Indian regional operator Sistema Shyam TeleServices has shut down its operations in ten of the country’s telecom circles. The firm said that the decision was made based on “several factors” including spectrum pricing and the levels of competition in those markets.
Indian operator Tata Communications has launched a service offering international HD voice call termination to mobile operators that have launched HD voice in their domestic markets. Figures from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association show that HD voice had been launched by 61 operators in 45 countries by the end of January this year.
Over the next two years Indian operators plan to invest a significantly lower proportion of their revenues than their Chinese, Indonesian and Philippine counterparts according to financial ratings agency Fitch Ratings.
Norwegian operator group Telenor will cease operating in Mumbai, after being told by India’s Supreme Court to shut down its operations in the city. The operator’s Indian subsidiary, Uninor, will lose around 1.84 million customers as a result.
Last week Indian operator Reliance Communications announced a $1bn eight-year managed services deal with Ericsson, transferring network operations and management to Ericsson in Northern and Western states of India.
This follows hot on the heels of a parallel $1bn eight-year managed services contract announced in January with Alcatel-Lucent, transferring network operations and management to Alcatel-Lucent in Southern and Eastern states of India.
Indian operator Reliance Communications has signed an eight-year managed services deal with Swedish vendor Ericsson worth $1bn that will see Ericsson assume responsibility for the operator’s fixed and wireless networks in North and West India. Reliance signed a similar deal with Alcatel Lucent—also believed to be worth $1bn—covering East and South India in January.
Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music is delivering a keynote on Day Two of the Broadband Asia 2013 conference, taking place on the 9th-10th April 2013 in Hong Kong. Ahead of the show, as well as his views on the potential of LTE in India, we find about his his favourite gadgets, what he does in his spare time and what gets him out of bed in the morning.
Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed a $1bn-plus managed services deal with Indian operator Reliance Communications. The vendor will provide end-to-end network managed services to the operator in Eastern and Southern India until 2020.
A consultant involved in previous spectrum auctions in India has labelled India’s spectrum policy “a complete shambles”.
The handset business of web giant Google has taken a further step towards reducing its presence in India after shutting down Motorola Mobility’s Indian website. The move follows an announcement made by the firm in August, when it said it will shrink its operations in India and lay off 4,000 employees in Asia as part of its restructuring efforts.
India’s government has begun the re-auction of its 2G GSM spectrum licences in the 1800MHz spectrum band. In February this year, the country’s Supreme Court cancelled 122 licences that had been allocated in 2008 amidst allegations of corruption.
Indian bank ICICI Bank has partnered with Vodafone to launch M-Pesa, the mobile payment service, in India before the end of the year.
Indian bank ICICI Bank has partnered with Vodafone to launch the M-Pesa mobile payment service in India before the end of the year. The service will be provided by Vodafone India through its subsidiary Mobile Commerce Solutions. Under the M-Pesa brand, MCS will provide a mobile wallet service, while ICICI Bank will provide the mobile money account.
India’s Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has announced that it will impose a charge on operators holding what it considers to be excess amounts of radio spectrum.
Norwegian operator group Telenor has reached an agreement with Indian partner Unitech to settle all disputes regarding their failed joint venture in India, Uninor. Unitech has agreed to dispose of its shareholding in Uninor for a nominal amount.