Telecom Sector

Verizon and Ericsson launch 5G on trial-basis across U.S.

Verizon and Ericsson launch 5G on trial-basis across U.S.

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 : Verizon and Ericsson enabled an operational shift of 5G network from technology trials to pre-commercial pilots in the field in multiple cities across United States of America.

The fixed wireless, pre-commercial customer pilots, scheduled to begin in the first half of 2017, will enable the refining of an end-to-end 5G network using a mixture of new technology and existing Verizon infrastructure.

By working closely with Verizon, Ericsson has been able to identify deployment challenges and develop the techniques required for a quick and scalable deployment.

T-Mobile Coming Up with New Upgrade for their Prepaid Customers

T-Mobile Coming Up with New Upgrade for their Prepaid Customers

T-Mobile will soon be coming up with a new upgrade for their prepaid customers. Three months ago, a new plan has been offered by T-Mobile that enables non-prepaid customers the ability to roll over any unused 4G LTE data. Data Stash plan will be soon available to prepaid customers also.

Customer who is signed up for the Simple Choice prepaid plan on T-Mobile's network will be able to take benefit from March 22. Everyone who is eligible will receive 10GB of data stash free, with the assurance that any unused data will rollover into the next month, until the year is up. Andrew Sherrard, T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer, discussed about the significance of bringing data stash to more customers on the company's blog.

FCC approves net neutrality rules

Tom Wheeler

London, Feb 27 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly approved net neutrality rules that will prohibit paid prioritisation, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services in the United States, a report said.

The changes proposed by Chairman Tom Wheeler got the commission's nod after three commissioners voted in favour as opposed to two who voted against it, reported the BBC.

The U. S. Telecommunications Industry Association has asked broadband providers to "immediately" take legal action over the rule changes.

TRAI paper on broadband next month; WhatsApp, skype etc in queue

TRAI paper on broadband next month; WhatsApp, skype etc in queueNew Delhi - The telecom regulator TRAI will invite views of public on issues related to roll out of broadband in the country by end of next month.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is also planning to issue a consultation paper to discuss regulatory framework around Over-the-top (OTT) players like WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, WeChat etc.

LinkedIn to pay $6 mn in unpaid wages, damages

LinkedIn to pay $6 mn in unpaid wages, damagesNew York - The Labor Department says the professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly USD 6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees.

The US Department of Labor said on Monday that an investigation found LinkedIn in violation of overtime and record-keeping rules that are part of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. It said the violations occurred at company branches in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York. A representative for Mountain View, California-based LinkedIn could not immediately be reached for comment.

Interest of telecom consumers to be given top priority: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar PrasadNew Delhi, May 30 : Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has laid stress on consumer issues to be given top priority.

Interacting with the senior officers of the Department of Telecommunications at the Sanchar Bhawan here yesterday, Prasad advised the Ministry officials to follow the objective of national interest, economic growth and consumer interest.

He advised the officials to come out with new ideas and initiatives so that this Government could make itself known for a broadband highway revolution.

Vodafone to open 150 new stores in the UK

VodafoneBritish telecom giant, Vodafone has said that it is planning to open 150 new shops and create 1400 new jobs across the UK during the coming 12 months.

The plans will increase the company's total investment in the country to £1 billion during 2014. The company is the biggest mobile providers in the UK and serves over 19 million UK customers across the country. Vodafone is aiming to offer indoor and outdoor 2G, 3G and 4G coverage to 98 per cent of the UK population by 2015.

T-Mobile offers BlackBerry subscribers $100 credit towards new devices

T-MobileT-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced a $100 credit for BlackBerry subscribers if they switch to any other device available on the airwaves of the network provider.

The $100 credit provides BlackBerry subscribers with a rare chance to give a try to other smartphones or platforms. The can also utilize the money to obtain a Q10 or a Z10 handset. But, those who want to upgrade to a new BlackBerry handset will have to decide soon as BlackBerry is going to end its business ties with T-Mobile.

Verizon cuts prices of More Everything Edge smartphone 10GB+ plans

verizon wirelessVerizon Wireless, the biggest wireless carrier of the United States, on Wednesday slashed the price of its widely popular More Everything Edge smartphone 10GB plans.

Announcing a key strategic change to pricing of its service plan, Verizon said that the price for four smartphones using a 10GB data plan would be $160 for subscribers of the More Everything Edge plans.

India’s GSM base grows to slightly over 711M subscribers in February

GSMIndia's overall GSM user base grew by 7.61 million subscribers to 711.02 million in February this year, according to fresh data released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

Mobile phone operator Bharti Airtel led the market with 200.84 million GSM customers, but industry association COAI reported no net additions for the operator for the month of February because of some technical difficulties with operator's system.

