Singtel,Airtel provide seamless high-speed data connectivity

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and Bharti Airtel (Airtel) have joined hands to deliver high-speed, secure data network coverage to Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States. They have combined resources into one network to provide high-speed data connectivity to 325 cities across the world through 370 Points of Presence (PoP). This will form one of the largest Internet Protocol Virtual Private Networks (IP VPN) globally.

Bharti Airtel’s data center arm partners with CenturyLink

IndiaBharti Airtel’s data center brand, Nxtra Data, has signed a deal with colocation giant CenturyLink that will see the two cooperate and share revenue for the Indian market. This partnership agreement will help deliver managed hosting, IT infrastructure and cloud services across the country, the India Times reported.

Airtel completes acquisition of Videocon’s spectrum in six circles

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has said that it has completed the Rs 4,428 crore deal with Videocon Telecommunications Ltd (VTL) to acquire the latter’s spectrum in six circles. In March, Bharti Airtel and VTL had entered into a definitive agreement, wherein, Airtel proposed to acquire the rights to use 2X5MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band allotted to VTL for an aggregate consideration of Rs 4,428 crore.

Bharti Airtel to sell 950 towers in Congo to Helios

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel Africa on Thursday said it will sell 950 mobile towers in Congo to telecom infrastructure company Helios Towers Africa (HTA) but did not disclose the deal size.

Bharti Airtel bolsters cloud capabilities with Microsoft partnership

IndiaBusiness Cloud News — Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of Connexion as well as a new collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Azure ExpressRoute to Indian businesses. The new Connexion service is designed to maximize network performance over the cloud, whereas Azure ExpressRoute ensures a more secure and scalable connection between enterprises, cloud service providers, and data centre partners, through using a private connection as opposed to public internet.

Airtel no longer has a premium over Idea: Himanshu Kapania, MD, Idea Cellular

IndiaTimes of India — Bharti Airtel’s pricing is now at par with that ofIdea Cellular, given that the Aditya Birla Grouptelecom operator is curbing promotional activities in voice, saidHimanshu Kapania, managing director, Idea Cellular. The company has consolidated its 9,700 telecom towers under a single subsidiary to increase operational efficiency, he told ET’s Deepali Gupta in an interview.

Bharti Airtel acquires Aircel’s 4G spectrum in 8 circles

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Shares of Bharti Airtel today surged by over 4% after the company announced that it will acquire rights to use 4G spectrum of Aircel in eight telecom circles for Rs 3,500 crore. The stock was trading at Rs 348.50 on BSE, up 4.24% from the previous close. On NSE, the shares were trading at 347.20, a rise of 3.77%.

Vodafone trails Airtel in 4G speed on lack of waves

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Vodafone India’s 4G data speed is much lower than market leader Bharti Airtel’s due to its paucity of 4G airwaves, which could pose challenges for the company in differentiating in terms of overall user experience, US brokerage Citi Research said.

Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, RCom, Tata Tele and Aircel charged with hiding revenue worth Rs 46,000 crore

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The national auditor alleged that six telecom operators —Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Aircel — had collectively understated gross revenue amounting to Rs 46,045.75 crore between 2006-07 and 2009-10, causing a loss of Rs 12,488.93 crore to the national exchequer. The companies rejected the accusation.

Airtel launches Platinum 3G in Arunachal Pradesh

IndiaTimes of India — ITANAGAR: India’s third-largest mobile services provider Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of its Platinum 3G network for customers here under ‘Project Leap.’ Airtel’s Platinum 3G would deliver faster internet speed, enhance voice clarity and offer a superior network experience for customers in the circle.

Reliance Communications, Aircel rejig merger plan

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI:Reliance Communications and Aircel, which are in talks to merge, have agreed that the Anil Ambani-run telco will combine its wireless business with the smaller rival owned by Maxis and both parent companies will hold 50% each in what will emerge as India’s No. 3 carrier by users. The two companies, which started a 90-day period of exclusive merger talks on December 22, scrapped an initial plan to form a new listed company to run their combined wireless businesses.

Airtel, RCom SSTL defend fixed-line throttling

IndiaTelecom Asia — India’s Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and SSTL have all objected to telecom regulator Trai’s draft directive to ensure a minimum fixed broadband download speed of 512kbps, arguing that they should be able to throttle heavy users. Airtel has argued that it should be able to reduce speeds to 64kbps once users have exceeded their data allocations, the Economic Times reported.

Airtel launches 4G services in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s top telecom operator Airtel has launched its 4G services in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Available at a price of 3G, subscribers can enjoy Airtel 4G with immediate sim swap and home delivery of sim cards, the Airtel said in a statement.

Airtel to migrate 40,000 sites across India to green technology

IndiaTimes of India — CHENNAI: Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel) on Wednesday announced migration of 40,000 of its network sites across India to green technology. In continuation with the company’s network transformation programme “Project Leap”, the company is now focusing heavily on a series of initiatives towards a greener environment and building sustainable network for the future.

