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Higher prices make more profitable consumers for India's telcos
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8/10/2022  |  Post a comment
Tariff rises push up revenues per user, while data consumption is up across the board, as the telco's prepare for the launch of 5G services.
Does Jio's gamble on 700MHz give it an advantage over Airtel?
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8/8/2022  |  Post a comment
Analysts believe that it gives the operator a significant advantage since the 700MHz band is required to launch 5G standalone.
5G deals promise to change vendor landscape in India
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8/3/2022  |  Post a comment
Samsung's loss is Ericsson's gain, while the Indian government's push to use home grown technology in the country's telecoms infrastructure is overlooked.
India's 5G spectrum auction: Who's won what?
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8/2/2022  |  Post a comment
Bidding lasted for a week and generated better than expected results, leading to the sale of 71% of the total available spectrum. This seems to be India's biggest spectrum auction ever.
Another revival package for India's BSNL
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8/1/2022  |  Post a comment
As part of the revival package, INR330 billion ($4.15 billion) of statutory dues will be converted into equity.
India's 5G spectrum auction kickstarts
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7/28/2022  |  Post a comment
India's long-awaited 5G spectrum auction has finally kicked off, and it is likely to mean record gains for the government.
Japan's Rakuten announces innovation lab in India
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7/22/2022  |  Post a comment
Rakuten Symphony is planning to further expand staffing in the domains of open RAN, cloud, automation, data and telecom standards.
Muted bidding indicated by India's 5G auction deposits
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7/20/2022  |  Post a comment
A good amount of spectrum availability, coupled with a limited number of players and a high reserve price means bidding will be subdued.
India tightens restrictions on Huawei, ZTE
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7/13/2022  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendors will not be allowed to work with Indian operators on the expansion of existing networks under rule changes.
Adani Group to participate in India's 5G auction
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7/12/2022  |  Post a comment
The Indian conglomerate wants spectrum to set up private networks for its businesses, but a future consumer move is not out of the question.
Why India's FireFly is of interest to Cisco
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7/8/2022  |  Post a comment
Cisco is reportedly in talks about acquiring a Wi-Fi player currently owned by two of India's biggest operators.
India scraps spectrum usage fees before 5G auction
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6/29/2022  |  Post a comment
India's government will not charge operators usage fees for spectrum, but its reserve prices in the upcoming auction remain high.
India's digital startup ecosystem hits a slowdown
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6/24/2022  |  Post a comment
As life starts to return to normal can India's startup community sail through the move offline and the drop in available funding in the country?
India to hold 5G spectrum auction in July
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6/16/2022  |  Post a comment
After a deal on private networks, 5G should finally launch by the end of 2022 – while a token unveiling may happen during Independence Day celebrations.
Telcos and tech companies slug it out for 5G spectrum in India
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6/13/2022  |  Post a comment
Indian service providers and technology companies are hardening battle lines over the distribution of 5G spectrum for private networks.
VPN providers remove servers from India to protest new rules
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6/10/2022  |  Post a comment
The action is in response to a government mandate on storing information about customers to boost cybersecurity.
India's much-awaited 5G spectrum auction set to be delayed again
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6/7/2022  |  Post a comment
The Indian government was planning to hold the 5G spectrum auction in June, with commercial launch on August 15, but appears likely to delay.
India's Jio, Airtel to provide 4G services in unconnected villages
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6/1/2022  |  Post a comment
A total of 7,287 villages are expected to benefit in 44 Aspirational Districts across Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha.
India's tax authorities issue lookout circular for Huawei CEO
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5/31/2022  |  Post a comment
Li approached the Delhi High Court to challenge the LOC, which he claims has caused a 'huge blow' to his reputation, and that of Huawei India.
Restrictions on Chinese imports hurting equipment vendors
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5/27/2022  |  Post a comment
Vendors have requested a relaxation on imports from China so that domestic telecom operators can roll out upgraded networks faster.