Ambani’s key aide PMS Prasad to oversee Reliance Jio’s 4G roll-out

PMS PrasadReliance Industries Ltd (RIL) executive director PMS Prasad has been assigned with the additional responsibility of spearheading the company's 4G services rollout plans, a source with direct knowledge of the matter revealed.

PMS Prasad, who is currently spearheading the company's oil & gas business, will reportedly now also oversee the roll out of 4G wireless broadband services, which will likely be launched in October this year, starting with south India.

The source said 61-year-old Prasad, who is also on RIL's board, would keep on overseeing the company's oil & gas business.

Viom planning to garner Rs 1,500cr by listing shares on foreign stock exchange

Viom NetworksTelecom tower firm Viom Networks Ltd is reportedly considering plans to garner around Rs 1,500 crore of growth capital through listing of its shares on a foreign stock exchange.

Sources, who have direct knowledge of the matter, revealed that Gurgaon-based Viom has appointed Credit Suisse and Citigroup to get advise on raising funds by listing of its shares on a foreign bourse.

The telecom tower firm is most likely to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), but it is also exploring possibility of listing its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Google working on private Wi-Fi app for Android, iOS

googleWashington, Feb. 23 - Google is reportedly said to be working on a specialty Wi-Fi authentication app for Android and iOS devices.

Sources have said that in its attempt to blanket cities and parks with free Wi-Fi, the search giant is also aiming to launch tech at how people log in to private networks at retail and business locations too.

According to The Verge, the specialty Wi-Fi authentication app for Android, iOS would automatically greenlight that device to work on the connection.

2G auction starts; govt. aims to pocket at least Rs. 11,300 crore

2G spectrumEight mobile phone service providers are participating in the just-started 2G spectrum auction. The government aims to generate at least Rs. 11,300 crore ($1.8 billion) by selling spectrum in 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands.

Revenues from the auction are crucial as the government has been desperately looking for funds to bridge the country's huge fiscal deficit.

Aircel partners ZTE for 4G LTE network deployment

ZTENew Delhi, Dec 30 : Telecom service provider Aircel has tied up with telecommunications equipment and network solutions provider ZTE for deploying 4G long term evolution (LTE) networks in the country, a company statement said here Monday.

In the first stage, the LTE deployment will be initiated in Chennai, Rest of Tamil Nadu (RoTN) and few other business critical circles. LTE is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals.

BlackBerry abandons acquisition deal with Fairfax even as CEO steps down

Thorsten HeinsWashington, Nov. 5 : BlackBerry has reportedly abandoned its acquisition deal with Canada's Fairfax Financial for 4.7 billion dollars that sent the sinking smartphone manufacturer's shares down by 17 percent, lowest since

BlackBerry failed to strike a deal with the Canadian investor Prem Watsa's company, as it struggled to line up financing.

According to Fox News, the mobile phone maker's sinking fortune appears to indicate towards its last days in the market where it reined for years, before losing ground to competitors like Apple and Google.

UniverCell targets Rs.1,400 crore from 550 stores

UnivercellChennai, Oct 10 : Mobile phone retail chain UniverCell Telecommunications India plans to increase its number of outlets by 100 to 550 stores this fiscal, and targets a turnover of Rs. 1,400 crore, a top company official said Thursday.

Of the 100 new stores, 30 will be opened this month.

The company will open its UniverCell brand outlets in markets like Mumbai and Pune, the official said.

Apple to launch new iPhone in China on the same day as the US

Apple to launch new iPhone in China on the same day as the USTechnology giant, Apple has indicated that it will launch the newest version of its iPhone smartphone in China on the same as it is launched in the American market.

Bharti Airtel to roll out 4G in Delhi soon: source

Bharti Airtel to roll out 4G in Delhi soon: sourceBharti Airtel, Indian's largest mobile phone operator, is reportedly preparing to roll out 4G telecommunication services in the Delhi circle by end of 2013 or early 2014.

A person familiar with Airtel's plans revealed that the telecom operator's 4G technology would provide much faster download speeds than the third-generation technology.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the person also said that the roll out of Airtel's 4G network in Delhi service area is being handled by Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies.

Disconnect in India's rural telecom fund; $4.65 bn idling

rural-telecomNew Delhi, July 28 : A fund created 10 years ago to help link each of India's 638,596 villages with telecom and broadband connectivity with mandatory contributions by private service providers seems to be idling, with a whopping $4.65 billion in balance.

Thus far, around $8.4 billion (Rs. 50,682.95 crore) has been collected towards what is called Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) since 2002-03 when parliament approved the scheme. Official data shows $4.65 billion (Rs. 27,949.91 crore) remains unused.

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