High tariffs hit Reliance Jio’s 4G growth

Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom company, reported a new low in net subscriber additions during the Oct-Dec period, managing to add just about 4.4 million net new users during the final three months of the year. This is the lowest net addition for any three-month period since the company started commercial operations four years ago. […]

Signal messenger down after heavy rush in India, US & Europe

Signal, the open source messaging platform, has become extremely slow and even unresponsive in several parts of India after a sudden rush of new users looking for a more secure alternative to WhatsApp. Global interest in Signal app has jumped by around 50 times since WhatsApp announced changes to its terms of use last week. […]

Govt delays 5G auction, internet speeds to remain low

In a move that can potentially derail Reliance Jio’s plans to launch 5G services in the second half of this year, Government of India has come up with a plan to auction only 4G spectrum in March this year. The move to exclude 5G airwaves from the auction is likely to further delay the growth […]

Auto sales limp back to normal in December 2020

Consumer-focused automakers, such as Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp, fared better than commercial vehicle makers, going by auto sales trends in December 2020. Maruti Suzuki, which accounts for around half the cars sold in India, was among the best performers, with a 20% jump in sales compared to December last year. The company sold 1.60 […]

Jio Fiber beats ACT; becomes India’s No.1 fiber broadband provider

Reliance Jio, whose entry into wireless telecom decimated the competition, seems to be all set to repeat its performance in the wired broadband space. The company added a whopping 3.03 lakh wired connections and 2.7 lakh fiber broadband connections in the month of September. Before this, the record for the highest number of wired broadband […]

Sun NXT to abandon ad-based strategy?

The management of Chennai-based Sun TV Network seems to have abandoned the earlier ‘hybrid strategy’ for its digital platform and come to the conclusion that an advertising-led model will likely not work in the video-on-demand universe in the longer term. The company’s Sun NXT app has been by far the most aggressive player as far […]

NOVEMBER AUTO SALES: M&M sees uptick, tractor sales zoom

Mahindra & Mahindra reported its strongest growth yet in the COVID-19 era after sales in November surpassed expectations, with strong numbers coming in from the tractor department. The company reported a whopping 55% jump in tractor sales for November, compared to just 2% in October. Similarly, sales of utility vehicles such as XUV500 jumped 27% […]

Maruti launches car rental in Mumbai, Chennai & Gujarat

After launching car subscription services in Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune, India’s largest carmaker has brought the service to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. The service will cost around Rs 14,690 per month in Gujarat for a Swift LXi for a four-year contract, excluding GST. In Chennai, it will cost Rs 15,196 […]

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, […]

Hero to develop Harley Davidson bikes for India

Hero MotoCorp said it has signed an agreement to co-develop and sell “a range of premium motorcycles” with iconic US motorcycle maker Harley Davidson. The announcement comes a month after Harley Davidson decided to exit the Indian market due to poor sales. The company had been selling over 10,000 units per year during the peak […]

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 […]