With 90 HD channels, Sun Direct set to overtake Tata Sky as No.1 HD DTH player

Sun Direct,  the DTH arm of Sun TV Network, could soon emerge as the No. 1 provider of HD TV channels in India, according to a distributor privy to the company’s plans. The DTH operator has recently acquired several transponders on a new satellite owned by the ISRO, the Indian space agency, next to its primary satellite Measat 3. India launched GSAT-15 with 24 Ku band transponders in late 2015. Each transponder can be used to beam 8-10 HD channels, but many DTH operators cram in as many as 16 HD…

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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 moved so much in the last eight years. “What shareholders are beginning to appreciate is that notwithstanding the low prices, there is a methodical move towards return on investment,” the broker said. POOR RETURNS Reliance Industries’ stock had been…

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Bharti Airtel buys Telenor India

In a surprise announcement, Bharti Airtel said it was taking over Telenor India, marking the first such transaction since Idea took over Spice Telecom several years ago. Typically, companies in Indian telecom sector sell only assets, such as spectrum, and never the whole unit, due to the high debts on telecom companies’ balance sheets in India. The pricing details were not announced. It is likely that Airtel is not paying a substantial amount to Telenor as part of the transaction due to the unfavorable financials of the acquired unit. However,…

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Spectranet Broadband enters Bangalore, 50 Mbps unlimited at Rs 1,350

Spectranet, one of India’s oldest internet service providers, has entered Bangalore, its first market in South India, with aggressively priced broadband plans. The company, which started in Delhi more than a decade ago, is offering ‘truly unlimited’ 50 Mbps plan for Rs 1,349 per month. Including taxes, however, the monthly bill will come to around Rs 1,600. For 100 Mbps, charges are Rs 1,849 per month. In comparison, established player You Broadband offers only a 10 Mbps connection at about Rs 1,900 per month, according to its website. Moreover, You Broadband has…

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Reliance Jio’s 303 4G plan will hit Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular – Credit Suisse

Reliance Jio’s new 303 4G data and voice plan will hit revenue and profits at rivals like Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, financial services firm Credit Suisse warned, dismissing optimistic interpretations of yesterday’s development. On Tuesday, Jio Chairman Mukesh Ambani announced that his company will make available a new plan that offers 1 GB of 4G data per day and unlimited voice calls for Rs 303 per month. None of the rivals have a daily-limit plan as of now, and the 303 scheme is equivalent to offering about 13 GB…

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BSNL turns net gainer in MNP, to launch 4G at year-end

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the publicly owned telecom operator, is now ‘MNP positive’, its chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said, without giving details. “BSNL’s MNP ratio is positive,” Shrivastava said at a customer interaction event today. It is not clear whether the executive was talking about all-time figures or monthly or yearly numbers. In the first eight months of 2011, for example, BSNL had a net loss of 2.6 lakh customers via mobile number portability or MNP. MNP was started in 2011. Over the next five years, the total…

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Bharti Airtel likely to counter Reliance Jio’s 303 plan shortly

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, is likely to match Reliance Jio’s one-year promotional 4G tariff of Rs 303 per month, according to industry and analyst sources. “They have been maintaining that they will match once Jio starts charging for customers,” said a stock analyst based in Mumbai. “That time has come. If they don’t match it, they’re going to be priced out.” At present, the cheapest tariff from Airtel is 6 GB for Rs 147, but that is given only to its ‘at risk’ customers. The company identifies customers…

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Reliance Jio to offer 30 GB, unlimited calls for Rs 303/month from April

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio, confirmed what many feared — the end of free 4G data will get over on March 31, but also announced a new program called ‘Jio Prime’, under which subscribers can get 1 GB per day at Rs 303 per month. They also have to pay a one-time cost of Rs 99 to be eligible for the offer. Besides getting 1 GB per day, people who recharge with Rs 303 every month will also get unlimited data usage between 2 AM and 5 AM, as…

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WATCH LIVE: Mukesh Ambani’s speech on Reliance Jio reaching 100 mln users

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm will be giving an update on the performance of India’s largest data services provider at 1:30 PM today. You can watch the live broadcast of Mukesh Ambani’s speech below. HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS SPEECH Last month, Jio users consumed over 100 cr GB of data India is No. 1 in the world in mobile data usage Will double the data capacity ‘in coming months’ By 2017-end, 99% of the population will be covered He is widely expected to announce that his company has crossed…

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Siti to launch cable broadband in five Indian cities as Jio expands

Zee Group-owned Siti Cable will launch high-speed broadband services in five different cities by June this year, company sources revealed. Siti Cable, a brand of Siti Networks, currently operates broadband services in Delhi, Hisar, Rohtak and Karnal. The new locations are likely to be outside Haryana, according to our sources. “We will be using Docsis technology from Cisco,” said a Siti official, who did not want to be named. The company is trying to withstand competition from fellow operator Hathway as well as upcoming contender Reliance Jio. Jio has a…

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Mukesh Ambani to announce 100 mln Reliance Jio customers today?

