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Airtel becomes first operator to launches 4G services in islands

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, today announced the launch of its 4G services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Airtel is the first mobile operator to launch high speed data services on the archipelago, which is now connected to the digital superhighway. Airtel’s 4G services will enable local residents to enjoy digital services like HD quality video streaming, superfast downloads and uploads, high speeds internet browsing on Airtel’s state-of-the-art FDD 4G network.

Indian wireline broadband pricing likely to fall by 50%; segment to generate Rs 80,000 crore over 5 years

The Indian wireline broadband market is expected to move towards bundled plans, integrating wireline voice, home broadband and television services is estimated to potentially generate Rs80,000 crore in revenue in five years by ratings agency ICRA. In a release Wednesday, the agency added that with bundling and higher competition, the pricing is expected to reduce by as much as 40-50%.

Bharti Airtel launches 4G services in remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh

On Thursday, Sunil Bharti Mittal-driven Bharti Airtel said that it has launched its 4G services in the remote geography of Hayuliang, Anjaw district in Arunachal Pradesh. This will allow customers in 100 villages across the Hayuliang region to access 4G and HD quality VoLTE. The company has plans to gradually expand its 4G services to other parts of the district.

Social media poised for more scrutiny, greater checks in 2019

With great power comes great responsibility. The quote made popular by the iconic comic series ''Spider-Man'' sums up the challenges that social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook are facing in India. They have been accused of being a carrier of hate messages and fake news that incited mob violence. And, now they stare at the prospects of stricter government rules, greater accountability, and regulatory scrutiny.

Telecom panel meets companies on call drop in Gurugram

In order to address call and mobile network issues, deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh on Thursday held a meeting with the representatives of telecom services and asked them take steps to resolve this issue. A committee formed by the MCG in 2017, consisting of engineers, telecom officials and MCG staff, to handle telecom-related issues in Gurugram district, informed the representatives that several users have time and again raised complaints related to network failure and call drop.

MTNL to offer unlimited mobile data for 60 days for new prepaid users

If you don’t have a 4G mobile and wish to have unlimited access for two months then this could be a good time to be an MTNL subscriber. Available only in Delhi and Mumbai telecom circles, new MTNL prepaid users will get unlimited mobile data for 60 days if you buy a new SIM card and activate it before January 31. However, note that MTNL offers only 2G and 3G speeds in both Delhi and Mumbai. This means you can get a maximum download speed of around 256 Kbps.

Cisco tops India’s networking market in third quarter of 2018: IDC

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) study, the US-based Cisco Systems has emerged as a leader in India’s networking market with a clear lead over rivals such as Nokia and Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the Ethernet, router and wireless local area network (WLAN) segments in the third quarter of 2018. “Cisco continues to dominate the Ethernet Switch market with a 65.7% share in Q3 2018, followed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Huawei,” IDC in a statement Wednesday said,

Pune Cantonment Board plans extra cellphone towers to improve quality of calls

The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) is taking steps to minimize, if not eliminate, call drops in its limits by installing more cellphone towers. On the heels of a revised telecom policy approved by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) earlier this year, the PCB has recently set up a committee comprising officers from the signal corps and Pune Sub Area, representatives from the board as well as the Defence Estates Office (DEO) of the Pune zone.

India’s Tejas Networks expects faster growth for international business; to enter new countries

Home-bred telecom gear maker Tejas Networks is expecting its international business to grow significantly in next few years to become as big its domestic business on the back of new customer wins and foray into newer countries like Mexico and the United States. “A really big chunk of our focus has been internationalizing our business and that has been the fastest growing part of our business

GSAT-11 satellite to boost data connectivity in North East: Telecom Min

Telecom minister Manoj Sinha Wednesday said that the GSAT-11 satellite launch would help in providing high-speed data connectivity in country’s North Eastern states and hilly regions, and would give a boost to the ambitious BharatNet initiative. “This (satellite launch) is a revolutionary step in the field of communications. Primarily, BharatNet program will get a big boost in North East and hilly regions, with high-speed data would be made available,” Sinha said.

