DoT to take back 3G spectrum if roll-out targets are not met (HBL)
In order to prevent operators from hoarding spectrum, the Department of Telecom has decided that it will take back the 3G and broadband radio waves if roll-out obligations are not met.Not wanting to take any chances with non-serious players bidding for 3G.
Any deviation at lower level will be dealt with: Raja (FE)
Telecom Minister A Raja said any deviation by lower rung officers from Government's policy decision on spectrum allocation would be dealt with."I have made it clear, any deviation at the lower level, after the policy decision was taken by the Government.
BSNL says Zain deal expensive: paper (Mint)
Indian state-run telecoms firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) feels a $13.7 billion price for a 46% stake in Kuwait’s Zain Telecom is expensive, the Business Standard reported on Monday, citing the firm’s chairman.
Tata Tele rings in more subscribers, again (HBL)
Tata Teleservices, which has started per-second billing, emerged the top operator for the second consecutive month. The operator with both GSM and CDMA network added over four million subscribers in September, beating market leader Bharti Airtel yet again.
Subscribers drive Idea Cellular profits (HBL)
Idea Cellular has reported a 52-per cent rise in the consolidated net profit to Rs 220.1 crore (Rs 144 crore) for the quarter ended September 30, driven by subscriber growth.However, on a sequential quarter basis, the telecom operator’s net was down by nearly 26 per cent.
Telenor sees cash flow loss of Rs 15,500 cr (ET)
Nordic telecom firm Telenor, which is preparing to launch services in India by December is doing so with complete knowledge of the huge cost implications. “The company has estimated an accumulated operational cash flow loss of Rs 155 billion.
Tata Communications net dips 70% at Rs 10 cr (BS)
Due to a fall in revenues from telecommunication services, Tata Communications posted a 70 per cent drop in net profit to Rs 10.45 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 from Rs 32.9 crore during the corresponding quarter a year ago.
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Monday, November 30, 2009
3G spectrum auction deferred to Jan 14 (ET)
The Department of Telecommunications has announced revised guidelines for auctioning third generation (3G) spectrum with a new deadline of January 14, 2010, even as a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum gathers steam.
Govt allows foreign firms to bid for 3G auction (ET)
The government on Saturday said foreign firms would be allowed to bid for spectrum for third generation mobile services and will start Facts on Indians mobile connections auctioning the radio waves from January 14, 2010.
Raja launches India Post's two new services (ET)
Union Communication and IT Minister A Raja today launched India Post's two new services - MO Videsh and Flat Rate Boxes.MO Videsh was an offering in the field of international remittance services, which would be the first outward remittance service from the Department.
More CBI raids on telecom licence controversy (BS)
Continuing its investigations into irregularities in licence awards by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to nine operators in 2008, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today searched more premises, including the offices of leading telecom companies.
BSNL awaiting Govt decision on IPO (HBL)
The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of State-owned telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) Ltd has been deferred.Mr Kuldeep Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL, said, “As of now, I do not think it is on the immediate radar.”
BSNL may roll out 3G in city in November (BS)
BSNL is eyeing November as the date for the launch of 3G mobile services in Bangalore. The company is testing the technology and expects sizeable subscriber base from the city. Post its launch, the company plans to start with a capacity of 200,000 3G users.
Finance Minister to resolve DoT-Defence spat over 3G (HBL)
In the face of allegations by the Telecom Minister, Mr A. Raja, that the Defence Ministry was delaying the auction for 3G spectrum, the Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, on Thursday exuded confidence of resolving the issue to start the pr ocess in 2009.
BSNL, MTNL shortlisted for Zamtel buyout (BS)
India’s telecom PSUs, Bharat Sanchar Nagam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nagam Ltd (MTNL), have been shortlisted to participate in buying out the majority stake in Zambia’s leading telecom company, Zambia Telecommunications Ltd (Zamtel).
Three GSM service providers seek additional spectrum (BS)
Three major GSM telecom - Tata DoCoMo, Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular have sought additional wireless spectrum to support their increasing subscriber base.The companies have moved the DoT, seeking an additional total of 1.8 MHz spectrum.