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm, will make a statement today, 21 February, at 1:30 PM. The statement will be streamed via Youtube and other channels. The link to the live stream will be shared by around 12 PM. Though the company has no revealed what the subject of the announcement will be, it is expected that the Ambani will announce that the company has crossed the 100 mln subscriber mark. Jio, which started signing up customers in September, had crossed the 72 mln mark in December and has been…

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Neem Coating of urea increased crop yields by 10% – Govt

The spraying of urea, the most widely consumed fertilizer in India, with Neem oil is helping to increase the output of crops by about 10% on average, according to statistics produced by the food and agricultural ministry. The ministry found a 5.8% increase in paddy yield after the use of sprayed urea and increase of 17.5% in the yield of sugarcane. Similarly, yields of tur (a kind of pulses) and red gram jumped by 16.9% and that of soybean by 7.4% and corn to the extent of 7.1%. Neem coating…

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Chennai cruise terminal to be ready this month

India’s first terminal dedicated for cruise ships on its east coast will be ready in Chennai this month, the shipping ministry said. This will make it the fifth such cruise terminal in the country. All four existing cruise terminals are located on India’s western coastline, targeting ships that come in from the Middle East and Europe. These are located at Mumbai, Mormugao, Mangalore and Kochi. The Chennai terminal will target both ships coming from the West as well as those coming from the east. Cruise terminals provide special facilities that…

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Reliance Jio added 2 cr subscribers in Dec, Andhra Pradesh leads

Reliance Jio, the new 4G operator, has the highest number of subscribers in Andhra Pradesh, followed by Gujarat and Delhi. The company added 20 mln (2 cr) new users in December, its highest ever tally for a single month. The previous record was held by October, when it added 19.63 mln users. In December, the 4G player added 20.28 mln subscribers. The company accounted for 73% of the total subscriber additions in the month. The highest number of users for the operator was in Andhra Pradesh telecom circle, which also includes…

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Demonetization impact on sales is over – Bajaj Auto’s Rajiv Bajaj

The impact of demonetization on the company’s motorcycles and three-wheelers sales in India has worn off, Bajaj Auto CEO Rajiv Bajaj said. “Sales was down 20% in the aftermath of demonetization, but now it’s 0%,” Bajaj said, adding that he was expecting to have grown his sales by 20% through the year. “We were expecting growth of 20% and for the year from April to October, we had been growing at those rates,” Bajaj said in a TV interview today. The loss of growth in the December and January was…

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Bajaj Auto to launch 2017 KTM Duke 390 and 200 next Thursday

Bajaj Auto said it will unvel the “all-new KTM Duke Range” of motorcycles in India on Feb 23 at an event in Mumbai. The event, which will start at 11:30 AM and will most likely be streamed live on Youtube, is likely to launch the 2017 Duke 390 and possibly the Duke 200 bikes. The Duke 390 is the most popular bike from the KTM brand, part-owned by Bajaj Auto. The 2017 KTM 390 Duke is also powered by the same 373 cc engine found in the 2016 model, but…

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BSNL doubles data on 11 existing 3G plans to take on Reliance Jio

BSNL, the public-owned telecom services provider, has increased the data allowance of more of its 3G plans, days after announcing two new tariff plans. Last week, the company has increased the allocation on two of its popular recharges by double or more. The Rs 78 pack, which used to provide 1 GB of data for 5 days, was tweaked to give 2 GB and the Rs 291 plan, which used to provide 2 GB per month, would not provide 8 GB. Now, BSNL has revealed some more 3G plans with…

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Idea Cellular posts first-ever loss due to Reliance Jio impact

Idea Cellular reported a loss of Rs 479 cr for the October-December quarter, hit by Reliance Jio’s free offerings, the first loss in last 40 quarters since its IPO in 2007. “The Indian mobile industry witnessed an unprecedented disruption in the quarter of Octoberto December 2016, primarily due to free voice & mobile data promotions by the new entrant in the sector.. As a result of this current industry upheaval, the standalonelcea revenue dropped to an unforeseen level at Rs. 86,627 million, a decline of 6.9% on sequential quarterly basis…

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Facebook to start showing ads in Groups

Facebook, the biggest website in the world by amount of time spent, has started showing targeted advertising on ‘Groups’,  the social network’s equivalent of forums. The ads will be based on the interests of the user,  Facebook  said in a communication to group administrators. The move marks the coming of age of ‘Groups’, which Facebook has largely been content to ignore. Unlike Pages, which was hogged most of the attention of Facebook’s internal ‘monetization’ team, Groups do not lend themselves to easy monetization. Administrators of Pages, for example, get lots…

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Hathway Broadband to double data allowance, give 1 Gbps speed to take on Reliance Jio

Hathway Broadband, which has over six lakh subscribers for its cable and fibre-based services, said it has upgraded its network and will soon be providing its users with up to twice as much data in the same package. Hathway provides its high-speed broadband service in around 20 cities and in much of Kerala (via Asianet). Hathway currently operates on a fiber-to-home model in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata, and on CISCO’s Docsis technology in other places. “Post completion of technical infrastructure upgradation project, network is ready for 50% increase in speed…

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