Telecom Sector

3G mobile data traffic rises 196% in India

3G mobile data traffic rises 196% in IndiaAccording to a new report, the total mobile data traffic has been rising rapidly in the Indian market and the mobile data traffic generated by 3G services have recorded a growth of 196 per cent between December 2011 and December 2012 and 2G mobile data traffic rose 66 per cent during the same period.


Reliance Jio to roll out 4G services in metros by March 2014

Reliance Jio to roll out 4G services in metros by March 2014 Reliance Jio Infocomm aims to roll out 4G broadband services in Metros by the end of current fiscal year, Tarun Jhunjhunwala, business head & state mentor (East) at the Reliance Industries Ltd's telecom arm said on Wednesday.

Mr. Jhunjhunwala announced that Kolkata would be among the first cities where the 4G services would be rolled out. He added that the next-generation services would be rolled out simultaneously in Delhi, Mumbai and Jamnagar.


Bharti Airtel to sell 5% stake to QFE for Rs 6,796 crore

Bharti Airtel to sell 5% stake to QFE for Rs 6,796 croreBharti Airtel Ltd, India's biggest cellular carrier by customers by subscribers, has hit an agreement with Qatar Foundation Endowment (QFE) to sell 5 per cent stake for $1.26 billion (nearly Rs 6,796cr).

Under the terms of the agreement, Airtel will sell 199.87 million new shares to QFE at a price of Rs 340 apiece, which represents a premium of 7.3 per cent to the stock's closing price on Thursday.


China's leading telecoms to invest 345 billion yuan on network upgrades

China's leading telecoms to invest 345 billion yuan on network upgradesAccording to the latest estimates, the three leading telecom service providers in China; China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom could invest a combined 345 billion yuan this year on upgrading their networks to offer faster and improved mobile services to the customers.


Airtel offers free international roaming calls on certain destinations

Airtel offers free international roaming calls on certain destinationsBharti Airtel, India's leading telecommunication services provider, has announced free international roaming calls for customers travelling to certain popular destinations.

Under the special offers, Airtel postpaid customers travelling to Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Germany, UAE and the UK can enjoy up to 2 hours of non-chargeable incoming calls. For outgoing calls, they will now pay as low as Rs 40 per minute.


Vodafone, Idea asked to stop 3G roaming services

Vodafone, Idea asked to stop 3G roaming servicesVodafone India and Idea Cellular, on Friday, were asked to immediately stop providing 3G services and pay a penalty of Rs 550 crore and Rs 300 crore, respectively, in circles where they do not have spectrum.

In March, the department of telecom (DoT) had issued a similar order to Bharti Airtel. The country's largest telecommunications firm had been asked to stop offering 3G services in circles where it didn't own spectrum, along with a penalty of Rs 350 crore.


RIL invests Rs 800cr in Reliance Mutual Fund

RIL invests Rs 800cr in Reliance Mutual FundAfter hitting Rs 1,200-crore telecom deal with Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications, Mukesh Ambai-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has invested Rs 800 crore in Anil-led Reliance Mutual Fund's various mutual funds schemes.

The investments by RIL have been made in Reliance Mutual Fund's Fixed Maturity Plans (FMPs) and some debt schemes.

RIL invests a considerable portion of its surplus funds in mutual funds, but made no investment in Reliance Mutual fund's schemes since the division of the conglomerate in the year 2005. The recently made Rs


Delhi HC stays tax dept.’s Rs 2k-cr notice to Nokia

Delhi HC stays tax dept.’s Rs 2k-cr notice to NokiaThe Delhi High Court provided a big relief to the Indian arm of Finnish handset maker Nokia by issuing an interim stay on income-tax (I-T) department's Rs 2,080-crore tax demand.

The tax department issued the tax demand order to Nokia in mid-March and the handset maker received it last week. The company challenged the order in the Delhi High Court, which issued an interim stay on it on last Friday.


Tech Mahindra postpones merger with Mahindra Satyam by six months

Tech Mahindra postpones merger with Mahindra Satyam by six monthsThe proposed merger of Mahindra Satyam with Tech Mahindra has been delayed by six more months.

In a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the company revealed that its board of directors postponed the merger plan up to September 30, 2013.


CDMA operator Sistema to close operations in ten circles

CDMA operator Sistema to close operations in ten circlesSistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL) has asked its customers in 10 circles to use up their entire balance with in the next 30 days as it is going to shut down all operations in those circles.

The CDMA operator, which operates under MTS brand name, will close operations in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, North East, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Punjab.

