HFCL starts making FTTH cable at Hyderabad plant

Thanks to the rapid roll-out of fiber broadband services by partner Reliance Jio, telecom player HFCL Ltd has started producing residential broadband-oriented fiber cables at a new facility in Hyderabad. HFCL’s new optical fiber plant in Hyderabad came online in January this year, and on Wednesday, the plant started making smaller size optical cable that […]

Vodafone Idea tests revolutionary approach to network deployment

Vodafone Idea, the country’s third largest mobile operator, has started deploying a revolutionary new approach to creating its cellular network, but has also encountered several challenges in doing so. The company is experimenting with the so-called ‘open radio access network’ or Open RAN technology, which is a break from the traditional one-box technology promoted by […]

Bharti Infratel becomes Indus Tower on Friday

Bharti Infratel, the tower company spun out of Bharti Airtel, said it will change its name and ticker to Indus Tower on Friday, Dec 18. The name and stock ticker will come into effect on India’s major stock exchanges, including the NSE, on that day. The new ticker will be INDUSTOWER. The merger, originally designed […]

Reliance Jio calls out “grossly inflated” 5G spectrum price

Displaying a united front against high 5G spectrum prices, India’s top wireless operator Reliance Jio has become the latest to came out strongly against government’s proposed 5G spectrum prices. Vishakha Saigal, vice president and head of strategic initiatives, regulatory policy and research at the Mukesh Ambani-led company, said spectrum prices have to be made affordable. […]

Radhika, Prannoy Roy to appeal SEBI order

Radhika and Prannoy Roy, the couple who started and continue to head India’s oldest dedicated news channel NDTV, have disputed findings by the stock market regulator that they engaged in insider trading and said they will appeal the regulator’s order. On Friday, Securities and Exchange Board of India had issued an order directing them to […]

HuffPost shuts India edition as govt seeks to oust foreign players

Huffington Post, a new-generation digital publisher, has likely become the first casualty of the government of India’s decision to ban foreign companies from opening news websites in India. About four weeks ago, government of India banned all foreign owned companies from distributing news and current affairs content in India or even supplying news to Indian […]

Airtel’s cable operator tie-up expands to 48 cities

Bharti Airtel said it has expanded its broadband offering under tie-ups with local cable operators to 48 cities as of the end of September, up from 18 cities three months earlier, and will scale it up even faster in coming days. It said it took seven eight months to get the model right, but the […]

Airtel overtakes Jio in 4G subscriber & traffic growth

The numbers released by India’s three telecom operators on their July-September performance show a remarkable trend reversal: For the first time ever, Reliance Jio was no longer the fastest growing data operator in India, losing the crown to Bharti Airtel. While Jio’s mobile data traffic went up by 220 million GBs in July-September compared to […]

Bharti Airtel doubles 4G deployment speed

Bharti Airtel, the former No.1 telecom provider of India, has doubled the pace of its 4G roll-out by adding nearly 333 new 4G base stations every day during the July-September period. That works to over 10,000 base stations per month, or almost 14 new 4G base stations per hour — including at night. In comparison, […]

GTPL’s Broadband growth doubles on COVID demand

GTPL Hathway, a cable and broadband network provider focused on Western and Central India, said it has already crossed its full-year target for new broadband connections within the first six months of the year, and has therefore doubled its target for FY21. At the beginning of this financial year, the company had guided towards adding […]

GTPL not overly worried about Airtel’s LCO broadband scheme

GTPL Hathway, one of India’s top cable TV and cable internet providers, indicated it was not overly worried about telecom players like Bharti Airtel luring away its local cable operator partners under their new LCO partnership strategy. Bharti Airtel had announced some weeks ago that it plans to authorize local cable operators (LCOs) to resell […]

Jio Fiber monthly additions cross the 1 lakh mark

The number of new broadband subscribers added per month on Jio Fiber — the wired connectivity service from Reliance Jio — has crossed the 1 lakh mark for the first time — a year after the company started giving connections commercially. According to India’s monthly broadband addition numbers, the total number of high-speed internet users […]

Jio Fiber to reach 1 in 5 households in India – Ambani

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and Reliance Jio, today announced his company’s fiber optic service will reach 50 million households — or about a fifth of India’s population. Ambani, however, did not give a timeline for when he expects to achieve this milestone. Nevertheless, the number is still significant as industry experts differ widely […]

Reliance Jio reverses two-decade-long fall in wired phone users

Reliance Jio’s wired connectivity service, called Jio Fiber, has finally achieved what many thought was impossible — break the two-decade long declining trend in the number of wired phone connections in India. The number of wire-line connections in India started declining around two decades ago as mobile call tariffs fell sharply, spurring BSNL customers to […]

Rs 100/month: Jio Hathway has India’s cheapest cable TV plan

Hathway Cable and Datacom, part of the Reliance Jio network, has started offering India’s cheapest cable TV tariff plans for customers in some parts of Mumbai. At a price of Rs 100, Jio Hathway is giving practically all the popular channels in India in standard definition, and at 200 rupees per month, in HD. Jio […]

TikTok’s case against India ban dismissed – Govt

The case filed by TikTok against its ban in India has been dismissed by the High Court of Telangana, the central government informed the Rajya Sabha today. “Tiktok had approached Honorable High Court of Telangana on 20.07.2020 challenging the ban imposed by the Government of India. The court after detailed hearing disposed the matter in […]

No security audit done on Chinese smartphones- IT ministry

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, today clarified that it has not conducted any sort of study to check if Chinese-made smartphones used in India are sending sensitive data to their country of origin. “Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has not conducted any such study,” said Minister of State Sanjay […]

Jio need not pay RCom’s AGR dues under sharing rules:DoT

India’s communication ministry today said that there was no possibility of an operator being asked to pay the dues of another operator simply because it has entered into a spectrum sharing agreement with the other. This was clarified by Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre in reply to a question by MP K Subbarayan on whether […]