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Airtel plans to phase out 3G in two years, offer VoLTE nationwide

By / October 18, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Bharti Airtel Ltd plans to phase out its 3G service in two years and upgrade all subscribers using the service to faster 4G networks in a move that will help India’s largest telecom operator save on costs and improve user experience. The company plans to migrate all its 3G users across the country to 4G […]

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Big boost for Reliance Jio, Q2 numbers show less than expected loss of Rs 270 cr, beats rivals across parameters

By / October 14, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Reliance Jio turned an impressive set of numbers for the July-September quarter which is otherwise seen as a weak period for mobile operators. The company, which started commercial operations from September 2016, on Friday for the first time released its full earnings and other operating metrics. As is known, Jio started charging customers for its […]

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Bharti Airtel gets Tata Teleservices for free in surprise move; deal dubbed win-win for all

By / October 13, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, and the loss-making, struggling Tata Teleservices (TTSL, which includes Tata Teleservices Maharashtra) said on Thursday that they have entered into an agreement by which the consumer mobile business of the latter will be merged into that of the former. The move at one stroke gives Bharti a huge […]

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Tata Teleservices Reportedly Shutting Down Operations in India Very Soon

By / October 10, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Earlier this month, it was rumoured that Tata Teleservices is asking its users to migrate from its network as it’s considering shutting down operations in the country. And now, it is reported that Tata Group has informed the government about its shut down of the wireless business. The first news was reported by Business Standard, quoting […]

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Jobs on the line at RCom, Aircel, Tata Tele

By / October 4, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Thousands of jobs are at stake in the telecom sector as three loss-making operators — Reliance Communications, Aircel and Tata Teleservices — face an uncertain future. Together, the three operators employ about 15,000 people. While RCom and Aircel have called off their plans to merge their wireless businesses, Tata Teleservices is winding down some of […]

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RCom, Aircel hang up on merger plans

By / October 3, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Reliance Communications (RCom) and Aircel have called off talks to merge their mobile operations due to regulatory and legal hurdles. This casts doubts over the operators’ future as the merger was seen as vital for their survival in the competitive telecom sector. “Legal and regulatory uncertainties, and various interventions by vested interests, have caused inordinate […]

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Panel approves extension of time period for spectrum payment to 16 years

By / September 30, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Telecom Commission (TC) has approved an increase in the timeframe for deferred spectrum payments to 16 years, as well as a change in calculation of interest for delayed payments. However, telecom companies will not get any relief on spectrum charge or licence fee. The industry says the TC`s measures will give some relief to […]

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Telecom firms may get interim sops now, full relief package later

By / September 29, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Telecom Commission may offer interim, piecemeal sops to debt-laden telecom firms, pending a comprehensive relief package that’s still some distance away, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. The apex telecom policymaking body is still awaiting clarifications it has sought from an inter-ministerial group (IMG) dealing with the issue, the person said […]

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Telcom industry: Government’s urgent intervention needed for digital push

By / September 28, 2017 / / 0 Comments

As the telecom industry’s first and largest marquee – India Mobile Congress (IMC) – commenced on Wednesday, leading operators Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular said issues such as “lack of effective regulatory intervention”, high taxes and spectrum acquisition costs need to be addressed to realise the vision of a digitsed India. During a panel discussion […]

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Airtel deploys 5G capable tech; promises faster data speeds

By / September 27, 2017 / / 0 Comments

India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel today said it has deployed a 5G capable technology, which will offer faster data speeds to consumers and improve network capacity. The deployment of ‘Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology’, a key driver for futuristic 5G networks, will start from Bengaluru and Kolkata, the company said in a statement. The […]

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