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Bharti Airtel to offer cheap 4G plans for all dongle users – report

With new operator Reliance Jio snapping at its heels, incumbent Bharti Airtel has decided to slash its data prices for everyone with the introduction of new 4G dongle plans, Telecom Talk blog reported quoting unnamed sources.At present, Bharti Airtel does not offer any plan that comes close to what new

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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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Why Reliance Jio will keep data prices low for 2 years: Credit Suisse explains

Wireless data prices in India, which crashed from Rs 250 per GB to about Rs 10 per GB after the entry of Reliance Jio, will continue to remain under pressure for at least two more years, said analyst firm Credit Suisse.That is the minimum amount of time that the new

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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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Ortel Communications slashes broadband tariff as Reliance Jio threat looms

With the prospect of the entry of Reliance Jio into the cable and broadband market, Ortel Communications -- the largest cable network in Orissa and an emerging player in neighboring states, has slashed its broadband rates.The company has removed all its sub-1 Mbps plans and replaced them with plans having

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Reliance Jio promises new plans in place of Summer Surprise

Reliance Jio has officially withdrawn its Summer Surprise offer on its website and put up a new banner saying that it will be introducing new plans soon."We are updating our tariff packs and will be soon introducing more exciting offers," the company says on its website in place of the

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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 could replace Summer Surprise with new offer after TRAI order

Reliance Jio's withdrawal of its Summer Surprise Offer is unlikely to make any difference to most of its customers, and the company may even come up with a new version of the plan to comply with the ban."The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has advised Jio to withdraw the 3 months

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India’s 3G networks creak under freebie overload; 4G also slows

MySpeed, the speedtesting platform operated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, has revealed a sharp dip in wireless data speeds across operators in March compared to the previous month.The declines were visible in both 4G as well as 3G services, but were more pronounced in 3G networks, which typically

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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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Vodafone Idea merger to save Rs 7,000 cr per year; one-time cost Rs 3,000 cr

The Idea Cellular-Vodafone merger announced today will save about Rs 14,000 cr in operating expenses per year for the combined entity after four years of merger, the two companies said.However, due to the applicability of spectrum caps on the combined entity, the deal will also cost Rs 3000 cr in

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Vodafone customers to get Rs 250 cashback on Amazon Prime subscripton

Vodafone said any of its subscribers that uses its website or app to subscribe to Amazon Prime service in India will get Rs 250 cash back in the form of payment balance in their Amazon account.Technically, operators in India are forbidden from giving cheaper data access to any particular website

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Vodafone offers 1GB/day + free calls at Rs 346 per month to counter Reliance Jio

Vodafone, India's second largest telecom operator by revenue, has more or less matched newcomer Reliance Jio's aggressive tariff plan by offering 1 GB per day for one month at Rs 346, in addiition to unlimited voice calling.The plan is almost exactly similar to what Reliance Jio last week, though the pricing

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Reliance Jio unveils new 4G plan: 60GB at Rs 999, 56GB at 499

As expected, Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom operator led by Mukesh Ambani, has totally overhauled its 4G tariffs ahead of 'going commercial'.The firm had unveiled one set of tariffs in September, and said that these would apply when it started charging for its services several months later.However, many had said

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Reliance Jio is carrying 94% of India’s mobile data, Airtel 2% – Report

Incumbents like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are far behind newcomer Reliance Jio in terms of both data coverage and 4G coverage, a report by financial services company Credit Suisse said."Among the cities we surveyed, Airtel/Vodafone/Idea had good coverage in 10–30% of the cities, while Jio fared well in

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Facebook biggest beneficiary of Reliance Jio free data

It's common knowledge that Reliance Jio's free data service has massively increased Internet usage in India, but a new report throws light on what categories have been benefited and which have not.The biggest beneficiary of the free data offer from Reliance Jio is -- yes, you guessed it right --

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