India’s federal auditor has suggested telecommunications licenses held by Reliance Industries Ltd. 500325.BY +1.25% be canceled because of irregularities in the way the company acquired them.India’s Comptroller and Auditor General in an initial report said Reliance should be forced to pay a fine and give up the wireless broadband bandwidth rights it acquired when it bought another company. The auditor said Reliance, which purchased Infotel Broadband Services in 2010 just hours after Infotel won the bidding in an auction of bandwidth in more than 20 markets across India, was bending the rules by acquiring the bandwidth through another company. Source

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The Department of Telecommunications is likely to accept the advice of top institutions to adopt the Chinese development model to unlock some Rs 17,000 crore of central funds that have been proposed for encouraging innovation and boosting telecom product manufacturing. In an internal note, DoT has termed India’s contribution to global telecom intellectual property rights (IPRs) as “practically nil”. The faculty members of the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad have highlighted that “China has helped its local telecom companies generate a majority of the IPRs in new-gen technologies through proactive support to R&D and innovations since telecom technologies are IPR-driven”, it said in the note seen by ET. Source

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India’s telecom industry added 2.81 million subscribers in April, taking the total number to 935.81 million on the back of growing number of urban and rural mobile connections, latest data from telecom regulator Trai shows. “The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 933 million at the end of March, 2014 to 935.81 million at the end of April, 2014, thereby showing a monthly growth of 0.30 percent,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in its report on subscription data for April 2014.Subscribers in urban areas rose from 555.26 million in March, 2014 to 556.29 million in April, 2014, whereas those in rural areas increased from 377.73 million to 379.52 million during the same period. Source

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India’s telecom companies are hoping for clarity in regulatory matters and rationalization of taxes as the new government at the Centre settles down. The telecom industry has often complained about time-consuming procedures and delayed approvals by the department of telecommunications (DoT). New communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has promised to address these issues. DoT officials became overcautious after the procedures that led to the telecom spectrum scandal prompted criticism from the Comptroller and Auditor General and the courts, culminating in a 2 February 2012 Supreme Court verdict that cancelled 122 telecom licences issued in 2008. The court order said procedures followed in allotting licences and spectrum to nine companies were flawed. Source

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Here’s some good news for those concerned about radiations from telecom towers. The Centre has fixed the Electro-Magnetic Radiation (EMR) emission levels below 0.45w/m2, which is one-tenth of the norms (4.5w/m2) fixed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This way India ranks among the countries with lowest emission levels. This was disclosed at a press conference by Rajan S Mathews, director of Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), in the City on Monday.The conference was held to allay fears about EMR causing harm to public health.He said the government adopted the lowest norm considering the fact that Indian urban settings are not zone-wise and installations like schools and hospitals are spread across the geographies. Source

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US-based Syniverse Technologies helps telecom companies around the world to quickly react to market changes and demands, enabling the delivery of everything from voice calls to sophisticated data and video services wherever and whenever subscribers need them. In India, the company is at the back of the system that runs Mobile Number Portability and is looking to offer location-based services to telcos. Joe DiFonzo, Chief Technology Officer, Syniverse, was recently in India to inaugurate the company’s new office in Bangalore. Business Line met him to understand the global trends in the mobile segment and what Indian telcos can do to keep pace with the changing demands. How important is the Indian market for you? India is strategically very important. It’s the second largest mobile market in the world. And I think that overall, we have very good hopes that we will be able to develop a lot of business here. We already have a lot of business here — both with operator customers and with enterprise customers. and we will see both of those growing by leaps and bounds in the next few years in India. Source

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Telecom operators are likely to get enough spectrum across bands through auctions that the Government will conduct in 2014-15, according to the roadmap for future auctions, prepared by the Wireless Planning and Coordination wing of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). There will be 184MHz of spectrum in 900MHz band available for auction as 29 licences will be due for renewal in 18 telecom zones in 2015-16 and 104MHz airwaves will be available for auction in 2015-16. Source

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India is yet to realise the potential of mobile banking and digital financial services even as only 47 per cent of the people have bank accounts, half of which lie dormant due to heavy reliance on cash transactions, says a report. The Financial Inclusion Insights programme, operated by research consultancy InterMedia and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is based on interviews with 45,024 Indians aged 15 years and above. Source

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Watching a FIFA World Cup match on a 3G wireless connection can be hugely frustrating with freezes and reloads frequently interrupting the viewing experience. The answer to the painfully slow 2G/3G connections we have in India is to quickly leap frog to the new, cutting-edge fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology. It’s not about voice any longer but data, and the cry for high-speed mobile data services has been ringing around the globe for some years. In response, many countries have begun embracing 4G, specifically Long Term Evolution (LTE) which is a successor to 3G and offers data download speeds of 300 Mbps on mobile handsets and 1Mbps on fixed terminals. Source

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Online shopping portal Infibeam.com has recently added two giants from Samsung to their tablet store. You get to see Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 3G with 8 inch and 10 inch screens. Last we saw was Samsung Tab 3 and this new version begins from where the Tab3 left. New features and new advancements have made it much bigger than before. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 3G 10.1 is available for INR 34,640/- and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 3G 8 is available for INR 27,170/-. You can order for these tablets from Infibeam.com. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 3G 8 comes with an 8 inch Touch Screen that gives you a display resolution of 800×1200 pixels. It has been based on Android 4.4 KitKat OS and is powered by 1.5 GHz Quad Core Processor and 1GB RAM that gives you enhanced and speedy performance. This tab has various connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, USB & Headphones. You can easily connect & share files. It has a 3MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front camera that let take pictures and make video calls respectively. It runs on 4450mAh battery that gives you longer talk time and standby time. It also has 16GB Internal Memory and can be expanded up to 64GB via micro-SD card. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 3G 10 comes with 10.1 inch Touch Screen that gives you a display resolution of 800×1280 pixels. This tab has been based on Android 4.4 KitKat OS and is powered by 1.5 GHz Quad Core Processor and 1.5 GB RAM that helps to enhance the speed & performance of the tablet and allowing you to run apps with ease. This tab features many connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G, USB & Headphones. Connecting to your virtual world & sharing files get very easy. Like Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 3G 8 it has a 3MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front camera that let take pictures and make video calls respectively. It runs on 6800mAh battery that gives you longer talk time and standby time. It also has 16GB Internal Memory and can be expanded up to 64GB via micro-SD card. http://www.infibeam.com/tablets/samsung-galaxy-tab4-3g-8-0/P-poel-84147480522-cat-z.html http://www.infibeam.com/tablets/samsung-galaxy-tab4-3g-10-1/P-poel-73364827214-cat-z.html

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