Idea tops TRAI’s 4G test; Reliance Jio flunks video streaming

Smaller operators Idea Cellular and Telenor handily beat bigger rivals Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel in a 4G network quality field test conducted by the telecom regulator in the Gujarati city of Surat. In fact, the survey agency was not able to get a Youtube video playing over Jio’s network in all five locations where […]

Wipro wins 5-year IT outsourcing deal from Telenor’s Bangladesh unit

IT solutions provider Wipro said it won a five-year IT infrastructure and applications managed-services contract from Grameenphone, the Bangladesh telecom operator owned by Norway’s Telenor. Under the agreement, Wipro will manage the entire IT infrastructure of the largest mobile telecommunications operator in Bangladesh. It will be in control of end-to-end application development and management, infrastructure […]

Bharti Airtel gets SEBI and stock exchange nod for Telenor acquisition

Bharti Airtel said it received the approval of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, BSE and National Stock Exchange of India for its proposed merger with Telenor India. Bharti Airtel further stated that Telenor India and Airtel have today filed the joint company application before the New Delhi Bench of the National Company Law […]

Bharti Airtel buys Telenor India

In a surprise announcement, Bharti Airtel said it was taking over Telenor India, marking the first such transaction since Idea took over Spice Telecom several years ago. Typically, companies in Indian telecom sector sell only assets, such as spectrum, and never the whole unit, due to the high debts on telecom companies’ balance sheets in […]

Telenor India launches 4G services in Guntur and Rajahmundry

Telenor India today launched 4G services for its customers of Guntur and Rajahmundry area in Andhra Pradesh. The launch in Guntur and Rajahmundry follows test pilot of Telenor’s 4G services across its circles in Varanasi, Vizag, Amravati, Agra, Anand, Lucknow, Ranchi, Vijayawada, Tenali, Eluru, Bhimavaram, Dhanbad, Warangal and Dehradun. For new Telenor subscribers, company has […]

Telenor says ‘no’ to upcoming spectrum auction in India

Telenor, the Norway-based telecom operator, said it has decided against participating in the upcoming telecom auctions in India as the reserve prices are too high compared to the possible return on investment. “We have, after thorough consideration, decided not to participate in the upcoming spectrum auction, as we believe the proposed spectrum prices do not […]

TRAI rejects plea by Airtel, Idea and Jio to postpone 700 Mhz spectrum sale

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has rejected the request by three of India’s biggest 4G operators — Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular — to not sell any more 4G spectrum, especially in the strategic 700 MHz band. The move is likely to lead to a fast rollout of 4G services in rural […]

Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Jio, Telenor and Bharti likely to buy 4G waves in auction – CS

Broker Credit Suisse sees all the major telecom companies of India making an attempt to buy fresh 4G spectrum in the upcoming auctions expected to take place in March. Despite making contrary noises, the telcos are likely to buy airwaves as it is a ‘once-in-20-years’ opportunity, the broker said in a note to clients. According […]

Telenor, Vodafone, Tata keen on 700 MHz spectrum; Jio, Bharti, Idea defensive

For years, India’s telecom operators have taken the government repeatedly to task over ‘hoarding’ spectrum, not releasing it on time etc.. However, with recent auctions giving some of them a competitive advantage, many of these operators are now asking the government to postpone the upcoming 700 MHz auctions – slated to be the biggest India will ever see. As part […]