Bharti Airtel loses 8 mln data users, now behind Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, reported a loss of around 7.7 mln data users in the three months between October and December, due to the free services offered by Reliance Jio. Jio, on its part, had picked up around 50 mln free data and voice users on its nationwide 4G network by the end of December. With this, the total number of data users on Bharti Airtel is at 54.9 mln, compared to about 75 mln on Reliance Jio. Of these 55 mln users on Airtel, only 37.7 mln…

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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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Airtel doubles 3G speed in Delhi with more spectrum

Bharti Airtel, India’s top telecom provider, introduced its second 3G carrier in Delhi, more than doubling the speed of the existing network for most smartphones. Not only has the company introduced a second ‘carrier’ (block of spectrum) adjacent to the first one, it has also implemented the technology to merge the two blocks into one, thus boosting download and upload speeds. The merging technology, called dual carrier HSPC or DC-HSPA, is already found in most smartphones and most 3G users will be able to take advantage of the superior speeds…

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BSNL to start 4G services only after April – CMD

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the state-owned telecom services provider, will start its 4G services only in the next financial year that starts in April. “BSNL is likely to start 4G services in 2017-18,” Anupam Shrivastava, the chairman and managing director of the company said. The company has fallen far behind all its rivals in putting up 4G networks even though it got its spectrum in 2010 — six years ago. BSNL, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel were the three companies who got 4G spectrum in 2010. While Airtel started its…

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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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Idea Cellular increases free data in unlimited scheme by 4 times

Idea Cellular today increased the free data allocation on its existing unlimited calling packs. Compared to 1 GB of 4G data that customers were getting with the Rs 348 pack, they will now get 4 GB. Similarly, the free data allocation for those who do not have 4G handsets has been increased from 50 MB to 3 GB per month — an increase of 60 times. “Prepaid customers can get 3GB free data on Rs 348 recharge pack, in addition to unlimited voice calling and SMS. Those who recharge with…

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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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Nokia files more patent infringement suits against Apple

Nokia has filed further complaints alleging that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents, expanding its litigation originally announced on December 21. Across actions in 11 countries, there are now 40 patents in suit, which cover technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding, the company said. Cases have now been filed in Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Munich, Helsinki, London, Turin, Stockholm and Barcelona. The network equipment maker now has patent infringement suits against Apple in Barcelona, Tokyo, Texas and several other places including one with the…

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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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Reliance Communications sells its towers to Brookfield for $1.6 bln

Reliance Communications Ltd announced the signing of binding agreements with Brookfield Infrastructure for the sale of nationwide tower assets to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP and its institutional partners. RCOM will receive an upfront cash payment of Rs. 11,000 crore (US$ 1.6 billion). RCOM will also receive Class B non-voting shares in the new Tower company, providing 49% future economic upside in the towers business, based on certain conditions. However, the tower company will be 100% owned and independently managed by Brookfield Infrastructure, the company said. RCOM expects significant future value…

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TRAI wants FREE DATA for everyone, without ‘gatekeeping’ by telcos

India’s telecom regulator has suggested that every rural citizen should be given 100 MB or so per month on a free basis to help the spread of digital revolution in the country. It has also suggested allowing ‘third party aggregators’ like Facebook to offer free data, but only if they can keep telecom companies totally out of such efforts. Both suggestions are aimed at ensuring that non-telecom companies who want to offer free data can do so, while preventing telecom operators from acting as gate keepers who decide what their…

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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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