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Reliance Jio tops in user satisfaction, but call drop concerns remain

Reliance Jio users are a happier lot than customers of other services, but call drops and network availability remain key concerns, according to a survey conducted by a market research firm Velocity MR.The firm conducted a study among more than 2000 smartphone users across the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore,

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Airtel, Idea and Vodafone close to network sharing deal

Fierce competition from new entrant Reliance Jio is pushing the incumbent telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone India to accelerate negotiations to allow them to use each other's full networks.As of now, these operators only share 'passive' or 'dead' infrastructure such as the physical tower and generator sets.Active

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Idea Cellular to spend Rs 6,000 cr on VoLTE, expansion of 4G & 3G this year

Idea Cellular, the telecom company controlled by the Aditya Birla group, said it will spend Rs 6,000 cr to expand its 3G and 4G services in the current financial year.The planned investment of Rs 6,000 cr has been "earmarked for expanding broadband coverage (and to) increase wireless data capacity" and

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NET NEUTRALITY: Netflix says let India decide what it wants to watch

Netflix, the world's biggest provider of video-on-demand services, rebuffed attempts by telecom companies to control viewership of online video and said consumers must be allowed to consume any legal content on the Internet without 'gate keeping' or interference by telecom providers.It said its position was that "gate-keepers should not be

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RCom shareholders approve Aircel merger

The shareholders of Reliance Communications approved the demerger of the wireless operations of the company into Aircel Limited and Dishnet Wireless Limited, the Anil Ambani Group company said.The Scheme was also approved at a meeting called on the directions of the National Company Law Tribunal.The shareholders of Aircel Limited also approved the scheme

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Net Neutrality: Vodafone wants right to manipulate Internet videos

Vodafone India said it would like to be given the power to manage the size of videos watched by users on its mobile network and lower it automatically "for overall quality welfare".Participating in the discussions related to Net Neutrality and the powers to be given to telecom operators in traffic management, the

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Telcos Change Tack as Net Neutrality Fight Enters Final Round in India

If you thought the fight over net neutrality was over with the sending of 1 mln emails to the TRAI two years ago, think again.The telecom service providers, who lost out that in the first round, are back. This time, however, their demands are more subtle, and focused on getting

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Reliance Jio helped India save Rs 18,000 cr, but rivals took the hit

Free services from Reliance Jio, the telecom services arm of Reliance Industries, brought down the amount of money paid by telecom subscribers in India by about Rs 4,400 cr in just the last three months of 2016, an analysis of the sector data revealed.The numbers indicate that the company's free offers have

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Reliance Jio Prime Membership extended, 3 months free service offered

Reliance Jio, the telecom services provider from Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, has extended the period for its subscribers to sign up for its Membership program up to Apr 15. It will also provide three months of free service for any member who signs up for its monthly packages starting at

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Telecom Commission suggests DoT send back fine proposal on Airtel, Idea & Vodafone to TRAI

The Telecom Comission, a panel set up within the Department of Telecom with external representatives, has suggested that the ministry of communications should send back for 'reconsideration' the recommendation by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for it to impose a fine of Rs 3,050 cr on Bharti Airtel, Idea

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Reliance Jio Prime Membership closing in on 50 mln mark

Reliance Jio, India's newest telecom operator is set to add almost 50 mln users to its Prime platform, according to reliable sources.As of now, the company has added close to 43.5 mln, with another 3-4 mln additions expected in the remaining 2.5 days.On average, the company added 1.55 mln Prime customers

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Bharti Airtel sells 10% of Infratel to KKR, CPPIB at Rs 325 per share

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications services provider, said it sold 10.3% of its tower unit Bharti Infratel to funds advised by US private equity firm KKR and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board at Rs 325 per share.The transaction has been done at a premium of around 3% to the stock's

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Ookla explains in detail why Jio’s fears on speedtest results are misplaced

Some may call it a storm in a tea cup, but the Ookla-Jio-Airtel controversy has turned out to be a one with an unexpectedly long life.After coming up with a half-hearted defence two days ago, Ookla -- the provider of the world's most popular mobile and broadband speed testing service

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High right-of-way charges behind long waiting list for BSNL landlines – Govt

High right-of-way charges levied by local bodies for allowing Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd to lay underground cables are largely responsible for the telecom company's inability to provide land phones on demand, the government said.As of January, BSNL has 12,052 landline applications kept pending and most of this is because of

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Bharti Airtel abolishes roaming charges

Bharti Airtel has abolished roaming charges for its subscribers within India, after new rival Reliance Jio adopted a similar policy.The move will come into effect on April 1, the date on which Jio will start its services on a commercial basis.With this, incoming calls will be free and outgoing calls

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Investors starting to understand Mukesh Ambani’s telecom game – Angel Broking

Investors are only now starting to realize the plan that Mukesh Ambani and his telecom brainchild, Reliance Jio, have put into practice, and are therefore driving stock prices of his company higher, said Angel Broking, a retail-only stock-broker.Reliance Industries share prices surged 11% on Wednesday, the first time it has

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