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TRAI to hear the public on net neutrality in open house this month

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has started registrations for an open house discussion on its upcoming recommendations on net neutrality.The open house discussion will be held on Wednesday, August 30 at 9:30 AM in New Delhi. The venue has not been finalized yet, and is likely to be fixed

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RCom says telcos facing cash flow issues due to ‘go slow’ approach by banks

Telecom operator Reliance Communications said companies in the sector are facing cash flow issues due to what it called a 'go slow' approach taken by banks in disbursing loans.In an update on its 'standstill agreement' with its lenders, which provides it a window of seven months to complete a merger

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Reliance Jio carries 80% of traffic on next-gen Internet technology

Reliance Jio, the new entrant to India's telecom landscape, is carrying nearly 80% of its traffic in the next-generation Internet technology, a senior official of the company said.Internet Protocol or IP is one of the languages used by machines to talk to each other. All machines on the Internet use

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Reliance Jio says Vodafone’s increase in PoI inadequate

Reliance Jio Infocomm said the number of new interconnection points being put in place by Vodafone at its network junctions is "substantially less than the requirement".Jio was responding to the announcement yesterday that India's No.3 telecom company will increase interconnect points with the Ambani firm, which has been facing a

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Reliance Jio: 15-minute SIM activation now available in most cities

Ten days after Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio, promised to roll out a superfast activation procedure for new SIMs within "2-4 weeks", the facility is now available in several small towns, suggesting that the company may be running ahead of schedule on its e-KYC roll-out.The new system has been

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BSNL offers unlimited calls and data for Rs 1199/month; costs just Rs 1.84/GB

With the launch of Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio threatening to push BSNL into irretrievable losses, the state-owned telecom company has introduced a new landline plan with true unlimited internet and voice calls for Rs 1,199 across India.The internet speed will be 2 Mbps download, while voice calling will be truly

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FREE SIMS for EVERYONE: How Reliance Jio totally sandbagged Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular via its preview offer

Today, Reliance Digital stores across the country are seeing long queues of customers waiting to get free SIMs with three months of unlimited data and voice calls."We are taking about half an hour to complete the process for each person," said an employee at a Digital store in Kerala. "There are

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How Ravishankar Prasad can resolve the 700 MHz spectrum auction pricing problem

India is getting ready for a digital revolution by auctioning 700 MHz spectrum that has the potential to take high-speed Internet to every village in the country. However, telecom operators -- who have to play the role of the enablers -- are not popping open the bubbly quite yet.The reason

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RCom will continue to hold spectrum edge over Reliance Jio after 800 MHz sale

Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications Ltd will continue to hold a spectrum edge over Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio in the 800 MHz band even after it sells chunks of 4G spectrum to the latter, according to sources.The Anil Ambani group said yesterday that it would sell unspecified amounts of 4G-capable 800

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Telenor, Vodafone, Tata keen on 700 MHz spectrum; Jio, Bharti, Idea defensive

For years, India's telecom operators have taken the government repeatedly to task over 'hoarding' spectrum, not releasing it on time etc.. However, with recent auctions giving some of them a competitive advantage, many of these operators are now asking the government to postpone the upcoming 700 MHz auctions - slated to be the biggest India

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Reliance Jio to launch 4G in Jan-March; Airtel, Vodafone, Idea may offer discounts – Fitch

Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Industries, is likely to launch its 4G services any time from January to March next year, and will pose a credible challenge to incumbents, driving out weaker operators, Fitch Ratings said."Jio’s product is likely to gain traction – given the intention

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