Sistema to finalise stake sale to Russian govt by year-end (DNA)
Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL), a joint venture between Russia's Sistema and Shyam Group of India, has initiated the process to offload around 20% stake to the Russian government through a fresh issue of equity.
Essar Group firm raises Rs 4,280 cr (BS)
ETHL Communications Holdings Ltd (ECHL), Essar Group’s holding company for telecom services, has raised Rs 4,280 crore through private placement of its zero-coupon bonds. The company intends to use the proceeds for its expansion plans.
Weather inputs for farmers on mobile phones (HBL)
handygo Ltd, a leading wireless solution provider in mobile and value-added services, has tied up with India Meteorological Department (IMD) to provide farmers with meteorological inputs through Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS).
DoT seeks consensus on calculation of spectrum charges (BS)
Amid a dispute over changes in calculations of spectrum charges, the Department of Telecom has convened a meeting tomorrow to discuss a new formula.The new proposal comes in the backdrop of the government recently excluding revenues from wireline business.
No delay in 3G auction possible, Pranab tells Raja (BS)
Stick to December deadline, we need the revenues, FM says in letter With an estimated Rs 30,000 crore of revenue at stake to bridge a yawning fiscal deficit, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has categorically told Communications Minister A Raja.
Bihar tops the congested POI list of Q109 : TRAI Report (TID)
The Circles/ States more affected due to POI congestion are Bihar (9 PoIs) followed by UP-East (7 PoIs), and Orissa (6 PoIs). Dishnet Wireless have congestion in (20 POIs) followed by BSNL (8 POIs) and Vodafone (6 POIs).
BSNL deal: HCL Info is lowest bidder for east zone (HBL)
The $5-billion HCL Infosystems has once again emerged the lowest bidder for an IT implementation deal with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, sources said.The Noida-based IT solutions company has quoted Rs 861 crore for setting up operations support systems.
Tata-Quippo eyes PE funds for Aircel arm (ET)
Tata-Quippo, the telecom tower venture between the Tatas and Kolkata-based Kanorias of Srei group, is in advanced stages of negotiations with New York-based private equity fund Apollo Management to finance acquisition of cellular operator Aircel’s tower assets.
Nokia strikes wage pact with labour union (ET)
On A day when labour strife in Manesar, the auto hub in North India took an ugly turn with a company official getting beaten up by workers, there is some positive news on the labour-management relations coming in from the South.
BSNL now sets sights on Ethiopian Telecom (ET)
Public sector telecom Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) has now set its sight on Ethiopian Telecommunications (ETC), a state monopoly in the African nation, in a bid to maximise revenues amid increasing competition in the home turf.
Tata DOCOMO to roll out 100 Dive In stores in India (BS)
Tata DOCOMO, the GSM Brand of Tata Teleservies, today announced it planned to roll out 100 Dive In' stores in the next three to six months.The stores would be launched in all the big cities and was part of the earlier $2 billion committed to GSM, Deepak Gulati, president.
Microsoft ties with Tata Docomo, keen in building mobile space (ET)
Tata Docomo, the GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, and Microsoft India have entered into a long term, strategic partnership to provide next generation telecom products and services to Indian consumers.
Tata Tele launches mobile broadband service in Chandigarh (ET)
Tata Teleservices, today announced the launch of Photon Plus (Mobile Broadband Internet Device) in Chandigarh, which falls in the company’s Punjab Circle. The service can be accessed using two devices—Router for SMEs and Business Enterprises.
Tata Comm launches PPC- 1 cable system for Australia (EFY)
Tata Communications has launched a new cable system and said that it will start delivering capacity into Australia via the privately owned PIPE Pacific 1 (PPC-1) cable system. PPC-1 is a two-fiber-pair cable system connecting the US territory of Guam to Sydney, Australia.
Nokia to extend its life tools services in 10-12 models (ET)
Nokia, world's largest handset brand, will be extending its life tools services to 12 more handsets by this December, a top company official said. Nokia Life Tool Service was launched across India in June this year and at present is available in Nokia 2320.
