Tata DoCoMo halves 3G prices, 1 GB at Rs 98 as Reliance Jio starts to bite

Hit by competition from Reliance Jio’s 4G services, Tata DoCoMo has halved the price of its 1 GB 3G pack to just Rs 98 from Rs 195 earlier. The new pack is being offered under the ‘My Best Offer’ service that users can activate by pressing *123# on their mobile phones. The company has 3G spectrum in nine circles, including Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra & Goa, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh (West). In addition, the company has also reduced the prices for other packs such…

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Jio accounted for 91% of 4G speed tests on TRAI app, Airtel only 3%

Even as the average speed of Bharti Airtel remain high, the total number of people who conducted 4G speed tests from Airtel’s network is only 3% of total number of people who were conducting similar tests from Jio. In fact, Jio users accounted for 91% of the total 4G speedtests conducted using TRAI’s ‘My Speed’ app, which was launched about three months ago. In comparison, Airtel accounted for about 3%, Idea for about 2.5%. A total of 22.1 lakh 4G speedtests were conducted by Jio users using TRAI’s app. In…

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Interconnect fight with Reliance Jio seems over with Airtel’s latest move

Reliance Jio welcomed Bharti Airtel’s move to set up 7,007 additional points of interconnection to ease traffic between the two players, even as Airtel promised that it would uphold the law. The moves indicate the end of a bitter battle between the newcomer and India’s largest operator over connection rights to each others’ networks. Airtel had, in a statement today, said the company was release interconnection capacity is “sufficient to serve over 75 million customers, based on the forecast provided by Jio to Airtel.” “We now request Jio to ensure…

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Following Jio, Airtel, Vodafone & Idea could make VoLTE ‘free’

Hit by competition from Reliance Jio, rivals Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are exploring the possibility of making voice calls ‘totally free’ under their upcoming VoLTE service, according to industry sources. VoLTE calls can only be made by phones that support 4G voice facility, and an estimated 99% of existing telecom subscribers do not have this technology on their phones. “They don’t want to upset their existing voice business by making it totally free for everyone, but they need something to counter Jio with,” said an industry veteran tracking…

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Vodafone 4G to reach 1,000 cities by year-end, Rewari launched today

Vodafone said it will extend its 4G network to 1,000 towns in India by end of the year. The company, which launched its 4G service in Rewari in Haryana today, said the initial roll-out consists of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, Gujarat, UP (E) and West Bengal circles. The nine circles contribute to just under 70% of Vodafone India’s data revenues, it said. The company has acquired spectrum across the country in the just-concluded auctions, but those circles are likely to see launches in the second phase. The service…

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Bharti Airtel expands 10 GB-for-259 offer to all circles, all 4G brands

Bharti Airtel said it was expanding its 10-GB-for-Rs-259 offer to all new 4G handsets on its network irrespective of make and brand. The company was earlier giving the offer to select models and customers. ‘New 4G handset’ usually means any 4G handset that has never been used on Airtel’s network. In other words, if you are already using your 4G handset on the company’s network, you are unlikely to be eligible for the offer. This clause is designed to prevent ‘loss of revenue’ by way of existing customers switching to…

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GUIDE: How to increase download speed for Reliance Jio 4G

Reliance Jio, the new 4G operator led by Mukesh Ambani, is coming under increasing criticism for slow connection speeds, but our latest test reveals that it is possible increase the speed by making a minor change to the access settings of client devices such as smartphones. Broadly, the issue seems to be that Jio’s IPv4 (or traditional) routing infrastructure is under stress, which is preventing users from experiencing the full bandwidth that is available to them. On the other hand, unlike other telecom networks, Jio also has an alternative routing…

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Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year

Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7. Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice, unlimited text, 20 GB of 4G Data, 40 GB of WiFi Data and Unlimited Night 4G Data for 12 months. They will also get unlimited subscription to…

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Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year

Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7. Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice, unlimited text, 20 GB of 4G Data, 40 GB of WiFi Data and Unlimited Night 4G Data for 12 months. They will also get unlimited subscription to…

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SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016- Vodafone’s novel solution to beat 4G spectrum crunch

Though Vodafone has not revealed exactly which bands it has bought spectrum in, some analysts have already published charts which purportedly show the company’s spectrum purchases. According to the chart, out of the Rs 20,000 or so that Vodafone spent, about 9,221 cr has been on 2.5 GHz band, about 7,315 cr on 2.1 GHz (3G) band and 3,744 cr on 1800 MHz band. The surprising thing is the heavy investment into the 3G or 2.1 GHz band. None of the operators were expected to spend much money on 3G…

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Is this the 4G spectrum scenario in India in 2016?

