Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom service providers have called for an auction of airwaves in the fourth-generation band of 700Mhz, but after two years so there would be enough time to prepare and the ecosystem to mature. Industry executives said they wanted time to make their business strategy to play in a fairly new band. They expect the 700MHz band to be very expensive to buy, further straining the books of telecom operators who are sitting on about Rs 3 lakh crore of debt.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom regulator appears to have absolved telecom companies for the increasing instances of call drops, citing instead radiation fears and local laws as the biggest reasons carriers are unable to put up adequate cell sites, which are key to providing quality services.
RTN Asia — Vodafone said it continued to face pressure in its voice business in India in the April-June quarter, but an explosion in data was helping it maintain margins. It also said it had put in 1,100 new 3G towers during the quarter and has started 4G trials. It also added 1,000 2G sites. Many Vodafone customers in places like Mumbai have sporadically reported seeing 4G signal from the operator.
IT News — Five of Telstra’s rivals have come out strongly against the Department of Communications’ support for a hike in the regulated wholesale prices Telstra can charge access seekers for its copper network. The Competitive Carriers Coalition, comprising telcos Vodafone, Macquarie Telecom, iiNet, Nextgen Networks and MyNetFone today took umbrage at a submission to the ACCC’s enquiry on the issue written by Communications secretary Drew Clarke.
IT News — Vodafone Australia lost around $184 million and 45,000 customers in its first half of this year despite declaring its turnaround complete five months ago. The figures represent an increase on the approximately $159 million Vodafone lost in the same period of 2014. For the full 2014 year, the telco lost around $604 million.
India Times — BENGALURU: IBM is aggressively pitching a more attractive Watson to its top Indian customers, hoping they will once again take a shine to the company that’s struggling with dwindling market share in the country. The Armonk, New York-based company’s chief executive Virginia M Rometty, who was in India on Tuesday, made a strong case for the path-breaking Watson artificial-intelligence system to clients, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, as part of a broader push to win more business in India, people familiar with the discussions said.
IoT Evolution World — Over the past 15 years, the team at M2M Connectivity & M2M One have coached, consulted, celebrated and at times commiserated with thousands of hopeful developers trying to make their mark on the M2M and IoT landscape in Australia. This series of blog posts is designed to pass on some M2M 101 style tips to developers looking to get into the space.
IT News — Vodafone has switched traffic from its 4G data customers over to its new core Ericsson-based network ahead of the rollout of voice over LTE (VoLTE) services later this year. A core network includes the hardware and software used for routing and switching traffic, and is responsible for key network functionality such as authentication and gateways. It does not include backhaul or base stations.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom industry wants the regulator to take steps to revise the mergers and acquisitions policy to facilitate consolidation in an intensely competitive sector and help cut costs, improve services and reduce debt.
Mobile Today — The two companies have agreed to work together to develop a number of services for their global enterprise customers, with focus to be placed on Huawei’s mobile technology. The collaboration will see the Huawei and Vodafone Global Enterprise work together to explore the opportunities for coverage solutions, developing M2M module designs and investigating solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). Huawei has also announced that its mobile connectivity bonded technology will be used for new products.
MUMBAI: In a first ever rupee bond sale by the British telecom firm, three Vodafone Group companies have raised Rs 7,700 crore in the domestic market with maturities of five years which were mostly grabbed by international investors hungry for yields, said two people familiar with the matter. The sale was done at a coupon of 10.25% by Vodafone South for Rs 1,500 crore, Vodafone Essar Cellular for Rs 2,500 crore and Vodafone Spacetel for Rs 3,500 crore, said those people who did not want to be identified.
Vodafone and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to say that they are going to work on fixed and mobile connectivity bonding technology for new products, amongst other enterprise-friendly things. Those things also include working on better in-building coverage solutions, the development of new machine-to-machine module designs, and developing solutions regarding Safe City, Internet of Things, and cloud data centres.
KOLKATA: Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel and No. 3 carrier Idea Cellular gained incremental revenue market share (RMS) in the year ending March 2015, riding on robust data services revenue growth, while No. 2 carrier Vodafone India slipped marginally. Combined incremental RMS of the top three players stood at 88.3% in the fiscal ended March 2015, from 86.6% in FY14, indicating revenue market share consolidation, as per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) data.
NEW DELHI: Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission (TC) said it has finalized its view on the much awaited spectrum sharing and trading guidelines, which will be sent to the cabinet for final approval by month-end. “We have finalized the view on spectrum-sharing and trading guidelines. We will try to send the norms to the cabinet by the end of this month,” telecom secretary Rakesh Garg said after the meeting. The guidelines will be sent to telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad first and after his approval a cabinet note will be prepared.
NEW DELHI: India’s No 2 telecom operator Vodafone India invested Rs 750 crore in the year ended March 2015, on ramping up network and distribution in the Tamil Nadu telecom circle. “In Tamil Nadu, Vodafone has been focusing on closer engagement and enhancing customer experience in an endeavor to become a future-ready operator,” the telco said in a statement. Since April 2014, Vodafone has expanded its network footprint by adding over 3,600 new sites to take its total network strength to close to 6,300 3G sites and around 10,500 2G sites across Tamil Nadu.
KOLKATA: Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel’s decision to cut discounts on mobile data packs bought online following No. 3 carrier Idea Cellular’s recent call to increase data rates in Delhi signals attempts by telecom operators to shore up revenue and margins in the face of higher finance costs due to spectrum-related payouts. A Vodafone India spokesman said the company, India’s No. 2 operator, “is evaluating response” to Airtel and Idea’s moves.
NEW DELHI: Idea Cellular has hiked mobile data rates by up to 100% for pre-paid customers in the NCR region, becoming the first telecom operator to raise the tariff after Rs 1.1 lakh crore spectrum auction in March. The country’s third largest telco has doubled the price for some 2G plans, while 3G will be costlier by about 33%. The new rates came into effect from June 3. According to industry sources, the company also plans to increase the data tariffs in more circles in the coming days.
KOLKATA: Mobile carriers have silently turned to cool web-crawling technologies and analytics to instantly latch on to any negative customer buzz regarding their services and brand reputation across social media circles, and take corrective action. India’s No. 3 mobile carrier, Idea Cellular, said it uses analytics and web-crawling tools, to monitor and listen to customers on a 24×7 basis and provide quick resolution to their service needs.
KOLKATA: With the government poised to appoint a new Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman following Rahul Khullar’s recent retirement, India’s GSM carriers will shortly approach the sector regulator to persuade the telecom department (DoT) to finalize the data services deactivation and re-activation drill using a designated toll free short code. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the GSM trade body representing mobile carriers such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular amongst others, will shortly urge the next Trai chairman to “get the 1925 short code allotted by the DoT at the earliest for the purpose of data services de-activation and re-activation.”
NEW DELHI: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Vodafone and Aircel are not meeting some benchmarks for call drops in Delhi whereas Airtel and state-run MTNL are within the limits. “TRAI has reported that MTNL is meeting all the benchmarks for all the network-related parameters for 2G and 3G services … Vodafone and Aircel are not meeting the benchmark of less than or equal to 3% for the parameter worst affected cells having more that 3% traffic channel (TCH) drop,” Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.