Telecom Sector

Two slots of spectrum can be auctioned, says telecom panel

Two slots of spectrum can be auctioned, says telecom panelA Department of Telecom panel studying Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's proposals for the 2G spectrum sale said that two slots of can be auctioned irrespective of what conditions are attached to the sale of airwave.

Telecom service providers have urged senior officials to increase the number of spectrum slots for auction as an auction of a single slot may lead to very high prices of spectrum, which may in turn may increase rates of telecom services or customers.

4G Stays A Data Only Service In The Indian Mkt; VoIP Is Yet To Come

4G Stays A Data Only Service In The Indian Mkt; VoIP Is Yet To Come4G, unlike 3G, does not provide Voice-based services via cellular networks but as Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP).

In the developed markets such as US and Sweden where 4G has been launched, it is offered as a data only package, incorporated with 3G packages for voice. In brief, a user who is logged on to a 4G network will be seamlessly shifted to a 3G network the moment he gets a voice call.

Verizon Wireless adds 734,000 new subscribers in first quarter

Verizon Wireless adds 734,000 new subscribers in first quarterUS telecom carrier, Verizon Wireless has sad that it has added about 734,000 subscribers in the first quarter to its network in the country.

The biggest largest cellphone service provider said that the figure is 16 percent lower than the same period previous year. Verizon recorded a profit of $1.7 billion for the quarter mainly due to revenues from bills that consumers pay for watching videos, surfing the internet or listen to the music through internet on their smartphones or tablets on the company's network.

CLB refers Telenor- Unitech dispute to arbitration

CLB refers Telenor- Unitech dispute to arbitrationThe Company Law Board (CLB) has referred the unfolding dispute between former partners, Norwegian telecom firm Telenor and India's Unitech, to arbitration on Thursday.

CLB forwarded the dispute over management control and transfer of assets of their joint venture, Uninor to arbitration as per the request of Unitech, which wanted the case to be moved to an arbitration panel.

Cellular industry to launch database preventing use of stolen smartphones

Cellular industry to launch database preventing use of stolen smartphonesThe cellular industry players are planning to launch a new nationwide database that is aimed at preventing people from using stolen smartphones.

Cellphone providers, police, regulators and legislators have come together to address the problem of increasing smartphone theft. The new nationwide database will be backed by a bill proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer and this will make it illegal to avoid the database.

Airtel launches 4G services in Kolkata, first in India

Airtel launches 4G services in Kolkata, first in IndiaKolkata, April 10 : Telecom major Bharti Airtel Tuesday launched broadband wireless access (BWA) services based on 4G technology here.

With this launch, the firm became the first player to launch the 4G service in India.

The high speed service was inaugurated here by union Communications Minister Kapil Sibal.

A successor to the 3G and 2G families, 4G is expected to be five times quicker than 3G services. It would offer services such as high-definition mobile TV and video conferencing.

Bharti Airtel shares fall after brokers cut price targets

Bharti Airtel shares fall after brokers cut price targetsTelecom service providers, Bharti Airtel's fell 2.4 percent on Thursday dropping further following a fall of 6.5 percent in the previous trading secession. The shares fell after broker houses cut their price target for the shares.

Bharti Airtel has reported a fall of 22 per cent to Rs 1,011 crore in the third quarter till December 2011. Credit Suisse said in a report that it has reduced its price target to Rs 330 from Rs 375 but maintained its rating at neutral.

Government to roll out new telecom policy by June 2012

The union telecom ministry has said that the new telecom policy will be rolled out by June next year.

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had announced the draft NTP 2011 in October and had said that the new policy would be ready after including comments within 2011. however, the ministry has said that the policy will take until June
2012 to be rolled out.

The new telecom policy will bring roaming-free environment with one-nation, one-tariff and may also allow nationwide number portability. The ministry noted that the number of telephone connections, including wireline and wireless connections, was recorded at 914.60 million as on October 31, 2011 compared to the target of 600 million at the end of March 2012.

AT&T takes a step back from T-Mobile takeover

AT&T takes a step back from T-Mobile takeover AT&T and T-Mobile's parent firm, Deutsche telecomte now appear more cautious about the proposed takeover of the T-mobile USA by AT&T.

The two firms announced that they have withdrawn an application with the Federal Communications Commission linked to the proposed merger of their cellular operations.

80 percent telecom equipment to be home-made by 2020: Sibal

80 percent telecom equipment to be home-made by 2020: SibalNew Delhi, Oct 10 - The draft of the National Telecom Policy 2011 Monday unveiled by Communications Minister Kapil Sibal seeks to boost domestic manufacturing of telecom equipment, aiming to meet 80 percent of the sector's demand by 2020.

