Verizon Digital Media services have partnered with Bharti Airtel to expand its content delivery infrastructure into India. Since the regulatory environment may become a problem to outsiders, it decided that partnering with Airtel will benefit them in handing off the content.
To thank their broadband customers, Bharti Airtel is offering an additional data benefit of 5 GB free of cost to its existing broadband customers for every
Reliance Jio, a subsidiary of RIL, is rolling out a state-of-the-art pan-India digital services business within the next two months. “At Reliance Jio, we have built an entire ecosystem that will allow Indians to live the digital life to the fullest. This transformational ecosystem consists of broadband connectivity, devices and powerful applications and services which will be available to every consumer in India,” RIL CMD Mukesh Ambani said on 15 July.
Bharti Airtel has further expanded into the North-East by launching its 2G and 3G mobile services in remote towns of Lumla, Nafra and Longding in Arunachal Pradesh under its network transformation program Project Leap.
TRAI 23 June 2016 issued a consultation paper frame regulation for making calls using internet application on mobile and landline numbers. This has been can be popularized as inspite of the regulations permitting this service to certain type of licence holders, is is not being provided to the consumers.
According to the telecom data released by TRAI as on 30 April 2016, the number of broadband subscribers (> 512Kbps download) increased from 149.75 Million at the end of March to 151.09 million at the end of Apr-2016 with a monthly growth rate of 0.89%.
Now, giving more teeth to the Telecom & Broadcasting Regulator was needed long back. It regulates two of the largest service sector affecting the people directly but had no teeth to ensure implementation except giving directions or file a case that may go and for years, without having any detterent effect on the stakeholders has sought powers to levy a penalty of up to Rs 10 crore and a jail term of up to two years on executives of telecom companies that fail to meet regulations set by it.
Bharti Airtel has connected 38.47 million broadband connections till 31 March 2016.
Sterlite Technologies has now become a pure play telecom-focused player following the demerger of its power business into Sterlite Power Transmission Ltd and completion of Elitecore Technologies' merger. The company has also implemented a new brand identity and a logo.
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) welcomes the Indian Government’s move to issue eight experimental licenses in the 470-582 MHz band. The purpose of these licenses is to carry out experiments at several locations using TV white space-like rules and regulations already adopted (or being adopted) in other countries such as Malawi, Ghana, Singapore, the Philippines, UK, USA and Canada. This decision opens up opportunities for the use of sub-1GHz spectrum in India in either an unlicensed or lightly licensed fashion without the need for spectrum auctions.
Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio will offer free Wi-Fi services during the T20 World Cup across six stadiums in the country. The telco launched its Jionet network, which comprises over 650 access points, and is supported by 100 Gbps backhaul to ensure around 15 Mbps speed for over 40,000 spectators during the matches.
The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu while presenting Railway Budget 2016-17 in Parliament on 25 February said that the process has begun to introduce Wi-Fi services at stations especially for youth and business travellers. He proposed to commission Wi-Fi services at 100 stations this year and at 400 more stations in the next 2 years. He said that Indian Railways is partnering with Google in this endeavour.
Lukup Media, India’s first converged TV and Internet access provider, commercially announced the launch of its services in select areas of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune and Bangalore. Lukup Media is India’s first dual play provider and offer linear television, video on demand and Internet access through a single connection and for a single monthly subscription. The Lukup Media network is an IP platform and uses last mile cable and fiber networks to deliver content and internet access.
Cable TV and broadband company Atria Convergence Technologies has got the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval for transfer of its shares from existing non-resident shareholders to Agra (IVFA) and TA FVCI lnvestors.
Facebook has confirmed shutting down its Free Basics project in India. The decision came after The Telecom Regulatory Authority recently banned telecoms from charging different rates for internet access based on content.Facebook shuts down 'Free Basics' in India
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued the ‘Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016’ on 8 February 2016. This would disallow service providers to offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content being accessed by a consumer.
Lukup Technologies, part of the group that includes Lukup Media which offers India's first on demand and multi-screen TV service on 25 January introduced an affordable wireless product that can be mounted on window sills, terraces and parapets, and can be easily used in homes. The product named 'Lightup' uses light to transmit data, and therefore it is environmentally safe, free and eliminates the threat of radiation or hacking.
Reliance has began talks with half a dozen BPO companies to outsource call centre and other support work for its Jio telecom operations. The service is expected to be commercially launched in the first half of next year.
Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom venture of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on 27 December soft launched its 4G services for its employees. The launch, on the eve of the 83rd birth anniversary of Dhirubhai Ambani, which was attended by the group’s 35,000 employees and their families at the Reliance Corporate Park in Navi Mumbai, had around 80,000 more tuned in to the event from 1,000-plus locations across the country and one in Dallas, Texas in the US.
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