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After Jio, Airtel wants to develop its own gear
News Analysis | 10/22/2020

India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, will develop its own technology across 5G, home broadband and IoT working with local and international firms.

India's Jio all set to launch $70 5G smartphone soon
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

India's only pure-play 4G service provider, Reliance Jio is planning to introduce a 5G smartphone below INR5,000 ($68) within a year, according to media reports.

Is 5G auction delay an advantage for Indian telcos?
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

COVID-19 delaying the 5G spectrum sale in India till 2021 may benefit Indian service providers looking for time to get their houses and networks in order.

Google in clash with Indian software startups
News Analysis | 10/6/2020

Internet giant is facing a backlash in one of the world's largest communities of startups over app store rules.

India's Airtel puts $13M in Security Intelligence Center
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Bharti Airtel launched the Security Intelligence Center with an investment of INR1000 million, and Airtel Secure, cybersecurity for enterprise customers.

India considers appealing Hague order in Vodafone tax row
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling retrospective tax laws unfairly penalized the telecoms giant, the Indian government may still appeal.

Indian telcos warm up to open RAN
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

Speaking at a virtual industry event, telco leaders expressed growing interest in open RAN but said the technology ecosystem must mature.

Ribbon's McClelland: 5G is one of our catalysts
CxO Spotlight | 9/17/2020

Bruce McClelland joined Ribbon weeks before the pandemic struck. His remit at the company? Do what he did for 20 years at Arris – grow it.

No new rules for OTTs, says Indian regulator
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) finds no need to regulate OTT platforms for now but suggests that could change in the future.

India's Airtel looks to beat Jio with cheap, homegrown 4G phones
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Bharti Airtel is in talks with domestic smartphone vendors including Karbonn, Lava and Micromax to develop an affordable 4G device aimed at 2G subscribers.

The case of the missing British open RAN plan
Morris Lore | 9/11/2020

As other countries look to national technology providers, the UK's lack of homegrown alternatives to Huawei is a concern.

India's Airtel awards FTTH deal to ITI
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

The deal is significant because it is a rare instance of a private telco working with a domestic state-owned vendor.

India's Vodafone Idea rebrands as 'Vi' for a fresh start
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

Three years after the merger between Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, Vodafone Idea has rebranded itself as 'Vi.'

Amazon, Verizon may invest in India's Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Sales talks resume after being put on hold because of uncertainty surrounding the Supreme Court's AGR judgment, which was delivered this week.

India's top court gives telcos ten years to clear AGR dues
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

India's supreme court rules that telcos have ten years to pay their Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues, a move that comes as a blow to Vodafone Idea in particular.

India's Jio looks to acquire firms to fire its 5G ambitions
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

India's Jio Platforms seeks to acquire or partner with domestic firms to develop competencies in building and manufacturing 5G products.

India unofficially bans Chinese vendors – reports
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

Media reports indicate that Indian government officials have directed the country's service providers to avoid using Chinese equipment. 

Axiata Group sells stake in India’s Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 8/21/2020

Uncertainty surrounding Vodafone Idea's future in the country seems to be the main reason for Axiata to exit the Indian market.

India's PLI scheme interests device makers – including Samsung
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

Indian government initiative to attract foreign firms sees 22 mobile device makers pledge $1.5 billion to set up in India, with Samsung mulling Vietnam switch.

Oracle latest TikTok suitor, as video app defends virtue
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

Oracle joins the race for ByteDance's TikTok social video app – as the company launches a site dedicated to rebutting President Trump's security allegations.

Facebook faces heat over hate speech in India
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

Facebook is in a tough spot in India following a report claiming it allowed hate speech on the platform from members of the ruling BJP.

India's Reliance wants to buy Bytedance’s TikTok – report
News Analysis | 8/13/2020

China's Bytedance and Reliance Industries are in talks over a possible buyout of Bytedance's TikTok app in India, according to media reports.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy
News Analysis | 8/12/2020

Accedian, AlefEdge, Altran, Mutable, Red Hat, SK Telecom, Vapor IO, Volterra and ZTE all make the cut for crafting compelling edge computing strategies for an exploding market.

India to approve 5G trials without Chinese vendors – report
News Analysis | 8/11/2020

India's department of telecommunications will reportedly approve 5G trial applications by service providers soon - but only with non-Chinese vendors.

Undersea cable brings optical fiber to India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands
News Analysis | 8/10/2020

Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 2,313km optical cable deployment by state-owned telco BSNL, bringing better connectivity to remote islands.

India's Airtel and AWS tie-up to take on Jio's cloud behemoth
News Analysis | 8/7/2020

Together, Airtel and AWS will sell a range of AWS products as part of Airtel Cloud, to enterprises large and small.

