla is a global leader in testing broadband and mobile networks. According to Ookla, Vi delivered the fastest 4G download and upload speeds in Assam for two straight quarters. For the last six months... Read More

March 11th, 2021 5:15 PM 0 COMMENTS

Huawei, ZTE to Miss Out on Further 4G Expansion and 5G Launch in India

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that Indian telecom operators can only source their network gear/equipment from trusted companies post-June 15, 2021. Any use of non-trusted products will require the licensee (telco) to obtain permission from the designated authority. This rule comes to light amidst all the ongoing tensions between India and China. The Indian government is worried about China meddling with the network infrastructure and database of the... Read More

March 1st, 2021 1:12 PM 3 COMMENTS

Jio’s New Bundled Offering Will Have Limited Impact on Other Telcos: Goldman Sachs

Reliance Jio recently announced a new JioPhone 2021 bundle offer for users. There are three plans which the users can choose from. The first plan comes for Rs 1,999 for two years, and it provides the user with 2GB of data per month and unlimited voice calling. The second plan for Rs 1,499 comes for 1-year, and the existing users can get the bundled offer for a special price of... Read More

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