Zee TV warns against plans by Airtel, Idea, Vodafone etc to dilute net neutrality

Following Star TV and Sony, Zee TV has also come out strongly against any move to allow telecom operators to charge websites for content viewed by their consumers over the Internet. At present, any person is free to start a website, app or any other content service on the Internet, and telecom providers like Bharti […]

TRAI rejects plea by Airtel, Idea and Jio to postpone 700 Mhz spectrum sale

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has rejected the request by three of India’s biggest 4G operators — Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular — to not sell any more 4G spectrum, especially in the strategic 700 MHz band. The move is likely to lead to a fast rollout of 4G services in rural […]

Why Google’s takeover of Twitter is inevitable

When I started using social media about 8-9 years ago, Facebook and Twitter were largely equal in their cool factor. In fact, while it was not obvious what Facebook was (a more intrusive form of Orkut, anyone?), the possibilities of Twitter seemed as limitless as the places where your ‘contacts’ lived. Over the next nine years, Facebook […]

After Star, Sony India comes down hard on moves to curb net neutrality

After Star TV, Sony Pictures Networks India — which runs several popular TV channels — has raised a red flag against any move to splinter the Internet into free and paid. “Differential pricing leads to restriction of access to information. It enables TSPs to play the role of gate-keepers to the internet where they are […]

Reliance Jio to go for limited 4G launch in days; LYF phones coming next week

Reliance Jio is not planning a big bang, all-at-once launch of its 4G commercial service, but will introduce it to the public in stages starting as early as the end of this month, a mid-level executive with the company revealed. “We’ve been told to work for a limited launch this month,” said the marketing executive. […]

Why Airtel should cut 4g tariff before, not after Reliance Jio 4G launch

This week saw the beginning of something interesting. Airtel, India’s biggest telecom company and the biggest rival of Reliance Jio, cut its 4G prices in select circles. The new tariff basically doubles the data on offer for each recharge till Rs 850 with the result that you now get 10 GB for Rs 850, instead of […]

It’s War: Airtel slashes 4G tariff one day before Reliance Jio’s rumored launch

It’s 4G war, and Bharti Airtel — India’s largest telecom operator — is not about to let new kid of the block Reliance Jio run away with its lunch. After steadfastly refusing to cut its 4G plan prices below 3G levels, the Sunil Mittal-led firm has finally decided to throw in the towel and slashed the […]

Railwire brings 10 Mbps broadband to rural India ahead of Reliance Jio

Railwire, the broadband arm of Indian Railways, has started operations in hundreds of cities across India ahead of the launch of Reliance Jio and is offering tariff that are less than half that of its main existing competitor BSNL. For example, BSNL offers only 8 GB of data at 4 Mbps speed for Rs 999 […]

Reliance Jio commercial 4G launch on March 1? Rs 700 tariff for MiFi device plus 10 GB data

Reliance Jio is fast appointing distributors for its SIM cards across the country and giving them a working target of launching commercial 4G services early in March, according to one person who signed up as a distributor this week. “They’re promising supply of dongles and SIMs in February and saying that commercial launch will take place […]

WATCH: Mukesh Ambani seeks employee feedback before final Reliance Jio 4G launch

Mukesh Ambani, son of Dhirubhai Ambani and chairman of Reliance Industries, launched the group’s latest initiative, Reliance Jio Infocomm’ 4G service in Mumbai on Sunday and urged the employees to test and give feedback on the network. Though the launch did not give any details such as when exactly the 4G service will be opened […]

Facebook to explore putting ads on Free Basics in the future

Facebook, the world’s largest social media company, said it will explore the option of putting advertising in its ‘free Internet’ platform – Free Basics. Participating in a discussion on Reddit, Facebook’s Vice President in charge of Internet.org, Chris Daniels said it’s a possibility the company will look at in the future. Facebook had come under […]

Facebook VP to take questions on Reddit AMA today 6 pm on Free Basics and Net Neutrality

Facebook’s Vice President in charge of Internet.org, Chris Daniels will answer ‘any questions’ on the discussion website Reddit at 6 pm today. The move comes in the wake of an uproar in social media in India over what many perceive as Facebook’s attempt to take over the Internet, especially in lower-income countries like India. Daniels […]

Idea offers 1 GB of free 4G data in 180 cities in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra

Idea Cellular, the country’s third biggest telecom operator and holder of 4G spectrum, is offering 1 GB of 4G data in 190 cities spread over eight states as part of a ‘pre-book’ offer. The scheme is applicable only to those who have Idea phone numbers. Subscribers will have to also change their SIMs to a […]

COLUMN: The True Price of Facebook’s ‘Free Internet’ program

Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, is prompting its users to send a submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to save its ‘Free Basics’ program, urging them to fight the “small, vocal group” of net neutrality activists. “A small, vocal group of critics are lobbying to have Free Basics banned on the basis […]

New TRAI net neutrality paper is a breath of fresh air after the last one

The latest consultation paper by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on telecom providers charging different prices for browsing different websites — the so-called differential pricing of data — comes across as a breath of fresh air after the last one, issued under former chairman Rahul Khullar. While Khullar started with the assumption that net […]

Idea 4G launch: Registrations started for a list of over 150 cities in MP, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana

Idea Cellular, holder of the biggest amount of 4G spectrum in the 1800 MHz band, has opened registration for its 4G service in over 150 cities across eight of 12 circles where it plans to launch the service. These eight circles are the four southern states, Punjab & Haryana in the north and Orissa and […]

From January, RCom customers may be able to use Reliance Jio 4G

Customers of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications Ltd may be able to use 4G services from next month thanks to an agreement with Reliance Jio, according to sources. Jio, as we have already reported, is scheduled to launch its services by the end of this month and the company’s subscribers will be eligible to use RCom’s […]

Jio Effect: Aircel slashes 3G rates; Will others follow?

Back in 2011, when 3G services were starting to be launched, there would be new announcements every three or four weeks from each operator on new tariff plans. Some would offer ‘free 3G’ along with voice recharge, some would offer combo plans, some heavy usage plans such as 10 GB for Rs 999 and so […]

Bharti Airtel plans to overtake Reliance Jio’s network in next 3 years

To counter the tremendous threat posed by Reliance Jio, the biggest telecom company in India Bharti Airtel has launched a massive network transformation program called Project Leap. “Aimed at perceptibly improving network quality and delivering the best customer experience, this strategic project will see an investment of Rs. 60,000 crore in the next 3 years,” […]