BSNL matches Airtel, Idea with 339 unlimited voice + 1GB offer

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has unveiled a new unlimited call plan, matching bigger rivals such as Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel. While Airtel and Idea offer unlimited calls to any network in India plus 1 GB of 4G data for Rs 345, BSNL is doing so with a new recharge of Rs 339. In addition, BSNL’s offer is valid for all customers whether they use 2G, 3G or 4G handsets. In contrast, the other two have limited the 1 GB data to those with 4G handsets. BSNL has not yet…

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UPA-era procurement delays kept us back – BSNL CMD

BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava blamed delays in procuring key equipment for the present backward condition of the state-owned telecom operator. The company, which was once profitable and dominated India’s telecom sector, has run up huge losses in the last several years, while private telecom companies have reaped tens of thousands of crores in profit during the same period. BSNL reported a loss of Rs 3,803 cr for the year ended March 2016, taking its total loss to over Rs 47,000 cr. In the previous year, it had…

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BSNL JE 2016 recruitment frozen after complaints to DoT – CMD Shrivastava

BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said the recruitment of Junior Engineers (JEs) into the telecom company has been frozen by the Department of Telecom on the basis of complaints. “It is being held up by the Department of Telecom… due to complaints,” Shrivastava said in response to questions by candidates who have qualified in the exams conducted in September 2016. Asked if any of the candidates may be deleted from the merit list, Shrivastava indicated it is too early to say. “Complaints are under investigation,” he said. A…

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BSNL to launch Gigafiber plans, slash FTTH tariff to counter Reliance Jio

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd will launch Gigafiber plans with speeds of over 1,000 Mbps to counter the threat from players like Reliance Jio, the head of the organisation said today. “We have a similar strategy and soon we are going to come up with Gigabit OFC connection to customers in select locations,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said today in an interaction with customers. He was responding to concerns about the company’s ability to withstand competition from players like Reliance Jio, which already rolling out Fiber-to-the-Home or FTTH…

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Tata DoCoMo cuts 3G price to Rs 40/GB under unlimited call plan

Following its Rs 300 plan to give 2 GB of data and unlimited calls to any network in India, Tata DoCoMo has now unveiled a new plan that adds 3 GB more at an extra cost of Rs 50. The pack offers five times as much data for Rs 350 as is given by competitors like Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular. The new plan, currently being tested via an invite system, entitles subscribers to use a total of 5 GB of 2G or 3G data and unlimited free voice calls…

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Tata DoCoMo offers 2GB data + Unlimited Calls for Rs 298 per month

After Aircel, it is the turn of Tata DoCoMo, the telecom arm of the Tata Group, to jump on to the unlimited call bandwagon started by Reliance Jio. With nearly every player having already launched such plans, Tata DoCoMo too has started testing a ‘free call’ plan among select customers. It is offering 2 GB of 2G and 3G data along with unlimited local and national calls for Rs 298 per month. The offer is currently available by invite only, and is expected to be rolled out more widely soon….

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Is Reliance Jio DTH launching today? No, say sources

It was supposed to destroy the competition and unleash a new era in TV watching, but Reliance Jio’s DTH service has so far failed to turn up on the rumored launch date of Dec 15. As we had predicted last month, the company had no plans of launching any DTH service, and did not tie up with any satellite provider for leasing transponder capacity. Our checks with company and industry sources continue to indicate that there are no plans to launch a DTH service. In contrast, many prominent publications, including…

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Aircel makes CALLS, DATA FREE at Rs 249 per month

Aircel today started offering unlimited calls to any number in the country under two special recharge plans — Rs 12 for one day and Rs 249 for 28 days. RC12 offers customers with Unlimited Local and STD calling across all networks with a validity of one day. Unlike earlier packs, the calls are not restricted to other Aircel users. However, it remains to be seen how successful the new strategy is, given that its partner Reliance Communications, is already giving unlimited calls to any network at Rs 149 per month….

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Airtel halves 4G data price to Rs 495/10GB; offers freebies to take on Reliance Jio

Over the last two days, Bharti Airtel has quietly slashed its 4G pack prices to unprecedented levels in reaction to upcoming plans from Reliance Jio. According to the new data plans available to anyone who recharges using Airtel’s online or app facility, the price of 10 GB of 4G data pack has been brought down from Rs 999 to Rs 495. Similarly, the 6 GB plan now costs Rs 260-265 compared to Rs 700 a month ago. These price changes are applicable only for 4G handsets and usage, and not…

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Pokemon Go launched in India in association with Reliance Jio

Pokemon Go, the virtual reality game where players have to ‘catch’ and ‘train’ creatures called Pokemons, has officially been launched in India, months after it first became available in markets such as the US. The India launch has been done in association with Reliance Jio, the 4g mobile operator from the Mukesh Ambani group. “With this partnership, thousands of Reliance Digital Stores and select partner premises in India will appear as ‘PokéStops’ or ‘Gyms’ in the Pokémon GO game beginning Wednesday, December 14, 2016,” said Jio in a statement. Under…