Vodafone India has not yet revealed their purchase details. They are expected to release it by about 11 am today. The earlier story was based on premature information. Please await the final confirmation from the company. Meanwhile, below, you can find the possible scenario of spectrum purchase by all operators in in the 2016 auctions, including by Vodafone. However, the scenario is based on information that has been released, supplemented by guesses and calculations. The table is likely to be changed once Vodafone gives out its numbers officially. — UPDATE:…

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SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016- RELIANCE JIO buys spectrum worth Rs 13,672 cr in final results

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (“RJIL”) announces that it has successfully acquired the right to use 269.2 MHz (UL+DL) spectrum across all 22 Service Areas in India in the recently concluded spectrum auction conducted by DOT, Government of India. Service Area wise details of spectrum acquired are as per below. Service Area 800 MHz band (Paired) 1800 MHz band (Paired) 2300 MHz band (Unpaired) Andhra Pradesh – – 10.00 Assam – – 10.00 Bihar – 5.00 10.00 Delhi – – 10.00 Gujarat 5.00 – 10.00 Haryana – 1.00 – Himachal Pradesh…

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SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016: Idea Cellular surprises with mega buys in final results

In a surprise development, Idea Cellular made its entry into the world of TDD LTE with its first ever acquisition of unpaired spectrum in the 2016 auctions. The company had so far confined itself to just one band — paired 1800 MHz. Unlike paired band (half of upload and half for download), unpaired spectrum delivers more download speeds due to its fungibility and flexibility. This had given an edge to Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio in the matter of 4G speeds. However, Idea Cellular said it acquired over half its…

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SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016: Vodafone seen having bought pan-India 4G spectrum in final results

Though Vodafone has not revealed its purchases yet, the pattern of announcements so far indicates that the company has purchased 4G spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band across India. The reason for this conclusion is that Bharti Airtel has been successful in buying 10 MHz (half of all) 2.3 GHz spectrum in most circles. 2.3 and 2.5 GHz are the primary capacity bands for 4G in India, and an operator must have 20 MHz of either of these for delivering decent speeds. Since there was only 20 MHz on offer…

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TABLE: Bharti Airtel’s purchases in spectrum auction 2016 results

Bharti Airtel said that it has acquired 173.8 Mhz spectrum across 1800/2100/2300 MHz bands for a total consideration of Rs 14,244 cr in the latest spectrum auction conducted by the Department of Telecom, Government of India. The company has acquired most of its new spectrum in the crucial 2.3 GHz 4G band, and some of it in the 1.8 GHz 4G band. See the list below for full details. %MCEPASTEBIN%%MCEPASTEBIN%%MCEPASTEBIN% Circles Band Mhz Rs. Cr. 3G, 4G FD/TD LTE New Capability   Kerala 2100 5.0 885 Assam 1800 3.8 152…

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Bharti Airtel Offers 10 GB 4G data for Rs 249 in Gujarat

Bharti Airtel has launched its 4G offering in Gujarat, taking the fight to Reliance Jio and Vodafone in one of India’s richest states. Customers in Gujarat can now enjoy 10 GB 4G data for just Rs 249 with any new 4G handset they purchase. With Rs 249 recharge, 1 GB data will be instantly credited to the customer’s account and the additional 9 GB data can be claimed by customers by sending the SMS 4G Offer to 52141. The company also brought in two cheap plans — Rs 1495 and…

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Slow Reliance Jio internet speed? Why changing 4G bands is of limited use

When Mukesh Ambani announced that he wanted 100 mln (10 cr) subscribers on his new Reliance Jio network, most people in the industry saw it as an aspirational number. Jio would be lucky to have 50 mln, they said. If the company were to cross the 50 mln mark within the first year, it would be a bigger success than they expected. Yet, within just three months of launch, Jio is about to prove industry pundits wrong by signing on millions of subscribers every week. However, in doing so, the company may come…

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Indians await Amazon, Flipkart offers for Diwali purchases – survey

The upcoming festive season, beginning October 1 is likely to register record-breaking sales, revenues, and highest ever purchase rate per minute for e-commerce giants as most people have deferred their holiday purchasing plans in anticipation of blockbuster offers, an ASSOCHAM survey-cum-analysis found. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) interacted with about 2,500 working professionals (almost equal number of male/female respondents) in the age group of 25-40 years from diverse sectors. These include – automobile, biotechnology, BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance), energy, fast moving consumer goods…

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Mahindra invests in online agri-retail start-up Merakisan.com

Mahindra & Mahindra´s agri solutions company Mahindra Univeg Pvt Ltd. said it has invested in Merakisan PVt. Ltd., an agri e-commerce start-up. Mahindra Univeg Pvt Ltd. is a 60:40 joint venture between Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd. and and Belgium based Univeg (Greenyard Foods). It focuses on developing fresh fruit supply chain in India and imports fruits to make high quality produce available to domestic consumers. “Merakisan’s business model augments disintermediation at various levels in the fruits and vegetables delivery value chain, directly benefitting the farmer and the end consumer,” the…

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TRAI to summon CEOs of Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Reliance Jio on interconnection imbroglio

TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said the authority will soon call a meeting of the CEOs of Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio to resolve the interconnection problems. When asked as to why the industry finds itself in this position, and whether it was due to lack of proper regulation or licensing issues, etc., he said that he did not want to elaborate, given the sensitivity of the matter, but that the regulations do not leave scope for ambiguity. The statement seems to indicate that the regulator knows…

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