Airtel, Axiata may merge Sri Lankan units

Sri LankaTelecom Asia — India’s Bharti Airtel is reportedly in talks with Malaysia-based Axiata Group to merge their respective mobile units in Sri Lanka. Negotiations are underway regarding a potential deal, the Economic Times reported, citing two people familiar with the deal. The potential merger would create the largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka with over 12 million customers.

Moody’s affirms Bharti Airtel’s Baa3 rating

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed its Baa3 issuer rating to Bharti Airtel and the senior unsecured notes issued by Bharti International (Netherlands) BV on expectations of “strong cash flows” from the domestic operations of India’s biggest telecom operator, particularly its voice and data businesses.

Airtel, Vodafone to add VoLTE to arsenal in battle against Reliance Jio

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s top two telecom operators are preparing to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology on their networks in association with Finnish gearmaker Nokia to take on Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is expected to start operations soon with services based on this technology.

What Indian telecoms can learn from IoT investment in US

IndiaTelecom Lead — Indian telecom network operators such as Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications and Vodafone can learn from Internet of Things (IoT) investments announced by AT&T and Verizon in the U.S. When both AT&T and Verizon have made several announcements in the recent months to boost of their IoT revenue, main Indian telecom network operators are doing nothing in the IoT space.

India to proceed with call drop compensation order

IndiaTelecom Asia — India’s telecom regulator will proceed with the implementation of a controversial rule requiring operators to compensate their customers for call drops, after a court refused to stay the introduction of the penalty. But the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has agreed not to take any action against operators not complying with the order until January 6, the next hearing date for the operators’ legal action against the order, theEconomic Times reported.

Airtel, Idea, Reliance Jio toTrai: Hold auction of 700Mhz

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Leading telecom operators like Airtel and Idea have asked regulator Trai not to auction the premium 700Mhz band until enough devices are available for services that are to be provided through it. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio, which is yet to launch its 4G services, has also suggested two-year evaluation of the ecosystem before radiowaves in this band are auctioned.

Indian telecom sector in 2016: Stage set for fierce battle as Reliance Jio takes on Airtel, Vodafone & Idea

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: When three of India’s richest and most accomplished businessmen with a combined wealth of about $37 billion spar with each other, one wouldn’t expect anyone to hold back any punches. Even more so, when the richest of the trio is the late entrant into the $50-billion Indian telecom market and has to challenge the other two dominant incumbents.

Smartphone companies dial 4G as users hang up on 3G

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Sales of 4G devices in India are growing at a fast pace, led by a fall in prices, growing digital engagement with mobile phones and cheaper data plans. 4G is rapidly eating into the share of 3G, which is losing its grip on the smartphone market. And, the big push is coming from the leading telecom players of the country.

Without OTT, internet won’t grow this fast: Airtel CTO Abhay Savargaonkar

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Third generation (3G) technology will continue to be the mainstay for both data and voice services for Bharti Airtel, which recently announced Project Leap, a Rs 60,000 crore investment programme to improve network quality over three years. In an interview to ET, Abhay Savargaonkar, chief technology officer at India’s No. 1 telco, said that while consumers in India need a good 3G network, 2G will be around for the next five to seven years. Edited excerpts:

Microsoft India plans to partner with Airtel for 4G Data-bundling pact

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Microsoft India plans to sign a 4G data-bundling pact with India’s No. 1 carrier Bharti Airtel to encourage the latter’s customers to buy the recently launched Lumia 4G smartphones, a top company executive told ET. Once the deal is formalised, Airtel 4G customers purchasing the Lumia 950 or 950 XL will get free data bundled with the devices, which run on the Windows 10 operating system.

Let Reliance Jio come, we’re ready to face competition: Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal

IndiaNEW DELHI: Sunil Mittal said Reliance Jio Infocomm’s proposed launch is driving consolidation in the telecom sector and will intensify pricing pressure but that Bharti Airtel is prepared to meet all competition. In an exclusive interview with ET, Bharti Enterprises chairman Mittal expressed the hope that Reliance Industries, which owns Jio, will be prudent. Jio’s long-awaited start is expected to disrupt tariffs as it seeks to wean away lucrative data customers from existing companies with its 4G services.

Airtel set to launch 4G services in Rajasthan

IndiaTimes of India — JAIPUR: Airtel will launch 4G services in Rajasthan within a few days and cover other important cities in next six months, a top official said. “We are ready to introduce 4G services in the state which will be launched in few days. Along with the preparations for this service, we are upgrading our existing infrastructure under project leap,” Manoj Murali, CEO of Airtel Rajasthan, said.

Facebook to partner telcos, OEMs for customized advertising

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Social networking giant Facebook is partnering with telecom companies such as Bharti Airtel and smartphone vendors including Micromax Informatics and Samsung Electronics to provide them with customized targeted advertising and increase their revenue growth.

Airtel plans $9b network upgrade project

IndiaTelecom Asia — India’s largest operator by subscribers Bharti Airtel has revealed plans to invest 600 billion rupees ($9.02 billion) rupees over the next three years to upgrade its network in preparation for the 4G era reaching the market. The company has announced Project Leap, which is set to be the most expensive investment project ever undertaken by the operator, the Economic Times reported.

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.