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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

TV18 to shut down FYI, raise pack prices; Rishtey Cineplex to go pay

FYI TV18, the most watched ‘lifestyle’ channel in India, will shut down on July 8, TV18 group said, while announcing an increase in the prices of several of its channel packages and the conversion of a free channel into pay. FYI SHUT DOWN The move to shut down FYI TV18 makes the channel the latest […]

Star Utsav, Sony Pal, Zee Anmol, Rishtey back on DD Free Dish

Prasar Bharti, India’s public broadcaster which operates DD Free Dish satellite TV service, has given five slots on the DTH platform to major private sector broadcasters such as Star India, Sony Pictures Networks, TV18 Broadcast and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Two slots have been allocated to Zee Entertainment Enterprises, while one each has been allocated to […]

K-FON, Kerala’s fiber network, to be ready by Dec

Kerala Fiber Optic Network, a high-speed broadband service from Kerala government, will start operations by the end of the year, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. The Rs 1,000 crore project was announced around two years ago with a December 2020 deadline. Vijayan said he has spoken with the consortium of companies that are putting […]

India okays first trial for e-commerce drone delivery

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet said it has received regulatory approval to test drones to deliver e-commerce parcels, medical, pharma and other essential supplies. “Post trials and approvals, SpiceXpress, the dedicated cargo arm of SpiceJet, plans to use drones to provide for a quicker, faster and a cost-effective delivery,” low-cost carrier said. A SpiceXpress-led consortium had submitted […]

COVID-19: Maruti Suzuki sees more inquiries for cheaper cars

With the Coronavirus lockdown putting people’s livelihoods in danger, India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki said initial trends indicated more customer inquiries smaller cars. The company’s showrooms had shut on March 23 and re-opened only earlier this month. “Initial inquiry trends that we have seen so far, since the showrooms have opened, suggest that trend,” said […]

Reliance Jio hikes data price by removing data-only plan

Data costs on Reliance Jio network have gone up again as the operator has withdrawn its only data-only data and has made it mandatory for all consumers to also activate a voice pack to consume data services. The only data-only plan it had on offer — Jio Cricket Pack — used to give 2 GB […]

Govt requests cable, DTH players not to disconnect users

Government of India has “requested” cable and DTH operators to not disconnect those subscribers who do not recharge or pay their monthly bill during the COVID-19 lock-down. The request has been made based on two justifications: First, doing so will help keep the people indoors, and second, it will help counter fake news that spreads […]

Kerala Govt body starts online delivery of grocery

Kerala State Co-operative Consumers’ Federation Ltd, popularly known as ConsumerFed, has started online ordering of grocery kits, starting with the Ernakulam district. The government-controlled body, however, is yet to scale up deliveries, and is accepting only 100 orders per day. Moreover, orders are currently being delivered only out of the Kakkanad depot, in an around […]