Saturday, December 6, 2014

Airtel launches ‘myPlan Family’ plan

Airtel customers can now create their own tariff plan as per their usage requirements. The service provider has announced the launch of myPlan Family – an innovative feature in the postpaid segment enabling customers to not just tailor-make their postpaid plan but also share the benefits with their family. Airtel’s myPlan family combines the features of infinite flexibility offered by myPlan with the sharing feature to offer affordability, convenience and zero wastage. Customers can now customize and manage postpaid plans for their entire family in just 3 simple steps:
Choose a rental plan– Select one number as the primary number who will be the host for the myPlan. The primary account holder can pick a rental plan basis their usage preference from a bouquet of 3 rental options
Select myPacks – Each rental plan will offer pre-decided myPack units that a customer can select for a combination of one or more depending on the usage preferences
Add family members – The primary account holder can add up to five add-on accounts (postpaid numbers) at a convenience fee of just Rs. 99/- per add-on account per month and start sharing the plan benefits with their family
The 3 rental plan options costs Rs.799/-, Rs.999/- and Rs.1599/- and allow 35, 50 and 90 myPack units respectively. Customers can also top up their plan withmyBoosters to enjoy custom-made additional benefits. Customers can simply call 0-88000-88000 or log on to or walk-in to any Airtel store across the country to activate Airtel myPlan Family with just a few clicks.

BSNL offers 50 MB free data with topup recharge

State run PSU Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) free 50MB data with prepaid Top-up of Rs 100 and Rs 200. The validity of the free 50 MB is 30 days and it will be available from 6th December 2014. This newly introduced Free Mobile Data offer will certainly attract BSNL Mobile Users especially those who haven't activated and waiting for data offers in their Mobile. So when you go with a BSNL Top-Up don’t forget to utilize your 50MB Free BSNL Mobile Internet 3G DATA which will be available as a gift for you on every recharge. This newly launched offers will be applicable for all BSNL Prepaid Customers and this Free Mobile Data offer will be available from 6th December 2014. This is really an exciting offer from BSNL for Mobile customers, which never given by any. Free 50 MB Data (to be consumed within 30 days) will be given as gift to all customers recharging Rs. 100, Rs. 200 top-up. Above free data will be given for every recharge of Rs. 100/200 top-up. Free data will be given for all types of usage plan vouchers i.e. for new connection, validity extension and migration.

Airtel Africa enters agreement to sell its Nigeria tower

Bharti Airtel Africa enters agreement to sell its Nigeria tower portfolio to American Tower Corporation- Positive. In line with its stated objective of  divesting  its stake in Africa tower portfolio to deleverage its Balance sheet,  Bharti Airtel has entered into an agreement to sell its Nigeria tower portfolio (comprising 4800 towers) to American tower corporation, this being  the third tower deal in Africa. As per the current market valuation, we believe the current divestment of 4800 towers would have likely fetched Rs3000-3500 crore for Bharti which would be utilized for deleveraging and hence the development is positive for the company.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TRAI reiterates its proposals on spectrum auction

Telecom regulator TRAI on Monday said it stands by its proposals, including spectrum reserve price, taking back airwaves from BSNL, swapping 2100 MHz with defence forces and increasing supply of radiowaves. The Department of Telecom (DoT) had sought clarifications from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on its recommendations regarding pricing and valuation of 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz airwaves. "After considering the comments given by DoT, the Authority has furnished its response to the government. The Authority has reiterated its earlier recommendations with detailed reasoning," TRAI said in a statement.
The regulator said it will reply separately to specific DoT queries on 800 Mhz band auction. It, however, reiterated its stand on adoption of E-GSM for efficient utilisation of spectrum in this band. TRAI said more than a year has passed since September 2013 when it had recommended that adoption of E-GSM should be explored in a time-bound manner and spectrum in 800 MHz band has not been auctioned till date. TRAI had suggested about 10 per cent higher base price than what was received in February auction. The next round of spectrum auction is proposed to be held in February 2015 from which government is estimated to garner at least Rs 9,355 crore. Most of the spectrum which is proposed to be put up for sale is being used by Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications across various parts of the country. The regulator reiterated its recommendation to take back 1.2 Mhz of 900 Mhz spectrum from BSNL, utilising idle 1800 MHz spectrum in the Defence band and vacating spectrum held in excess of 20 MHz by Defence in 1800 MHz band.

Xiaomi launches Redmi Note

Xiaomi has launched two new smartphones; the Redmi Note and the Redmi Note 4G in India. The Xiaomi Redmi Note is priced at Rs. 8,999, while its 4G LTE variant, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G has an attractive price of Rs. 9,999. The Redmi Note is equipped by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor with 3G HSPA+ connectivity and the Redmi Note 4G is equipped with a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 4G LTE (TDD-2300 MHz & FDD-1800 MHz) connectivity. Both the smartphones feature a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display, 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel primary camera, 5-megapixel secondary camera, and a 3,100 mAh battery. The Redmi Note runs MIUI on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while the Redmi Note 4G runs MIUI with Android 4.4 KitKat. You should note that unlike the Redmi Note, which has two SIM card slots, the Redmi Note 4G has only one SIM card slot. The Xiaomi Redmi Note will be available starting December from Flipkart and the registrations to buy the device on the 2nd of December will be accepted starting tomorrow. Xiaomi has partnered with Airtel to sell the Redmi Note 4G through its own stores and the registrations to buy the 4G LTE variant will start during mid-December.