AIRTEL

  • Telecom tariffs to go down as TRAI cuts call connect charge 5 days ago

    New Delhi:In a bid to boost fixed line phone connections in the country, telecom regulator TRAI removed charges that a landline service provider has to pay to the other service providers for transmitting its customers'phone calls - a move that is likely to lead to lower tariffs. Now, calls made from...
  • Airtel, UNICEF partner to provide health, education, youth-focussed content in Africa February 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel has partnered with UNICEF to provide health, education and youth-focussed content to its customers in 17 African countries. The company said this partnership aims at improving African population's access to health and education-related information whilst pushing forward various innovative projects supported by UNICEF. The agreement allows UNICEF to...
  • Airtel aims to tap mobile Internet users in Africa with its under-Rs 3,500 3G smartphone February 18, 2015

    New Delhi: In a move aimed at increasing its data revenue, telecom major Bharti Airtel today launched its first pan-Africa customised 3G smartphone for $53 to tap mobile Internet users. "As Airtel, we are focused on migrating, existing and new customers from the traditional feature phones to android smartphones to...
  • Airtel launches telecom services in Lachen in Sikkim February 10, 2015

    Kolkata: Airtel has become the first private telecommunications operator to offer telecom services in Lachen, a small town in north Sikkim. With a tower installed at an altitude of 9,360 feet, Airtel has enabled seamless connectivity in Lachen, enabling customers to easily stay connected to their near and dear, the company...
  • Here's why your mobile phone bills may go up February 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Auction of telecom spectrum due on March 4 may burn a hole in the pockets of the operators and may increase call and data charges, experts have opined. "This will be a very big and interesting auction. Operators whose licences are expiring will be bidding hard to secure their...
  • Telcom operators not against Skype, WhatsApp: Bharti Airtel January 21, 2015

    New Delhi:Telecom operators are not opposed to over-the-top service providers like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp but looking to work in synergy with them, Bharti Enterprises Vice Chairman Akhil Gupta said today. "Our revenue streams are moving towards data services. Telecom industry is all for innovations among OTT and it is most welcome....
  • SC quashes summon orders to Airtel CMD Bharti Mittal, two others in 2G case January 9, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday morning quashed the summon orders passed by trial court to Airtel CMD Bharti Mittal, Essar's Ravi Kant Ruia and former Vodafone MD Aseem Ghosh 2G spectrum allocation scam. Setting aside the trial court order the apex court observed that the trial court had wrongly...
  • Airtel drops plans to charge extra for VoIP calls following outrage December 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Buckling under pressure, leading telecom player Bharti Airtel has dropped its plans to charge extra for internet voice calls or VoIP service available through apps like Skype and Viber. "In view of the news reports that a consultation paper will be issued shortly by TRAI on issues...
  • Airtel announces VoIP calling pack for prepaid customers; stands by its decision to charge extra for calls on Skype, Viber December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Standing by its decision to charge extra for services like Skype and Viber, telecom major Bharti Airtel today said allowing VoIP calls on mobiles without additional charges was not a tenable business. The company defended its position despite Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying that the government would look...
  • Pay extra for making calls on Skype, Viber using Airtel's mobile Internet December 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel customers will now have to pay extra if they are making calls on Skype, Viber or other apps using their mobile data packs as the operator has decided to charge standard data rates for making voice calls over Internet (VoIP). The VoIP data will be charged separately...
  • Vodafone, Airtel fined the most for tariff and MNP rules violation November 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operator Vodafone has been fined the most for tariff rule violations till date, while Bharti Airtel has been penalised the maximum amount for breaching mobile number portability norms. Country's second largest telecom operator Vodafone has been penalised over Rs 6 lakhs for charging customers on new tariff without...
  • Idea lets rivals Airtel, Vodafone use its airwaves up to January 15 November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: As Bharti Airtel and Vodafone prepare to shift their network to newly allotted spectrum, rival Idea Cellular has agreed to let them use its airwaves in 900 MHz band for a period up to January 15. The arrangement, which has no financial implication, is for only 45 days. Through...
  • Bharti Airtel calls off Rs 700 crore deal to acquire Loop Mobile November 5, 2014

    Mumbai: Shares of Bharti Airtel fell by nearly 3 per cent on Wednesday after the company called off its plans to acquire business and assets of Loop Mobile. Stocks of the telecom major fell by 2.70 per cent to settle at Rs 385.30 on the BSE. During the day, it...
  • Airtel to hike post-paid rentals by about 12 per cent from December November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Country's biggest telecom operator Airtel has announced an increase in its post-paid monthly charges by about 12 per cent in select plans, effective December. "Eff. (effective) 3-Dec 2014, bill plan rental for your airtel mobile will be revised from Rs 199 per month to Rs 224 per month," Airtel...
  • Telcom operators expected to pass on to customers the burden of spectrum cost; may raise mobile tariffs October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Industry body COAI has said mobile tariffs may go up soon as telecom operators are expected to pass on to customers the burden of spectrum cost they will incur in the upcoming auction. The auction of airwaves is likely to be conducted in February next year. "Definitely there will...
  • Airtel rolls out 'public Wi-Fi' service in Hyderabad October 10, 2014