OnMobile launches ONMO Videos in India, Bangladesh & the Middle East with focus on curated regional content

OnMobile, the global leader in mobile entertainment, has launched ONMO Videos across 5 leading operators in India, Bangladesh and the Middle East. Across the globe, Indians take a deep sense of pride in their local language. They prefer content in their native language as it brings them closer to their culture and community but the challenge has always been that the desired content is available at different destinations and in different formats, across various channels.

BSNL employee unions allege govt patronising Reliance Jio; plan indefinite strike from December 3

Blaming Reliance Jio for financial woes of the telecom sector, employee unions of BSNL on Wednesday alleged that the government was favouring the latest entrant over other firms and said they will go on an indefinite strike from December 3. The employee unions claimed that the government has not allotted spectrum for 4G services to BSNL in order to prevent it from competing against Reliance Jio.

Satellite communications to play a role in affordable digital connectivity: Tel Secy

The satellite communications (Satcom) is likely to play an important role in providing high-speed broadband and affordable digital connectivity, a top government official Wednesday said. “Satcom is expected to play an active role in providing high-speed broadband access and affordable digital connectivity to the unserved and underserved,” Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said.

BSNL provides leased circuits connectivity for multi-nodal waterways terminals

On Friday, state-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) said that it provided leased circuits connectivity at the recently inaugurated multi-modal waterways terminals on the Ganga river. BSNL was asked to provide telecom interconnectivity between different ports for smooth operations in a time bound manner, the company said in a statement.

Tech Mahindra looks at global 5G rollouts as huge opportunity

Fifth biggest domestic tech company Tech Mahindra is looking at upcoming 5G rollouts in global markets as a big opportunity and is on the right trajectory in its communications vertical to achieve ''gradual growth'' from now on, a top official has said. In the recent past, communications, which has traditionally been the mainstay for the company, had delivered mixed results due to difficulties faced by the sector around the world,

Use of 2G technology in Assam, Arunachal: SC asks BSNL to file reply

The Supreme Court Friday directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to file within two weeks its response on a plea seeking to quash an agreement for use of "outdated" 2G technology in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam. The plea has sought the quashing of the agreement signed between the Department of Telecom (DoT) and state-owned BSNL on January 16 this year mandating the use of an outdated 2G technology, which was being purchased at a huge cost of Rs 2,258 crore

Flagship 5G smartphones to be available in India by late 2019 or early 2020

Premium smartphones capable of delivering 5G speeds will be available in India by late 2019 or early 2020, in line with global availability, making their way faster to the country than any previous generation. Industry officials and analysts say 5G smartphones for segments lower down the price chain should be available by later 2020, even as telecom gear vendors and operators prepare themselves for field trials starting January next year.

Govt bats for instant approval for 5G R&D and field trials

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government is putting special regime to allow instant approval to companies to undertake fifth-generation (5G) based Research and Development (R&D) activities and field trials, a top official Saturday said. "We are putting special dispensation for 5G field trials and R&D for immediate approval, and that demonstrates India is not lagging behind," telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said, adding that India would not miss 5G bus.

ACT Fibernet launches high-speed fiber broadband service in Warangal

ACT Fibernet (Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd.) India’s largest fiber-focused wired broadband ISP (Internet Service Provider) and one of the leading fiber broadband player in Hyderabad launched its services in Warangal, Telangana. With the best fiber optic technology and world class futuristic speeds, residents of Warangal can now enjoy high speed internet broadband connectivity to fulfil their business and entertainment needs.

Idea launches 4G services in Kolkata; gives 10GB data for 7 Days during Pujo

Vodafone Idea Ltd., the largest telecom service provider in India, has now made 4G services available to Idea customers in Kolkata metro. During the auspicious Pujo season, Idea has announced an attractive 10GB free data offer, valid for 7 days, for all its customers in the region. The one-time 4G launch data offer, valid till 20th October 2018, can be availed by simply dialing *800*45# from any Idea number on 4G Mobile.