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Airtel buys high-capacity 4G spectrum from Tikona in five circles

Bharti Airtel said it has agreed to buy 4G spectrum from Tikona Digital Networks in five telecom circles, giving the company a pan-India footprint in the crucial capacity band and helping it compete on an even footing with Reliance Jio.Airtel plans to roll-out high speed 4G services on the newly

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Reliance Jio to lose over half of its subscribers by the month-end – CyberMedia Research

Even as some brokerages are predicting that Reliance Jio will manage to carry over 80% or more of its subscribers when it starts charging for its services at the end of this month, CyberMedia Research said it sees 55-60% of existing connections getting abandoned.Jio is estimated to have 105-110 mln

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DoT lifts freeze over BSNL’s 2016 JE exam, document verification starts

The Department of Telecom has lifted its freeze over the recruitment of 2,700 junior engineers into Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, India's state-owned telecom operator.The results of the recruitment exam, conducted in September last year, were put on hold in December after the Department of Telecom received complaints about the conduct of

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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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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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Competition Commission clears RCom-Aircel merger

Anil Ambani Group said the Competition Commission of India has cleared the merger of its telecom unit Reliance Communications with the wireless operations of Aircel Cellular, owned by Maxis Berhad of Malaysia.The clearance was expected since the two companies have very small market shares.The deal had got approval from the

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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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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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BSNL announces new postpaid plans with more data, unlimited calling

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the publicly owned telecom services provider, announced liberalization of its plans for postpaid customers, a month after doing so for prepaid subscribers.While it offers 1 GB data plus unlimited calling to prepaid subscribers for Rs 339, for pospaid, the cost of the unlimited calling pack has

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RCom provides 0.5 GB/day of 3G data at Rs 99 per month

Reliance Communications, the telecom arm of Anil Ambani Group, has unveiled what is probably India's cheapest 3G data plan.The company said its subscribers will get 0.5 GB of data every day for 28 days if they recharge with Rs 99.If they are in a non-3G circle, they can recharge with

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Reliance Jio says others will take 3-4 years to match its network connectivity

Reliance Jio, the telecom operator from Reliance Industries, made a presentation before investors in Mumbai yesterday in which it claimed that it has a headstart of 3-4 years in its core network roll-out compared to rivals and sought to allay concerns on its pricing strategy.The company, which hosted an investor

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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 Prime registrations run into server hassles

Reliance Jio's much anticipated 'Prime Recharge' has created consternation on day 1 as the company faced an unexpected rush of users eager to seize the offer.Many users are facing problems activating the offer and have taken to social media with their complaints.The offer, which needs to be availed before the end

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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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