Mukesh Ambani to announce 100 mln Reliance Jio customers tomorrow?

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and Reliance Jio, will make a statement on Tuesday, 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 tomorrow. 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…

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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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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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Bharti Airtel to stop obsessing about per-GB price to drive usage

Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom network by number of subscribers, has shifted its focus from counting how much money it is getting from each GB of data sold to how much money it is able to get from each subscriber irrespective of data consumed. Traditionally, companies such as Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone have been very reluctant to ease data prices for fear that it will affect their profit, image etc.. But with the entry of 4G operator Reliance Jio, at least Bharti Airtel’s decided to take a leaf…

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Reliance Jio NOT TO EXTEND free data offer after March

Reliance Jio will not be extending its Happy New Year free data offer beyond March 31, according to our sources in the company. The clarification comes in the wake dozens of reports claiming that it will extend the free scheme beyond the March 31 deadline into June. “There is zero chance of that happening,” said a senior official in the company’s sales team. HISTORY REPEATS In November and December, there were a similar number of articles that claimed that it would extend the Welcome Offer by three months from December to…

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Idea Cellular – Vodafone merger announcement soon?

Idea Cellular has put off the trimonthly meeting of its board of directors scheduled to take place tomorrow, raising speculation that it may soon announce a merger or deal with Vodafone India. The meeting was supposed to take on-board results  of the telecom operators’ working the three months from October to December. After the meeting, Idea was scheduled to release its quarterly financial results on Monday as well. Both have now been postponed indefinitely, and the new date is yet to be intimated. This has led to massive speculation that the…

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Reliance Jio now allowing unlimited night downloads under Happy New Year plan

Reliance Jio is now allowing its users to download an unlimited quantum of data at night under its Happy New Year offer. This is different from the earlier practice of allowing users to consume only 4GB of data per 24 hours. With this new feature, subscribers can download or consume 30 GB or 40 GB or even more data between 2 am and 5 am without affecting their download speeds. This is a feature, not a bug, in the Happy New Year tariff plan, and is likely to be available…

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How to overcome Reliance Jio’s 1GB limit by timing your downloads

According to our tests, it is possible to download more than 1 GB using a single Reliance Jio connection using the Happy New Year offer. According to our tests, there is no limit on the number of GBs that can be downloaded under the Happy New Year offer between 2 AM and 5 AM. In our tests, we have been able to download over 40 GB in one night, without affecting our speed for the next day. This is a feature, not a bug, in the Happy New Year tariff…

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Vodafone halves 4G data prices: 4 GB at 255 | 22 GB for 999

Vodafone has halved data prices, six months after cutting them by about 40%. Under the new 4G tariff announced today, customers will get 4 GB of data for Rs 250 and 22 GB for Rs 999. These are roughly half of the prevailing data rates in the market. The current data price in the market is 2 GB for Rs 250 and 10 GB for Rs 999. Vodafone is also offering 35 GB for Rs 1,500. These prices are far cheaper than the tariff unveiled by Reliance Jio in September….

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BSNL takes on 4G VoLTE with VoWifi + free calls

If you enjoy the higher call quality of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls compared to regular cellular calls, you are definitely going to enjoy using BSNL’s new Wifi calling app. The app, not yet available on Google Play, redirects your call via your Wifi network to your BSNL broadband connection. Because the call is then handled by the company’s landline network, the quality of audio remains superior to the 2G or 3G calls. Besides, given that BSNL is offering free and unlimited voice calling with many of their broadband plans,…

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1GB LIMIT: Reliance Jio starts restoring full speed at end of day

Reliance Jio, India’s largest provider of wireless data, has modified its bandwidth limitation policy to restore full speed for the subscriber under its Happy New Year offer the next day. So far, a 4G subscriber who crossed the daily FUP limit of 4GB or 1GB had to wait for exactly 24 hours for Jio to lift the speed limits. Under the new policy, he gets full speed the next day morning. This is likely to provide much relief to users as they can now look forward to a normal browsing…

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BSNL to soon relaunch Rs 498 “truly unlimited” 3G plan, new packs on Republic Day

