GSM

  • GSM, CDMA players at loggerheads over 800 MHz pricing January 27, 2014

    New Delhi: GSM and CDMA players were a divided house over the valuation and reserve price of 800 MHz band, used for offering CDMA services. During an open house discussion organised by sectoral regulator TRAI on Monday, GSM lobby was of the view that reserve price of 800 MHz should...
  • Spectrum auction at lower base prices will start by end of 2013: Sibal October 18, 2013

    The next round of spectrum auction is expected by the end of this year with lower reserve prices compared to the ones fixed by the government in the previous round, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said on Friday. "Next set of auctions which are going to take place, we are looking by...
  • GSM subscribers up by 4.41 million in September October 16, 2013

    New Delhi: The allIndia GSM subscribers increased by 4.41 million in September 2013, data released by Cellular Operators Association of India said here Wednesday. Total number of GSM subscribers as of September 2013 stood at 678.82 million. Airtel recorded the maximum subscribers at 193.39 million. It was followed by Vodafone with 156...
  • RCom raises prepaid mobile call rates by 33 per cent May 27, 2013

    New Delhi: Reliance Communications has raised basic rates for both GSM and CDMA prepaid mobiletomobile calls by 33 per cent to 2 paise per second from 1.5 paise per second. According to details on the company's website, it will charge base rate of 2 paise per second for mobiletomobile calls. ...
  • RCom ties up with Aircel to improve 2G GSM network coverage April 30, 2013

    Mumbai: Telecom operator Reliance Communications today announced a roaming agreement with Aircel, under which both the companies will use each others' mobile towers to improve network coverage for 2G GSM services. RCom is in talks with other operators as well to have similar arrangements and add total of around 10,000...
  • Reliance launches unlimited Twitter access plan for GSM users April 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Reliance Communications today said it has partnered with Twitter to launch a prepaid plan for GSM subscribers in the country. The promotional offer will be free for 90 days after which a fee will be charged for the plan. "Reliance Twitter Access Pack, is a promotional offer for...
  • Government may again auction Delhi, Mumbai spectrum in 3rd round April 9, 2013

    New Delhi: In the proposed third round of spectrum auction, the government may put on block 2G GSM airwaves in Delhi and Mumbai circles and CDMA spectrum in 13 circles that remained unsold in the previous sale held last month, sources said. The government earlier had said that it would...
  • Second round of spectrum sale could be a flop show February 25, 2013

    New Delhi: The second round of 2G spectrum sale is virtually set to be a flop show as there is no applicant for GSM band of radiowaves while Sistema Shyam is the only firm for CDMA band at close of deadline on Monday for applying to take part in the...
  • No 2G spectrum for unsuccessful bidders, says SC February 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Unsuccessful bidders and telecom companies which opted out of participating in the first round of fresh auction for 2G spectrum following cancellation of their licences by last year's order would not be allowed to continue their service, the Supreme Court said on February 11. The apex court asked the...
  • EGoM recommends up to 50 per cent cut in CDMA base price January 7, 2013

    New Delhi: An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has recommended a cut of up to 50 per cent in the auction reserve price for airwaves used by phone carriers operating on the CDMA platform, raising the odds for the local unit of Russia's Sistema to continue operating in the world's...
  • GSM subscribers down over 9 million to 663.78 million in November December 18, 2012

    New Delhi: GSM mobile operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, lost over 9 million subscribers in November, bringing down the user base to 663.78 million, industry body COAI said today. The total subscriber base at the end of October was 672.80 million users. The top three operators Bharti...
  • Spectrum auction to start from Nov 12: DoT August 28, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom on Tuesday issued an 'information memorandum' containing details of spectrum auction which will start from November 12. Earlier, the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the time for completing the auction of spectrum by January 11, 2013, from earlier deadline of August 31. According to the...
  • India adds 7.27 million GSM subscribers in May June 24, 2012

    New Delhi: India's GSM subscriber base grew by 1.08 per cent in May, adding 7.27 million mobile phone users, with Bharti Airtel alone signing up over 2.01 million customers, according to data released by Cellular Operators Association of India. The total number of GSM subscribers in the country crossed 677.85 million...
  • India adds 6.87 mn GSM subscribers in March April 22, 2012

    New Delhi: India's GSM subscriber base grew by 1.04 per cent in March with addition of 6.87 million mobile phone users, with Bharti Airtel alone signing up over 2.5 million customers, according to data released by Cellular Operators Association of India. The total number of GSM subscribers in the country crossed...
  • 2G: Operators continue to add users, despite uncertainty March 21, 2012

