Times 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.
Times 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.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) and its subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) would invest $80 million (around Rs 500 crore) to set up four data centres in India over the next 12 months. “We are adding four data centres in the next 12 months as part of our strategy to increase capacity by 40%,” Bill Barney chief executive of Reliance Communications (Enterprise) and GCX said.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Reliance Communications, Aircel and Sistema (MTS) have begun initial talks for a three-way merger that could see the emergence of India’s third largest telco by subscribers. The first phase of the broader deal could see MTS merge into RCom through a share-swap arrangement, talks for which are at an advanced stage.
Times 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.
RTN Asia — Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communication is unlikely to go for pan-India spectrum trading or sharing with Reliance Jio Infocomm. Instead, the company is expected to focus on its merger with MTS to get the requisite spectrum in majority of the circles for LTE launch. Only in a handful of circles — less than 10 — where MTS and RCom do not have enough spectrum would RCom enter into an alliance with Reliance Jio for spectrum sharing or 4G intra-circle roaming, according to industry sources.
Times 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.
Times 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.
Times of India — MUMBAI: As a debate rages on about the net neutrality and the role of Facebook’s Internet.org 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.
Business 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.
Times 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.
Times 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.
Times 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.
Times 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.
Economic 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.
PRNewswire — 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.
Times 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.
NDTV — 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.
India 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.
Economic 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.