DataWind planning to launch sub-Rs 3,000 4G smartphone

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Canada-based low-cost tablet and smartphone maker DataWind is considering a foray into the affordable 4G device segment by mid-2016 and plans to start two new manufacturing facilities with an initial investment of Rs 200 crore in the country. “We may work on a sub Rs 3,000-priced 4G-enabled smartphone next as the 4G market matures in India,” DataWind chief executive Suneet Singh Tuli told ET, adding that the company is closely watching the telcos’ 4G moves.

Rel Jio entry to trigger Indian telcos’ consolidation: Sunil Mittal

IndiaTimes of India — LONDON: Country’s largest telecom player Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said the entry of Reliance Jio Infocomm will bring further consolidation in the Indian telecom sector. The telecom czar said consolidation activity has already started with MTS and Reliance Communications (RCom) deal. “I personally believe the launch of services of Reliance Jio as a big operator will spur consolidation in telecom sector,” Mittal told CNBC TV18.

25% of smartphones in India 3G-enabled: Survey

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Around 25% devices connected on mobile networks in the country are 3G enabled, out of which, only 45% smartphones are used for the high-speed internet service, showed a study by Nokia Networks. The survey, however, noted that 3G service is witnessing a rapid adoption among users. Growth of 3G subscription in a span of six months surged by 26%, while its penetration in India stands at 24.59%, it said.

Bharti Airtel’s revenue to grow 8-10% over next 12-18 months: Moody’s

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Country’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel will have a revenue growth of 8-10% over the next 12-18 months on strong demand for data services and affordable smartphones, Moody’s Investors Service has said. The aggregate average revenue of telecom operators in Asia Pacific will increase 3-4% over the next 12-18 months, similar to 2014’s growth rate of 3.8% and trending in line with forecast average GDP growth for the region and its outlook for the industry is stable, it said.

Data growth may boost Airtel, Idea and RCom revenue in Q2

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications may report a sequential dip in voice revenue per minute (RPM) in the seasonally weak July-September period, stung by the full quarterly impact of higher service tax (14%) and reduced traffic volumes, although strong data growth is likely to partially compensate this.

Reliance Jio may push Airtel to buy Aircel spectrum

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has held initial talks to buy Aircel’s 4G airwaves in the 2300Mhz band as the country’s leading telco looks to expand its high-speed broadband footprint, and close the gap with Reliance Jio Infocomm, which holds pan-India airwaves. While Airtel denied any discussions had taken place and Maxis-owned Aircel said it doesn’t comment on market speculation, three people familiar with the matter said the talks involved Airtel buying Aircel’s 4G bandwidth through the spectrum trading route.

Airtel may cut data prices after Reliance Jio’s entry: Goldman Sachs

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel may cut data prices by 25% in the next financial year as a result of Reliance Jio launching services, a report by Goldman Sachs said. The report by global financial major though said Airtel remains well placed even following Jio’s launch as it can offer 4G data services on similar spectrum as Jio while having a better 2G/3G fallback.

Airtel moves all prepaid customers to per second plan

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Airtel has announced that it will move all its prepaid mobile customers to the per second bill plan.  According to the company, the change is part of its “Pay For What You Use” initiative and will help ensure that customers pay only for the time they use the Airtel network. Though a large majority of Airtel prepaid mobile customers are already on the per second billing plan, with the new initiative the company says it will ensure that all the prepaid base is moved to the per second plan.

India: Airtel bets on music curation app to drive data usage

IndiaDeal Street Asia — A year ago, listening to a song people raved about on Facebook, or that tune stuck in one’s head, was almost impossible if it hadn’t already been preloaded on an mp3 player or phone, or without access to a music-streaming app. For Bharti Airtel Ltd, the solution was to come up with a music curation app of its own that would create a new revenue stream for the telco and in the process drive significant data usage in an intensely competitive market.

Microsoft India eyes 4G, Windows 10 for revival

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft is building a pipeline of fourth-generation smartphones to be launched in India around the year-end, and is banking on Windows 10-based devices to make a mark in the highly competitive mobile market where it is rapidly losing ground.

Ericsson bags 3G, 4G contracts from Bharti Airtel

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson said it has bagged a four-year 4G network rollout contract in Delhi from Bharti Airtel. The company has also signed another four-year agreement with Airtel to expand its 3G network across eight telecom circles in the country. Financial details of the contracts were not shared by Ericsson. This is Ericsson’s first 4G network using LTE-FDD technology in Delhi.

What’s behind Idea, Airtel’s data tariff hike

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Top telcos Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular’s decision to increase postpaid data rates in some markets signals attempts by incumbents to protect their data revenue realization levels to withstand a potential tariff war post Reliance Jio Infocomm’s entry later this year, say analysts and experts. The latest rate hikes, they said, are a pre-emptive bid to create a revenue cushion of sorts for absorbing imminent data tariff cuts closer to Reliance Jio’s launch in December.

Airtel, Idea gain maximum revenue market share in Q1

IndiaTimes of iIndia — KOLKATA: Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel and No. 3 carrier Idea Cellular cornered maximum incremental revenue market share (RMS) in the fiscal first quarter 2015-16, riding on strong data services penetration and revenue growth.  Market leader Bharti Airtel captured the highest incremental RMS of 34% in the April-June quarter, while Idea’s grew to 32.8%.

Airtel acquires Augere Wireless to ramp up 4G services

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Country’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel has acquired wireless broadband firm Augere’s India operations, a move that will help the firm to augment its 4G presence in the country.  The company did not disclose the deal value.  With this acquisition, Bharti Airtel’s 4G services will now be available in over 300 cities and towns.

Uber partners Airtel to offer free Wi-Fi in cabs

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: US-based taxi-hailing app Uber has signed an agreement with telecom major Bharti Airtel to offer free high-speed internet in its cabs across the country.  Besides, Airtel will also become Uber’s official telecom partner across India by offering mobile, data and device plans to Uber driver-partners.  The service, which has been launched in Mumbai, will soon be extended to other cities.

Airtel launches pan-India 4G services

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Airtel has commercially launched its 4G high-speed data services in 296 towns across India. The telecom operator has been carrying out public test runs of the service in select towns with the first 4G network deployed in Kolkata in 2012. The service will be available to customers through 4G-enabled mobile phones, internet dongles and Wi-Fi routers.

Airtel: Voice and data tariffs need to go up

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Bharti Airtel has said that voice and data tariffs need to go up and called for a more disciplined approach to pricing for an industry grappling with mounting input costs amid continuing pricing pressure on its voice business, as reflected in its first quarter results.

Operators Alone Not Responsible For Call Drops – Assocham, from IN

IndiaRTN Asia — Expressing concern over steadily deteriorating situation with regard to call drops in mobile networks, ASSOCHAM today pointed out it is unfair to put the blame on the operators only since many of the critical factors causing the problem are not within the control of the telecom industry.

Telcos seek time to gather resources for 700MHz auction

IndiaTimes 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.

Amazon to Build Cloud Data Centers in India

IndiaDatacenter Knowledge — Amazon Web Services announced plans to build cloud data centers in India in 2016. Amazon already has a sizable customer base inside the country being served out of other AWS regions, but the company will build new data centers to better serve local customers with better performance, as well as to appease any data-sovereignty needs some organizations may have.