Surana Tele to merge solar biz with group firm (BS)
City-based Surana Telecom and Power Limited has received in-principle approval to demerge its solar business and consolidate it with group company Surana Ventures Limited. The proposal was approved by the boards of both the companies at their respective meetings.
Govt wants local body for issuing IP addresses (HBL)
Indian companies and Internet Service Providers could soon get their IP addresses from a local body. The Government, along with the Internet Service Providers Association of India, has approached the Australia-based APNIC seeking powers to issue IP addresses in Indiad.
BSNL, MTNL may stay away from Zain buy (ET)
BSNL and MTNL are unlikely to join an Indo-Malaysian consortium that has entered into a preliminary agreement to buy a 46% stake in Kuwait’s Zain Facts on Indians mobile connections Telecom for $13.7 billion after an informal inquiry by one of the two state-run telcos.
TTML crosses 10 million subscribers mark (EFY)
Tata Docomo, the GSM brand of TTSL, has announced a `Local Mobile Pack' for its existing and new prepaid subscribers in Kerala. While recharging with Rs 45, with a validity of 30 days, prepaid subscribers can call any local mobile network in Kerala for 1 paisa per 2 seconds.
Intex Technologies targets Rs 800 cr turnover (BS)
Intex Technologies (India) is targeting an over 80 per cent growth in its turnover at Rs 800 crore in 2009-10, over the previous year."Despite the worldwide recession, our company has grown spectacularly and of the targeted turnover.
Quippo won’t sell more than 10% stake (Mint)
Quippo Telecom Infrastructure Ltd, India’s third largest telecom tower company, is not looking to sell more than 10% equity to private equity investors, vice-chairman and managing director Sunil Kanoria said.
Online Database to rank mobiles for radiation emission (FE)
An online database will now allow mobile phone users to see how much radiation they may be exposed to because of their cells. According to a report carried out in www.news.com.au, the database created by the Environmental Working Group in Washington.
RCom under-reported revenues, says Trai audit (BS)
A special auditor appointed by the Department of Telecommunications has said the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group -promoted Reliance Communications under-reported gross wireless revenues to the Trai for the financial years 2006-7 and 2007-8.
Bharti, Vodafone Sept mobile additions slow (ET)
Bharti Airtel Ltd's, India's top mobile operator added 2.51 million subscibers in September, lower than the previous month's addition of 2.82 million users, data from an industry body showed on Monday.
RCom claims govt's audit finds biased (BS)
A government appointed auditor is understood to have found inflation of revenues by Rs 2,915 crore by Anil Ambani group firm Reliance Communications (RCom) in 2007-08, besides evasion of Rs 315 crore in licence feee findings termed as "biased" by the company.
Nokia Siemens wins India GSM network deal (ET)
Nokia Siemens Networks wins GSM network deal with Unitech in India, the company said on Monday. It will cover Unitech's operations in six circles that include Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
Karbonn to invest Rs 100 cr in Indian mobile mkt (BS)
Karbonn Mobiles, a joint venture between Delhi-based Jaina group and UTL, today said the company is planning to invest Rs 100 crore in the current fiscal to grab about 7-10 per cent market share in the multimedia phone segment in the country.
Orange to Speed Up MVNO Launch Procedures (C-N)
Orange has announced that it has chosen mobile virtual network aggregator, Transatel as a partner to sign-up new MNVOs on behalf of its UK business. Through this deal, companies will be able to launch as an MVNO in just six weeks.
India pips China to become world's fastest growing telecom mkt (ET)
India has pipped China to become the world's fastest growing market, thanks to the various "innovative" ways such as infrastructure sharing and network management outsourcing adopted by it that has also helped telecom operators keep the service charge low, says a report.
Alphion bags BSNL deal (EFY)
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has selected Alphion GPON technology for the deployment of next-generation multiple play FTTx services in the western and southern zones of India. The initial BSNL contract for the Alphion GPON equipment.
Vavasi-led group appoints valuer for Zain telco deal (BS)
India’s Vavasi Group and Malaysia’s Al Bukhary Group have together appointed a merchant banker for conducting due diligence and fixing a valuation of Kuwait’s Zain Telecom. The two, along with BSNL and MTNL, the state-run telecom majors, have shown interest.
