Idea Cellular likely to expand 4G offers this year

Idea Cellular, India’s third biggest telecom player by revenue, is likely to see its 4G data capacity rise to three times the current level over the next nine months, which is likely to push the price of data down further. This could impact Reliance Jio’s ability to stop its discounts and move to ‘full pricing’ […]

Nawaz Sharif Proves Unlucky For The Third Time

Nawaz Sharif is third time unlucky to have to abandon his term as the democratically elected Prime Minister of Pakistan. With the Supreme Court disqualifying him over the corruption cases for ten years, sixty-seven-year-old Sharif’s premiership comes to end one year before his term expires. It also potentially means the termination of an eventful political […]

Vodafone slashes 4G offer prices after Airtel, Idea reveal explosion of data

Vodafone India renewed efforts to promote its cut-price voice and data offerings in recent days as the latest quarterly numbers from rivals Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel suggested they had given out bigger discounts in the April-June period than anyone had expected. Earlier this week, Bharti Airtel reported that the total consumption of wireless data […]

Nitish, Lalu and the ‘Post Truth’ Politics of Bihar

In the so-called ‘post truth’ politics, facts and ideology do not have a place – it is emotion and rhetoric that counts. When Nitish Kumar decided to part ways with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in late 2013 opposing the elevation of Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate of its alliance partner BJP, the reason […]

Gang war or lynching? NDTV withdraws headline after outrage

NDTV, the oldest television news channel in India, was forced to withdraw a headline that portrayed gang violence in Dhule in Maharashtra as yet another case of ‘lynching’ in India after readers objected. Many commenters felt that the channel, which has been attempting to project itself as ‘Liberal’ outfit standing up to a ‘right wing’ […]

Is the JioPhone really free?

The latest entrant to India’s telecom market, Reliance Jio, has announced an unprecedented offer — a 4G enabled phone with support for apps and videocalling for free. According to Mukesh Ambani, customers do not have to pay anything for the phone as the cost of the phone will be returned to the buyer when he […]

SLOW START: India adds 8.3% of 2017 target solar capacity in three months

India added only 827 megawatt of solar power generation capacity in the first three months of the current financial year, indicating a slow start to the yearly program. The addition of the first three months represents only 8.27% of the 10,000 megawatt that it is supposed to come online this year. According to India’s ambitious […]

BSNL halves 2Mbps unlimited plan to Rs 599 from 1,199

Faced with a slowdown due to the emergence of the pan-India competitor Reliance Jio, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has halved the price of its unlimited 2 Mbps DSL broadband plan to 599 per month. The player was earlier offering unlimited 2 Mbps for Rs 1,199. Though cheap by the company’s standards, the earlier offer […]

SC refuses to expedite challenge against taking back of partition migrants from Pakistan

The Supreme Court has refused the request for an early listing of a petition that questions permitting descendants of people who migrated to Pakistan to come back to India. The petition seeks the quashing of the Jammu and Kashmir Rehabilitation Act of 1981 that would give the right of return to anyone who moved to […]

Spectranet overtakes Airtel Broadband on Netflix speed ranking for India

Netflix, the world’s biggest distributor of movies, ranked Mumbai-based 7 Star cable network and Spectranet, which offers fiber broadband in several cities, as the fastest networks for prime time usage. The average speed available to Netflix was 2.77 Mbps on 7 Star cable and 2.69 Mbps on Spectranet in June, the movie streaming company’s ratings […]

With tariff change, Idea Cellular 4G data now cheaper than Reliance Jio

With Reliance Jio raising the price of its 1GB-per-day pack from Rs 309 to Rs 399, Idea Cellular has managed to beat the new operator in this segment, though not by much. Idea Cellular offers 1GB/day for 84 days at Rs 397, making it cheaper by 2 rupees. Though Idea’s scheme is not listed on […]

Surya introduces 32-watt full-size ceiling fan with BLDC technology

Surya Roshni, one of India’s oldest electrical brands, said it launched what could be India’s most power efficient full-size ceiling fan — the SS-32. The fan belongs to the new breed of brushless or BLDC fans that use an electronic circuit to convert alternating current into direct current or DC, instead of a brush. Surya’s […]

India cloud VPS market takes off with entry of new players

The cloud-based VPS, or virtual private server market in India has seen the entry of several new players in recent months, driving down prices. VPSes are used for various functions, including web hosting, software development and testing. Till about a year ago, prices for VPSes in India were quite high, at around Rs 1,800 per […]