It looks like Trump is beating Huawei
DanoVision | 8/6/2020

Infinera's outgoing CEO described the situation as a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' for companies that compete against the Chinese vendor.

Jio's dream of a 2G-free India is a nightmare for telcos
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Reliance Jio Infocomm wants to move India's 2G subscribers to 4G – causing headaches for rival operators like Vodafone Idea and Airtel, and industrial IoT.

Hughes to plow $50M into OneWeb
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Hughes, a unit of EchoStar, will keep its hand in the low-Earth orbit satellite game by joining a consortium that's acquiring OneWeb out of bankruptcy.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei in Europe, towers and India
LRTV Documentaries | 7/28/2020

All the latest news, plus babygrows and repressed British emotion. What's not to like?

Jio winning great game of monopoly with India economy
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

Over $20 billion of investment by global tech giants like Google and Facebook fuel fears Jio's march to monopolize India's telecoms industry is unstoppable.

Eurobites: TalkTalk feeling chipper after June-July recovery
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: France goes easy on Huawei; Ericsson and Nokia could bear brunt of Beijing backlash; A1 Austria goes a-slicing.

Should India go for Wi-Fi 6 till 5G comes of age?
News Analysis | 6/22/2020

With India's 5G spectrum auction postponed till 2021, the commercial availability of the technology is at least 18-20 months away. Is the unlicensed 6GHz band for Wi-Fi the answer for the retail and enterprise markets?

India may bar state-owned telcos from using Chinese gear
News Analysis | 6/18/2020

The death of 20 Indian troops on the disputed border with China has sparked moves to ban state-owned telcos from using Chinese equipment.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: NEC, Balkanization and India
LRTV Documentaries | 6/9/2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a brief guest appearance on this week's pod. Sort of.

Eurobites: KKR plows $1B into European data center venture
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ekinops lands 10G deal; ARM launches new chip to boost Android processing power; COVID-19 strikes Nokia plant in Tamil Nadu.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia cozies up to Google via Noovle acquisition
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fanfare in the Nordics; Orange Money adds channels; AWS gives its blessing to Telefónica's cybersecurity arm.

After Facebook, Silver Lake invests $747M in India's Jio
News Analysis | 5/4/2020

The investment firm quickly follows Facebook into the Indian telecom market.

Dish's mystery partners probably won't bring the big bucks
DanoVision | 4/29/2020

Facebook is investing $5.7 billion into one of India's leading mobile network operators. Could Dish Network score the same kind of agreement with an Internet company for its 5G ambitions?

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Q1 numbers, India and open RAN
LRTV Documentaries | 4/28/2020

Via the soft-focus magic of Google Hangouts, the guys once more bring you your favorite podcast, in spite of everything.

ITU draws up emergency plans to tackle COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

UN Agency urges national telecommunications authorities to test effectiveness of disaster response plans.

India's RJio wants to develop its own 5G
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The disruptive Indian operator is now looking to seize the 5G technology initiative from the traditional vendor community.

Huawei, ZTE may face India exclusions after government move
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Feeling its companies do not get a fair deal in China, India's government has unveiled a new rule allowing it to restrict Chinese vendors.

Netflix's global sub base to expand to 325M by 2025 – analyst
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

OTT service expected to deliver strong subscriber growth in emerging, 'mobile first' markets, with the catch of much lower average revenues per user.

Nokia, Bharti Airtel expand partnership to offer private LTE, 5G
News Analysis | 2/18/2020

Nokia and India's Bharti Airtel are teaming up to sell LTE and 5G-based private wireless networks to enterprise customers in the country.

Why all the fuss about Disney+?
Column | 2/13/2020

Disney's shift to a more personalized, direct-to-consumer model isn't just about hauling in more video revenues as the traditional pay-TV industry struggles: it's about supercharging the rest of Disney's business.

MWC2020: AT&T, Cisco, Facebook and Sprint are latest to cancel
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

Find out about the latest companies to have announced they won't be at this year's Mobile World Congress.

CuriosityStream CEO: We're 'insulated' from studio content claw-back
CxO Spotlight | 2/3/2020

Streaming service focused on factual programming has more than 13 million subs, and is targeting 'hundreds of millions' as it pursues distribution deals around the globe, Clint Stinchcomb says.

Can Vodafone Idea survive in India?
News Analysis | 1/29/2020

Price rises and government help might not be enough to save the company.

Telcos Might Get Payment Breather in AGR Case in India
News Analysis | 1/22/2020

India's government seems prepared to listen to the country's ailing service providers, but the future remains bleak for one of them.

