FULL TEXT: Assocham calls move to block FB, WhatsApp “excessive, unnecessary”

FULL TEXT: Assocham calls move to block FB, WhatsApp “excessive, unnecessary”

2018-08-06T18:14:18+00:00 On

Assocham, one of India’s prominent associations of industries, has expressed concern at the government’s proposal to put in place a mechanism to block apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram. The government has, in a confidential letter sent to internet service providers, asked…

UIDAI Helpline: Google says was hardcoded into Android setup

UIDAI Helpline: Google says was hardcoded into Android setup

2018-08-03T23:18:44+00:00 On

The mysterious addition of the former hotline of UID Authority of India, which spooked out Android users by mysteriously appearing on their phones, was hardcoded into the Android set-up program, Google has said. Responding to concerns of users’ phones being hacked by…

Bharti Airtel starts adding Telenor spectrum to 4G network

Bharti Airtel starts adding Telenor spectrum to 4G network

2018-08-03T16:49:42+00:00 On

Bharti Airtel said it has deployed an extra block of spectrum to its 4G service in Uttar Pradesh East circle, improving the carrying capacity of the network. “The addition of fresh 5 MHz spectrum will significantly boost Airtel’s mobile network capacity across…

Reliance Jio and SBI announce new partnerships

Reliance Jio and SBI announce new partnerships

2018-08-02T19:04:05+00:00 On

Reliance Jio and State Bank of India today announced further deepening of their financial relationship, including deeper penetration of SBI services into Jio’s customer care app MyJio. “MyJio, one of India’s largest over-the-top (OTT) mobile applications will now bring in financial services…

Miscalculated the impact of unlimited plans – Idea CEO

Miscalculated the impact of unlimited plans – Idea CEO

2018-07-31T17:12:42+00:00 On

Outgoing Idea Cellular CEO Himanshu Kapania admitted today that his company understimated the impact that unlimited plans would have on the company’s finances. Reacting to concerns about Idea Cellular’s failure to keep up with the revenue growth of Bharti Airtel and Reliance…

Vodafone Idea to divert 70% of spectrum to 4G

Vodafone Idea to divert 70% of spectrum to 4G

2018-07-31T17:10:29+00:00 On

Idea Cellular CEO Himanshu Kapania said his company has placed the order for radio equipment that will increase the company’s 4G capacity significantly in eight crucial circles as part of a massive network upgrade process for Vodafone Idea. “We have placed the order…

Bharti Airtel to quicken broadband expansion to take on Reliance Jio GigaFiber

Bharti Airtel to quicken broadband expansion to take on Reliance Jio GigaFiber

2018-07-30T17:56:06+00:00 On

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company be revenue, said it will increase the pace of expansion of its wired broadband service by four times this year as it responds to the launch of GigaFiber, the new pan-India fiber service from rival Reliance…

Reliance Jio’s Q1 revenue, EBIT up 14% QoQ, PAT up 20%, RIL EBIT up 30%

Reliance Jio’s Q1 revenue, EBIT up 14% QoQ, PAT up 20%, RIL EBIT up 30%

2018-07-27T18:46:36+00:00 On

Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, continued to post strong numbers. For the Apr-Jun quarter, Reliance Industries reported a 15% sequential jump in both revenue and EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) for its digital services division, which houses Jio…

Idea Cellular officially confirms DoT approval for Vodafone merger

Idea Cellular officially confirms DoT approval for Vodafone merger

2018-07-27T12:37:32+00:00 On

Idea Cellular, India’s fourth largest telecom company, officially confirmed the receipt of approval for its mega merger with Vodafone India. “We wish to inform you that the Department of Telecom has approved the merger of Vodafone India ltd and Vodafone Mobile Services…

Indian govt demands greater access from WhatsApp, Facebook & Twitter

Indian govt demands greater access from WhatsApp, Facebook & Twitter

2018-07-27T12:35:59+00:00 On

India’s Information Technology Department today unveiled a new plan of action to combat fake news that would require foreign social media firms like Facebook, Twitter and Google to establish offices in India and actively help in flagging and tracking down people who…

