The internet speed meter Ookla is planning to create a map to track worldwide progress of 5G. The interactive map will track 5G rollouts in cities across the globe. Ookla will update the map weekly as 5G deployments happen.
The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) on 11 May approached the Department of Telecom (DoT) requesting it to enforce a ban on the sale of mobile signal boosters and repeaters on certain e-commerce sites.
Setting an example in the country, the leading telecom operator Airtel is offering free Amazon Prime Video subscription to its prepaid customers.
The new entrant telecom operator Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has pushed back Bharti Airtel in terms of subscriber base to become the second-largest telecom company in the country after Vodafone-Idea.
To help women in event of distress or an emergency situation by sending an SOS alert, the leading telco Bharti Airtel has partnered with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) and jointly launched a safety app, My Circle.
On 2 March, 2019, the Mukesh Ambani owned telecom platform Reliance Jio crossed the 300 million customers mark. The feat was achieved in in two-and-a-half years of its operations. It telecast its television commercials during the ongoing IPL season.
The Department of Space (DoS) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) have refused to release 28 GHz band, the spectrum for 5G, the next-generation wireless technology. This may jeopardise government’s plans to use more spectrum to aid 5G rollout starting in 2020.
According to TV Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum (BIF), Mukesh Ambani’s RJio helped boost the video streaming market in rural India. Now, 65 per cent of video consumption is coming from rural India that has only 40 per cent Internet connectivity.
On 2 April, the leading telecom operator Reliance Jio has transferred control of optical fibre, tower units to RIIHL trusts. With the aim of deleveraging its balance sheet, RJio transferred control of its fibre and tower arms to two infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) – Digital Fibre Infrastructure Trust and Tower Infrastructure Trust -- set up by a wholly-owned unit of Reliance Industries (RIL).
To enable the state owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) provide satellite broadband connectivity in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep, Hughes India has launched a project that addresses growing bandwidth demand in these island regions located beyond the reach of terrestrial technology.
If state owned telecom companies BSNL and MTNL merge, it will be good for all stakeholders, according to Frost & Sullivan Director, Digital Transformation Practice, Benoy CS.
The elder brother and now one of the richest persons in the world, Mukesh Ambani stepped in to save his younger brother Anil Ambani from going to jail by paying money owed by Anil to Ericsson on 18 March.
To explore massive business opportunities in 5G, Tech Mahindra has planned to buy Japan’s tech company K-Vision for $1.5 million. K-Vision is Japan’s mobile network solution firm.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a UN vertical for telecom technologies which coordinates with countries and companies globally to set-up new technology standards in telecom space, will set-up its first ever innovation centre in India to incorporate technologies from South Asian countries and emerging economies in standards for technologies.
Over half of the proposed Rs 32,000 crore rights issue of the telecom operator Bharti Airtel will be subscribed by telco’s promoters and Singapore government’s investment arm GIC.
To help businesses leverage the next generation unified cloud service for an innovative one-stop-shop conferencing solution to foster effective collaboration amongst its employees and teams globally, the telecom operator Bharti Airtel (Airtel), has partnered with Zoom Video Communications, a modern enterprise video-first unified communications service.
The global mobile industry body GSMA recognised the work of Bharati Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal at the GSMA board meeting on February 24, which was attended by H.M - Felipe VI, King of Spain, GSMA board members and other industry leaders.
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