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Net neutrality in India: Big setback for telcos, no decision taken on WhatsApp, Viber, other OTT players

By / November 29, 2017 / / 0 Comments

After having stopped differential data pricing last year in February, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday came out with a comprehensive set of recommendations on net neutrality which disallows any discriminatory practices on the net like throttling, choking or accelerating of select websites by telecom operators or internet service providers. While Trai […]

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TRAI recommends raising spectrum holding cap to 35%

By / November 22, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Tuesday finalised its response to the report on ‘Issues Relating to Spectrum Cap’, increasing it to 35 per cent from the current limit of 25 per cent. In its recommendations to the Department of Telecommunications, the telecom regulator also said the current intra-band cap should be removed. […]

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Vodafone Revenue At Rs 19,000 Cr, Down By 16%; Blames GST, New And Old Telcos

By / November 15, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Vodafone India, the Indian arm of Vodafone Plc today announced its financial results for the first half period of fiscal 2018 and posted revenues of Rs 19,002 crore, a drop of 15.8% over the same period a year ago. The company has attributed this decline to multiple factors that included a new operator – Reliance […]

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RCom to sell Direct-to-Home business to Veecon Media

By / November 7, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Reliance Communications has signed a binding MoU with Veecon Media and Television Ltd for the sale of its subsidiary Reliance BIG TV Ltd (RBTV), which offers Direct-to-Home (DTH) services across India. Reliance Communications did not disclose the value of the transaction. Pursuant to the transaction, the buyer will acquire the entire shareholding of RBTV with […]

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First Phase of BharatNet Project to Be Completed by December: Telecom Secretary

By / October 27, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The first phase of Indian government’s BharatNet project will be completed by December this year, having already covered 83,000 gram panchayats, Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, said on Thursday. BharatNet project, which aims to deploy high-speed optical fibre cables across rural areas of the country, would provide 100,000 gram panchayats with […]

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RCom pulls plug on 2G services; 1,500 jobs to go

By / October 26, 2017 / / 0 Comments

In a bid to stop losses, debt-laden Reliance Communications (RCom) is pulling the plug on its 2G services. The company will shut down all 2G mobile operations by November 30. This will lead to about 1,500 job losses, according to industry sources. Subscribers will be given the option to either shift to its 3G/4G network […]

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Reliance Jio to change approach from hunter to farmer by 2018: Fitch Ratings

By / October 24, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The new entrant in the telecom industry, Reliance Jio, is expected to shift its approach from a hunter to a farmer by 2018, said Nitin Soni, Director at Fitch Ratings. “Right now they are hunting for a larger subscriber base, they already have about 139 million subscribers, by 2018 we expect them to achieve about […]

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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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