Cellular

  • 733 million GSM subscribers in India; Airtel leads with 28.41% market share June 19, 2014

    Bharti Airtel and Telewings Communications Services (Uninor) led subscriber additions in May, when the GSM base in the country grew marginally to 733 million with 6.19 million new mobile users, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said.There were 726.8 million GSM users at the end of April, the COAI...
  • Idea Cellular hikes monthly rentals by Rs 50 June 2, 2014

    Idea Cellular has hiked the monthly rentals of its post-paid customers by Rs 50 from June. "Effective from the June bill cycle, the monthly rental will have a nominal increase of Rs 50 per month," Head of Service Delivery, Mumbai Operations, Amit Dimri said in an email to post-paid customers, who...
  • Omar hits out at Idea pashmina shawls ad, says it's misleading April 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has accused Idea Cellular of fooling people through its 'no fooling' advertisement. Pointing out an ad on a Kahmiri handicraft salesman, Omar has said that the ad is misleading as the pashmina shawls are not supposed to pass a ring test...
  • Reliance enters 2G race, telecoms firms fall on spectrum worries January 16, 2014

    Shares of India's leading mobile carriers slump on concerns over possible high bidding prices at a spectrum auction next month after eight companies applied to bid, signalling much stronger competition than expected. Reliance Industries, which bought pan-India 4G telecoms permits three years ago, has also applied to bid in the auction...
  • 2G: Those not charged can be tried if there's evidence, says SC January 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Hearing a plea in the 2G scam, the Supreme Court has said that a person can be tried by a court even if he or she is not made an accused or if their name is not in a chargesheet. The court has said that, however, this can...
  • Idea Cellular gets unified licence for seven circles October 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom has awarded unified licence to Idea Cellular for seven circles, sources said today. The company has been awarded licences for Assam, West Bengal, Kolkata, North East, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha. "Idea Cellular has been awarded unified licence for seven circles," an...
  • Panasonic to stop selling consumer smartphones in Japan: Report August 29, 2013

    Bangalore: Panasonic Corp is finalising plans to pull out of the consumer smartphone business in Japan and has approached potential buyers for its cellular base station business, the Nikkei reported. It will end production at its only smartphone factory by March 2014, the daily said. The company told NTT DoCoMo Inc that...
  • 2G scam: Court asks Mittal, Ruia to seek clarification from SC July 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Cellular CMD Sunil Mittal and Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia were on Wednesday told by a Delhi court that there was "no stay" on the proceedings before it in the additional spectrum allocation scam case and they could seek clarification on this issue from the Supreme Court. "There...
  • Govt approves amendments to licences of Airtel, Voda, Idea June 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Amendments to licence agreements of existing operators of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have been approved by the Telecom Ministry to harmonise them with spectrum auction rules of November 2012, sources said. "Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has approved amendments to the licences of Airtel, Vodafone...
  • 3G case: HC issues notices to Idea Cellular, others May 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response from Idea Cellular Ltd (ICL) and its chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla on a contempt petition against the telecom major for allegedly disobeying its earlier order by providing 3G services to new customers in circles where it lacks the requisite licences. Justice...
  • Court questions Idea Cellular on illegal 3G services May 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued contempt notices against telecom company Idea Cellular and its chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla for allegedly disobeying its earlier order by providing 3G services to new customers in areas for which it did not have a licence. Hearing a contempt of court plea...
  • 3G services: Court issues contempt notices to Idea Cellular May 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued contempt notices against telecom major Idea Cellular Ltd (ICL) and its chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla for allegedly disobeying its earlier order by providing 3G services to new customers in circles where it lacks the requisite licences. Justice Rajiv Shakdhar asked the telecom...
  • US Cellular embraces iPhone after rejecting it May 5, 2013

    New York: US Cellular, the only major US wireless carrier to resist the iPhone, says it's going to start selling it this year. CEO Mary Dillon announced the reversal Friday on a call with investors and analysts. She didn't specify exactly when the company would start selling Apple's phone, or what...
  • Idea net profit jumps by 29 pc at Rs 308 crore in Q4 April 26, 2013

    Mumbai: Buoyed by strong growth in voice usage and data consumption, telecom operator Idea Cellular on Thursday posted 29 per cent jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 308.18 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2013. Given the strong performance, the company has announced a dividend for the...
  • 2G case: Court adjourns matter to April 29 April 22, 2013