Airtel Payments Bank: RBI lifts ban on new signups

Airtel Payments Bank: RBI lifts ban on new signups

2018-07-12T14:46:08+00:00 On

Bharti Airtel said the Reserve Bank of India has lifted the restriction on signing up new customers imposed on its banking unit Airtel Payments Bank. The restriction was imposed in January after reports that the company was signing up its mobile customers…

Reliance Industries 10 rupees away from $100 bln market cap, after TCS

Reliance Industries 10 rupees away from $100 bln market cap, after TCS

2018-07-12T10:57:25+00:00 On

Three months after Tata Consultancy Services became the first Indian company to achieve a market capitalization of $100 bln (Rs 6.85 lakh cr), Reliance Industries is close to the $100 bln mark as well. At present, there are only around 100 companies…

REVIEW: Oppo RealMe 1 beats Redmi Note 5 Pro as King of Mid-Range

REVIEW: Oppo RealMe 1 beats Redmi Note 5 Pro as King of Mid-Range

2018-07-08T10:35:13+00:00 On

China-based Xiaomi, India’s No.1 smartphone brand, has been forced to start an aggressive TV campaign after its biggest rival, BBK Electronics, introduced its own no-frills handset RealMe 1. With this, BBK Electronics — which owns brands such as Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus…

Does Jio GigaFiber & GigaTV mark the end of Cable & DTH industry?

Does Jio GigaFiber & GigaTV mark the end of Cable & DTH industry?

2018-07-09T14:21:19+00:00 On

India’s cable company stocks have fallen by about 15%-25% since Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom company by volumes, yesterday announced the commencement of its long-awaited fiber broadband and TV service from August 15. It is feared that the company’s entry can lead…

FULL TEXT: Mukesh Ambani announces launch of Reliance Jio GigaFiber in 1,100 cities

FULL TEXT: Mukesh Ambani announces launch of Reliance Jio GigaFiber in 1,100 cities

2018-07-05T15:21:23+00:00 On

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani today announced that Jio will start giving out connections of its much-awaited broadband service, Jio GigaFiber, starting on August 15. Surprisingly, Ambani said the service will be available in 1,100 cities of India from Day 1, and…

How WhatsApp can easily fix the Fake News problem

How WhatsApp can easily fix the Fake News problem

2018-07-04T10:06:00+00:00 On

WhatsApp, India’s largest communication platform used by an estimated 65% of the country’s online population, has come under scrutiny for providing a conduit to distribute ‘fake news’ after multiple cases of lynchings came to light. While the company has urged ‘society and…

Supreme Court removes immunity of ED official probing Aircel Maxis case

Supreme Court removes immunity of ED official probing Aircel Maxis case

2018-06-27T15:18:04+00:00 On

The Supreme Court bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjay Kaul has removed the ‘immunity’ enjoyed by Enforcement Directorate official Rajeshwar Singh and said the government can go ahead with any probe into his conduct, and remove him, if it wants…

Center gives ‘secret letter’ on ED official: Swamy alleges sabotage in Aircel-Maxis case

Center gives ‘secret letter’ on ED official: Swamy alleges sabotage in Aircel-Maxis case

2018-06-27T13:29:24+00:00 On

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has expressed suspicions of an ‘internal sabotage’ of the investigations into the so-called Aircel-Maxis scam, in which the accused include former finance minister P Chidambaram and son Karthi. “BJP government at Centre, judging by today proceedings on Aircel…

Airtel integrates carrier, enterprise units under new CEO

Airtel integrates carrier, enterprise units under new CEO

2018-06-26T10:37:27+00:00 On

Bharti Airtel has integrated its enterprise and carrier businesses and appointed Ajay Chitkara, the current CEO of Global Business, to head the combined operation. Airtel said the integration of the global business with its enterprise unit will help it “leverage its global…