Kerala tops smartphone penetration in India; Gujarat, Punjab close behind

Kerala tops smartphone penetration in India; Gujarat, Punjab close behind

2018-06-20T12:31:24+00:00 On

Kerala has emerged as the state with the highest smartphone penetration in the country, according to data released by CyberMedia Research, a market intelligence firm tracking the technology sector. CMR’s data also reveales that on a pan-India level, about 47% of the…

Bharti Airtel’s 4G capacity to see massive increase this year in Mumbai

Bharti Airtel’s 4G capacity to see massive increase this year in Mumbai

2018-06-07T16:28:56+00:00 On

Bharti Airtel has announced a massive expansion program for its Mumbai 4G network that could increase the data carrying capacity by several times in one year. The expansion comprises four areas — increasing the number of cell sites by about 30%, increasing…

Idea cuts employee costs by 40% in 3 months, improves margin in Jan-Mar

Idea cuts employee costs by 40% in 3 months, improves margin in Jan-Mar

2018-04-28T15:36:25+00:00 On

Idea Cellular slashed its employee costs by nearly 40% in the three months from January to March this year, and also reduced several other items of expenditure in a successful attempt to protect its margins from the impact of falling revenue. As…

Bharti Infratel loses 22,134 tenancies in FY18, but Q4 revenue rises 4%

Bharti Infratel loses 22,134 tenancies in FY18, but Q4 revenue rises 4%

2018-04-23T17:53:35+00:00 On

Bharti Infratel, the telecom tower company from the Bharti group, reported a modest 4% growth in sales and 2% improvement in net profit due to a loss of tenancies as well as increasing fuel costs. The company’s revenue rose 4.2% on year…

Reliance Jio’s 49 plan revives interest in Jiophone – Credit Suisse

Reliance Jio’s 49 plan revives interest in Jiophone – Credit Suisse

2018-03-27T10:34:36+00:00 On

Financial services firm Credit Suisse said sales of Jiophone, which had begun to lose steam after an initial surge, are now back on track due to the affordable Rs 49 plan launched by Reliance Jio. Jiophone, priced at Rs 1,500, is estimated…

Telecom Commission okays Rs 7,330 cr follow-up to BSNL’s Maoist tower project

Telecom Commission okays Rs 7,330 cr follow-up to BSNL’s Maoist tower project

2018-03-07T15:42:21+00:00 On

The Telecom Commission, the top bureaucratic decision making body within the communications ministry, has approved a Rs 7,330 cr project to set up an additional 4,072 mobile towers in left-wing extremism affected areas, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said today. The project will…

Pain ahead for Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular as Reliance Jio readies massive Jiophone roll-out

Pain ahead for Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular as Reliance Jio readies massive Jiophone roll-out

2018-02-22T08:11:55+00:00 On

The pain for Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular may be far from over as Reliance Jio is seen preparing a massive rollout of its low-cost smartphone that could deal yet another heavy blow to the incumbent telecom operators’ revenue. Speaking…

No plan to merge BSNL with MTNL, to go ahead with outsourcing maintenance

No plan to merge BSNL with MTNL, to go ahead with outsourcing maintenance

2018-02-07T19:19:53+00:00 On

Telecom minister Manoj Sinha today said that the government has ‘no plans’ to merge state-owned telecom service providers Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. Sinha also said that BSNL is going ahead with the outsourcing of operations and maintenance…

Bharti Infratel to merge with Indus Towers before Vodafone-Idea deal?

Bharti Infratel to merge with Indus Towers before Vodafone-Idea deal?

2018-02-07T11:05:59+00:00 On

UK’s Vodafone is looking to combine its stake in Indus Towers, India’s largest tower company, with Bharti Infratel, the tower arm of market leader Bharti Airtel, on the basis of $5 bln valuation for its asset, the Economic Times reported, quoting unnamed sources….

Fitch abandons negative outlook on Indian telecom, sees return of growth

Fitch abandons negative outlook on Indian telecom, sees return of growth

2018-02-06T16:03:23+00:00 On

International credit rating agency Fitch said it revised its outlook on the Indian telecom sector to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’ and sees the sector returning to revenue growth in 2018. “We expect gradual price discipline in India’s telecoms sector to drive a mid-single-digit…

Telecom companies surprised by increase in voice calls – DoT Secy

Telecom companies surprised by increase in voice calls – DoT Secy

2018-01-31T12:20:24+00:00 On

Telecom companies in India have been caught by surprise by the increase in voice calls made by their subscribers in recent months, telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on Tuesday after attending a meeting with industry officials. “They have been surprised by the…

‘What does Jio want?’ Frustrated analyst withdraws rating on Bharti Airtel

‘What does Jio want?’ Frustrated analyst withdraws rating on Bharti Airtel

2018-01-30T11:52:19+00:00 On

Kotak Institutional Equities has withdrawn its rating on Bharti Airtel, expressing concern about what exactly new entrant Reliance Jio is trying to achieve in the market with its relentless price cuts. “What does Jio want,” asked analyst Rohit Chordia in his note…

Airtel 4G overtakes Reliance Jio in online search volumes

Airtel 4G overtakes Reliance Jio in online search volumes

2018-01-29T14:32:01+00:00 On

An analysis of search data from Google has reveals that Bharti Airtel’s 4G service has overtaken Reliance Jio in terms of creating online buzz, as reflected by the number of searches on Google. Bharti’s LTE service, called Airtel 4G, had been totally…

Idea-Vodafone set to use 60% of spectrum for 4G, Kapania seen leading

Idea-Vodafone set to use 60% of spectrum for 4G, Kapania seen leading

2018-01-28T17:52:48+00:00 On

Idea Cellular and Vodafone India will gear their network heavily towards 4G after merger and will also shut down over 60,000 cell sites as part of network optimization, going by the presentation being made by Idea in front of investors. The companies…