IBM partners Rcom to provide cloud services

IndiaEconomic Times — Technology giant IBM has partnered Reliance Communications (Rcom) to provide a complete portfolio of cloud services to customers. “…it is working with Reliance Communications to provide its customers with a complete portfolio of highly secure and scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings running on the IBM cloud,” IBM said in a statement today.

IBM partners Rcom to provide cloud services

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Technology giant IBM has partnered Reliance CommunicationsBSE 2.38 % (Rcom) to provide a complete portfolio of cloud services to customers.  “…it is working with Reliance Communications to provide its customers with a complete portfolio of highly secure and scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings running on the IBM cloud,” IBM said in a statement today.

RCom-Aircel extend merger deal talks by 2 months

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Reliance Communications is continuing exclusive talks with the promoters of Aircel on combining their wireless businesses, extending the period by 60 days to May 22 following “good progress made so far.” “The discussions are non-binding in nature. Any transaction is subject to completion of due diligence, definitive documentation and regulatory, shareholders’ and other third-party approvals,” RCom said in a notice to the BSE after the markets closed.

RCom shareholders approve merger with SSTL

IndiaTelecom Asia — Shareholders in India’s Reliance Communications have approved a proposed acquisition of Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL). The company announced  in a stock exchange filing that investors attending a shareholder meeting nearly unanimously voted in favor of the proposed transaction.

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.

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.

Reliance Jio partners with eight global carriers

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI:Reliance Jio Infocomm on Monday said it has tied up with eight global carriers that will allow partner businesses to more efficiently and quickly bring innovative products and services to customers around the world. An official statement said the eight global carriers are British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Millicom, MTS, Orange, Rogers, TeliaSonera and TIM.

Global Cloud Xchange Launches Next Generation Content and Cloud Delivery Network in Sydney

AustraliaSocial Media Portal — SYDNEY —- Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM), today announced the launch of Cloud X in Sydney.  This high performance enterprise-class platform delivers applications and content across the company’s privately owned global fiber optic network.

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.

RCom subsidiary GCX upgrades transatlantic route with Ciena solutions

Hong KongIndia Times — NEW DELHI: Reliance Communications’ subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), an international integrated communications solutions provider, said that it has deployed Ciena’s Packet Networking solutions to enable high-capacity Ethernet services on its transatlantic route.

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.

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.

Ericsson eyes huge opportunities from mergers in telecom sector

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Ericsson expects the ongoing consolidation in the Indian telecom industry to offer a big business opportunity to the Swedish telecom gear maker’s managed services business. “It is a potential opportunity specifically from managed services view point. We do multivendor managed services, and are already managing all the other vendors in India,” Jeroen Dorrestein, vice president and head of operations, Ericsson India, told ET.

RCom, Aircel, SSTL merger may create strong number 4

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: A three-way combination involving telecom operators Reliance Communications, Sistema Shyam Teleservices and Aircel would have an 3G footprint that’s bigger than those of Vodafone and Idea Cellular and a likely 4G presence in eight circles, although a heavy debt burden could cripple the deal, analysts said.

Reliance Comm and Aircel in talks to merge Indian mobile businesses

IndiaChannel News Asia — MUMBAI: Reliance Communications and Aircel have begun talks to combine their wireless telecom operations to create India’s second largest mobile operator as intensifying competition fuels consolidation in a crowded market. The Reliance mobile phone business is India’s fourth-biggest by customer numbers while Aircel ranks fifth. The combined business would surpass Vodafone’s Indian operation as number two in the sector.

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.

Reliance Retail to launch 4G phones priced between Rs 4,000-25,000

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Reliance Retail, part of conglomerate Reliance Industries, will launch four 4G-VoLTE smartphones later this month, and is training thousands of retail partners to support the rollout of the group’s 4G mobile phone services.

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.

Anil Ambani Starts Talks With TPG, Tillman to Sell Towers

IndiaBloomberg — Anil Ambani-controlled Reliance Communications Ltd. said it has signed a non-binding pact to sell its cellular towers across India to private equity firms Tillman Global Holdings LLC and TPG Asia Inc. in a bid to pare its debt. The wireless operator, which has 43,379 towers across India, will transfer these assets from its subsidiary Reliance Infratel Ltd. into a separate special unit that will be fully owned by the two private equity firms, according to an exchange filing.

RCom asks 1m 2G customers to port out

IndiaTelecom Asia — India’s Reliance Communications has contacted its remaining 2G customers in three telecom circles to port out to other operators in advance of the switch-off of the network in those markets. The operator has sent text messages to its roughly 1 million 2G customers in West Bengal, Bihar and Assam informing them that they will need to port for continued coverage, 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.

RCom to invest $80 million to set up four data centres in India

IndiaTimes 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.

Reliance Communications, Aircel and Sistema in talks for three-way merger

IndiaTimes 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.

Data growth may boost Airtel, Idea and RCom revenue in Q2

IndiaTimes 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.

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.

Reliance Jio may push Airtel to buy Aircel spectrum

IndiaTimes 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.

Airtel may cut data prices after Reliance Jio’s entry: Goldman Sachs

IndiaTimes 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.