In a bid to stretch its reach to more consumers, Reliance Communications (RCom) has hit an agreement with network provider Aircel to share each other's 2G network across India.
The agreement will enable subscribers of RCom and Aircel to roam or use each other's network anywhere in the country free of cost.
RCom described the agreement as the first step in 2G inter circle roaming (ICR) deals that the company is planned with other GSM operators in the country.
Aircel will pay Vodafone 5 paise per SMS as termination fee, while Vodafone will immediately restore its interconnection of SMSes generated on Aircel's network till the dispute is resolved, according to the telecom disputes tribunal's order.
Passing an interim order on Friday, the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) said if two operators disconnect each other's SMS services then the consumers would suffer.
Several major telecom operators in India are looking to enhance revenues by slashing freebies and talk-time that come with discount vouchers, which are used by prepaid customers.
The telecom service providers are looking to improve sales and margins as they face stagnating earnings in the country. According to latest data, 96 percent of India's 906 million mobile connections are subscribed to prepaid plans.
Aircel and Reliance Communications (RCOM) have accused billionaire Sunil Mittal-promoted Bharti Airtel of abusing its dominant position.
Aircel and RCOM have alleged that Airtel has resorted to pressure tactics just days before the festival of Diwali to compel them to pay more towards SMS termination fees.
Airtel has asked its rival operators to sign an interconnect agreement, which asks rival operators to pay 10 paise per SMS sent by a non-Airtel customer.
Cupertino, Calif.-based acclaimed tech giant Apple Inc's latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5, is finally available in India.
Apple launched the successor to the iPhone 4S on Friday, November 2, forty-two days after the device's launch in the United States.
The tech giant has teamed up with distribution companies Ingram Micro and Redington, which announced the launch date for the smartphone last week. Previously, the US firm preferred the telecom operator-led distribution, where operators like Airtel and Aircel sold the iPhones.
India’s telecom sector suffered the first-ever decline in the number of monthly subscriber in July this year, figures released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed.
According to the latest TRAI report, the total number of telecom subscribers slipped by 20.71 million subscribers month on month, from 965.52 million in June to 944.81 million in July.
It was the first time in India’s telecom sector that overall subscriber base had shrunk.
Two telecom operators, Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Aircel Ltd have announced on Wednesday they will launch the much anticipated Apple iPhone 4 in the Indian market on May 27.
The fastest growing, India mobile telephone market has seen a lot of consumers choosing smartphones and the operators are aiming to tap into the demand by offering the latest Apple gizmo, which has been selling like hot cakes from shelves around the world.
Bharti Airtel Ltd and Aircel announced their plans to roll out Apple's iPhone 4 in the Indian market in the coming months.
The companies do not disclose further details.
In their declarations, both Bharti Airtel and Aircel stated that Apple's fourth-generation iPhone model was the most advanced cellular phone across the world.
iPhone 4, which measures 4.5 x 2.3 x 0.37 inches, has become sleeker and razor thin as compared to its precursor.
IKF Technologies Limited, one of the leading IT company, declared that it has received contract from Aircel.
The scope of the contract consists of providing BPO and call centre services in Eastern region of India that will comprise Calcutta, the rest of Bengal, North East, Bihar and Orissa and with a capacitance of 1,000 work stations.
IKF Technologies offers up telecommunication, IT software growth, business process outsourcing (BPO) and application maintenance services.
Moreover, the company reported an increase of 92.55% in its consolidated net profit on y-o-y basis.
Aircel, a superstar of south Indian telecom market, has joined hands with the popular online gaming platform Ibibo to introduce social gaming for mobile customers in India. This alliance already sees a release of the latest "Great Indian Parking wars" one of Ibibo's online games now available on Aircel Pocket Internet.
Joining hands yet again with the social networking giant, Facebook, Aircel has strengthened its strong relation.
This is supposedly a move which has been taken in aid of uplifting the Brand or the corporate owner to aids in to promotion of the products as well as generate interest in them. This gives ample support to the statement why Aircel launches Facebook on SMS Service.
COA has informed that the number of GSM subscribers has increased by about 14 million in the month of March and April. Now the total number of customers has touched to 421 million in the country. These two months have been added huge number of customers in India.
The American Information Technology company Hewlett Packard (HP) has received a contract from the major telecom firm of the country, Aircel. Now Hewlett Packard will be managing the operations of the firm. This has been informed by the HP officials.
Aircel has decided to drop Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni from its INQ endorsement. This was due to the fact that Dhoni was found endorsing mobile handsets from two different brands at the same time.
Dhoni is now endorsing another mobile handset brand named Maxx Mobile. The British mobile company INQ has partnered Aircel. The handset is basically popular for its social networking features.
According to Aircel, as Dhoni is the brand ambassador for Aircel, he can endorse all products and services for the company.
Aircel has announced that it will participate in the auctioning of spectrum for 3G mobile services.
Aircel is considered to be one of the leading telecom providers in India. Maxis Communications of Malaysia holds a majority stake in the company.
According to the Department of Telecom, the auctioning of 3G spectrums will begin on April 9. The operators have to submit their forms for the bidding process by March 19.
The reserve price for the 3G spectrum for across India has been fixed at Rs. 3,500 crore by the government.
The telecom company Aircel has launched a new device Aircel Peek. If you go by the look, it looks like a blackberry handset or other QWERTY phones available in the market. But actually these Aircel Peek devices help you access your emails. Surprisingly, in today's time when everybody is talking about technology convergence and one-device-for-all solutions, Aircel Peek comes as an exception. The device doesn't facilitate any voice services or any other data services except email.
GTL Infrastructure has acquired Aircel Cellular tower business for Rs 8,400 crore. The all cash deal will see GTL acquire 17,500 telecom towers from the company.
GTL is to raise the money through a mix of debt and equity. Manoj Tirodkar, Chairman of the company said “This is the largest all-cash asset purchase transaction in Indian corporate history. We expect to fund this transaction through fresh equity of Rs 3,400 crore; this could go up to Rs 4,000 crore if required. The balance 5,000 crore will come through debt funded by a consortium of banks syndicated by SBI Caps.”
GTL Infrastructure is set to buy all the 17,500 cellular transmission towers of Aircel in a deal worth close to $1.8 billion, according to sources.
After the deal, the joined entity will become one of India’s largest third-party mobile tower companies with 33,000 telecom towers. Bharti Infratel, Crown Castle and Tata-Quippo had all expressed interest in the deal, but GTL managed to get ahead.
Aircel is expected to use the funds for expansion throughout India and bid for 3G license.
The announcement is expected tomorrow as GTL indicated to the BSE that its board is about to meet to discuss opportunities of ‘strategic acquisitions and investments’. The firm is also believed to be in talks with various banks to arrange funds for the deal.
Telecom operator Aircel, a unit of Malaysia's Maxis announced that it has entered into an agreement with Infosys Technologies to launch mobile application store in the country.
Infosys, the second largest software exporter by revenue will implement its new platform called FLYPP for the Aircel store. Launched in December FLYPP can be used by mobile operators to offer a wide range of applications. Infosys Chief Operating Officer SD Shibulal expressed that the company is also in talks with other players in the sector for the platform.
Unlisted telecom operator Aircel has entered into a 10-year tower-sharing agreement with state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL).
Aircel, which currently has about 32,000 base stations, will now have access to approximately 45,000 BSNL towers across all its circles. However, the financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
Aircel, which is a part of Malaysia's Maxis Communications, has a subscriber base of over 24 million users till date. The company is present in 18 telecom circles and has license for a pan-India roll out.
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