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India traffic to porn sites jumps 3-8% in November

Traffic from India to major pornographic websites in the world rose sharply in November. The numbers also reveal that Indians use the Internet for accessing pornographic content more often than globally. For example, according to similarweb.com, a website that collates monthly web analytics data, there were no pornographic websites included in the list of the top 22 websites in the world. The most popular website in the category, xvideos.com, is ranked No. 23 by traffic globally, while it is ranked at No. 9 in India. Globally, the website accounts for…

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Bharti Airtel offers unlimited calls at around Rs 200 per month to counter Jio

Days after Reliance Communications unveiled a plan that offers unlimited calls at Rs 150 per month, India’s biggest telecom operator has come up with something very similar to take on both RCom, Reliance Jio and an upcoming plan from BSNL. Bharti Airtel has announced two new plans — one that offers unlimited Airtel to Airtel calls at Rs 148 per month and another which offers 1 GB of 4G data and unlimited calls to any network at Rs 345. Given that the cost of 1 GB of 4G data is…

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Indian Railways releases list of 71 stations with free Wifi, to expand to 709

The Indian Railways has released a list of 71 railways stations in India with free Wifi provided by Google and Railwire, and said the facility will be extended to 709 stations in about three years from now. In addition, several suburban stations in Mumbai — such as Kulra, Byculla, Belapur and Panvel — also enjoy this facility at present. Under the free Wifi program, anyone with a mobile phone can use the high-speed facility free of charge for the first 30 minutes. The facility is available in most of the…

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Vodafone ‘Double Data’ offer — the cheapest in India — to end in Dec?

Vodafone sent out a press release announcing its Double Data offer that offers 4G data at Rs 50 per GB, but a close look at the terms and conditions of the offer reveals that it has been in effect from October, and will end on Dec 31. “This is a limited period offer by Vodafone India, available from 18th October 2016, 00:00:01 hrs till 31st December 2016, 23:59:59 hrs, both days inclusive,” the telecom operator says in the terms and conditions. The double data offer, as the name signifies, offers…

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10GB @ Rs 495 – Tata DoCoMo’s new 3G plan costs half that of Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio 4G was supposed to be the biggest thing that ever happened to data in India, and it probably is too. But that doesn’t mean that it owns the market for affordable high-speed data. Tata DoCoMo, which operates 3G services in nine circles, has started rolling out India’s cheapest limited 3G plan. The new plan, which is being offered only via the web, gives 10 GB of high-speed data for Rs 495. This is half the price of the corresponding high-speed data pack from Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone…

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Reliance Jio Impact: Online Advertising rates decline in India in November

4G operator Reliance Jio’s trial services, which started in earnest about three months ago, has disrupted the online ad industry by massively increasing the total inventory without a commensurate increase in ad budgets. INTERNET EXPLODES Today, Reliance Jio has 50 mln users who, on average use about 1 GB of data per day. This creates 50 mln GB of traffic per day — increasing the size of the Internet in India by several fold compared to what it was before September. For example, before Jio’s trials, there used to be around 150 mln…

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Reliance Jio 1GB FUP limit: Co could launch data top-up coupons

Reliance Jio, the world’s biggest 4G operator by data volume, took a step closer to the starting of commercial services today by slashing the free data allowance on its connections to 1 GB per day from 4 GB. From January 1, all subscribers of Reliance Jio — old and new — will be able to use only 1 GB of free data per day, down from 4 GB at present. And it could take a second step soon by introducing top-up coupons for those who are frustrated by the low…

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Reliance Jio cuts free data from 4GB to 1GB per day; Welcome Offer replaced by Happy New Year

Reliance Jio said it would cut the daily data allowance of its users from 4GB to 1GB starting from Jan 1. Existing (or old) users will continue to get 4 GB per day till Dec 31. On Jan 1, they will be moved from the Welcome Offer to the new ‘Happy New Year’ offer with the reduced data cap. Anyone who buys a new connection starting from Dec 4 will only get the Happy New Year offer. This will prevent a small minority of users from spoiling the user experience…

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WATCH LIVE NOW: Mukesh Ambani delivers update on Reliance Jio Welcome Offer

The live Youtube stream of Mukesh Ambani’s speech on the upcoming plans of Reliance Jio is now uploaded. Ambani is expected to announce details of Jio’s future strategy, including possibly new and cheaper tariff plans and details on new offers. Click on any of the following links to watch the stream starting at 1:30 PM. Right click and select ‘play’ if the video below does not play. UPDATE: Reliance Jio cuts free data from 4GB to 1GB per day; Welcome Offer replaced by Happy New Year In his speech, Ambani…

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Ambani Speech on Reliance Jio to start soon

RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s speech on Reliance Jio’s Welcome Offer and other plans is starting in a few minutes. In his speech, Ambani is expected to thank everyone for using the company’s services under the Welcome Offer, but is unlikely to extend the free services by three months as widely expected. “The Welcome Offer was to get your feedback,” Ambani is expected to say in his speech that will start at 2 PM today. Jio has not only become the largest broadband company in India in a matter of three…

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