Net neutrality: RCom bats for

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: As a debate rages on about the net neutrality and the role of Facebook’s platform, the social networking giant’s Indian partner for this programme Reliance Communications (RCom) said it has brought on board one million Indians to experience internet. “We piloted this for six months in seven circles. And in six months, I am happy to share with you, we brought nearly one million people to come on the internet and experience the internet,” Reliance Communications’ consumer business CEO Gurdeep Singh told the company shareholders here.

Connode and Intel Engage with Reliance in Mumbai Smart City Network

IndiaBusiness Wire — In the first phase, Reliance will connect the smart meters, streetlights and distribution automation equipment in Mumbai, using Intel® IOT Gateways and Connode’s IPv6 based wireless mesh solution, Connode 4. This will be the first roll-out in India of smart meters fully compliant to the communication standards recently adopted in the machine-to-machine (M2M) roadmap by the government of India.

RJio launches unlimited free Wi-Fi in Mumbai during Ganesh Utsav

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: RIL’s telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced the launch of unlimited free Wi-Fi service, Jionet, at select pandals during ongoing Ganesh Utsav. Devotees visiting Lalbaug Cha Raja, Andheri Cha Raja and Sahyadri Cha Raja pandals during 11-day long festival will be able to access high speed Wi-Fi internet services through their mobile devices, the company said in a statement.

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.

Vodafone plans 4G push to counter Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio

IndiaTimes of India — New Delhi: The entry of Mukesh Ambani’s 4G vehicle Reliance Jio by the end of the year is prompting incumbent telecom operators to announce competing plans on the high-speed network. Days after Bharti Airtel laid out a comprehensive national 4G plan, close rival and the country’s second-biggest mobile operator Vodafone also said that it will offer the services by the end of this year.

Want to buy onions cheap? Go online, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: When Reliance Retail started selling fruits and vegetables at prices lower than market rates and talked about eliminating middlemen, the then Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh shut the stores, calling it a law and order problem. Eight years later, online grocery stores are looking to gain favour with customers by offering onions at about half the rate that neighbourhood stores are charging.

RCom partners with Jasper for IoT in India

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Reliance Communications (RCom) Thursday said that it has entered in to partnership with global Internet of Things (IoT) player Jasper to enable enterprises throughout India to launch, manage and monetize next-generation IoT businesses. RCom is Jasper’s sole telecom partner in the South Asia country. The partnership pairs the capabilities of RCom’s 11 data center facilities and its Global Cloud Exchange (Cloud X) platform with Jasper’s global IoT services platform to enable enterprises to capitalize on IoT services, the company said.

Global Cloud Xchange to Expand Singapore-India Connectivity

Hong KongPRNewswire — SINGAPORE: Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM), today announced the expansion of Singapore-India connectivity to a broader base of global enterprises and carriers. GCX will acquire capacity on the TIC cable between Singapore and Chennai, which will be extended across the seven Indian Capital Cities on GCX domestic network within India.

RCom shortlists firms for Reliance Infratel stake

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Reliance Communications has shortlisted telecom tower firm American Tower Corporation (ATC) apart from private equity firms Carlyle, Blackstone, Farallon Capital and Tillman for buying up to 100% of its stake in unit Reliance Infratel, news which boosted the Anil Ambani-led company’s shares.

Reliance Arm Offers Direct Access to Amazon Web Services

IndiaNDTV — Reliance Communications’ arm Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) on Friday announced a direct access to Amazon Web Services via its cloud platform. “Using our Cloud X Fusion, businesses can take advantage of our enterprise grade connectivity from 90 countries to connect their on-premise environment into an Amazon Web Services port over our global infrastructure,” GCX chief executive Bill Barney said in a statement here.

Reliance arm offers access to Amazon web services

IndiaIndia TV News — Mumbai:  Reliance Communications’ arm Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) on Friday announced a direct access to Amazon web services via its cloud platform. “Using our Cloud X Fusion, businesses can take advantage of our enterprise grade connectivity from 90 countries to connect their on-premise environment into an Amazon web services port over our global infrastructure,” GCX chief executive Bill Barney said in a statement here.

RCom enterprise arm launches direct access to AWS via GCX’s Cloud X Fusion

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Reliance Communications’ enterprise arm, Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has launched a direct access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) via GCX’s Cloud X Fusion in Sydney, with the ability to establish additional interconnections across multiple locations and offer enterprise customers fast, flexible access to the cloud.

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.

Reliance to roll out 4G service in December

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: India’s diversified major Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) will roll out its ambitious 4G mobile-cum-broadband service Jio in December through 1,000 retail stores, a senior company official said. “We will start extensive beta testing of our telecom infrastructure, including network across the country in the ensuing weeks to commence operations in December,” RIL chief financial officer V. Srikanth told reporters here on Saturday.

TRAI: Don’t blame mobile operators for call drops

IndiaTimes 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.

Rcom Expands Its Cloud Computing Infrastructure In India

IndiaPTN Asia — Reliance Communications has deployed new Cloud Xchange nodes in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Cloud Xchange is the company’s cloud computing-cum-delivery solution. It helps in sophisticated delivery and implementation of cloud-computing based solutions, including content delivery. In some ways, it is like Amazon Web Services.

Why MTS India is adopting open source softwares

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Reliance Communications (RCom) and Sistema Shyam Teleservices, also known as MTS India, are increasingly adopting open source software as it helps them significantly cut costs. The two telcos say using open source software allows them flexible options for their networks to meet demands for new services besides freeing them from high licensing costs related to proprietary software.

RCom-SSTL merger plans highlight ambiguous rules

IndiaKOLKATA: Reliance Communications’ plan to merge Sistema’s Indian assets with itself is seen giving it scale and helping it reduce cost and spectrum renewal risks, but experts point out that it has brought into focus ambiguity in spectrum holding rules in M&As. In a report, brokerage Credit Suisse said that Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) provides a “good complementary fit” for Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications, given its spectrum holdings in the 800MHz band, which can be used for 4G services.

RCom, Sistema in talks to merge telecom businesses

IndiaNEW DELHI: Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communication has said it is in talks with AFK Sistema to merge the Russian conglomerate’s Indian telecom operations through a cashless stock swap. “Reliance Communications (RCom) and AFK Sistema have entered into exclusive discussions on a potential merger between the Indian telecom business of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (SSTL) and RCom through a stock swap,” the company said in a statement. The discussions, it said, are “indicative and non-binding in nature, and remain subject to due diligence, definitive documentation and approvals, as may be necessary.”

Tata, Reliance gear up to join the e-commerce bandwagon

IndiaMUMBAI: Diversified conglomerate Tata group, which is giving shape to its e-commerce venture code named Tata Mall has hired between 35 and 50 executives who will work out Mumbai’s new business district, Bandra Kurla Complex, said a person with direct knowledge of the plan. Meanwhile, Reliance Industries is also stepping on the gas and is readying its supply chain, riding on its retail chain Reliance Fresh. It has started hiring executives with experience in e-commerce platforms for its online and strategy teams.