Relief for MTNL & BSNL: DoT to Refund 4G Spectrum Fee
While the revival plans of two state run telcos is still underway, DoT has asked the group of ministers to refund Rs. 12,846 crore to BSNL and MTNL if they surrender their 4G airwaves. This will give some financial relief to the otherwise loss making companies but the irony is that the same rule does not apply in the case of private telcos. The department (DoT) has argued that BSNL and MTNL were given 4G airwaves or wireless broadband spectrum in 2008 and the allotment letters given to the PSUs did not state anything related to surrender of bandwidth. On the other hand, the private operators were allotted spectrum in 2010 and according to the spectrum auction rules of 2010 the companies will not get a refund if they surrender their airwaves.
Nexus 4 Enters into Indian Market; To Be Priced at Rs 25,990
The long awaited LG Google Nexus finally arrives in India as an e-commerce portal Flipkart puts up the Android Device for Pre orders. To be priced at Rs.25, 990, the estimated date of release is 4th week of May (as given on the flipkart). The latest in the line of Google’s Nexus smartphones, Nexus 4 boasts an 8 MP Primary Camera with LED Flash and 1.3 MP Secondary Camera. Powered by Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5 GHz Quad Core Processor, it is a full touch enabled smartphone that runs the latest Android operating system – 4.2. Flipkart is currently offering the smartphone with a Zero Processing Fee on EMIs of 3 and 6 months.
Blackberry Unveils a New Affordable Blackberry Q5 Smartphone for Emerging Markets
We’ve seen a lot of exciting news come out of recently held BlackBerry Live event in Orlando including app launches and announcements. One announcement that stole the show was the launch of new affordable Blackberry Q5 running on latest Blackberry 10 OS. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you an experience of both worlds – a classic QWERTY keyboard and also a 3.1” touchscreen. Powered by a 5 MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera, with new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone one can even switch their BBM chat to a BBM Video conversation. It will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America. The prices are yet to be announced but we are expecting it to be an affordable smartphone from Blackberry that may give a tough competition to its rivals.
ZTE Enters into Indian Smartphone and Tablet Market; To Launch Models by October
Chinese Smartphone maker, ZTE is all set to make its debut in the Indian smartphone market with the launch of five models ranging from Rs 5,799 to Rs 14,999 starting this October. In order to strengthen its position across India, it has inked a strategic partnership with Pune-based Calyx Telecommunications, a part of the Calyx Group that will initially invest ? 500 crore for the marketing and distribution of ZTE products.
Samsung Tests its Superfast 5G Technology, Coming in 2020
4G is yet to pick pace in India and guess what has already started creating buzz! The speed at which technological innovations are taking place, days are not far when you can download every movie of your choice on a phone in under a minute. And this has been made possible by the super-fast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology which would reportedly be up to several hundred times faster than the existing 4G Technology. Tested recently by Samsung, the South Korean giant believes that they can commercially launch their 5G network by 2020. Though experts say there is no standard for 5G, and hence we can not conclude anything. Also Samsung achieved this using ultra high 28 GHz, which will have too much interference and poor coverage on commercial launch.
Ex-RIM Boss Sunil Dutt to Start Own Smartphone Venture
Sunit Dutt, once MD at Blackberry India is all set mark his presence in India’s smartphone market with his own brand of smartphones, reported by LightReading India. The new brand of smartphone will be for premiere segment i.e. prices will be no less than 10,000 mark. The yet-to-be-named company will introduce the model by October-November of 2013.
Chhavi is a social media enthusiast and telecom technologies admirer. Based out of New Delhi, she is a corporate communication and marketing professional by day and writer by night. If she is not busy with Telecom, you can find her reading management books.