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday fixed April 29 for hearing the matter in additional 2G spectrum allocation case in which Bharti Cellular CMD Sunil Mittal, Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia and others have been summoned as accused. Mittal, Ruia and former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh appeared before Special CBI...
  • 2G case: Mittal, Ruia furnish personal bonds in court April 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Cellular CMD Sunil Mittal and Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia on Tuesday appeared in a Delhi court in connection with the additional 2G spectrum allocation case and furnished personal bonds in pursuance of the Supreme Court's direction. Both the accused placed on record the apex court's order...
  • 3G: Centre restrained from acting against Vodafone, Idea April 12, 2013

    New Delhi: In a breather for Vodafone and Idea Cellular, the Delhi High Court on Friday restrained the Centre from taking any "coercive steps" against the telecom majors which have been asked to pay penalty of Rs 550 crore and Rs 300 crore respectively for providing 3G services outside their...
  • No new 3G customers in unlicenced zones for Airtel: SC April 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel cannot add new 3G customers in seven zones where it does not own the airwaves and offers the services through pacts with other carriers, the Supreme Court said on Thursday, pending a final ruling in the dispute. Bharti can, however, continue 3G services in the zones...
  • 2G spectrum allocation case: Mittal, Ruia appear in court April 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti CMD Sunil Mittal and Essar group promoter Ravi Ruia, who have been summoned as accused in the additional 2G spectrum allocation case, on Thursday appeared in a Delhi court which posted the matter for further proceedings on April 16. Mittal's counsel placed before special CBI judge OP...
  • SC defers proceedings against Ravi Ruia in trial court April 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed the proceedings in the Special CBI court against Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia till April 16, who has been summoned as an accused in a corruption case related to allocation of additional 2G spectrum in 2002. A bench headed by Chief Justice...
  • Week's breather for Sunil Mittal, six others in 2G case April 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday offered partial relief to Bharti Airtel chief Sunil Mittal and six others by directing the 2G case trial court not to withhold hearing till April 16, 2013 but also said it was free to proceed against any person not named in a charge...
  • Sunil Mittal moves SC against 2G court's summoning order April 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Cellular Limited CMD Sunil Bharti Mittal on Monday approached the Supreme Court challenging the March 19 order of the special 2G court summoning him as an accused in a corruption case related to allocation of additional spectrum during the NDA regime in 2002. Mittal, whose name was...
  • Morgan Stanley, Nomura upgrade Bharti Airtel February 27, 2013

    Mumbai: Morgan Stanley raised its rating on Bharti Airtel Ltd to "overweight" from "equalweight," citing positive factors for the sector such as rising tariffs and data volumes, falling capital spending and eased competitive intensity. Morgan Stanley said the "failure" of the recent 900 Mhz auction also lowered regulatory risk for India's...
  • 2G: SC dismisses pleas of A Raja, telecom companies February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed curative petitions of several telecom firms for re-examination of its verdict cancelling 122 2G spectrum licences allocated during tenure of former telecom minister A Raja. The court also denied permission to Raja to file his curative petition. The companies whose petitions were...
  • Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular raise call prices January 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel, India's top mobile phone carrier, said it has raised voice call prices to account for rising costs, sending shares of telecommunication companies higher as investors bet that rivals will follow the market leader. Idea Cellular, country's No 3 carrier by revenue and No 4 by customers,...
  • Idea Cellular increases call tariffs in some zones January 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Idea Cellular, India's no. 3 mobile phone carrier by revenue and fourth-biggest by customers, has increased voice call prices in some telecommunications zones by withdrawing promotional offers, a company spokeswoman said. The Idea spokeswoman gave no further detail but said there was "no across the board" increase in call...
  • 2G: CBI charges ex-DoT officer, 3 telecom firms December 21, 2012

    New Delhi: Former Department of Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three companies - Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone India Ltd and Hutchison Max & Sterling Cellular - have been charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the allocation of additional spectrum case during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime. The...
  • Cabinet okays 30 pc cut in spectrum reserve price December 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday approved a 30 per cent cut in the reserve price for sale of mobile phone spectrum in four zones that went unsold in the recent damp-squib auction. Airwaves in Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka and Rajasthan found no takers in the previous auction as bidders found...
  • 2G spectrum auction resumes on demand in Bihar November 14, 2012

    New Delhi: The second day of auction for 2G spectrum started at 9 AM on Wednesday, on the back of demand for spectrum in the Bihar telecom circle. A Department of Telecommunications official replied in the affirmative when asked if the auction resumed on time on Wednesday morning. "Yes. Eighth...
  • 2G auction get lukewarm response November 12, 2012

    New Delhi: There has been a lukewarm response to 2G spectrum auction which opened on Monday in New Delhi with sources saying that there have been no bids in the top five to six circles. The first two rounds of re-auction of 2G spectrum have ended and no company has...