Sunday, December 20, 2015

BSNL Cuts Mobile Call rates by 80% for New, MNP Subscribers

State-owned telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) cuts mobile call rates by up to 80% for the first two months under a scheme for New customers including Port-In subscribers through Mobile Number Portability(MNP). “BSNL has revamped its infrastructure now. We have decided to cut mobile call rates by up to 80% for new customers so that they get experience of our revamped services,BSNL,  Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Anupam Shrivastava said. The call rates have been reduced both per minute and per second billing plans, and will be valid only for the first two months after a customer starts using BSNL product. 
New customers buying BSNL connections will have to buy a plan voucher of Rs.36 for the per-second plan, and Rs.37 for per-minute plan, including mobile number portability (MNP) customers. Those opting for the Rs.37 scheme will be charged 10 paisa per minute for making local and STD calls on BSNL network, and 30 paisa per minute on other network. Similarly, after recharging phone for Rs.Rs 36, customers will be charged 1 paisa every three seconds on local and STD calls made on the BSNL network, and 2 paisa for three seconds on other network. BSNL has roped in business process outsourcing firm Aegis for customer service. BSNL has also started monitoring complaints on social media to respond to customers’ complaints. The company has also gone MNP positive with 1,57,564 people joining the network, and 1,24,158 leaving between July and November period.

Friday, December 18, 2015

RCom, Vodafone to sign 3G intra-circle roaming agreement

Reliance Communications and Vodafone have inprinciple agreed to sign 3G intra-circle roaming agreements in five service areas. The deal will enable RCom to continue its 2G service by using Vodafone's spectrum in Bihar, West Bengal and Assam, where it has only 3G Spectrum.
The two companies are also in advanced talks to share 3G spectrum in Delhi and Mumbai in order to reduce their operational expenses as well as improve quality of service. "Reliance Communications and Vodafone have in-principle agreed to sign 3G intra-circle roaming agreements with fallback on 2G network in five service areas. The deal is expected to be finalised within a week," sources in the know told.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tata Communications enters modified agreement for stake sale in Neotel

Tata Communications enters modified agreement for stake sale in Neotel . The long awaited deal stake sale of Neotel by Tata Communication to Vodacom is likely to conclude with both the parties now entered into another modified agreement for the same. If the deal happens the same would be positive for Tata Communications as would aid the company in deleveraging. The contours of the deal and the valuations are yet not known.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Reliance Jio, RCom to widen airwave pact

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., which is spending $15 billion to build the service, seeks to add two more circles in the 800 megahertz (MHz) frequency band over the next couple of months to the spectrum sharing pact with Reliance Com. Reliance Jio is awaiting regulatory approval to share airwaves in the seven regions with the latter’s Reliance Communications Ltd.The expanded accord between the brothers is crucial for Reliance Jio to start services, which have been delayed by a quarter.
Mukesh Ambani had indicated a December start in Reliance Industries Ltd.’s annual shareholder meet in June. The airwaves controlled by Reliance Communications are suitable for transmitting data at high speeds, while bulk of the frequencies Reliance Jio bought for $5.1 billion are in higher bands, which require more investment to transfer movies, documents and voice over the Internet.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Chennai Floods: BSNL, other telco offer free calls, data

Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday announced that state-owned telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will not charge its customers in Chennai for one week starting today. State-owned BSNL and other private telecom operators will provide sevices free of charge for specified periods.  Bharti Airtel has also announced that it will provide free talk time with a credit balance of 10 minutes for Airtel-to-Airtel calling and 50MB mobile data to its customers in flood-hit Chennai. Reliance Communications is also offering customers 10 minutes free talk time to any network across the country, along with free 50MB mobile data for prepaid customers. RCom is also offering free charge of Rs 10. Vodafone is also doing its part and has a similar offering along with free 100MB mobila data. Deepinder Goyal, CEO of Zomato, announced 'Meal for flood relief' wherein for every meal purchased Zomato will buy same quantity of food for flood victims. Paytm has put out a number 18001030033 which you can call and recharge a friend's phone for free.
Twitter and Google are also doing their fare bit to aid those affected by the natural calamity in Chennai. While Google has opened up Google crisis response tool http://google.org/crisisresponse/2015-chennai-flooding that puts together all necessary information about the floods including shelters to go to etc based on its search algorithms, people are using micros-blogging website Twitter to catch live updates that others are tweeting.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Airtel to invest Rs 60000 crore in 'Project Leap' over 3 years

Bharti Airtel announces Rs 60,000 crore investment on a comprehensive network transformation program – ' Project Leap'.  “The programme, called Project Leap, will see a network transformation. Large parts of this investment will improve voice and data services,” Bharti Airtel Managing Director and CEO (India and South Asia) Gopal Vittal said, adding that the money for investment will be raised largely through cash accruals and includes the capital expenditure target of about USD 2.2 billion for the current fiscal year. Airtel will cumulatively deploy more than 5,50,000 kms of domestic and international fiber and will swap its legacy networks and base stations over a three year period and replace them with efficient technologies. The company will also modernise its home broadband network by upgrading its copper assets through new age Vectoring Technology. This technology will enable Airtel to offer 50 Mbps speeds from its current 16 Mbps by 2016.
Ahead of Reliance Jio launch in December, Bharti Airtel has outlined a sharp and focused ten point network expansion and optimization plan- called “ Project Leap” under which the company is looking to (a) aggressively expand its base stations (double the count to 1.6 lac in 3 years time frame), 
(b)expand fiber rollout as well as improve experience.  It plans to spend Rs 60,000 crore in the next three years time frame.