Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

IndiaMobile World Live — Facebook is holding talks with a number of ISPs in India to expand its Express Wi-Fi programme, after trials in rural areas in partnership with BSNL. Express Wi-Fi, aimed at making broadband in rural areas more affordable, rolled out 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots with the state-run operator as part of a pilot project, the Economic Times reported.

Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

India’s 3rd internet gateway ready to start operations

BangladeshTimes of India — AGARTALA: The third international internet gateway in Agartala is all set for inauguration which will take place after finalization of the schedule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart.  Bangladesh’s lone submarine cable operator, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), has already connected 10 GBPS bandwidth with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) cable last week at the Akhaura integrated checkpost.


Telecom ministry issues notices to BSNL, MTNL over poor quality

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom ministry has issued notices to state-owned BSNL, MTNL and India Posts after union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad personally took note of citizen complaints over service quality on social media since July. Prasad, who has over 4.65 lakh followers on Facebook, received the complaints relating to the three departments under his ministry.


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.


Facebook, BSNL to set up 100 Wi-Fi hotspots, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: US social networking major Facebook has partnered state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to create 100 Wi-Fi hotspots in rural India to drive digital penetration in the country. Facebook is investing Rs 5 crore per annum for buying bandwidth from BSNL in this joint initiative that also includes IT infrastructure services providers such as Quad Zen and Trimax for equipment and fibre deployment, BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava told ET.


Post offices in Madhya Pradesh will now sell mobile phones

IndiaTimes of India — BHOPAL: Post offices in Madhya Pradesh will sell mobile phones as part of postal department’s Digital India initiative. The department has joined hands with state-run operator BSNL and a Noida-based private company, Pantel Technologies, to sell mobile phones through its offices in the state.


BSNL to set up 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, invest Rs 6,000 crore

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will invest Rs 6,000 crore over the next three years to set up some 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, its chairman-cum-managing director Anupam Shrivastava has said.  “We are now thinking of rolling out Wi-Fi hotspot through capital expenditure model also. We are in the process of having our tender ready. We will be floating our tender and put our own equipment. We will be doing everything,” Shrivastava told IANS in an interview.


Agartala set to become India’s 3rd int’l internet gateway

IndiaThef Fnancial Express — India Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is set to inaugurate the India-Bangladesh bandwidth connectivity programme in Agartala on July 10. The announcement was made by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Chief General Manager (NE Circle) DP Singh while talking to the media on the occasion of celebration of Digital India Week at Agartala on Saturday.


Tripura to get high-speed internet connectivity from Bangladesh

IndiaIndia Com — Tripura will be gateway for reliable and super-fast Internet facility as Bangladesh government has agreed to allow India to use unspent bandwidth in the neighbouring country’s Cox Bazar, a BSNL official said today. ”An agreement of using unspent bandwidth available at Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar has been signed recently. The BSNL has taken initiative to implement the ambitious plan at the earliest,” Chief General Manager (NE-circle) of BSNL, D P Singh said.


BSNL, MTNL merger to be decided within 4-5 months

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The decision on merging state-run BSNL and MTNL will be taken in the next four-five months, telecom secretary Rakesh Garg said. “BSNL, MTNL merger decision will be taken in four-five months after studying the IIM report on it,” he said. Anupam Shrivastava, BSNL chairman-cum-managing director, said MTNL will be delisted before the merger. MTNL stocks rallied 20% intra-day. The stocks were trading 14.46% up at 2.11 pm in the Bombay Stock Exchange.


BSNL to offer free national roaming from June 15

IndiaNEW DELHI: Union telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that state-owned operator BSNL will provide nationwide free roaming service starting June 15.He also s aid that the government will ensure that Wi-Fi spots powered by BSNL are operational in major tourist spots in the next two years. The government plans to set up 2,500 Wi-Fi spots this year alone. The NDA government is taking many steps to make BSNL, as well as MTNL, profitable again.


BSNL makes pan-India calling free at night

IndiaNEW DELHI: To boost landline business, state-run telecom operator BSNL has announced unlimited free calling scheme during night hours from its fixed line phones to any operator including mobile phones anywhere in the country from May 1. The scheme would be operational between 9 PM to 7 AM and would cover all type of connections, BSNL said in a statement. “BSNL has introduced unlimited free calling during night hours from its landline phones to all landline phones and mobile phones of all service provider’s network on all India basis from 1st May,” BSNL said.


BSNL to invest Rs 7,000 crore for setting up 3G,4G Wi-Fi hotspots

IndiaNEW DELHI: State-run telecom operator BSNL will invest Rs 7,000 crore in setting up Wi-Fi hotspots integrated with 3G, 4G networks across the country over the next two to three years, a top company official said.  “Wi-Fi is an obvious choice for BSNL going forward but it alone cannot be successful. It has to be integrated with 3G, 4G network so that customer can be seamlessly transferred to Wi-Fi. In two to three years, we will be investing Rs 7,000 crore to set up integrated Wi-Fi across the country,” chairman and managing director of BSNL Anupam Shrivatava said while speaking at TeleAnalysis event here.


BSNL undertakes Rs 1,000 cr investment plan

IndiaChennai, Mar 20 (PTI) State-owned BSNL has undertaken a Rs 1,000 crore investment plan which include launch of Skype facility and setting up of Wi-Fi hotspots at tourist places, a top official said today. “We have taken several measures. Only last week we began migration of landline customers to next generation service facility. It will provide lot of services to customers. Second, we are experimenting with BSNL Skype. For the Wi-Fi hotspots, 14 centres in tourist places in South zone have been identified,” BSNL Director N K Gupta said.


India Government rules out privatization of BSNL, MTNL

IndiaNEW DELHI: Government today ruled out privatization of BSNL and MTNL even as it admitted that the two state-run telecom service providers were not in the pink of their health.  Responding to a supplementary during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said the intention of the government was to bring them back to profitability.


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.


BSNL’s share in mobile business dips to single digit

IndiaNEW DELHI: Jayanta Kumar was a harried customer of BSNL. A resident of Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region, he had been running from pillar to post just to get a bill for his landline and broadband connection, which was not delivered for six months. ” Finally, I had to use my contacts to prompt them in generating a bill. Is this how you do business?” says Kumar, who discontinued his BSNL connection and hopped on to a private operator.


BSNL, Micromax partner to drive data usage in India

NEW DELHI: Micromax, India’s second largest samrtphone player, Tuesday partnered with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to drive data growth in the country.  Under this partnership, Micromax and BSNL will extend unique reverse bundling handset offers of free data usage of up to 2GB per quarter to the Indian consumers.