    Hyderabad: Bharti Airtel on Friday rolled out "public Wi-Fi" facility at select locations in Information Technology hub of Hitec City here as a first step towards Telangana government's goal of making Hyderabad a Wi-Fi enabled city. Under the facility launched on pilot basis, users of smartphone, tablets and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices...
  • Ericsson bags 4G network deal from Bharti Airtel October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Swedish telecom gear firm Ericsson on Thursday said that it has signed a LTE or 4G network deal with country's largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel. The company, however, refused to share more information on the deal including the financial and circle details. "Airtel...
  • Airtel, Vodafone, Idea hike mobile Internet rates by up to 100% October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operators have raised mobile internet rates up to 100 per cent in June-September period across country. Airtel is latest to increase mobile rates by up to 33 per cent while Vodafone and Idea have started gradually implementing the increased mobile internet rates from June. The three companies jointly hold...
  • Leading telcos hike mobile internet rates by up to 100 per cent October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operators have raised mobile internet rates up to 100 per cent in June-September period across country. Airtel is latest to increase mobile rates by up to 33 per cent while Vodafone and Idea have started gradually implementing the increased mobile internet rates from June. ...
  • J&K limps back to normalcy, mobile services partially restored September 13, 2014

    Srinagar: After having been cut off for more than a week, Jammu and Kashmir is heading back to the communication grid. Telecom servies in the flood hit Kashmir Valley are being normalised with BSNL restoring around 80 per cent of the affected network. Other private mobile service providers inlcuding Airtel,...
  • Airtel's Wynk music streaming app crosses 1 lakh downloads in 4 days September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel's cross operator music application Wynk has crossed one lakh downloads in 4 days with more than 50 per cent of consumers are from other telecom players. "Wynk Music crossed its first milestone witnessing 1 lakh downloads in just 4 days of its launch. Wynk is now...
  • Bharti Airtel launches music streaming app Wynk September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel has launched Wynk Music, a carrier agnostic music streaming mobile application, with a music library of over 1.7 million songs including Hindi, regional and international hits, an official said Tuesday. "In India, Internet is predominantly on mobile. This music application Wynk can be used in both Android...
  • Facebook launches Internet.org app to let users access basic Internet services for free July 31, 2014

    New York: Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching Thursday in Zambia. The Internet.org app will give subscribers of Zambia's Airtel phone company access to a set of basic Internet services for free....
  • Bharti Airtel crosses 300 million customers mark July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: India's largest telecom firm Bharti Airtel today said it has crossed 300 million customers mark across its mobile, fixed line, DSL and DTH services. Bharti Airtel, which began operations in 1995, reached the 100 million customers mark in 2009 and crossed the 200 million mark in 2012. "The latest 100...
  • A woman who is her husband's boss at work but still cooks for him at home? New telecom ad stirs up Twitter outrage and wit July 28, 2014

    A new advertisement for the telecommunication company Airtel has got many users on Twitter with their knickers in a bunch, debating whether the campaign enforces stereotypes, breaks established family roles, is a modern twist to same old misogynist propaganda or just neo feminism riding on compromise. A woman is shown...
  • Samsung launches Galaxy S5 4G in India at Rs 53,500 July 19, 2014

    New Delhi: South Korean electronics giant Samsung launched a 4G compatible variant of its Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in India priced at Rs 53,500. The Samsung Galaxy S5 4G will be available in the markets in India from July 20. "We are excited to introduce our first 4G variant...
  • Airtel to get show cause notice from DoT for hiding caller identity in MP July 8, 2014

    The Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to seek legal opinion for issuing a show cause notice to Airtel on charges of hiding caller identity in Madhya Pradesh service area in January, 2011 posing a security threat. Earlier in October, 2011, the DoT had imposed Rs 50 crore fine on Airtel....
  • Airtel blocks 219 websites for infringing on Sony's World Cup 2014 telecast rights July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom major Airtel has told the Delhi High Court that it has blocked 219 websites which were allegedly infringing MSM Pvt Ltd's, formerly Sony, right to show matches of FIFA 2014 World Cup as the authorised broadcaster of the event in the Indian subcontinent. The websites blocked as...
  • Bharti Airtel gains; RBI allows increase in FII limit July 4, 2014

    Shares in Bharti Airtel Ltd(BRTI.NS) gain after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) increases limit for overseas investors to buy shares in the company. Foreign institutional investors can now invest up to 74 percent in Bharti Airtel under the portfolio investment scheme, the RBI said in a statement late on Thursday. The...
  • Here's why 4G technology will take another two years to gain momentum in India June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: It has been quite some time that the Indian telecom industry is talking about the fourth generation (4G) technology but is the market and the subscribers ready for it? Experts feel it will take another couple of years for 4G to gain steam and become a mass product...