Tower businesses of telcos come under auditor’s scanner (HBL)
The auditors examining the accounts of large integrated telecom companies are also looking into the income generated by their subsidiary tower companies to check for any leakage of licence fee accruing to the Government.
Kuwait's Securities Group Co joins race for Zain (ET)
The race to buy Kuwaiti telco Zain took yet another twist on Sunday with a local investment firm in that Arab country stating that it planed to buy a 25% in the communications major. In a newspaper advertisement on Sunday, Securities Group Co said.
LMT deploys Nokia Siemens' solution (EFY)
The GSMA has announced the launch of PathFinder Number Portability Discovery, a GSMA-managed service that will be operated on its behalf by Neustar. The new service encompasses 2.2 billion telephone numbers.
Tata Communications' Srinath holds 8th position in telecom power list (ET)
Global Telecoms Business, a Euromoney publication, has ranked Tata Communications' Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, N Srinath, at number 8 and its Chief Operating Officer, Vinod Kumar, at 60 in its global telecom power list.
DoT urges Cabinet Secretary to resolve spectrum issue with Defence (HBL)
The DoT asked the Cabinet Secretary to quickly take a final view on the issues related to spectrum vacation by the Defence forces in order to speed up the 3G auction process. The DoT is taking steps for the auction of 3G spectrum at the earliest since this auction.
DoT turns down Etisalat, Allianz Infra merger proposal (HBL)
The Department of Telecom has shot down a proposal from Etisalat DB Telecom to merge Allianz Infratech with itself on grounds that there is a three-year lock-in on the new operators.Both Etisalat DB and Allianz Infratech had got licences in 2008.
Govt auditors submit special report on RCom (BS)
Auditors appointed by the government to look into violation of revenue reporting norms are understood to have submitted the report on Reliance Communications (RCom) and their findings on other telecos would follow in the coming weeks.
MTS starts Delhi operations with MBlaze and Power of One (TID)
MTS launched its services in Delhi NCR, presenting the Delhi subscribers with an innovative tariff plan Power of One with per second billing. The MTS launch in Delhi coincides with the national roll out of its mobile high speed services – MBlaze throughout the country in October.
Reliance Webstore signs distribution agreement with Coolpad Comm's (TID)
This agreement marks Coolpad formal foray into the Indian handset market. It also marks diversification of Reliance Webstore Ltd into open market handset retailing business through its exclusive Reliance World and Reliance Mobile stores.
Etisalat appoints MRM worldwide, Karishma initiative (EFY)
Etisalat DB Telecom today announced the appointment of McCann Worldgroup's MRM Worldwide as the advertising & communications partner and Karishma Initiative (part of the Lintas Group) as the media planning & buying agency.
IBM wins $200 mn telco services deal in India (ET)
IBM said on Wednesday it has won a $200 million deal with India's Datacom Solutions, part of Videocon Industries, to provide IT infrastructure and services. Datacom is rolling out GSM services across India starting this year.
Govt to take considerate view of per-sec billing model: Pilot (ET)
The government will take a considerate view of the telecom regulator TRAI's proposal to bill customers based on per second usage instead of the prevailing pulse system, Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot today said.
Industry wants ban on handsets with cloned IMEI number (BS)
Indian Cellular Association (ICA) has demanded counterfeit mobile handsets with cloned IMEI numbers of other genuine handsets be banned in the country. On September 3, DoT) had directed that all handsets without IMEI numbers be banned.
Telenor's game for a tariff war in India (ET)
Norwegian telecom firm Telenor, which is slated to roll out pan-India operations by year-end under the UniNor brand, said the ongoing tariff war in the country is hardly surprising. It has factored in losses to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore in its first five years of operations.
AT&T and Telstra seek to re-enter India (FE)
The world’s largest communications firm, the $124-billion AT&T, is poised to re-enter the booming Indian telecom market, nearly five years after it left the country, exiting the three-way venture it had with the Tata and AV Birla groups.
