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  • Telecom spectrum auction ends, government raises record Rs 1.10 trillion 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Government raised a record Rs 109,874.91 crore in the country's biggest and the fiercest auction of telecom spectrum that ended on Wednesday, triggering fears of hike in call and data rates. Incumbents Airtel, Idea and Vodafone bid aggressively to protect their businesses as new players like Reliance Jio...
  • Bharti Airtel partners Amazon to offer cloud services in India 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Telecom major Bharti Airtel today announced partnership with Amazon Web Services to offer its cloud computing services to customers in India. "In line with this market adoption, we are excited to strengthen Airtel's cloud services portfolio by adding Amazon Web Services to our growing list of cloud services providers....
  • Mobile operators stare at costly victory as spectrum auction sale ends March 18, 2015

    Mumbai: Cellphone operators are snatching up precious bandwidth in the latest telecom auction, paying top dollar for spectrum to roll out high-speed coverage across India. The fear among investors is that the companies' balance sheets may now be under pressure. The government had raised a record Rs 1,07,000 crores ($17.07...
  • Spectrum auction bids reach Rs 1,03,046 crore at the end of day 11 March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Government's spectrum auction kitty on Monday rose marginally to Rs 1,03,046 crore at the end of 11th day of the biggest sale of 2G and 3G airwaves. There was no bidding activity for 2100 MHz, used for offering 3G services, today. As per the Department of Telecom (DoT), over 87...
  • Airtel, Orange join hands for video conferencing business March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Telecom major Bharti Airtel's business-to-business service arm has partnered France-based Orange Business Services to allow their customers connect with each other for video conferencing facility. "Airtel Managed Video Conference customers will be able to collaborate with the Orange customers and vice-versa with an ease that is comparable to making...
  • For free access to Internet, government must make spectrum free: Airtel CEO March 9, 2015

    Barcelona: Taking on social networking giant Facebook's ambitious 'free internet' plans, telecom major Bharti Airtel chief Sunil Mittal has said the companies should do 'philanthropy' if they stop charging for mobile internet. Facebook has launched an 'internet.org' initiative under which users can access internet free of charge for select websites if...
  • Airtel to double 4G network by next year: CEO Sunil Mittal March 9, 2015

    Barcelona: Flush with an investment outlay of USD 3 billion a year on networks, telecom major Bharti Airtel plans to double its 4G network by next fiscal as it gears up to take on competition, including the much-awaited foray of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries group. "We have decided to roll out...
  • Spectrum auction garners bids worth Rs 86,000 crore on day 4 March 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Government has got commitments of Rs 86,000 crore from telecom players at the end of fourth day of spectrum auction -- crossing the targetted minimum amount of Rs 82,000 crore from the ongoing sale of 2G and 3G airwaves. The auction will resume on Monday morning as there is...
  • Spectrum auction garners bids worth Rs 77,000 crore at the end of third day March 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Government has garnered bids worth around Rs 77,000 crore at the end of three days of spectrum auction as telecom operators continued to bid aggressively. "The bidding has taken place in all bands. At present, a value of approximately Rs 77,000 crore has been committed by bidders in respect...
  • Second day of spectrum auction ends; bids grow to Rs 65,000 crore March 5, 2015

    New Delhi: The second day of the biggest ever telecom spectrum auction ended today with total bids growing to about Rs 65,000 crore, as the telecom operators bid aggressively across all bands including those for 2G and 3G. The auction will continue on Friday, despite it being a holiday on...
  • Telecom auction gets Rs 60,000 crore bids on first day March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The biggest ever auction of 2G and 3G airwaves on Wednesday began on a high note with operators making bids worth an estimated Rs 60,000 crore after six rounds of bidding in all four bands. The bidding will resume tomorrow morning in the auction through which the government...
  • Spectrum auction begins; government eyeing over Rs 80,000 crore revenue March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The much awaited spectrum auction, wherein eight companies are bidding to acquire airwaves in four bands, started on Wednesday. The auction is the biggest ever sale of 2G and 3G airwaves which may fetch the government over Rs 82,000 crore. A total of 380.75 MHz of spectrum in three...
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg keen to partner with telecom operators; lauds them for connecting more people to the Internet March 4, 2015

    Barcelona: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today offered to partner with telecom operators to expand internet access, while lauding the efforts of Indian giant Airtel and other telcos on this front. Trying to woo telecom operators, he said: "It is really important not to lose sight of the fact that the real...
  • Spectrum auction for 4 bands to start on Wednesday March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Department of Telecom will start the biggest ever auction of 2G and 3G spectrum on Wednesday wherein 8 firms will bid to acquire radiowaves in four bands, which may fetch the government over Rs 82,000 crore. The government plans to sell 380.75 MHz of spectrum in three bands...
  • Bharti Airtel, China Mobile to collaborate on 4G March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Top Indian telecommunications carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd said it would collaborate with China Mobile Ltd on growing fourth-generation (4G) mobile data services. The two companies will also work on a joint strategy for procurement of 4G devices including smartphones, Bharti Airtel said in a statement. Bharti Airtel operates 4G networks...
  • Telecom tariffs to go down as TRAI cuts call connect charge February 23, 2015

    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...