Jio tops 4G download speed chart in July, BSNL fastest in 3G

Source: LiveMint.com, Aug 19, 2019

NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio continued its leadership position as the fastest mobile network with an average download speed of 21 Megabits (Mbps) per second in July, while Vodafone topped the chart in terms of upload speed, as per the recent data published by sector regulator Trai.

After registering a dip in 4G download speed at 17.6 Mbps in June, Jio’s network recorded improvement in speed at 21 Mbps.

According to the speed chart published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Airtel network recorded an average download speed of 8.8 Mbps, Vodafone had 7.7 Mbps average download speed, while Idea Cellular had 6.6 Mbps. Read the rest of this entry »

India smartphone shipment up 10 pct to 36.9 million in Q2 2019, says research firm

Source: Financial Express, Aug 13, 2019

Smartphone shipment in India registered 9.9 per cent year-on-year growth to 36.9 million units in the June 2019 quarter and the market is expected to continue its growth trajectory in the second half of the year, according to research firm IDC.

About 33.5 million units were shipped in the April-June quarter last year. The shipment was also higher by 14.8 per cent sequentially in the June 2019 quarter, IDC said.

Xiaomi led the tally with 28.3 per cent market share, followed by Samsung (25.3 per cent), vivo (15.1 per cent), Oppo (9.7 per cent) and Realme (7.7 per cent). Read the rest of this entry »

Reliance-Microsoft cloud tie-up could spell doom for Amazon, Google in India

Source: LiveMint.com, Aug 13, 2019

Mumbai/Colombo: Reliance Industries Ltd on Monday announced a partnership with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, in a move that deepens the offerings of its Jio telecoms unit while posing a direct challenge to rival cloud services providers such as Amazon.com and Alphabet’s Google.

As part of the 10-year alliance, Jio will build data centres across India that will be hosted on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani told shareholders at the company annual shareholders’ meeting.

“We now have the capability to develop truly India-native solutions, including speech recognition and natural language understanding for all major Indian languages and dialects,” said Ambani, Asia’s richest man with a net worth of $46.2 billion according to Forbes. Read the rest of this entry »

Reliance Jio Fibre launch on Sept 5, plans start at Rs 700 per month

Source: Business Standard, Aug 13, 2019

Mumbai: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani on Monday announced the roll-out of ‘Jio Fiber’ from September 5, promising free voice calls for life from landlines, 100 mbps minimum broadband speed at subscription starting from Rs 700 a month and free HD TV set on a commitment to an annual plan.

Speaking at the 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), Reliance Industries’ Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said Jio will also offer unlimited international calling pack from its landlines to the US and Canada at Rs 500 a month, and that default tariff plans will be one-fifth to one-tenth of existing market tariffs.

“…voice calls from home to any Indian operator – mobile or fixed – will be absolutely free forever. On fixed-line international voice calling, we are today ending the era of high international calling rates on landline by announcing the lowest fixed line rates for international calling…,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Doordarshan, telcos lock horns over niche 5G spectrum band

Source: LiveMint.com, Aug 11, 2019

NEW DELHI: India’s telecom operators and Doordarshan have locked horns over a premium band of spectrum that the public broadcaster wants to retain for telecasting directly to phones, but the telcos feel can be put to better use in 5G telecommunications.

India, which has already marked out the 3.3-3.6GHz band for 5G services, is trying to identify more spectrum bands for the same, and has zeroed in on the 470-698 MHz band.

However, the state broadcaster currently beams television channels to smartphones and laptops over this spectrum in 16 cities with its Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) transmitters. The DTT service was started in 2016, and Doordarshan is keen on expanding it to 630 locations. Read the rest of this entry »

DoT plans sops to push mobile connectivity in all villages by 2020

Source: LiveMint.com, Aug 06, 2019

NEW DELHI: Every Indian village without mobile connectivity is likely to get connections in a year from now, if a new incentive model devised by the department of telecommunications (DoT) works out.

Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have teamed up with DoT to reach the last 43,000 villages without cellular services, Cellular Operators Association of India director general Rajan Mathews said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants these villages connected within a year, Mathews said, along the lines of the last-mile connectivity achieved for cooking gas and electricity supply.

“Telcos didn’t go there earlier because the commercials don’t work. DoT is now coming up with a model where they will give 100% subsidy (for capital expenditure). Basically, the government will pay for it and telcos will set up the network and operate it,” Mathews added. Read the rest of this entry »

Reliance Jio set to become India’s No. 1 telecom player by revenue

Source: LiveMint.com, Jul 31, 2019

Bharti Airtel Ltd, which was India’s largest operator till a year ago, will announce its June quarter earnings on Thursday, but the day will be more significant for its arch rival Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, which is expected to be crowned the number one telco.

With Bharti’s revenue unlikely to exceed that of Reliance Jio, India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani will have achieved a rare feat with his telecom company grabbing the top spot in the market in less than three years of starting operations.

Last week, Jio, for the first time, surpassed Vodafone Idea Ltd in terms of operating revenue. Despite more subscribers, Vodafone Idea, which posted revenue of ₹11,269.9 crore in the June quarter, lagged behind Reliance Jio’s ₹11,679 crore. Read the rest of this entry »