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Trai invites companies, app providers to set up pilot project of Wi-Fi hotspots

By / July 8, 2017 / / 0 Comments

India’s telecom regulator has invited companies, app providers and hardware or software providers to set up a pilot project of Wi-Fi hotspots – which it calls Public Data Offices (PDOs) – that will allow pay-asyou-go ‘sachet sized’ data packs offering Internet access priced between Rs.2 and Rs.20. PDOs will be akin to the public calling […]

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Tatas, Bharti on a call to explore joint front in telecom and DTH

By / July 7, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Tata Group and Bharti Enterprises have held exploratory talks to evaluate a mega alliance involving their telecom, overseas cable and enterprise services, and direct-to-home TV businesses, several people familiar with the matter said. Discussions between both sides have revolved around a possible merger between unlisted Tata Teleservices and Tata Sky and the listed Tata […]

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Telcos see 15% dip in services revenue in March quarter

By / July 6, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The revenue of telecom operators from services dipped by about 15 per cent to Rs 40,831 crore in the January-March quarter this year, a Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) report said on Wednesday. The revenue was Rs 8,379 crore in the same period of last year. “The year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in GR (gross revenue) […]

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Aggressive tariffs, Rs 500 4G feature phone: Jio`s game plan for disruption

By / July 6, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Reliance Jio Infocomm is likely to unveil new tariff plans as well as a Rs 500 feature phone with VoLTE capabilities at the Reliance Industries’ annual general meeting on July 21 as its 84-day Dhan Dhana Dhan offer — announced on April 11 — is ending soon. Under ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan offer’, the company offered […]

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Reliance Jio may disrupt the market again, with Rs 500 handset

By / July 5, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Reliance Jio is likely to launch its much-awaited 4G VoLTE feature phone within this month, with brokerage HSBC putting the price at as low as Rs 500, a move which could bring in another wave of disruption in the telecom market. The launch – which some believe could be announced at parent Reliance Industries’ annual […]

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India Has 87 Mn 4G Subscribers, Jio Alone Has 72 Mn

By / July 5, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The total number of 4G subscribers in the country on LTE technology has reached to 87 million by December 2016, of which Reliance Jio alone has acquired more than 72 million, representing almost 83% of total 4G subscribers base. This means that the other 4G operators – Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India – […]

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NPCI crosses 1 crore transactions in June

By / July 4, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The National Payments Corp of India (NPCI) on Monday announced that its Unified Payments Interface has crossed the 10 million mark in June. This is a staggering 10-fold increase in 11 months from barely one million UPI transactions in August 2016 to over 10 million in June this year, said NPCI Managing Director and CEO […]

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Reliance Jio eats into market share of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, other large telcos in 2016: Trai

By / July 4, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Leading telecom majors Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular saw their market shares shrinking in 2016, giving way to aggressive newcomer Reliance Jio that ended the year with 6.4 per cent market share, as per data by telecom regulator Trai. According to the yearly telecom services performance indicator report of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of […]

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Centre imposes 10% basic customs duty on mobile phones

By / July 3, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Centre has imposed 10 per cent basic customs duty on cellular mobile phones. This levy will be applicable from July 1. This will also be applicable on specified parts of cellular mobile phones including the charger, battery wire headset, microphone and receiver, keypad and USB cable. The present exemption from basic customs duty on […]

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Telecom industry welcomes GST but hopes government to revise GST rate from 18% to 5%

By / July 3, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The telecom industry has welcomed the implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST) but at the same time it hopes that the government will revise the current rate of 18% GST to the requested rate of 5%, COAI said on Sunday. The telecom industry body further said that it is confident of getting support from […]

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