The combination of the Finnish and French companies could pose challenges for Ericsson in terms of a more complete product line across the mobile and fixed telecom gear segments.
Analysts at PwC expect India to see a spurt in Wi-Fi hotspots, driven by “the government’s smart cities and Digital India as well as private sector initiatives”.
India’s top three telcos – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular – have collectively committed 77% of the recent Rs 1.098 lakh crore auction proceeds.
Trai had recently cut interconnect charges to 14 paise a minute from 20 paise and dispensed with the fees for calls terminating and originating from landlines.
Subscribers in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP-East and UP-West are likely to be most affected by the expected telecom tariff increases.
“Bharti Airtel has acquired some 1600 sites (read: Node Bs) from ZTE, which will supply an additional 300-to-400 sites shortly for the Kolkata 3G network,” said Negi.
Sistema Shyam's decision to roll out Wi-Fi-based internet services nationally is, typically, aimed at boosting data revenues beyond its dongles business.
Full MNP would, typically, enable a user to retain the cellphone number even after relocating to a different city,
Spectrum sale: Telcos claim discrepancies on payment letters sent out by Department of Telecommunications
The inconsistencies were acknowledged by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), which said it was "well seized of the matter."
Reliance Jio has in the past entered into swap deals with other operators with DoT's approval to arrive at the most efficient configuration.
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