"The aim is to promote domestic production of telecommunication equipment to meet 80 percent of Indian telecom sector demand through domestic manufacturing with a value addition of 65 percent by the year
2020," said Sibal while releasing the policy's draft here.

Free roaming, high broadband speeds in new telecom policy

Free roaming, high broadband speeds in new telecom policyNew Delhi, Oct 10 - The new telecom policy will bring cheer to consumers with the government Monday proposing to remove roaming charges for subscribers within the country, exponentially increasing broadband availability and speed and allowing for mobile numbers to be ported to any part of the country.

According to the draft of the New Telecom Policy unveiled by Communications Minister Kapil, roaming charges will be done away with and users will be allowed to port their mobile numbers, keeping the same number, even while switching service areas.

BT changes broadband advertisement after Virgin’s complaint

BT changes broadband advertisement after Virgin’s complaint British Telecom (BT) had to change one of the advertisements for its broadband services after rival; Virgin Media filed complaints against the advertisements.

Two complaints by Virgin Media against BT advertisement for its Infinity internet product were upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK. Virgin claimed that the words used in the advertisement did not represent the product and its availability. Meanwhile the ASA did not agree to a third complaint by Virgin against another BT advertisement.

uSwitch report is based on outdated data, says BT

uSwitch report is based on outdated data, says BT The British Telecom (BT) has said that the latest uSwitch report outlining the 50 slowest broadband streets in the UK is based on out dated data.

The uSwitch report claimed that Mount Pleasant in the Suffolk town of Halesworth has reported the slowest broadband speed in the UK. The report added that the recorded an average download speed of just 0.128Mbps, which is
37 times than the UK average of 6.8Mbps.

uSwitch names street with slowest broadband in the UK

uSwitch names street with slowest broadband in the UKIn a new study, the comparison website, uSwitch has found that the Mount Pleasant in the Suffolk town of Halesworth has reported the slowest broadband speed in the UK.

The street recorded an average download speed of just 0.128Mbps, which is 37 times than the UK average of 6.8Mbps. Some parts of Lowestoft, Halesworth and Lakenheath also features on the list of 50 places with slowest broadband connections.

Optus will warn customers about huge international roaming charges

Optus will warn customers about huge international roaming charges Australian telecom carrier, Optus is planning start warning its customers through an SMS message when their bills due to international data uses rise substantially.

The carrier will send an SMS to customers subscribed to monthly billing plans when they download data on an overseas network, warning them of high charges of data usage. The message will urge customers to disable data roaming or avoid using while on international networks to avoid additional charges.

BT to offer free Wi-fi accesses in British Pubs

BT to offer free Wi-fi accesses in British Pubs Telecom player, British Telecom is planning to offer fast Wi-Fi connection in about 100 bars and pubs in London allowing visitors to enjoy fast connectivity with a cool drink.

BT has entered into a partnership with Heineken to offer wireless internet to another 200 pubs across the UK by the end of next year. With the move, the total number of BT's hotspots will rise to over three million. The Heineken Hub will also provide access to exclusive content from the Independent and new newspaper I.

Bharti Airtel's quarterly net profit drops

Bharti Airtel's quarterly net profit dropsMumbai, Aug 3 : Telecom major Bharti Airtel Wednesday reported a 25.8 percent fall in its net profit at Rs. 1,432.3 crore for the quarter ended June 30, according to Indian accounting standards.

The company posted a net profit of Rs. 1,930.9 crore in the previous corresponding period.

Net sales of the company, however, rose to Rs. 10,180 crore during the period under review, up from Rs. 9,323.7 crore it logged in the April-June quarter of 2010, according to a regulatory filing by the firm.

Indigenous Brands Lead in Indian Market

According to a new index released by TLG Communications, indigenous brands in India are leading the country as “Thought Leaders” and are outperforming many “western” mega brands, such as Apple.

The index, which was launched by TLG in partnership with international research consultancy firm GlobeScan, found that IT giant Infosys and software conglomerate Tata claimed the top 2 positions because they were widely perceived as corporate brands with the power to change the attitudes and behavior of consumers, employees and politicians.

According to the index, having this power defined companies as "Thought Leaders".

Hacker claims hacking into Sony Europe Website

Hacker claims hacking into Sony Europe WebsiteJapanese electronics major, Sony has said on Monday that the website of its Europe has been hacked but no data has been stolen by the attackers.

The company said that unauthorized access to Sony Europe Ltd.'s website for professional broadcasting equipment happened on Saturday. It said that the hacker took customer support contact details from the website, which was already available for everyone to view.

United Nations described internet access as a human right

United Nations described internet access as a human rightWorld body, the United Nations today said in a new report that access to internet is basic human right for people around the world.

"Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states," said the report from Frank La Rue, , a "special rapporteur" for the UN's Human Rights Council.

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