Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal: Insufficient 3G spectrum up for auction

IndiaNEW DELHI: Gopal Vittal, who runs India’s biggest telecom operator, Airtel, said the government is offering too little of the 3G spectrum that’s badly needed to support surging data growth at next month’s auction of airwaves. Making more of the highspeed frequencies available will act as a big boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India project, said Bharti Airtel’s CEO for India and South Asia.

Airtel, BSNL to sign pan-India roaming pact

IndiaNEW DELHI: Telecom operators Airtel and BSNL are likely to sign a pan-India roaming pact within a month to strengthen their 2G mobile services in areas where either of them is having a weak or negligible presence.  “We are soon going to sign a pan-India intra-circle roaming agreement with Airtel with a focus to strengthen coverage in rural areas. Commercials are being worked out. This is most likely to signed within a month,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.

Airtel denies talks of merger with Orange

IndiaNEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel, the world’s fourth-largest mobile phone operator, has denied a news report of talks with France’s largest phone company, Orange SA, for a possible merger of its African assets, although people familiar said both companies had earlier been involved in deliberations which fell through. “A year ago there were some discussions with Orange for a possible merger but it collapsed,” a person familiar with the matter told ET, explaining that both companies wanted to retain a controlling stake over the combined entity.

Indian telco wants users to pay extra for using Skype, Viber

The Indian Government will look into Airtel’s plan to charge separately for VoIP (voice calls over Internet) services offered by apps like Skype, Viber, and Line. According to a statement on the website of the Indian telecom giant, “All internet/data packs or plans (through which customer can avail discounted rate) shall only be valid for internet browsing and will exclude VoIP (both incoming/ outgoing). VoIP over data connectivity would be charged at standard data rates of 4p/10 KB (3G service) and 10p/10 KB (2G service)”.

Government to look into Airtel’s tariff plan for net calls

NEW DELHI: The government has decided to look into Bharti Airtel’s decision to charge higher tariff for voice calls through popular internet service providers such as Skype, Viber, Facebook messenger and Google hangouts. “We will look into it. Government will come back with a structured response,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on the sidelines of a ‘Good Governance Day’ event organized by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

Trai examining Bharti Airtel’s special deals on Facebook and WhatsApp

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel’s data packages offering access to Facebook and WhatsApp for fixed but nominal amounts are being examined by the telecom regulator to determine whether they amount to “preferential access” for such services, an issue at the heart of the debate on net neutrality, a concept recently backed by US President Barack Obama.

Airtel and Samsung launch India’s first Integrated Digital TV

BANGALORE, INDIA: Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, today announced its partnership with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this innovation – Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital satellite tuner which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external set-top-box (STB).

Airtel, Vodafone, others developing apps to connect with surging smartphone user base

NEW DELHI: Top carriers Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India are developing apps and pushing carrier billing to connect directly with a surging smartphone user base in a bid to stay relevant, but internal challenges limit them from aggressive changes such as making acquisitions in complementary businesses such as cable TV, a strategy their global peers are using to counter the threat from over-thetop (OTT) players.

Google in talks with Airtel to usher in carrier billing, from India

BANGALORE: Internet giant Google is in talks with AirtelBSE -0.23 % to allow customers of the country’s largest mobile operator to pay for digital items such as e-books, paid apps and in-app purchases through their service provider. In a country where millions of smartphone users do not use credit cards, such a tie-up can significantly boost Google’s digital goods business, and app developers and content creators will end up earning more.

Bharti Airtel crosses 300 million customers milestone

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Bharti Airtel today announced that it has crossed the 300 million customers mark across its operations. The milestone includes customers across mobile, fixed line and DSL, and DTH services. Bharti Airtel, which began operations in 1995, reached the 100 million customers mark in 2009 and crossed the 200 million mark in 2012. The latest 100 million customers have joined the Airtel family in less than two years. The company ranks as the fourth largest mobile service provider globally and second largest globally outside of China.

Airtel 4G Service Now In Ludhiana

The 4G the dongles are priced at Rs1500, the CPE is priced at Rs2500 News | by CIOL Bureau LUDHIANA, INDIA: Bharti Airtel has gone ahead to introduce its 4G services in Ludhiana. The company is offering the 4G service through its dongles and wi-fi router and the same speeds on the phone as well. The 4G internet service, for now, can be used on four phones – Apple iPhone 5S  and 5C  and Xolo LT 900 and LG G2.

Airtel mobile TV app to provide free access to news channels

NEW DELHI: Telecom major AirtelBSE 1.13 % announced to provide access all available news channels for free through its mobile phone application Pocket TV. ” Airtel digital TV, the DTH service arm of the leading telecom operator Bharti AirtelBSE 1.13 % will offer TV viewing free for its customers on its mobile application – Pocket TV, enabling them to stay tuned to live television action all day,” Airtel said in a statement.’’

India’s Bharti Airtel quarterly profit soars 89%

NEW DELHI: India’s top mobile phone firm, Bharti Airtel, reported quarterly profit soared 89% from a year earlier, helped by an easing of cutthroat competition as rivals fell by the wayside.  But the company’s African operations, purchased as part of Bharti’s bold move four years ago to increase its global footprint, racked up more losses.  Bharti, the fourth-largest cellular firm globally by subscribers, said in a statement consolidated net profit for the fourth financial quarter to March climbed to 9.6bil rupees (RM520.36mil) on revenue that jumped 13.5% to 222.2bil rupees (RM12.04bil).

Airtel 4G service now in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula

CHANDIGARH:In the second phase of 4G introduction,Bharti Airtel has gone ahead to introduce 4G LTE service for smartphones in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. The facility allows select smartphone users to to log into the internet highway, on your mobiles, at 4G speeds. The company has been offering the 4G service through its dongles and wi-fi router since last year, but now it has upgraded its technology to allow the same speeds on the phone as well