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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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Reliance Jio Prime Membership closing in on 50 mln mark

Reliance Jio, India's newest telecom operator is set to add almost 50 mln users to its Prime platform, according to reliable sources.As of now, the company has added close to 43.5 mln, with another 3-4 mln additions expected in the remaining 2.5 days.On average, the company added 1.55 mln Prime customers

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Reliance Jio allows ‘queuing’ of 303, 499 recharges for 1 year

With on four more days remaining before the start of paid services on Reliance Jio, India's largest telecom operator by volume, the company has urged its sales agents to promote the idea of 'queuing' up recharges for a year."We have been told to encourage users to do recharges for multiple

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Bharti Airtel sells 10% of Infratel to KKR, CPPIB at Rs 325 per share

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications services provider, said it sold 10.3% of its tower unit Bharti Infratel to funds advised by US private equity firm KKR and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board at Rs 325 per share.The transaction has been done at a premium of around 3% to the stock's

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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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