Indian Wireless Auction Beats Government’s $10 Billion Target

Indian Wireless Auction Beats Government’s $10 Billion Target

India’s auction of mobile phone airwaves surpassed the government’s revenue target on just the second day as incumbent operators sought to protect themselves from...

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3G finally becomes mainstream in India

3G finally becomes mainstream in India

The average Indian subscriber consumes 680 MB/ month of 3G data. India is finally becoming a 3G dominant mobile phone market with more data...

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Cable operators keen on providing broadband

Cable operators keen on providing broadband

Cable operators have shown interest in providing broadband connectivity to consumers by tweaking technology – a move that will increase Internet penetration in the...

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Telecom equipment imports rise 20%

Telecom equipment imports rise 20%

India’s telecom equipment imports increased 20% to Rs. 74,116 crore last fiscal, according to the government data. These imports stood at Rs. 61,539.01 crore...

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India set for record proceeds from mobile airwaves auction

India set for record proceeds from mobile airwaves auction

Aggressive bidding by mobile phone operators including Bharti Airtel Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd for mobile airwaves, betting on a surge in data usage,...

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4G connections in India to reach 100 million by 2020: Ericsson

India will have more than 100 million 4G connections by 2020 and 3G will remain main technology to drive mobile broadband growth for next...

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Telcos face off at India’s biggest wireless spectrum auction to stay alive

Telcos face off at India’s biggest wireless spectrum auction to stay alive

The Indian government has a reason to smile. The country’s biggest auction of wireless spectrum kicked off on Wednesday, attracting telecom companies that ended...

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Internet should be open to all, says Telecom Minister

Internet should be open to all, says Telecom Minister

Terming India as an important player in Internet governance, Telecom Minister said the future architecture of the Web should not be a prerogative of...

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4G networks rose 36% in 2014; telecom companies tap 1800Mhz band

4G networks rose 36% in 2014; telecom companies tap 1800Mhz band

The number of operators offering 4G mobile services rose by 36 per cent to 360 globally in 2014 and nearly half of these used...

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Where next for Optical Networks?

Where next for Optical Networks?

Terabit super-channels and multi-layer switching architectures enable optimal capacity allocation and network efficiency to meet evolving network dynamics. Anuj Malik Senior Manager, Product and...

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Global telecom cos looking to enter Indian market

Global telecom cos looking to enter Indian market

The Reserve Bank of India has proposed relaxation to the rules on Call and Put Options. According to sources, in a letter to the...

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India’s wireless tele-density reaches 74.55%

India’s wireless tele-density reaches 74.55%

India’s tele-density reached 76.55%, with the total subscriber base reaching 957.61 million that includes 569.56 million in urban and 388.05 million in rural regions,...

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India's mobile user base 918.72 mln in July

globe India's mobile phone customer base rose 0.42 percent, or a net 3.8 million, in July to 918.72 million, says data released by the sector regulator. By comparison, China, the world's biggest mobile phone market, reported a 0.28 percent monthly increase in the number of mobile subscribers to about 1.27 billion as of end-July. Active mobile subscribers in July were 797.06 million, or about 86.76 percent. Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density, was 73.78 as of July. Mobile tele-density in urban areas was 140.96, compared with 43.90 in rural areas. In July, 2.86 million mobile subscribers opted to change their service providers through mobile number portability. Mobile number portability is currently allowed only within a service zone. India is divided into 22 telecommunications service zones.

Tele-density in India is 76 pct

india-4Total telephone subscriber base in India rose marginally in July to reach 94.64 crore, with 34.5 lakh users added during the month, sectoral regulator Trai said. The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 942.95 million at the end of June, 2014 to 946.40 million at the end of July, 2014, thereby showing a monthly growth of 0.37 per cent, says TRAI. The overall tele-density in the country increased to 76 per cent from 75.80 per cent at the end of June. Urban subscription increased to 56.24 crore at the end of July from 55.97 crore at the end of June. The rural base was up from 38.31 crore, to 38.39 crore. The total wireless subscriber base rose 0.42 per cent in July to reach 91.87 crore at the end of July from 91.49 crore last month. The overall wireless tele-density has increased to 73.78 per cent.