RTN 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.
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.
Datacenter 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.
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.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The government today reiterated its commitment to provide non-discriminatory access to internet for all in the country and stick to the ‘fundamental principles’ of net neutrality. “Government is committed to the fundamental principles and concept of net neutrality and strives for non- discriminatory access to internet for all citizens of the country,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written statement to the Rajya Sabha.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel rolled out fourth generation (4G) trials in four cities on Friday, a company statement said here. The cities are Rourkela in Odisha and Manipal, Udupi and Tumkur in Karnataka. With these launches, the company now offers 4G in 44 cities in India. The company first launched its 4G services in Kolkata in April 2012.
RTN Asia — Uninor, the Indian brand of Telenor, has managed to break even at an operating level for the first time in India, thanks to the recent cut in termination charges by telecom regulator TRAI. TRAI had, about five months ago, cut termination charges (paid by one operator to another) by a massive 30% — helping low-cost operators like Uninor and Tata DoCoMo and hurting high-cost operators like Vodafone and Bharti Airtel.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: To counter Reliance Jio’s bid to capture the 4G services market with low cost bundled handsets, telecom major Bharti Airtel is planning to launch Airtel branded smartphones for Rs 4,000 by October-November. “Airtel is in advanced stages to finalise vendors to launch dual mode 4G handset in the price range of Rs 4,000-12,000. Negotiations are around if it should be only Airtel branded handset or co-branded handsets,” a industry source privy to the development said.
Times of India — 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.
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.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: With call drops becoming frequent, top telecom operator Bharti Airtel has blamed the lack of mobile towers for this problem, saying there is an urgent need to clear the ‘misinformation’ about their radiation effect. “We need both spectrum and more sites for mobile towers. In Delhi Lutyens area alone we need 217 sites, but we have only 117 sites,” Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO — India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel, told PTI in an interview.
Economic Times — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel will spend $16 billion to build deeper IT infrastructure to offer telecom services to Indian citizens in rural and urban parts of the country, the chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said during the launch of Digital India week. “Digital India has power to transform the country in shortest time, also digitally native Modi the right man to lead the drive.” Mittal said.
Lightr Rading — NEW DELHI — Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa , has selected Nokia Networks to roll out its 3G network in 5 new telecom circles and network expansion in 3 existing telecom circles. Under the 4-year contract, the company will provide its radio elements and services expertise to power Bharti Airtel’s infrastructure.
Times of India — LONDON: In a bid to provide affordable internet access to all, Bharti has acquired a minority stake in OneWeb, which plans to offer communication services using satellites by 2019. OneWeb has received $500 million for the project from its investors and plans to launch services by 2019. OneWeb, founded in 2012, is building a communication network with an initial constellation of 648 low earth orbit satellites. Investors in the company include Qualcomm Inc, Virgin Group, Airbus Group and Coca-Cola Company.
Times Of India — NEW DELHI: It looks like Airtel is killing its Smartbytes internet top-ups for postpaid users in Delhi. The product, which allows Airtel users to top-up their internet data packs if they use up their monthly allowance before their bill cycle date, is no longer available. A Delhi-based user informed TOI Tech that when he tried topping up his Airtel postpaid number after exhausting the monthly 2GB quota, the network returned a ‘service not applicable’ message.
NEW DELHI: India’s largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel will start trials of its 4G services in Delhi from June 18. According to sources, the company has set up the network and already informed the customers having 4G-enabled handsets to get 4G sim cards. “The company will do the beta launch of 4G in Delhi on June 18,” a source said. The company had started its 4G services in 2012 with the first launch in Kolkata. Airtel’s 4G services are now available in several parts of the country including Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh and Amritsar.
NEW DELHI: Telecom major Bharti Airtel has said that it has received a contract from Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon to launch Wi-Fi services. Users will be able to access free internet for the first 30 minutes and after that they can buy recharges. “… it has won the mandate for the launch of Wi-Fi services in Gurgaon … With this, Airtel has become the preferred partner to provide residents of the Millennium City an opportunity to connect to world-class internet experiences on the move,” Bharti Airtel said in a statement.
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.