The operators also suggested its customers in the concerned service areas to switch to some other telecom operators of their preference.


SingTel Optus reports 2.6 per cent rise in profits

SingTel Optus reports 2.6 per cent rise in profitsAustralia's second-biggest mobile carrier, SingTel Optus has recorded a 2.6 per cent rise in its earnings in the quarter from October to December, 2012.

The telecom service provider, which is undergoing a cost cutting programme, said that it recorded a 2.6 per cent increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to $576 million. The company also said that it added just 22,000 mobile customers during the December quarter and its revenues fell 6 per cent to $2.28 billion.


Amcom’s net profit rises 20% in six months to December

Amcom’s net profit rises 20% in six months to DecemberAmcom Telecommunications has said that its net profit before significant items has increased 20 per cent to $10.05 million during the six month period till December, 2012.

The company said that the reported net profit fell 62 per cent at $9.95 million mainly due to a one-time profit of $18 million from the distribution of iinet shares to Amcom shareholders in the previous year.


Colombia suspends 4G mobile broadband auction

Colombia suspends 4G mobile broadband auctionBogota, Feb 9 : Colombia's government has suspended a scheduled auction of 4G mobile broadband service after learning about a potential merger deal involving two of the participants, Information Technologies and Communications Minister Diego Molano said.


Bharti Airtel to split its India business into 8 hubs

Bharti Airtel to split its India business into 8 hubsIndia's biggest cellular service provider Bharti Airtel announced on Thursday that it would split its domestic business into eight hubs.

The new organisational structure, which will take effect from March 1, will be controlled by market operations director (for India) Ajai Puri.

All the operations chiefs of the eight hubs will report to Mr. Puri, who will report to the company's joint managing director and CEO-designate Gopal Vittal. At present, Mr. Puri is the operations director of the company's north and east business.


EE reduces its 4G tariff prices; increases data allowances

EE reduces its 4G tariff prices; increases data allowancesIn a move which apparently comes in the wake of consumer complaints about EE's high prices and fairly low data allowance for its high-speed 4G network, the mobile network operator has recently announced a revision of its mobile phone tariff prices, and has also increased its data allowances.

Announcing its new special promotional data plans, EE - which is currently the only LTE provider in the UK - said that it is reducing the monthly tariff for its basic 4G service from £36 to £31.


Huawei has open mind about IPO

Huawei has open mind about IPOChina's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Huawei Technologies has said that it has an open mind about an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

The remarks about confidence over the issue of share to the public were made after the company reported sales that surpassed that of Ericsson AB. Chief Financial Officer Cathy Meng Wanzhou said that the company is not looking to raise funds at the moment and the IPO would depend upon the level of investor interest in the company's shares.


Bharti Airtel increases 2G data prices

Bharti Airtel increases 2G data pricesIndia's leading telecom service provider, Bharti Airtel has increased its 2G data rates in the country in order to cope with the high cost of obtaining licence and related infrastructure costs.

The company increased its 1GB 2G data by 25 percent to Rs. 125. The plan was earlier priced below Rs. 100 in the country. The company said that he increase in tariff is relating to rate elasticity, customer demand and supporting cost structures.


Second round of spectrum auction expected to generate Rs 25,000 crore

Second round of spectrum auction expected to generate Rs 25,000 croreThe next round of spectrum sale which will be held before March 2013, and it generate nearly Rs 25,000 crore for the Government according to the Department of Telecom's (DoT's) new auction plan.

The DoT has plans to put around 24 slots of spectrum on sale. Of 24 slots those, 12 will be in the 1800 MHz bands and the remaining will be in the 900 MHz bands.


EGoM slashes 2G reserve price by 30% in four key circles

EGoM slashes 2G reserve price by 30% in four key circles The empowered group of ministers (EGoM) on Friday slashed the reserve price for 2G spectrum auction by 30 per cent in the 1800 MHz band, in order to receive more bids for the next auction.

The EGoM slashed the reserve price for the spectrum in four key circles, viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Karnataka, where no company had placed bids due to high reserve price.


Telenor aims to break even in its core six circles by next year’s end

Telenor aims to break even in its core six circles by next year’s endNorwegian telecommunications firm Telenor on Thursday announced its first break even in India in East Uttar Pradesh, and also expressed hope that it would be able to break even in its core six circles by the end of 2013.

In its Uttar Pradesh (East) circle, Telenor operations achieved 18 paise per minute cost structure, which is in line with its rival operators.


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