Telecommunications

Reliance Jio won big in the month of May with over 3 million wireless subscribers joining its network, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) report. Other telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea (Vi), and BSNL lost subscribers. Bharti Airtel lost the most number of subscribers, followed by Vi and BSNL. Reliance Jio’s
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Telecom operators in India are no longer bundling SMS benefits with their low-value prepaid recharge plans that are available under Rs. 100. As an industry-wide practice, players including Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Vi (formerly Vodafone Idea) have updated their entry-level plans to not club them with any SMS message allocation. It will be a major
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Airtel on Thursday revised its postpaid plan portfolio for both retail and corporate customers. The revision upgrades the Rs. 999 retail Airtel postpaid plan with better data benefits, while corporate customers have now been provided with postpaid plans starting at Rs. 299. Alongside revising the postpaid plans for its retail and corporate subscribers, the telco
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Verizon Communications will make Google’s Messages the default messaging app on all Android devices it sells starting next year, the US wireless carrier said on Tuesday. With that move, Verizon would join peers AT&T and T-Mobile US in propping up competition to Apple’s iMessage service. Alphabet-owned Google’s Messages comes with features similar to those in iMessage,
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The Cabinet on Wednesday approved public private partnership mode for the rollout of BharatNet project for broadband services in villages in 16 states with viability gap funding of Rs 19,041 crore, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Prasad said the decision to involve private players was taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on August
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Qualcomm on Monday said it expects to work with more than 30 carriers and telecommunications gear providers who have committed to using the faster variant of 5G networking technology. Fifth-generation networks use a combination of technologies. The lower frequency version, called “sub-6” by industry insiders, travels well over long distances but is only somewhat faster
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Vodafone Idea (Vi) has announced a new benefit for low-income group subscribers. It is offering free voice calling and data benefits for a limited period. The telecom provider says that the free offer is worth Rs. 75 and it is aimed at helping low-income group subscribers to stay connected as gradual state-wise unlocking efforts have
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Reliance Jio Chairman Mukesh Ambani outlined the company’s 5G rollout plans and promised that Jio would be the first company to bring 5G service to India, saying that the company is working on a 2G mukt, and 5G yukt, India, or 2G-free, and 5G-enabled. At the company’s 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM), Ambani also talked
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Reliance Jio has continued to lead on 4G download speeds with 20.7Mbps average download speed recorded in May, while Vi (Vodafone Idea) surpassed the competition with its highest upload speed of 6.3Mbps, according to the data provided by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Jio’s 4G speed was marginally increased when compared with the
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The US Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to advance a plan to ban approvals for equipment in US telecommunications networks from Chinese companies deemed national security threats like Huawei and ZTE. Under proposed rules that won initial approval, the FCC could also revoke prior equipment authorisations issued to Chinese companies. A Huawei spokesperson, in an
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 A World Bank-led project declined to award a contract to lay sensitive undersea communications cables after Pacific island governments heeded US warnings that participation of a Chinese company posed a security threat, two sources told Reuters. The former Huawei Marine Networks, now called HMN Technologies and majority owned by Shanghai-listed Hengtong Optic-Electric, submitted a bid
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