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has decided to “relaunch” its 14-day “truly unlimited” 3G plan, chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said today. The plan, introduced in early December, was pulled after only one month. It offered truly unlimited 3G data usage at just Rs 498 with a validity of 14 days. The 498 recharge was one of the only two truly unlimited schemes being offered by wireless operators in India — both from BSNL. The second scheme, which offers data and BSNL-to-BSNL calls without any limits for one month…

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SUPERHOUR: The SECRET behind Vodafone’s Rs 16 offer

It is no secret that India’s second biggest telecom operator by revenue — Vodafone — is under threat from a rapidly growing No 3 — Idea Cellular — and an aggressive newcomer — Reliance Jio. Though Idea is still behind the British firm when it comes to total revenue, Idea has already overtaken Vodafone as far as the data business is concerned, according to sources. Unlike Vodafone, Idea invested early, and heavily, into 4G. By the end of September — the latest month for which data is available — Idea…

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Vodafone 4G reaches UP West; Goa, Chennai, Punjab next

Vodafone has launched its 4G network in UP West and Uttarakhand offering “4 times” as much data for a 1GB pack. Among the first wave of cities are Dehradun, Haridwar, Aligarh, Nainital and nine other prominent business, tourism and educational hubs. “4G services will soon be available across several other major towns across the circle by March 2017,” it added. It said it will shortly launch in Goa, Punjab and Chennai, taking the total to 2400 towns by March 2017. With today’s launch, the company will offer 2G, 3G and…

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Bharti Airtel offers 3GB of 4G data free per month for one year, with conditions

Bharti Airtel, which has come up with various ‘free data’ schemes of late, has kicked off one more such scheme — offering 3 GB of free data per month for those availing certain handpicked recharge and billing schemes. For prepaid users, the free data is available if they recharge Rs 345 per month. The Rs 345 recharge also gives free unlimited voice calls to any network, as well as 1 GB of 4G data, taking the total to 4 GB. Similarly, pospaid users have to go for any of Airtel’s…

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BSNL offers email IDs in Hindi and other Indian languages

BSNL has introduced a free e-mail service for its broadband users based on its डाटावन.भारत domain name. As a result, it is possible for a customer to now have an complete email address in Hindi. “It’s now possible in every part of India to have an email address in their own language and communicate in preferred language”, said Anupam Shrivastav, Managing Director, BSNL. “The linguistic email service offered by BSNL will have डाटावन.भारत (DataOne.Bharat) domain and email address will be offered in eight regional languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi,…

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Bharti Airtel completes pan-India 4G with Assam; offers 10 GB for Rs 249

Bharti Airtel launche its 4G services in Assam, starting with Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. “With this, customers in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia can now enjoy high speed mobile broadband on Airtel 4G and get on to the digital superhighway to enjoy uninterrupted HD video streaming, superfast uploading and downloading of movies, music and images,” the company said. The company said it was introducing a new 4G offer for prepaid customers with 10 GB 4G data for just Rs 249 with any new 4G handset. “With Rs 249 recharge, 1 GB data will…

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CRASH: Bharti Airtel offers 6 GB at Rs 147 per month

Hit by competition from Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, is offering a whopping 6 GB of 4G data for Rs 147 with a validity of 28 days. The offer is being rolled out only to prepaid users, and can be seen only in the ‘only for you’ deals section of Airtel’s recharge app or website. As it is a targeted offer, it may not be available to new customers. The regular price of the 6 GB pack is in the range of Rs 800 per month, and…

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BSNL matches Airtel, Idea with 339 unlimited voice + 1GB offer

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has unveiled a new unlimited call plan, matching bigger rivals such as Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel. While Airtel and Idea offer unlimited calls to any network in India plus 1 GB of 4G data for Rs 345, BSNL is doing so with a new recharge of Rs 339. In addition, BSNL’s offer is valid for all customers whether they use 2G, 3G or 4G handsets. In contrast, the other two have limited the 1 GB data to those with 4G handsets. BSNL has not yet…

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BSNL to launch Gigafiber plans, slash FTTH tariff to counter Reliance Jio

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd will launch Gigafiber plans with speeds of over 1,000 Mbps to counter the threat from players like Reliance Jio, the head of the organisation said today. “We have a similar strategy and soon we are going to come up with Gigabit OFC connection to customers in select locations,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said today in an interaction with customers. He was responding to concerns about the company’s ability to withstand competition from players like Reliance Jio, which already rolling out Fiber-to-the-Home or FTTH…

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