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Nokia Networks bags Bharti Airtel 3G contract

A Nokia Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 base station

Nokia Networks has announced it has bagged a 3G contract form Bharti Airtel in Mumbai, west Bengal and Bihar, which according to the Finnish infrastructure provider marks India’s first dual band, dual carrier 3G implementation.

First Firefox device launches in India

The Intex Cloud FX

Indian electronics manufacturer and retailer Intex Technologies has introduced the country’s first Firefox OS-powered device, which it also claims is India’s lowest priced smartphone at Rs1999 (€25).

Bharti Airtel reaches 300m users

Bharti Airtel has grown to 300m users

Emerging markets specialist operator Bharti Airtel said this week that it has crossed the 300 million customer mark across its operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Its customer base consists of mobile, fixed line & DSL, and DTH users.

India proposes spectrum sharing rules

India has finally proposed spectrum sharing

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has finally released much-awaited guidelines on the sharing of radio frequencies in all bands, allowing carriers to make optimal use of spectrum.

Bharti Airtel offloads manufacturing operation to Brightstar

The move gives Brightstar a presence in India

Indian operator group Bharti Airtel on Tuesday sold its majority stake in local manufacturing and distribution operation Beetel to US-based wireless logistics and distribution firm Brightstar for an undisclosed sum.

Reliance forges Indian 3G roaming deal

Reliance will offer national roaming

Indian operators Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Aircel this week announced a three way inter-circle roaming partnership to offer pan-Indian 3G services to their customers.

NTT Docomo to sell Indian stake

NTT Docomo has put its stake in Indian operator Tata Teleservices up for sale

Japanese operator NTT Docomo has put its stake in Indian operator Tata Teleservices up for sale. The Japanese firm has a 26.5 per cent stake in the Indian operator, which it acquired in 2009. But Docomo intends to sell its stake back to its JV partner Tata Group.

Piramal sells stake in Vodafone India

The sale represents a 50 per cent return for Piranal.

Indian conglomerate Piramal Industries has sold its 11 per cent stake in Vodafone’s Indian operation for almost $1.5bn, generating a 50 per cent return on an investment made during the 2012 financial year. The stake was sold to Prime Metals Ltd, an indirect subsidiary of Vodafone Group, Piramal said.

India’s Reliance Jio signs a further tower sharing agreement

Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a tower sharing agreement with local passive network infrastructure provider Viom Networks

Indian operator Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a tower sharing agreement with local passive network infrastructure provider Viom Networks. The agreement follows a similar agreement Reliance Jio signed with local infrastructure provider Bharti Infratel earlier this month for its pan India operation.

Reliance Jio signs tower sharing deal with Bharti Infratel

Reliance Jio has signed an agreement with Indian telecom tower infrastructure provider Bharti Infratel

Indian operator Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a tower sharing agreement with local infrastructure provider Bharti Infratel across the country.

Bharti Airtel to acquire Loop Mobile

Bharti Airtel has announced plans to acquire regional player Loop Mobile for an undisclosed amount

Indian operator group Bharti Airtel has announced plans to acquire regional player Loop Mobile for an undisclosed amount. The group said that Loop Mobile’s three million subscribers and 2,500 cell sites in Mumbai will add to its own four million subscriber base and its 2G and 3G network with 4,000 cell sites in the city.

Vodafone spends £1.9bn on Indian 4G spectrum

Vodafone will use some of the spectrum for 4G services

Vodafone India said Friday it has spent £1.9bn (INR19,645 crores) on spectrum licenses for 11 circles in the country.

Bharti Airtel income grows 115%

Bharti Airtel has seen its net income rise by 115 per cent year on year for its third quarter

Indian operator Bharti Airtel has seen its net income rise by 115 per cent year on year for its fiscal third quarter, ending December 31st 2013. Consolidated revenue also rose by 13.3 per cent to reach INR219,390m ($3.51bn).

Aircel calls on ZTE for LTE deployment

Airtel and Reliance Jio have announced an infrastructure sharing agreement

Indian carrier Aircel has tapped ZTE to deploy an LTE network in Chennai, Rest of Tamil Nadu (RoTN) and several other business critical circles in the country. ZTE recently completed the migration of Aircel’s data services to an LTE evolved packet core in the Chennai and RoTN circles.

Bharti and Reliance Jio sign infrastructure sharing deal

Airtel and Reliance Jio have announced an infrastructure sharing agreement

Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have announced an infrastructure sharing agreement. The two will share their inter and intra city fibre networks, submarine cable networks, towers and internet broadband services. They added that they will also look for other such opportunities to share assets in the future.

Ericsson facing anti-competitive lawsuit in India

Ericsson is facing an investigation from the Indian Competition Commission for breaching the Indian Competition Act

Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson is facing an investigation from the Indian Competition Commission for breaching the Indian Competition Act. Local handset manufacturer Micromax has alleged that the vendor has demanded “unfair, discriminatory and exorbitant royalty” for its patents regarding GSM technology.

Uninor CEO resigns

Yogesh Malik has resigned as Uninor CEO

The CEO at Indian operator Uninor Yogesh Malik has resigned from his position citing personal reasons. Sigve Brekke, currently head of majority owner Telenor Group’s Asia operations, will also act interim CEO while the firm seeks Malik’s successor.

VP mobile broadband, Reliance Communications, India: “Devices are the most important lever to grow broadband penetration in India”

Manu Khera, vice president of mobile broadband at Reliance Communications, India

Manu Khera, vice president of mobile broadband at Reliance Communications, India is speaking on in the Mobile broadband track on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we get his insight into some of the key challenges in deploying broadband in India.

Singtel boosts Bharti Telecom holding

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Singaporean incumbent operator Singtel is to up its stake in India’s Bharti Telecom to 39.78 per cent, taking its effective interest in Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator, to 32.34 per cent.

Indian bank ICICI launches mobile payment

India’s ICICI Bank is to launch a mobile payments service built by Movida, the Indian joint venture between Visa and mobile money specialist firm Monetise, that will draw on the potential to reach unbanked customers in the country.

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