Kerala confirms community transmission

Kerala has become the first state in India to confirm community transmission of COVID-19. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said community transmission has been confirmed in coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram district, based on test results from today. “We have come to the conclusion that COVID is now in community transmission in areas like Poomthura and Pulluvila,” […]

GTPL’s hybrid Android set-top-box launch delayed by 3 months

GTPL Hathway, the country’s second biggest cable feed provider, has been forced to postpone the launch of its hybrid Android set-top-box for the second time after the COVID-19 pandemic hit its supply line. The company had originally planned to launch a new Android-based set-top-box, similar Tata Sky Binge+ and Airtel XStream, on April 1, but […]

Govt to scrap jail terms for violating Cable TV Act

In keeping with the recently announced move to decriminalize smaller offences — especially those of a technical or financial nature — Government of India today proposed to remove jail terms for violating Cable TV Networks Regulation Act. At present, the violation of the cable TV Act can result in jail terms of up to two […]

Reliance Jio claims to have developed in-house 5G solution

In a shocking announcement, Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom player, announced that it has developed a fully in-house 5G telecom solution that can be deployed as early as next year. “I have great pride in announcing, that Jio has designed and developed a complete 5G solution from scratch,” Reliance Jio Chairman Mukesh Ambani said today […]

Vodafone Idea loses 63.53 lakh subscribers in March

Vodafone Idea lost a whopping 63.53 lakh (6.35 million) subscribers in March — one of the highest ever monthly shrinkage of its user base. March 2020 also saw Bharti Airtel lose 12.62 lakh subscribers. During the month, Reliance Jio added 46.88 lakh users, which is comparatively lower than the numbers that the company had been […]

ACT Fibernet beats Jio, Airtel, Hathway as India’s fastest growing broadband network

Notwithstanding the looming threat from Reliance Jio, private equity-funded ACT Fibernet has emerged as the fastest growing wired broadband player in India in recent months. For the first three months of 2020, the company added nine times as many fiber broadband subscribers as Reliance Jio and nearly twice as many as Bharti Airtel. Reliance Jio, […]

COVID-19 hurts IRCTC’s plans; Ticket sales still down 77%

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, which sells about 73% of India’s reserved railway tickets, said ticket sales continue to be down by about 77%-78%; almost a month-and-a-half after long-distance trains were restarted. “Pre-COVID, we were doing 60 cr rupees worth of tickets a day,” said IRCTC CMD MP Mall. “Now, it’s 13-14 cr.” […]

COVID-19: Thomas Cook offers ultra affordable Europe vacations

With the travel and hospitality industry reeling from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, Thomas Cook — one of India’s top holiday brands — is offering shorter, and far more affordable, European vacations. These five-day vacations will start from just Rs 19,700, and also come with EMI payment options. However, the list of destinations comprise […]

Vodafone Idea kicks off cost optimization plan 2.0

Having reached the cost-saving target of its merger one year ahead of schedule, Vodafone Idea said it has now kicked off another cost-reduction plan. PLAN 1.0 The company said it reduced its operating expenses during the January-March period by around Rs 2,100 cr compared to before the merger, which works out to savings of Rs […]

One-third of Airtel users on VoLTE network – Nokia

Global telecom equipment provider Nokia today said its VoLTE service on Bharti Airtel’s Indian mobile network now supports 110 million users, or about 32% of the company’s total subscriber base. With this, said the Finland-based telecom gear maker, Bharti Airtel’s network has become its Nokia’s biggest VoLTE deployment anywhere in the world. It also makes […]

No cash? Get a car on ‘subscription’ from Maruti Suzuki

Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest carmaker, has started a car subscription service in India in association with ORIX, a Japan-based car rental service provider. Car subscriptions are like car leasing, but with more flexibility that comes at typically higher costs. Unlike car leasing, car subscriptions typically do not come with conditions such as travelling limits. […]

Airtel becomes first DTH player to unbundle OTT from hardware

Bharti Airtel has become the first major DTH or cable company to free up its content app, Airtel XStream, from its hardware. All other major cable and DTH companies in India offer their app only on their own device — typically a stick or a set-top-box — and do not allow the software to be […]

Regional Hindi news channels dominate results of 46th DD Free Dish e-auction

Five regional Hindi news channels were among the 15 that found themselves in the results of the 46th e-auction for broadcasting on the DD Free Dish DTH platform. These channels have won the right to transmit their signals on the country’s largest TV channel distribution system for a period of one year from July 1. […]

COVID-19: Dr Reddy’s signs deal to make and sell favipiravir globally

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, one of India’s biggest pharmaceuticals manufacturers, said it has signed a licensing agreement with Japan-based FUJIFILM to manufacture anti-viral drug favipiravir. Favipiravir is traditionally used to treat infuenza, and is also being tested in COVID-19 patients. Dr Reddy’s said the tie-up is part of the Japanese company’s efforts to ramp up the […]

Full list of Chinese apps banned in India, with GoI statement

As the China’s People’s Liberation Army continues to amass weapons at the Indian border, Government of India has sought to secure the country’s IT infrastructure by banning all the major and popular Chinese apps available in India at present. The following is the full-text of the statement given by the government of India explaining the […]

Dixon Tech to help ramp up ‘disruptive’ COVID-19 test production

Dixon Technologies, the NOIDA-based contract manufacturer of electronics, said it has entered into a contract with Bangalore-based Molbio Diagnostics to manufacture a disruptive RT-PCR COVID-19 test that can give a major boost to India’s Coronavirus containment efforts. It has entered into a Rs 30 cr deal to manufacture 1,000 Qattros, a viral testing machine that […]