Why 5G services are crucial for India's Jio
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5/25/2022  |  Post a comment
5G services are likely to be crucial for Jio to boost average revenue per user (ARPU) by enhancing its appeal to high-value subscribers.
India faces skills shortage as it moves closer to 5G
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5/23/2022  |  Post a comment
India will need 22 million skilled workers by 2025 as it moves toward 5G.
Does BSNL's 4G stand a chance?
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5/19/2022  |  Post a comment
BSNL will be launching 4G at a time when there is a growing interest in private wireless networks, and this segment is only now opening up in India.
India finally gets its 5G testbed
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5/17/2022  |  Post a comment
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a 5G testbed – the first time India has come up with one for any communications technology.
Why more tariff hikes make sense for Indian telcos
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5/12/2022  |  Post a comment
All three private telcos – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio – hiked prepaid tariffs by 20% to 25% in November and December last year.
India's DoT launches centralized right of way portal
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5/11/2022  |  Post a comment
The national portal will streamline the clearance of infrastructure approvals related to RoW, benefitting operators, infrastructure providers and ISPs.
India's BSNL and MTNL to launch 4G by end 2022
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5/6/2022  |  Post a comment
It looks like India's two state-run telcos long awaited 4G services will launch after the country's private service providers launch 5G.
India's DoT caves and exempts 5G devices from testing
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5/5/2022  |  Post a comment
The move comes at a time when India is moving closer to the commercial launch of 5G services and will accelerate the introduction of new 5G devices.
India seizes over $700M in Xiaomi assets over forex violations
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5/4/2022  |  Post a comment
India's authorities are hinting that Xiaomi has illegally transferred funds to its Chinese parent company's subsidiaries. The move is part of the country's broad investigation into all kinds of business dealings involving Chinese companies and executives.
India's Airtel acquires stake in Cnergee cloud startup
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4/29/2022  |  Post a comment
The acquisition will allow Airtel to boost its NaaS portfolio for small and medium businesses who want to use cloud-based applications.
India addresses service provider right of way issues
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4/21/2022  |  Post a comment
The Department of Telecommunications has released draft policy guidelines to bring consistency to right of way (RoW) rules and regulations across India.
Optical transport demand to soar 2022-23 – Ciena India head
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4/20/2022  |  Post a comment
Growing data center ecosystem and activities in the submarine space will result in exponential growth in India's optical transport segment says Ryan Perera.
Regulator wants low price, easy terms for India 5G auction
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4/12/2022  |  Post a comment
Telcos can heave a sigh of relief as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommends a major price cut in the base price of the spectrum.
Indian government to come up with new spectrum law – reports
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4/12/2022  |  Post a comment
Media reports suggest that the law will give flexibility to the policymakers to decide whether or not to auction the spectrum on a case-by-case basis.
Indian telcos want more control in procuring gear
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4/8/2022  |  Post a comment
India's top service providers, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, speak in one voice regarding flexibility in procuring telecom gear from vendors.
Tata's Tejas Networks to acquire majority stake in Saankhya Labs
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4/4/2022  |  Post a comment
Tejas Networks' CEO says Saankhya's products complement its 4G and 5G radio access network products and 'position the company for emerging opportunities in the O-RAN and 5G broadcast space.'
Here's a glimpse into Airtel's 5G strategy
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3/31/2022  |  Post a comment
India's second-largest service provider has indicated that it will not purchase 5G equipment from the Chinese vendors.
What's up with Vodafone Idea's fundraising?
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3/25/2022  |  Post a comment
The company's board approved raising a total of INR145 billion (US$1.9 billion) from its promoters, Vodafone Group and Aditya Birla Group, and external investors.
TRAI bets on lampposts to accelerate 5G infrastructure
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3/24/2022  |  Post a comment
With 5G rollout just around the corner, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has launched a pilot using street furniture to deploy small cell networks.
India 5G testing mandate could lead to device shortage
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3/23/2022  |  Post a comment
India's telcos claim government enforced testing will create a bottleneck, thwarting moves to rival China as a global mobile handset manufacturing base.
