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India’s top operators launch 5G India Forum

The new body will cooperate with the Indian government to pave the way for the future deployment of 5G technologies The cellular operators association of India (COAI) has officially launched the 5G India Forum to boost the local ecosystem towards the implementation of 5G technology. The...

Reliance, Aircel merger plan gets key regulatory approvals

Reliance and Aircel initially signed a merger agreement in September 2016. Indian telecommunications firms Reliance Communications and Aircel obtained approval to merge their operations from the Securities and Exchange Board of India. The deal has already garnered approval from the Bombay Stock Exchange...

Reliance Communications sells tower business to Brookfield Infrastructure

Reliance to receive $1.6 billion for the tower transaction. Indian telecommunications firm Reliance Communications signed binding agreements with Brookfield Infrastructure to sell nationwide tower assets to affiliates of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and its institutional partners, the telco said in a statement. The deal calls...

Reliance Communications to sell 51% of cell tower business

Cell tower deal valued at $1.65B Indian telecommunications firm Reliance Communications on Friday signed a nonbinding deal with asset manager Brookfield to sell a 51% stake in its cell tower business for 110 billion rupees ($1.65 billion). Under the terms of the agreement, the stake in Reliance...

Seven telcos apply to take part in upcoming spectrum auction in India

The spectrum auction covers 2,200 megahertz of available airwaves India's Department of Telecommunications has confirmed that seven telecommunications operators have submitted applications to participate in an upcoming spectrum auction. Interested operators include Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communications and Aircel – the...

Reliance Communications, Aircel to merge mobile businesses in India

Reliance and Aircel will both own a 50% stake in creatively titled new entity called MergedCo Indian telecommunications operator Reliance Communications and rival mobile operator Aircel announced the signing of definitive documents for the merger of their Indian wireless businesses, which represents the largest consolidation in...

Reliance Communications, Aircel extend merger talks

Indian telecommunications operator Reliance Communications extended the exclusivity period by two months for talks with rival Aircel to consider the potential merger of operations.   Reliance entered into merger talks with Aircel shareholders Maxis Communications and Sindya Securities and Investments late last year. The parties initially...

Reliance Communications approves SSTL merger

Indian carriers aim to complete the deal in Q2 Reliance Communications confirmed its shareholders have approved a proposal to acquire local telecom firm Sistema Shyam Teleservices. The deal has been already authorized by the Competition Commission of India, Rajasthan High Court, Bombay High Court and...

Reliance Communications, Aircel create JV

Indian telecom operators look to complete the operation by September Indian mobile operators Reliance Communications and Aircel agreed to merge their operations, according to The Economic Times. The report claims the telcos would each own 50% of the new entity, which will be the third largest...

Facebook to become an ISP In India?

The social network inked a bandwidth deal with BSNL Facebook plans to start offering Internet services in rural areas across India after signing an agreement with Indian state-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. Under the agreement, the U.S.-based social network acquired bandwidth from BSNL...

Idea Cellular launches LTE in Southern India

Service set to be available in 750 cities by June Idea Cellular, India’s third largest mobile telephony operator, said it commercially launched LTE service in 75 cities in the southern states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In an initial phase, the service...

LTE networks in India picking up steam

Researcher says the entire ecosystem is preparing for this shift to LTE networks With more than 1 billion potential consumer, India represents a lucrative, yet largely untapped and still maturing, telecommunications market opportunity. As hardware manufacturers bring down smartphone prices, carriers are racing to deploy...

Reliance Communications inks deal to sell tower assets

The Indian telco will transfer the assets to two US investment groups Indian telecom operator Reliance Communications has reached an agreement to sell its stake in telecom tower company Reliance Infratel and its fiber assets to two private equity firms, according to local press reports. The...

Indian operator Reliance to unload stake in tower company

Indian telecom operator Reliance Communications is set to announce the sale of its stake in telecom tower company Reliance Infratel to a private equity firm. According to local press reports, the deal is expected to be announced in the coming days. Reliance expects an enterprise value of...

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...

Indian carriers polled on customer satisfaction

Aircel stand out winner with MTNL and Reliance bringing up the rear Business newspaper LiveMint conducted a survey of 4,000 Indian cellphone customers to measure customer satisfaction as it relates to cellular providers. The poll found most people were happy, or at least content, with...

Reliance taps Ericsson for $1B managed contract

Telecommunications infrastructure provider Ericsson said it has signed an eight-year managed services deal with Indian teleco provider Reliance Communications valued at $1 billion. The deal calls for Ericsson to operate and manage Reliance’s wireline and wireless networks in the northern and western portions of...

Alcatel-Lucent to manage portion of Reliance’s India network; deal valued at $1B

Alcatel-Lucent snared a significant contract with India’s Reliance Communications that the infrastructure vendor valued at more than $1 billion. The deal calls for Alcatel-Lucent to manage Reliance’s telecommunications infrastructure in eastern and southern India through 2020. Alcatel-Lucent said it will “synergize” Reliance’s current independent wireless...

Reliance Globalcom launches video conference services

The company Tuesday announced the launch of end-to-end managed video conferencing services for enterprises across the globe.

Reliance Q3 profits plunge

Anil Ambani led Reliance Communications Friday reported 61% fall in its net profit at $37.69 million for Q3 of the FY2012 against $97.27 million in the same quarter of the previous financial year.

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.

Q2 revenues of Indian telcos at $9.56 billion: TRAI

The gross revenue and adjusted gross revenue of the Indian telecom services sector for the quarter ending September 2011 has been $9.56 billion and $6.40 billion respectively according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

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.

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