Vodafone India Plc and Idea Cellular India have announced the completion of the merger. Post the merger, the top-level management will see a shakeup and the two telcos will join hands to take on the rising popularity of Reliance Jio. Mr Kumar Mangalam Birla will be the Non-Executive Chairman of the merged Company. The new CEO will be Balesh Sharma, the current Vodafone COO.
Vodafone Group Chief Executive, Vittorio Colao, and Aditya Birla Group Chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla have said:
We are pleased to announce the proposed management team for the new company to be created through the merger of Vodafone India and Idea. The team has extensive operational experience and [...]
Major telcos in India are future proofing their networks by working on the next big thing in the telecom industry, 5G. We had earlier reported that the government of India wants to be a big player in the 5G industry and take adequate steps earlier on in order to not fall behind in the 5G race. Now, major telcos like Airtel, Relieance Jio and more are preparing to introduce massive MIMO technology into their respective networks. The 5G technology is expected to be rolled out by 2020 and the massive MIMO technology is considered to be a key component in enabling 5G.
Massive MIMO, or massive multiple input multiple output, increases capacity of a base station by five to seven [...]
On the 3rd of July, telecom companies around India launched the National Mobile Number Portability (NMNP). This means that you can now move from one city to another and still retain your mobile number. While many may be aware of this already, we decided to provide a step-by-step guide for those who may not know the proper procedure to port their number and a few things to keep in mind before doing so.Step 1 : Generate An Eight-Digit Unique Porting Code
The first thing you have to do is generate an eight-digit Unique Porting Code by sending “PORT <10-digit mobile number>” to 1900. You will then receive [...]
Idea Cellular has announced an investment of Rs. 550 crores in Uttar Pradesh over the next two years. Hoping for support from Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, the third biggest telecom company has decided to increase its investment from the current Rs.4,400 rupees.
Idea Cellular’s Managing Director Himanshu Kapania says, “Out of the total investment of Rs. 42,000 crores that Idea has made across the country, 11 percent of the investment has come to UP”. Stats further show that the telecom operator is present in about 82% cities of the state. It now plans to increase its consumers to 95%.
After Vodafone slashed down their roaming rates, leading telecom operators followed suit, including Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communication. All of the operators lowered their roaming rates up to 75% after TRAI cut off the maximum ceiling tariff. Roaming call rates will be cheaper by 40% and SMS by 75%. The above is effective immediately.
For Airtel, incoming rates have been reduced by 40% and outgoing inter-circle calls will be lowered by 23%. Outgoing local call rates will be decreased by 20%, and it reduced local SMS rate by 75%. Outgoing inter-circle SMS rate has been cut by up to 74%.
If you are living in Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata and are a subscriber of either of the two largest mobile service providers, Vodafone and Airtel, there might be trouble brewing ahead for you. Mobile telephony may get disrupted the coming month in these cities because of the delay in spectrum allocation.
In February this year, the spectrum allocation bid took place. All major service providers got their share. But the government allotted the airwaves just this month. This might cause a lot of trouble especially for the subscribers of Vodafone and Airtel, whose spectrum expires in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata by the end of next [...]
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in a move to calm worried telecom firms reeling under huge losses, has said on Monday that the current tariffs are not objectionably high and are good for competitive environment.
The major issue on the mind of the TRAi being the deactivation of inactive mobile connections, TRAI said that the recommendations for the same should be finalized by March.
[quote]The mobile tariffs are competitive. We could not find that tariffs have been in any objectionable territory, In normal course, it (the recommendations) should take one-and-a-half-month more from now,”Rajeev Agarwal, secretary,TRAI [/quote]
According to the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), India’s GSM subscriber base is now at 671.95 million, after major players like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea Cellular, lost roughly 5.1 million subscribers in the month of August, 2012. It is estimated that the total GSM subscriber base in India declined by 7.1 million in the same period.
Bharti Airtel, which currently holds a 27.82 percent market share, lost 1.90 million subscribers in August, bringing its total subscriber base to 186.9 million. Idea Cellular lost 1.64 million subscribers in the same period, placing its subscriber base at 115.97 [...]
PC vendor Lenovo has announced the launchof IdeaCentre A720, billed the world’s slimmest all-in-one at a price of Rs 89,000. The USP of this PC, which is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, is its thin, frameless display.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 boats of a 10-finger multi-touch screen that folds down for interactive tabletop games. It is packed with entertainment features—like Lenovo High-Sense (720p HD) webcam and Lenovo IdeaTouch, a suite of touch-optimised applications and games.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is powered by NVIDIA® GeForce® graphic engine and apart from coming alongwith Windows 7 Home Premium, it is also Windows [...]
After selling over 1 lakh units of its previous models of 3G phones, from the “What an idea sirji” campaign, Aditya Birla group led Idea launched a new dual-sim (GSM+GSM) 3G device, the ID-918 made by Alcatel in China priced at Rs 5,994.
It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features include FM Radio, 150 MB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD (2GB card included), 512 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM and a 1300 mAh battery.
Along with the handset, Idea is also offering benefits worth Rs 2,340 apart from a 2 GB data per month for three months [...]
HTC has been awarded eight design awards for its creations including the IDEA Gold Award .
The HTC Droid Incredible was given a Gold award, the HTC EVO 4G was recognized with a Silver award, and the HTC Legend garnered a Bronze award. The HTC Aria was also named a finalist in the communications tool category. Amongst others.
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