BSNL to launch 4G with 5G NSA network by August
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3/15/2022  |  Post a comment
India has been trying to promote the growth of indigenous technologies and products to reduce its dependency on international vendors.
RIL strengthens local tech capabilities for India's 5G race
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3/9/2022  |  Post a comment
RIL has recently also developed a compact 5G-as-a-service solution called 'Jio 5G Hyperlite Stack,' which it plans to offer to enterprises and businesses.
India likely to hold 5G auctions in May
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2/22/2022  |  Post a comment
It's finally happening – but only if the Telecom Regulatory Authority and the Department of Telecommunications get their ducks in a row by the end of March.
What does Jio's entry mean for India's satellite sector?
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2/17/2022  |  Post a comment
Jio and SES will develop gateway infrastructure in India to provide satellite data and connectivity services to consumers and enterprise.
India's Jio invests $200M in mobile startup Glance
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2/16/2022  |  Post a comment
Jio's investment in Glance comes on the heels of its $15 million investment in Two Platforms for a 25% stake in the company.
India's satellite sector heats up with Jio's entry
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2/14/2022  |  Post a comment
The vast majority of unconnected people in India live in rural and remote areas – where satellite-based broadband can help bridge the digital divide.
Winner takes it all: India's telcos see a brighter day
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2/11/2022  |  Post a comment
India's telcos celebrate brighter days as government intervention and higher tariffs translate into more money for everyone.
India's Jio invests in deep-tech startup Two Platforms
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2/10/2022  |  Post a comment
As part of preparing for 5G, Indian telcos are trying to gain new capabilities by forming alliances and acquiring stakes in startups.
Does India need an indigenous OS?
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2/4/2022  |  Post a comment
The government will work with domestic startups and academia to develop an alternative to the two dominant OS, Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
India gives boost to manufacturing with PLI for 5G gear
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2/2/2022  |  Post a comment
India will launch a production-linked incentive scheme for 5G equipment, according to India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech.
India's Airtel acquires 25% in SD-WAN company Lavelle
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2/1/2022  |  Post a comment
Lavelle Networks is a Bengaluru-based company specializing in software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WAN).
India's Airtel gets $1B deal boost from Google
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1/31/2022  |  Post a comment
Google will spend $700 million acquiring a 1.28% stake in Airtel, and will spend another $300 million over the next five years on commercial agreements.
Can Vodafone Idea avoid government control?
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1/25/2022  |  Post a comment
With the administration now holding 35.8% of the company, the Indian operator must clear pending dues in four years to limit the government's involvement.
Jio Estonia partners with University of Oulu on 6G research
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1/24/2022  |  Post a comment
They will work on aerial and space communication, holographic beamforming, 3D-connected intelligence in cybersecurity, microelectronics and photonics.
Tata Comms net profit up by 28% on the back of data business
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1/21/2022  |  Post a comment
Data contributed 77.3% of Tata Communications' revenue in the December 2021 quarter, while voice services contributed just 13.2%.
India takes crucial steps to develop chip ecosystem
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1/20/2022  |  Post a comment
India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is seeking applications from 100 companies as part of its Design Linked Incentive (DLI) scheme.
India probes finances of Chinese device makers
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1/12/2022  |  Post a comment
Authorities are reportedly investigating whether companies such as Xiaomi and Oppo evaded duties and abused their market position.
India becomes biggest shareholder in Vodafone Idea
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1/11/2022  |  Post a comment
The government is now the largest single shareholder in the ailing telco after it chose to convert outstanding regulatory charges into equity.
India’s Airtel withdraws corporate restructuring plan
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1/5/2022  |  Post a comment
The board of India's second-largest service provider believes its existing structure will best leverage telecom reforms announced by the government in September 2021.
2021: The year Indian telcos got their wishlist
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12/31/2021  |  Post a comment
It hardly ever happens that the industry gets so many of the items on its wishlist granted by the government in one go – but 2021 turned out nice.