    New Delhi: New telecom operators, led by Uninor and Sistema Shyam (MTS India), continue to add new subscribers in February notwithstanding the uncertain environment after the Supreme Court judgement canceling 122 2G licences. Uninor, a joint venture between Unitech and Norwaybased Telenor, registered the maximum growth of 6.04 per cent in...
  • Phone bills set to rise after hike in service tax March 17, 2012

    New Delhi: With service tax set to rise from 10 to 12 per cent, telecom companies on Saturday said tariffs for all telecom services will rise from the date the hike in tax is notified. "We are very disappointed with increase in service tax. Industry has been under attack for raising...
  • Telcos can have more spectrum, to pay uniform fee February 15, 2012

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday announced the new telecom policy (NTP) allowing operators to hold higher spectrum, pay uniform license fee across services besides permitting liberal merger and acquisition, with a view to provide quality services at affordable prices. Announcing a part of policy, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told a...
  • Sibal to meet telco chiefs on spectrum pricing January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Seeking clarity on pricing of spectrum and allocation, CEOs of five top telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular will be meeting Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday. The high level governmentindustry interaction would take place for the second time within less than two months. The...
  • Any GSM phone vulnerable to new scam: Researcher December 27, 2011

    Berlin: A wellknown expert on mobile phone security says a vulnerability in a widely used wireless technology could allow hackers to gain remote control of phones, instructing them to send text messages or make calls. They could use the vulnerability in the GSM network technology, which is used by billions of...
  • Reliance Communications increases call tariffs August 14, 2011

    New Delhi: Anil Ambani Group firm Reliance Communications has increased call charges by 20 per cent for both GSM and CDMA services in most of its operating circles. "We have increased tariffs in most of the circles over last couple of months in a phased manner, from 1 paisa to...
  • MNP not to show much impact on telecom operators January 26, 2011

    New Delhi: The MNP services, via which the customer can retain the number even after changing its service provider, was expected to shake up the telephony market, but now industry leaders are recognising that this may not happen, says a study. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched the nationwide mobile number portability...
  • Mobile number portability a reality now January 20, 2011

    New Delhi: After years of delays, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) will finally be available all over India from January 20. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said, "We're very happy that we are going to launch it nationally tomorrow. It's a great step forward for the consumer. It enhances his choice." Dump your...
  • Tech Toyz: gizmos that make Diwali gifts October 10, 2009

    Just a week to go before Diwali is the time to buy and present gifts. Ankur Vengurlekar and Suresh Venkat, the hosts of Tech Toyz, have some ideas for you. Check out the three new GSM players in the market if you are planning to take a new phone connection....
  • Pak erects mobile towers near LoC, worries India May 4, 2008

    New Delhi: In what Indian security officials find alarming, Pakistani mobile phone service providers are believed to have erected nine mobile towers in their territory along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. In February this year, the Vigilance and Telecom Monitoring Cell of the Department of Telecommunications conducted...
  • Pvt telcos take mobile telephony to rural areas April 21, 2008

    New Delhi: Private mobile service providers of both GSM and CDMA technology have jointly formed a new initiative Rural Chalo which will be rolled out in phases, to provide a benefit of Rs 125 to rural subscribers. The move is aimed at achieving the government's objective to take the...
  • FM proposes new pricing for spectrum allocation April 9, 2008

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has suggested a new pricing formula for spectrum allocation for existing and new operators. A spectrum price of Rs 1,312 crore per mega hertz would be applicable with retrospect effect. Startup spectrum would cost Rs 5,772 crore for new operators like Unitech. The existing...
  • Airtel game for competition, worried about spectrum February 28, 2008

    New Delhi: There are new players in India's mobile industry Videocon, Unitech, Spice and this is bound to increase competition in the GSM space and will, most certainly, bring down the tariff as well. And as the government rings in five new players, Bharti Enterprises CMD Sunil Mittal says...
  • Tata Tele accuses TRAI of favouring GSM operators January 18, 2008

    New Delhi: Tata Teleservices on Friday slammed TRAI's stance on spectrum allocation as discriminatory and one that favoured GSM operators who going by the telecom regulator's suggestion would get twice as much frequency than CDMA players. "TRAI has acknowledged that a fully loaded GSM network has similar spectral efficiency as...
  • Reliance gets nod for fresh GSM spectrum January 12, 2008

    Mumbai: Reliance Communications, India's secondlargest mobile operator, said it has received additional spectrum to start GSM services in 14 circles, it said in a statement issued late on Friday. Reliance Communications mainly runs on the rival CDMA platform but also has services on dominant GSM technology that it is expanding...
  • Reliance Communications drags DoT to court December 27, 2007

    New Delhi: The war for bandwidth is hotting up. Reliance Communications on Thursday slapped a legal notice on the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on additional spectrum allocation to GSM operators. CDMA mobile operator Reliance Communications says DoT should enforce more rigorous recommendations than that of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India...