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Qualcomm makes investment in India’s Jio Platform for future 5G rollout

  Qualcomm has committed to invest INR7.3 billion ($97.1 million) in India’s Jio Platforms with the aim of supporting the Indian firm in the future rollout of 5G services in the Indian market. Qualcomm Ventures’ investment will translate into 0.15% equity stake in Jio Platforms. Jio Platforms,...

Indian carriers to launch 5G trials next month

India’s incumbent telecom operators are expected to launch 5G trials in June after a panel at the Telecom Ministry has recommended spectrum for the tests, local press reported. The panel, which deliberated on the amount of necessary spectrum and duration of the 5G trial, has recommended 5G spectrum...

Huawei ready to carry out 5G trials in India next year: Report

  Industry sources said that the Chinese vendor will probably work with local carrier Airtel in 5G trials Chinese vendor Huawei said it expects to start a 5G trial in India early next year, according to Indian press reports. The company did not identify its local partner....

Dropped calls could cost Indian operators

Dropped calls are a big problem in India due to economics and sheer geography presenting hindrances to robust mobile network deployments. Now, national regulator Trai is considering penalizing operators for each dropped call. The Times of India reports Trai is considering penalizing operators 1 rupee...

EMEA: Nigeria threatens mobile operators with prison for poor service

Nigeria has the largest telecom market in Africa, but it also has a large share of problems, which include dropped calls, unsolicited texts and calls, and credit losses. The country's Consumer Protection Council has now warned mobile operators that their officials may soon face criminal charges if the situation...

MWC 2012: Bharti Airtel lags behind in climate leadership in Africa

Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel lacks green agenda in its investments in Africa, Greenpeace Tuesday stated in its briefing paper on International Green Telecom Leadership.

Uninor adds record 2.49 million new GSM users in January 2012

The total subscriber base of the company not stands at 38.79 million. Uninor is a joint venture between Norway-based Telenor and India's Unitech Limited.

Bharti Airtel launches mobile wallet service across India

India's leading mobile phone operator Bharti Airtel Thursday announced the pan India launch of 'airtel money', the country's first of its kind mobile wallet service by a mobile operator.

Crisil: India telecom operator profits to rise 5% in 2 years

The operating profitability of the mobile players like Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Tata Teleservices and Sistema Shyam Teleservices will improve by 5% in the next two years, according to credit rating agency Crisil.

Telcos differ on 2G auction rules

Uninor, in its response, has stated that only Private Respondents (whose licenses have been quashed by the SC judgement) and fresh applicants (well funded entities with no link to incumbent operators) should be eligible to take part in the auction of spectrum that has become available after the SC cancelled 122 2G licenses.

Airtel introduces online self care for prepaid customers

Bharti Airtel Monday announced the launch of India's first online self care services for its prepaid mobile customers across the country.

Bharti Airtel’s Q3 profits fall on higher interest costs

Bharti Airtel reported a 22% decline in its consolidated net profit to $206.6 million in Q3 (October-December) of the FY12 due to 3G roll-out costs and higher interest costs.

Calls tariffs to rise if govt decides to charge for extra spectrum: Mittal

The Indian consumers will have to be prepared for higher tariffs if the government goes ahead with the proposal to charge extra 2G spectrum held by telecom companies, says Bharti Airtel's Sunil Mittal.

Telecom chiefs meet Kapil Sibal; discuss spectrum pricing

Top executives of India's telecom companies Tuesday met the country's Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal to discuss contentious issues plaguing the sector.

Airtel extends managed services contract with NSN

Bharti Airtel, one of the leading telecommunications company, has renewed its contract with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for another five-years to manage and maintain its networks in eight circles of India.

India Telecom Tracker: Jan. 19, 2012

India and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement for establishing a mechanism of technical and institutional cooperation in the field of telecommunications, with the purpose of development of telecommunications in both the countries.

Telecom data: Tata Tele loses 4.4 million subscribers in Nov. 2011

The total number of telephone subscribers increased by 0.30% from 914.59 million at the end of October 2011 to 917.33 million at the end of November 2011.

Telcos may be asked to pay up for underreporting revenues

The Telecom Ministry will ask for nearly $300 million from Tata Teleservices, Vodafone, Reliance Communications, Airtel and Idea Cellular for underreporting revenues, India's Press Trust of India has reported, quoting unidentified sources.

Telecom panel blocks ban on 3G roaming deals

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal of India has allowed some mobile operators to continue offering 3G services in areas for which they don't have licenses until Jan. 9.

RCR Wireless News’ India Review 2011

A month-wise list of important developments in the Indian telecom sector in 2011.

India may reach 45M social media users in 2012, report says

The number of social media users in India will reach 45 million in 2012, up from about 30 million in 2010, according to market research firm Research and Markets.

India Telecom Tracker: Dec. 27, 2011

India's Telecom Commission has accepted the recommendations of industry regulator TRAI to relax mergers and acquisitions rules in the sector. The decision paves the way for spectrum-sharing among telecom operators. This will lead to consolidation in market with over a dozen telecom companies.

TDSAT restrains telecom ministry on 3G deals ban

India's Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal has restrained the telecom ministry from taking any "coercive" steps until January 3 next year against the telecom companies for entering into 3G roaming pacts.

Indian telcos add 6.7M GSM subscribers in November

India's total GSM mobile subscriber base stood at 632.1 million as telecom operators added 6.7 million new subscribers in the month of November, an increase of 1.1% from the previous month.

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