Time to Enter the Leading Lights Awards 2020!
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

Never mind the Oscars! The awards season is now properly underway with the launch of the Leading Lights 2020 program, so get cracking on your submission for Light Reading's annual awards before you get swallowed up by MWC madness.

CES 2020: Amazon lights up Fire TV for service providers, including Verizon
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

New operator-tailored version of Fire TV will bring competition to Google's Android TV Operator Tier as well as the cable industry-backed RDK platform.

Huawei, ZTE Get Green Light From Indian Authorities for 5G Trials
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

The Indian government has given the Chinese vendors a new year's gift.

India Set to Auction 5G Spectrum by April 2020
News Analysis | 12/23/2019

The Indian authorities are on course for a massive spectrum auction during the early months of 2020 but there's little appetite for it among the country's mobile operators.

Looking Back at 2019 in India: 5G Miss, AGR, Price Hikes & More
News Analysis | 12/13/2019

India's telecom sector has witnessed a year of major developments in 5G, pricing, competition and M&A activity.

RJio will gain most from India's tariff hike
News Analysis | 12/6/2019

India's youngest and most aggressive operator could be the main beneficiary of an increase in prices.

Hon Hai Eyes 5G Prize as It Tips $328M Into APT
News Analysis | 11/27/2019

The manufacturing giant is diversifying into 5G in a bid to become a technology services company.

Eurobites: Nokia Discontinues COO Role
News Analysis | 11/26/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2's Croatian deal comes under scrutiny; Orange takes its bank to Spain; TIM agrees €350 million EU loan to support 5G rollout.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: AT&T, India & 5G Races
LRTV Documentaries | 11/26/2019

Hangover? What hangover? This week the below-par podders put late-night carousing behind them to talk AT&T, India and 5G deals.

Indian telcos find some relief
News Analysis | 11/25/2019

Price rises and deferred spectrum payments should help operators that have been hit by a recent court ruling.

Indian Telecom Industry Still in a Tough Spot
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

India's government is working on a rescue package for its beleaguered service providers. That cannot come soon enough.

Vodafone Registers Slight Sales Growth as Debts & Losses Pile Up
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

Takeover activity, 5G investments and unfriendly Indians are weighing heavily on the UK-based operator's financial performance, but at least revenues inched up.

Vodafone Idea Readies NB-IoT Services in India
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

Vodafone Idea is the third major carrier in India to plan an NB-IoT network.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Smartphone Numbers, India & Fitbit
LRTV Documentaries | 11/5/2019

Under the pod spotlight this week: smartphone numbers; the Indian telecom soap opera; and Google's decision to buy Fitbit.

Vodafone denies plan to exit India
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

One of India's biggest operators has played down speculation it wants to quit the Indian market after service providers were hit with huge penalty payments by government authorities.

India court decision a massive blow for telcos
News Analysis | 10/29/2019

Indian authorities say telcos owe them another $13.9 billion in various fees. The bill could drive one player out of business.

India's Ailing BSNL & MTNL Get Revival Package
News Analysis | 10/24/2019

Indian authorities have promised a rescue package for the country's struggling state-backed operators.

Vodafone Idea plots cloud BSS future with Optiva
News Analysis | 10/22/2019

The Indian operator is trying out the BSS specialist's cloud-based charging system at its commercial operations in the Punjab as part of its back-office evolution strategy.

India's RJio Is Still Adding 10M Customers a Month
News Analysis | 10/21/2019

The Indian operator continues to record dramatic increases in subscriber numbers, but customers are spending less.

Netflix Pushes Past 158.3M Global Streaming Subs as New OTT Rivals Emerge
News Analysis | 10/16/2019

Netflix's Q3 numbers were in-line, but OTT video giant warns of 'some modest headwind' to near-term growth as a batch of new, major streaming services such as Disney+ and Apple TV+ near launch.

Chill Out! Netflix Is Fine, Analyst Says
The Bauminator | 10/14/2019

Concerns about new direct-to-consumer competition alongside pressure on Netflix's pricing power is misunderstood or overblown, contends LightShed Partners analyst Richard Greenfield.

India Opens 5G Door to Huawei at IMC
News Analysis | 10/14/2019

Authorities have allowed the controversial Chinese vendor to participate in demos at an industry event, suggesting it may be allowed into the country's 5G market.

For Trump's Attack Dogs, There's No Stopping Huawei
News Analysis | 10/4/2019

Most governments and operators have shown little inclination to heed US warnings about the consequences of using Chinese suppliers.

Facebook's TIP Is Desperate to Add Friends
News Analysis | 10/3/2019

Three and a half years after its birth, the Telecom Infra Project is trying to be more collaborative than confrontational.

Indian Telcos Want 5G Auction Postponed
News Analysis | 9/27/2019

India's debt-burdened operators are lobbying hard against plans for a 5G auction before the end of the year.

