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TRAI has asked for penal powers as telecom operators fail call drop test
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TRAI has asked for penal powers as telecom operators fail call drop test

Worried over worsening call drop menace, telecom regulator Trai today asked the government for powers to penalise mobile operators as most of them have failed to meet the quality benchmark in this regard.

3G, 4G market in India to increase to 300 million subscribers by March 2018: Report
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3G, 4G market in India to increase to 300 million subscribers by March 2018: Report

India’s 3G and 4G subscribers have tripled to 120 million in 24 months but as affordability increases, the market will expand to 300 million by March 2018, a recent report by independent brokerage and investment group CLSA said here.

Idea launches 4G service in North East
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Idea launches 4G service in North East

Telecom major Idea Cellular announced entry of its 4G LTE service in the North East, with the launch of the high-speed service here.

Idea chooses Ericsson to deploy its 4G/LTE network
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Idea chooses Ericsson to deploy its 4G/LTE network

Ericsson has been selected by Idea Cellular, the mobile services operator in India with over 170 million subscribers, to deploy a 4G/LTE network and to transform its existing 2G and 3G networks.

Vodafone launches 4G services in Bengaluru
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Vodafone launches 4G services in Bengaluru

The launch in Bengaluru marks completion of the first phase of roll out of Vodafone 4G services in Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Delhi and NCR and Mumbai.

Most telcos failed random call drop tests, finds TRAI
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Most telcos failed random call drop tests, finds TRAI

Most of the telecom operators, including state-run MTNL, failed random drive tests conducted by the regulator TRAI to check quality of their network and services as part of its efforts to rein in call drop menace.

Idea 4G LTE services launched in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Haryana
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Idea 4G LTE services launched in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Haryana

Idea Cellular announced the launch of its 4G LTE services across four more states in India namely Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.

Airtel, Idea, Reliance Jio against auction of 700MHz band for now
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Airtel, Idea, Reliance Jio against auction of 700MHz band for now

Leading telecom operators like Airtel and Idea have asked regulator Trai not to auction the premium 700 MHz band until enough devices are available for services that are to be provided through it.

4G enabled smartphone shipments surpassed 3G devices for the first time in October 2015: IDC
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4G enabled smartphone shipments surpassed 3G devices for the first time in October 2015: IDC

Samsung’s On5 and On7, Lenovo’s Vibe P1, Oneplus 2, Apple’s iPhone 6s are few of the many new models that incrementally contributed to the online volume in October 2015.

Aircel launches 3G in Chittoor
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Aircel launches 3G in Chittoor

Aircel has launched its 3G services in Chittoor and said it has also enhanced the speed of its 3G services in Tirupati and Nellore.

Bharti Airtel Q2 consol PAT jumps 10% to Rs 1,523 crore on robust data growth
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Bharti Airtel Q2 consol PAT jumps 10% to Rs 1,523 crore on robust data growth

Total revenue of the company rose 4.3 percent to Rs 23,836 crore for the reported period compared with Rs 22,845 crore last year

5G, $20 mn facility, new radio system: Key announcements from Ericsson for Indian market
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5G, $20 mn facility, new radio system: Key announcements from Ericsson for Indian market

Vestberg and his team are in India -- which is Ericsson's third largest market in terms of revenue -- to make some product announcements for the Indian market.

Bharti Airtel selects Ericsson for 4G rollout and 3G expansion
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Bharti Airtel selects Ericsson for 4G rollout and 3G expansion

The new agreement includes rollout of 3G services in both UMTS 2100 MHZ and UMTS 900MHz band (in three circles).

Airtel, Idea hike post-paid data tariffs by 20% in Delhi; Vodafone holds back
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Airtel, Idea hike post-paid data tariffs by 20% in Delhi; Vodafone holds back

In a bid to improve profitability, telcos have been cutting back on discounts and freebies

Vodafone India joins 4G race, to launch services by year end
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Vodafone India joins 4G race, to launch services by year end

Earlier this month, rival Bharti Airtel said it would expand its 4G coverage to nearly 300 towns in the coming weeks.

Big-bang roll-out: Bharti Airtel offers 4G services at 3G prices in 296 towns
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Big-bang roll-out: Bharti Airtel offers 4G services at 3G prices in 296 towns

Airtel also announced the launch of a new carrier agnostic mobile app 'Wynk Movies' that offers a library of thousands of movies and other popular videos.

Move over 4G: ITU defines 5G, data speed at 20Gbps, demo by 2018 Olympics!
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Move over 4G: ITU defines 5G, data speed at 20Gbps, demo by 2018 Olympics!

As India battles network call drops and slow data access, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has agreed on the definition of 5G telecommunication networks. What this means is while India is gearing up for the fourth, the world will be thinking of 5G services.

Line's Popcorn Buzz app: Users can group call up to 200 friends at once, for free
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Line's Popcorn Buzz app: Users can group call up to 200 friends at once, for free

LINE, the world’s leading life platform, announced the official Android launch of “Popcorn Buzz” yesterday. Popcorn Buzz by LINE is a free group call app that allows up to 200 participants to simultaneously talk to each other.

Idea hikes mobile data rates by up to 100% in Delhi
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Idea hikes mobile data rates by up to 100% in Delhi

Idea is the first telecom operator that has increased data tariffs after the March spectrum auction in which government received bids worth Rs 1.1 lakh crore.

Indian mobile data to grow 13-fold between 2014 to 2019; at double the growth rate of fixed IP: Cisco
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Indian mobile data to grow 13-fold between 2014 to 2019; at double the growth rate of fixed IP: Cisco

We all heard mobile was the next big thing in the internet world. Indian mobile data is about to witness growth and we're headed to a surge in data consumption.