5G, capex increase, satellite likely to dominate in India in 2022
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12/29/2021  |  Post a comment
2022 is likely to be about the impact of two major happenings of 2021: telecom reforms and the tariff hike announced by all major telcos.
India wants to do 6G
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12/23/2021  |  Post a comment
The last few days have seen senior Indian government officials, including the telecom minister, mention 6G on more than one occasion.
After a turbulent 2021 Vodafone Idea faces uncertain 2022
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12/21/2021  |  Post a comment
It's been a turbulent year for India's third-largest telco, Vodafone Idea, as it fought for survival – but new measures and a tariff hike have helped.
India's 5Gi to be included in 3GPP global standards – report
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12/20/2021  |  Post a comment
India’s homegrown 5Gi standard is likely to be included in release 17 of the international 3GPP 5G standards.
India clears $10B incentives to lure chip makers
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12/16/2021  |  Post a comment
The Programme for Development of Semiconductors and Display Manufacturing Ecosystem is aiming for two fabs for displays and ten units for components.
India's BSNL to launch pan-India 4G in 2022
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12/8/2021  |  Post a comment
State-owned BNSL likely to finally roll out pan-India 4G services by September 2022, targeting revenue of INR9 billion (U$119.5 million).
Indian regulator issues consultation paper on 5G spectrum reserve price
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12/3/2021  |  Post a comment
Apart from spectrum pricing, the paper seeks comment on other areas, including valuation methodologies, service rollout obligations and payment terms.
India advises people not to subscribe to Starlink
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11/30/2021  |  Post a comment
Government authorities say the company owned by Elon Musk has not acquired the necessary licenses.
Wrong number! India's Jio denies bidding for the UK's BT
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11/29/2021  |  Post a comment
The owner of India's largest telco has been linked with a possible takeover of the UK phone incumbent.
India panel urges social media crackdown – reports
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11/29/2021  |  Post a comment
Pressure is mounting on Facebook and Twitter, with local authorities saying they should be held accountable for user content on their platforms.
Reliance Jio lost 19M users in September
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11/25/2021  |  Post a comment
The Indian telco giant's customer base is shrinking as rural subscribers and customers treating it as a second SIM quit service.
India's Airtel hikes prepaid tariffs by 25%
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11/22/2021  |  Post a comment
In a widely anticipated move, India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, has announced it is raising prepaid tariffs for all plans by 20-25%.
India to use USOF to provide 4G coverage in 7k+ villages
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11/18/2021  |  Post a comment
The Indian government approved the use of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to provide 4G connectivity in 7,287 villages at the cost of around INR64.66 billion ($872 million).
India addresses security concerns over mobile ecosystem
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11/10/2021  |  Post a comment
Indian Citizens Assistance for Mobile Privacy and Security (I-CAMPS) set up to prevent cybercrimes related to weaknesses in the app and device ecosystems.
India's Airtel launches initiative to test 5G enterprise uses
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11/9/2021  |  Post a comment
India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, has introduced a 5G-for-business initiative to trial 5G-based enterprise use cases.
India's Reliance Jio bets on JioPhone Next to lure 2G subscribers
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11/2/2021  |  Post a comment
The cheap 4G smartphone, launched with Google, is available from Diwali for INR6,499 ($87) or INR1,999 ($26.7), with the rest in monthly installments.
Indian telcos demand extension of 5G trials – report
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10/27/2021  |  Post a comment
Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have asked the Department of Telecommunications to extend the 5G trial by a year, according to media reports.
India amends RoW rules to boost broadband infrastructure
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10/26/2021  |  Post a comment
India's Department of Telecommunications has revised the Indian Telegraph Act right of way rules to make it easier to install aerial optical fiber cable.
BSNL to provide Inmarsat solutions in India
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10/25/2021  |  Post a comment
British satellite maker Inmarsat claims to be the first foreign operator to get approval in India to sell high-speed broadband to planes and ships.