Airtel Plans NB-IoT Network in India
News Analysis | 9/24/2019

Airtel will follow rival Reliance Jio into the NB-IoT game.

RJio Set to Disrupt India's Wired Broadband Market
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

The operator that wreaked havoc in India's mobile market has now launched its fixed-line broadband service.

Even AT&T Can't Fly Solo to the Cloud
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

This week's Tech Mahindra partnership shows that even a Tier 1 behemoth like AT&T needs help moving to the cloud.

AT&T Hires Tech Mahindra for Cloud Move
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

Tech Mahindra will help AT&T migrate its back office applications to the cloud, building a business foundation for 5G.

Fresh Trouble for Huawei in India
News Analysis | 8/23/2019

A right-wing organization wants India's government to ban Huawei and promote indigenous firms.

Guavus Takes Jio's Big Data Challenge
The Philter | 8/22/2019

Jio's competitive market, fast growth and expanding customer base present some interesting machine learning and analytics challenges for Guavus, its newly announced analytics partner.

Vodafone Idea Swaps CEO Amid Reports of 'Turf War'
News Analysis | 8/20/2019

Indian operator speedily finds a replacement for Balesh Sharma, who has presided over a massive fall in the company's share price and the loss of millions of subscribers.

Reliance Jio Plans Major NB-IoT Launch in India in Jan. 2020
News Analysis | 8/15/2019

The operator plans to have at least a billion IoT devices operating on the network within 2 years.

RJio Vs Vodafone Idea: Who Will Rule India?
News Analysis | 8/13/2019

RJio has overtaken Bharti Airtel to become India's second-largest operator. Can it challenge Vodafone Idea for the top spot?

Reliance Jio & Microsoft Launch 'Comprehensive' 10-Year Cloud Team-Up
News Analysis | 8/13/2019

The telco giant and Microsoft are joining forces to bring cloud services to India, and Reliance Jio will also build data centers for Microsoft on that subcontinent.

Tough Times: SingTel, China Mobile, HKT Issue Weak Results
News Analysis | 8/8/2019

Some of Asia's biggest telcos have had a difficult start to 2019.

After Towers Sale, RJio Looks to Fiber Spinoff
News Analysis | 8/7/2019

India's youngest service provider is turning itself into a more asset-light company.

Ciena Hopes to Accelerate Growth Under New Leadership in India
News Analysis | 7/24/2019

The optical equipment maker has a new Indian boss with an eye on growth opportunities.

Netflix thinking inside the box
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

Netflix is increasingly focused on getting its OTT app integrated into pay-TV set-tops and mobile devices as it seeks to maintain its rapid growth pace around the world.

Untapping the Opportunity in Sports OTT
Column | 7/15/2019

While sports content piracy is growing at an alarming rate, hurting the industry and dampening down the value of sports TV rights, solutions are available.

Too Little, Too Late for BSNL, MTNL Revival?
News Analysis | 7/11/2019

India's government has proposed a rescue deal for its state-backed operators, but their survival remains in doubt.

Yvette Kanouff Joins John Chambers-Led VC
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Former Cisco exec and cable industry vet named partner and CTO of JC2 Ventures, a venture capital firm devoted to startups in areas such as AI, IoT and cybersecurity.

India's Tejas Targets Big Gains in US
News Analysis | 7/8/2019

The optical equipment maker spies international opportunity in Huawei's problems.

MobiTV Banks $50M More
News Analysis | 7/1/2019

App-focused video streaming tech and distribution company says fresh round of funds will fuel global growth, further tech development.

Edge Gravity aims for hyper-scale
CxO Spotlight | 6/28/2019

Ericsson's distributed edge cloud unit is on a path to connect to 'multiple hundreds' of service provider partners in the coming months, new CEO Kyle Okamoto says.

RJio May Make Stock Market Debut In 2020 – Reports
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

India's fastest-growing operator is preparing for an IPO, according to press reports.

Netflix Faces Global ARPU Headwinds
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

A sizable and widening gap on domestic and international ARPU could negatively affect the premium value currently placed on Netflix's non-US subscription streaming business, analyst says.

Ericsson Ups 5G Forecast by 400M Subs
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

5G is on a roll, says Ericsson, forecasting nearly 2 billion subscriptions in the next five years.

Telco staff face crisis as cuts claim 127K jobs at big CSPs since 2015
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

Communications service providers tracked by Light Reading have cut 7% of jobs since 2015, and reductions look set to continue.

India Plans 5G Spectrum Auction, Trials by Year End
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

India's new administration is plotting an imminent spectrum auction and 5G trial despite industry concern about costs and vendors.

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