PowerGrid unit’s antennas out to lease space on transmission towers (HBL)
A unit of the state-owned Power Grid Corporation of India is currently in talks with Quippo, Indus Towers and GTL Infrastructure for leasing out space on its power transmission towers. Being a pan-India transmission major.
Vihaan plans foray into Africa, Brazil (HBL)
Telecommunications equipment maker Vihaan Networks (VNL) plans to venture into Africa, South-East Asia and Brazil within the next three months.“We are looking at entering those markets which receive a lot of sunlight but have issues surrounding availability of power.
Bharti Airtel and CISCO ink pact to cater to B2B market (BS)
Bharti Airtel and Cisco today announced a strategic business alliance to create products and services for the small, medium and large enterprises. The alliance would combine the strengths of Airtel's network service and Cisco' Internet Protocol (IP) technologies.
Unitech Wireless awards GPRS contract to Nokia Siemens (HBL)
NSN has been selected by Unitech Wireless as its exclusive pan-India supplier to roll out and manage its GPRS core network under a three-year contract.GPRS network is utilised to offer data services on mobile handsets for which NSN will supply the equipment.
BSNL, MTNL offered majority in Zain SPV (BS)
The race for control of Kuwait-headquartered Zain Telecom has quickened with the Indian consortium led by Delhi-based Vavasi group saying it is willing to give a majority stake in the consortium to state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd or Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd .
IBM inks pact with Idea Cellular (HBL)
IBM has entered into a seven-year contract with Idea Cellular to provide a service delivery platform to enable the service provider deliver innovative messaging and WAP-based content services to its over 50 million subscribers over 2G and 3G wireless networks in the country.
TechM wins $50m Saudi Telecom deal (TOI)
Close on the heels of clinching an IT outsourcing deal with Etisalat DB, the Indian arm of Emirates Telecom, Tech Mahindra is learnt to have won another deal for a greenfield IT implementation for a telecom major in the Middle East.
Aditya Birla Minacs bags Rs 600-crore Idea cellular deal (BS)
Aditya Birla Minacs, a global IT business solutions company and subsidiary of Aditya Birla Nuvo, has signed a Rs 600-crore five-year outsourcing services deal with Idea Cellular. The deal is an expansion of Minacs’ existing relationship with Idea Cellular.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Telecom users may soon get option of paying per second (ET)
Indian telecom operators may soon be asked to compulsorily give their customers the option of paying tariff based on usage per second instead of the current per minute pulse, sector regulator TRAI said today.
BSNL consortium begins talks to acquire Kuwait's Zain Telecom (ET)
A consortium comprising India's telecom PSUs BSNL and MTNL, among others, today said it has started negotiations for acquiring control of Kuwait's biggest phone company Zain Telecom that has presence in 24 countries.
MTNL slips nearly 4% on Zain bid plan (BS)
MTNL is trading down 1.7% or Rs 1.60 points at Rs 89. The stock opened at Rs 89, and has hit a high of Rs 91 and a low of Rs 88 during the day. MTNL and BSNL have jointly expressed interest in the acquisition of a majority stake in Kuwait's biggest phone company, Zain.
Reliance Communications redefines Telecom Industry benchmarks (TID)
Reliance Communications unveils a bold new plan that will ignite the next revolutionary phase of growth and innovation in the Indian market. The company is rolling out a first of its kind plan called Simply Reliance Plan on its CDMA and GSM networks.
Ziva launches answer service for cell phone users (HBL)
Bangalore-based IT service provider, Ziva Software, has launched Zook.in, an answer service for mobile users globally. Users across the globe can use Zook.in to find relevant answers and not the links to web pages for local and media queries by fetching results.
SMEs take to tele-conferencing (BS)
IT services company Solutions Enterprise Pvt Ltd’s offices in Mumbai and Ahmedabad used to be connected with its partner companies in Britain over the Internet and a virtual private network (VPN). However, the quality of communication had always been poor.
MTS India announces key appointments in its senior management team (TID)
MTS has announced key senior level appointments, including Mr. Cheenu Seshadri as Chief Strategy Officer Corporate Centre, Gurgaon; Mr. Sandeep Yadav as Chief Operating Officer for Rajasthan circle operations.