India's Vodafone Idea may get funds from backers – report
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10/14/2021  |  Post a comment
Vodafone Group and Aditya Birla Group may infuse $400 million in Vodafone Idea to support the company clearing off dues and growth, it's been reported.
India's BSNL records a 4G milestone
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10/12/2021  |  Post a comment
India's state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is finally moving closer to bring 4G services to its subscribers.
Open RAN faces a 2G struggle in India
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10/6/2021  |  Post a comment
The new concept is unlikely to be a panacea for the problems that service providers face in emerging markets.
Does the Indian government finally want to make up with telecom?
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10/5/2021  |  Post a comment
The Indian government is exploring ways, like out-of-court settlements, to bring down the number of legal cases it is embroiled in with service providers.
Telesat-Nelco to offer satellite services in India by 2024
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10/4/2021  |  Post a comment
Things are hotting up in the Indian space race.
India's Airtel boosts data centers, unveils new brand identity
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10/1/2021  |  Post a comment
India's second-largest service provider, Airtel, has decided to increase its data center business infrastructure.
Can Quad alliance redefine the semiconductor supply chain?
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9/30/2021  |  Post a comment
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between India, the US, Japan and Australia wants to protect supply chains in critical areas like semiconductors and 5G.
India's Vodafone Idea wins battle, needs to win the war
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9/22/2021  |  Post a comment
For the first time in months, India's third-largest service provider is on somewhat positive footing.
India announces major reforms, relief for Vodafone Idea
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9/16/2021  |  Post a comment
In a much-anticipated move, the Indian government has finally approved a relief package and several new reforms for the telecom industry.
India's telecom policy has been a shambles
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9/9/2021  |  Post a comment
Excessive greed by regulators and inside government may have killed India's telecom golden goose.
India's Airtel launches rights issue to line 5G war chest
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8/31/2021  |  Post a comment
India's second-largest operator is fundraising – it's looking for investment from Google, while the board approves a $2.86 billion rights issue.
BSNL picks C-DoT, TCS and Tejas as 4G vendors – report
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8/30/2021  |  Post a comment
With vendors still conducting trials, India's state-owned operator is unlikely to be able to launch its 4G service for some time.
Vodafone Idea-BSNL merger in India: Can it work?
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8/20/2021  |  Post a comment
The Vodafone Idea crisis shows no sign of resolution. One option could be a merger with state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
India's Jio may bid for T-Mobile Netherlands – report
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8/12/2021  |  Post a comment
If the Jio-Deutsche Telekom deal comes through, it will be the first telco acquisition by an Indian telco in Europe.
Can domestic vendors dominate India's 5G market?
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8/9/2021  |  Post a comment
Indian vendors are upping the game where 5G products are concerned thanks to the departure of Chinese vendors and the Aatmanirbhar (self-reliance) push.
What lies ahead for India's Vodafone Idea?
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8/3/2021  |  Post a comment
Recent judgment rejecting telcos' appeal to rework the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues again puts a question mark over Vodafone Idea's survival in India.
Another AGR blow to India telcos – especially Vodafone Idea
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7/23/2021  |  Post a comment
India's Supreme Court rejected the appeal by telcos, including Vodafone Idea, to rectify the 'errors' in the Adjusted Gross Revenue calculations.
India is in the midst of a data center boom
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7/19/2021  |  Post a comment
The market is booming on the back of ever-growing data consumption and legal data localization requirements – as Google announces a cluster of data centers.
Is India moving towards a duopoly?
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7/8/2021  |  Post a comment
Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal says India's telecom industry's movement towards a duopoly is 'tragic,' and the country needs at least three players.
India lets VSAT offer satellite backhaul connectivity to CSPs
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7/7/2021  |  Post a comment
Indian service providers will be able to use satellite capacity from VSAT license holders, like Hughes, Nelco and BSNL, to connect sites.
Vodafone Idea gasping for financial relief in India
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7/6/2021  |  Post a comment
It's been reported the company is now looking to sell its data center business, optical fiber unit and fixed-line broadband subsidiary.


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