Reliance Communications set to launch 4G services across India in phases

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Reliance Communications (RCom) is set to launch 4G services on its own across India in phases, starting mid-August from the key circles of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and will gradually leverage its sharing agreement with Reliance Jio Infocomm as clearances come through.

Reliance Jio to launch commercial operations soon

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio Infocomm will launch commercial operations in coming months as its test programme has established smooth operations of all aspects of the network, company’s parent RIL said today. Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, launched full scale service offerings for group employees, partners, vendors and associates on a trial basis on December 28, 2015.

RJio brings high-speed subsea cable network to India

IndiaBusiness Standard — Reliance Jio on Monday announced that the Bay of Bengal Gateway’s subsea cable network spread over 8,100 km was operational. The network has been built by six telcos to handle high bandwidth demands of emerging technologies and applications. The system is a direct trunk connection between Barka in Oman and Penang in Malaysia.

Reliance Jio’s 4G launch may be pushed to December

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Reliance Jio Infocomm’s commercial launch of 4G services could be further pushed to December, in which case the telecom arm of Reliance Industries may find it difficult to aggressively poach high-end consumers from incumbents Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular unless it brings down prices, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch has said.

Asia Briefs: RCom pays $805M to ‘liberalise’ spectrum, Nepal Telecom seeks approval to launch 4G & more

IndiaMobile World Live — India’s Reliance Communications (RCom) paid the Department of Telecom (DoT) INR53.84billion ($805 million) to ‘liberalise’ its spectrum in the 800MHz band so it can trade and share the airwaves with 4G newcomer Reliance Jio. The country’s fourth largest operator, however, could be liable to pay an additional INR15.6 billion to the DoT for a controversial spectrum usage fee, which the operator is contesting in court.

Reliance Jio and RCOM Jio sign 4G spectrum sharing pact

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio today signed strategic partnership agreement with younger sibling Anil’s Reliance Communications to share spectrum for providing high-speed telecom services.

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.

Reliance Jio’AAE-1 subsea cable project gets green panel’s nod

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The Centre’s green panel has given the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to Reliance Jio Infocom to build the Indian part of the Asia-Africa-Europe One (AAE-1) submarine cable system at Mumbai. AAE-1, the largest next generation subsea cable system spanning around 25,000 km and linking South Asia to Africa and Europe via the Middle East, is being constructed by a consortium of 17 global service providers.

Reliance Jio’s AAE-I submarine cable system gets green ministry’s approval

IndiaIB Times — Reliance Jio Infocom, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani Group’s Reliance Industries (RIL), has received environmental clearance to build the Indian part of the 20,000 km submarine cable linking Africa to South Asia. The Asia Africa Europe One (AAE-1) cable system is being built by a consortium of 17 global telecom service providers.

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.

Rel Jio’s 4G entry not a threat: Idea

IndiaTimes of India — Idea Cellular, the country’s third-biggest mobile operator with over 170 million subscribers, has joined the 4G bandwagon ahead of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio launch. Reliance Jio is expected to be launched commercially in March-April, while a soft launch for employees will take place on Sunday.

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.

Reliance Jio to spend $6 million on submarine cable system project: Report

IndiaIndia Times — NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio Infocomm would spend $6 million to connect India to the biggest global next-generation submarine cable system at the Mumbai suburban beach, media reports said.  The submarine cable system is called Asia Africa Europe One, or AAE-1, and is capable of carrying 177 terabit of data and is currently being built by 18 consortium partners.

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.

Data tariff to fall 15-20% post Reliance Jio entry: Fitch

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Fitch Ratings has slashed the telecom sector’s outlook to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’ for 2016 and said the impending entry of Reliance Jio will increase the competition and pressurise credit profiles of top-four telcos. The agency expects data tariffs to fall by at least 15-20% as incumbents compete on price with Jio, which is likely to offer cheaper tariffs to build market share and voice average revenue per user (ARPU) will decline on lower usage as rising data usage will cannibalise voice.

Rcom, Reliance Jio, Tata Firm Up 800 Mhz Lte Plans?

IndiaRTN 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.

Airtel, Idea, RComm earnings may be hit by high spectrum costs

IndiaKOLKATA: Earnings of telecom companies Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications may take a sharp hit in 2016-17, weighed down by higher amortization and interest costs after buying expensive spectrum, analysts say.  Increased costs, along with a likely delay in the launch of Reliance Jio Infocomm’s service, may result in some tariffs going up, they said. Market leader Bharti Airtel’s net profit may dip 8% in the financial year starting April 1, 2016, US brokerage Morgan Stanley estimated, while that of Idea Cellular and RCom are set to decline 27% and 26%, respectively, factoring in higher interest and depreciation outflows.

Spectrum auction: Government gets Rs 32,300 crore from telcos

IndiaNEW DELHI: The government has received a total upfront payment of over Rs 32,300 crore from telecom players against the spectrum sold during the March auction, well above the minimum outstanding due of Rs 28,835.34 crore. Telecom major Bharti Airtel has paid the entire sum for Rajasthan and North East circles. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has received Rs 32,377.85 crore, nearly Rs 3,500 crore above the minimum due, sources told .

Reliance Jio Infocomm reignites 2G spectrum battle

IndiaMUMBAI: Reliance Jio Infocomm seems to have reignited the battle over the crucial second-generation spectrum after a lull of three-four days, pushing up prices in some telecom zones. Experts see this as a tit-for-tat reaction after Bharti Airtel and Vodafone drove up prices for the CDMA band, which is being chased by the Mukesh Ambani-controlled company. Last week, the price of 800MHz, historically used for CDMA but which can carry 4G LTE-based services as well, crossed that of the traditional 2G spectrum of 900MHz in circles such as Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai.