Telenor to withdraw special packs, tests narrowband LTE in UP East circle

Norway-based Telenor Group’s India entity will withdraw special bundled data packs to comply with the recent regulation by the Indian telecom regulator on differential pricing and net neutrality rules.


Telenor India CEO Sharad Mehrotra told ET in an interaction, “It is good that we have clarity on net neutrality. The guidelines are quite elaborative, the team is looking at them. We follow the laws of the land and will make sure that we work on compliance based on the guidelines,”

The telco was the first to offer data products on WhatsApp and Facebook, which was a USP. However, Mehrotra doesn’t feel that the absence of these products would pose any challenge to its positioning in the market.

“Customers are choosing us because of our ‘sabse sasta’ voice offering and they start to use data as well. Customers are looking for a bouquet of services such as offers on voice, Internet and products like insurance,” he told the publication.

The telco, which currently offers 2G services in circles where it has operations, is testing narrowband LTE (longterm evolution) under a project in the UP East circle. “Though at initial stages, the results are encouraging. We will set a direction on it once we see how it works,” he said.

The company recently tied-up with Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei for the network transformation in the country under a $200 million deal inked last year. Huawei is deploying lean GSM technology for the telco, besides providing managed services in the country.

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Bobby kapoor
February 27, 2016 10:05 pm 10:05 PM

As we already know that telenor is very worst company and its network is very poor. It offers 4g in varanasi with downloading speed of below 2mbps which is same as compared to 3g of other operators like vodafone,bsnl. So there is no profit to buy telenor 4g.

February 27, 2016 11:04 pm 11:04 PM

For an average user speed of 1-2 Mbps is enough.
Higher the speed more readily the data will get exhausted.

Also Telenor’s focus would be in saste data packs.. So there is nothing bad if one gets 3G like speed on its 4G with at lower price.

I don’t think it is worse. It has made accessible affordable telecom services to masses.
One shouldn’t expect Avoid like network when he’s paying such dirt cheap price for services.

Bobby kapoor
March 2, 2016 10:26 am 10:26 AM

So why telenor has not launched its 3g network with 1-2mbps. Why telenor launch its 4g with very bad speed.

March 6, 2016 2:41 pm 2:41 PM

Bobby me too live in Varanasi bt i didn’t find any LTE network in Varanasi of telenor wil u plz let me knw where u staying in Varanasi !

Bobby kapoor
May 8, 2016 11:39 am 11:39 AM

I live in Mehmoorganj.

March 2, 2016 4:20 pm 4:20 PM

There is no ecosystem for 3G on 1800MHz band anywhere. 3G is popularly deployed either on 2100MHz or in 900MHz. And Telenor doesn’t possess spectrum on any of these two 3G capable bands. ok?

akhilesh shukla
February 20, 2016 7:28 pm 7:28 PM

written on telenor official website—
“3G is out of fashion”…..preparing to launch “LTE services in December”.

only mth or shown here …not showing year.

March 2, 2016 4:22 pm 4:22 PM

This is written on one their Global webpages. Not on their Indian website.

February 20, 2016 7:18 pm 7:18 PM

Telenor has already rollout 4g in varanasi on 19 feb