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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The Indian telecoms market continued its pattern of instability through April, with the number of wireless subscribers in India decreasing month on month, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
India’s Telecom Commission has endorsed plans to allow foreign firms to wholly own mobile operators in the country. Currently, the level of foreign direct investment (FDI) permitted in operators stands at 74 per cent, but it could soon be increased subject to Cabinet approval.
Infrastructure vendor NSN is locked in dispute with staff at its factory in Chennai, India. Staff at the plant have been on strike since 7 June 2013, according to local reports.
UK operator group Vodafone has not paid any corporate tax in the UK for the second year in a row, the firm revealed in its annual report. This is despite generating revenues of more than £5bn in its home market. The group paid over £2.5bn in corporate tax in other countries and £882m in other UK taxes and contributions.
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.
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.
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.
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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.