The GSM subscriber base of leading telecom operators in the country reached 773.92 million in March-end, with telecom major Airtel adding maximum number of customers, according to COAI. “Total number of GSM subscriber as of March 2015 reached 773.92 million. The GSM subscriber base increased by 5.23 million in March 2015,” the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) data showed on Tuesday. The report includes subscriber details of seven companies Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel, Telenor, Videocon and MTNL. BSNL, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications, who also provide GSM technology-based services, are not part of the report.

[via India Telecom News]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }

The total telephone subscriber base in the country rose marginally in February to 1.0518 billion on the back of growth in wireless users even as wireline base continues to decline. The overall telephone subscriber base stood at 1.0432 billion at the end of January, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said on Tuesday. “Total wireless subscriber base increased from 101.79 crores at the end of January-16 to 102.66 crores at the end of February-16, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.85 percent,” it said. The wireline subscriber base though declined to 252 million at the end of February from 253 million in the previous month. “BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, held 72.54 percent of the wireline market share,” Trai said.

[via India Telecom News]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }

The total number of Internet subscribers in India is 302 million, according to the Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report 2015. Of this, 94% access Internet on their mobile devices, while only 6% use a wired broadband connection. The Delhi telecom circle recorded the highest teledensity with 221 connections per 100 people, while states such as Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab registered teledensity at more than one mobile connection per person. Bihar, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir registered teledensity less than 60 connections per 100 people. According to the government of India Census 2011, the overall broadband Internet density in India is only 3.1%—Chandigarh has the highest (18.36%) followed by Delhi (17.14%) and Goa (11.95%). Source

[via India Telecom News]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }

All mobile handsets sold in India from January 2017 will have to feature a panic button that will allow women in distress to seek help. In addition, from January 2018, all mobile phones must have an inbuilt GPS to identify the handset user’s location, according to a notification of the Department of Telecommunications. “Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women,” communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018, mobile sets should have inbuilt GPS.” Source

[via India Telecom News]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }

The Indian telecom and allied services industry is expected to generate, directly and indirectly, over 10 lakh jobs in the next three years, even as the hiring activity in the sector will grow 20% this year, according to India Skills Report 2016. The India Skills Report 2016 is a result of a joint initiative of PeopleStrong, Wheebox, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry, LinkedIn and Association of Indian University(AIU). In year 2015, the report said that the telecom & allied services did not show any positive sentiment, and was one of the lowest among hiring sectors. Source

[via India Telecom News]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }

India presents a “really great opportunity” for Apple, but slow networks and the informal retail structure there is preventing the them from realising its full potential according to CEO Tim Cook. As the company’s revenues plunged for the first time in 13 years, Cook said, India is the third-largest smartphone market in the world, it is dominated by “low-end” smartphones primarily because of the network and the economics due to which “the market potential has not been as great there.” Cook, addressing analysts in a conference call after the company posted decline in revenues for the first time in 13 years, said while India presents a “really great opportunity” for the company, slow networks and the informal retail structure across the country is holding the company back from realising its full potential. Source

[via India Telecom News]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }

Spectrum is the life-blood of a telecom operator – it’s literally a range of electromagnetic waves, and when we talk about telecom spectrum, we’re talking about the frequencies that are used to transmit sound and data across the country to our phones. Every telecom operator has been assigned certain portions of spectrum to use in India, through auctions and administrative allocations. Essentially, you have spectrum “bands”, and frequencies around a particular band are then auctioned off. The allotment of spectrum is either paired or unpaired. In case of paired spectrum, different sets of frequencies are allocated for uplink and downlink. For example in case of 900MHz spectrum, the DoT allocated frequencies between 890MHz – 915Mhz for uplink, and between 935MHz – 960Mhz for downlink in each circle. Source

[via India Telecom News]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }

The Telecom Commission on Saturday decided to go ahead with the sector regulator’s recommendations base price for all spectrum, including 700 MHz band airwave, in the upcoming auction, according to an official source. Going by the base price recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), and the quantum that will be auctioned, the mop-up expected to be some Rs 560,000 crore, or a whopping $83 billion, payable over the tenure of the contract. In the Delhi circle, Trai has recommended Rs 1,595 crore for 700 MHz band, Rs 848 crore for 800 MHz, Rs 673 crore for 900 MHz, Rs 399 crore for 1,800 MHz, Rs 554 crore for 2,100 MHz, and Rs 143 crore for 2,300 MHz and 2,500 MHz. Source

[via India Telecom News]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }

Hoping to reduce call drop menace substantially, the Telecom Ministry is likely to accept the suggestions of the Telecom Commission (TC) in total, especially the one to make winning bidders of spectrum auction pay upfront 50 per cent of final bid amount for higher bands of spectrum, a senior official in the Telecom Ministry told Express. This is aimed at pushing the operators to invest more in spectrum used for voice, where the upfront payment is only 25% of the winning bid price. “Additional spectrum necessary for voice will be available for operators, it is for them to bid and win it, if they are concerned about the consumers,” a senior Telecom Commission member said. Source

[via India Telecom News]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }

Well, let us begin with some common experiences that almost every one of us has been through. How many times you forgot to take your umbrella or just catch the umbrella when getting off the bus? Yes, we all forget umbrella when the rain stops and we also forget umbrella sometimes even though there is

[via WirelessDuniya]

Follow us @wirelessheat – lists / @sectorheat

{ 0 comments }