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RJio Snaps Up Broadband Assets in Spending Spree
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10/19/2018  |  2 comments
RJio's latest acquisitions point to big ambitions in the broadband and transportation sectors.
Huawei (Finally!) Gets 5G Invite From India
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10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor is now expected to participate in 5G trials in two cities after it previously missed out on an invitation.
With Eyes on Hathway, RJio Redraws Battle Lines With Airtel
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10/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Having shaken up mobile, India's most aggressive service provider now threatens to disrupt the broadband market.
Ciena's CTO on Optical Success in India
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9/28/2018  |  1 comment
Ciena has been riding high in India's optical equipment market, but a wave of consolidation and government steps to bring manufacturing back home could make life difficult in the months ahead.
India Joins US & Australia to Give Huawei, ZTE 5G Cold Shoulder – Reports
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9/17/2018  |  Post a comment
India's Department of Telecoms has reportedly excluded Chinese vendors from a list of companies invited to participate in the development of 5G use cases.
Vodafone Idea Is Born, Topples Airtel to Become India's #1 Service Provider
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8/31/2018  |  Post a comment
India's giant mobile market of more than 1 billion subscribers has a new market leader.
Airtel to Form New Fiber Firm in India
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8/20/2018  |  Post a comment
One of india's biggest mobile operators is said to have big fiber ambitions.
RJio to Set Up $142M Data Center in Eastern India
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8/17/2018  |  Post a comment
A new data center would help the operator to address new opportunities and better comply with Indian rules on data storage.
Is India's Goal of Zero Gear Imports by 2022 Viable?
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8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
India wants its telecom sector to be entirely self-reliant by 2022, buying all of its products at home.
Indian Telcos May Avoid Next Spectrum Auction
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8/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Mountainous debts, a surplus of spectrum and the weak business case for 5G could all compel India's telcos to skip a forthcoming auction.
Vodafone Idea Is Born, but Can It Thrive?
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8/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Indian regulators have approved the country's biggest telecom merger, but the new operator will have to combine two very different businesses while competition remains fierce.
India Takes First Steps Toward Data Protection
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8/6/2018  |  Post a comment
India's version of Europe's GDPR legislation is badly flawed but still represents a step in the right direction.
Indian Optical Market Will Outpace China – Nokia
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8/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish equipment vendor says India's optical networking market is booming thanks to soaring usage of mobile broadband services.
India's RJio Charges Into Fiber, Unveils New 4G Phone
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7/5/2018  |  Post a comment
India's RJio has already shaken up the country's mobile market: now it's turning its attention to broadband.
India Puts AI at Top of Tech Agenda
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6/19/2018  |  1 comment
India's telcos and its government are prioritizing AI as they look to create new and innovative services for local consumers.
Vodafone-Idea Merger Enters Last Leg
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6/15/2018  |  Post a comment
A merger that would create India's biggest telecom operator is nearing the finish line.
India's RCom Struggles to Settle Debt Issues
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5/31/2018  |  2 comments
A legal dispute with Ericsson threatens the Indian operator's deal with Reliance Jio.
RJio Looks to Estonia for Global Expansion
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5/22/2018  |  1 comment
India's most aggressive operator is reportedly setting up a unit in Estonia.
Indian Telcos Raise Capital as Price War Rages
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5/17/2018  |  Post a comment
India's operators are busy raising funds despite the debt burden that already weighs heavily on some players.
Vanu-HFCL Wins $86M Deal From BSNL
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5/11/2018  |  Post a comment
BSNL teams up with Vanu to bring connectivity to rural parts of India.
India Approves In-Flight Connectivity, WiFi Boost
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5/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Indian authorities have approved plans for in-flight connectivity services, an expansion of WiFi hotspots and the establishment of a telecom ombudsman.
Signs of Fatigue Even as RJio Posts Strong Q4 Numbers
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5/1/2018  |  Post a comment
India's newest network operator has reported profits for its fiscal fourth quarter, but there are signs of a slowdown.
Bharti Infratel, Indus Towers Merge to Form $14.6B Giant
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4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Indian operators merge their infrastructure assets to form the world's second-biggest towers company.
Fierce Competition Batters Airtel Profits Again
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4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Competition and adverse regulatory measures continue to squeeze the Indian operator's profits.
Indian Telcos to Ramp Up Network Investment in Next 2 Years
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4/19/2018  |  Post a comment
India's telcos have announced plans for a dramatic expansion of basestation infrastructure, but the network expansion will not be without challenges.
Telco Content War Heats Up in India
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4/6/2018  |  Post a comment
India's operators are taking their fight into the content arena.
Celcom SVP: Focus on Performance, Forget Gender
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4/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Noora Mat Rifin, SVP of Customer Life Cycle Management at Celcom Axiata Berhad, advises women to follow their passion and seize opportunities in comms, despite the challenges.
Sistema Bids for RCom's Remaining Assets – Report
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Russia's Sistema has reportedly emerged as the leading bidder for what remains of Reliance Communications.
India's Predatory Pricing Rules Trigger Telco Slugfest
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3/19/2018  |  Post a comment
India's regulatory authorities continue to side with aggressive new player Reliance Jio, say the country's longer-established players.
India's 2018 Telecom Policy: Are the Goals Achievable?
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3/13/2018  |  Post a comment
India is set to announce a new national telecom policy based on regulatory recommendations. But can it realize its goals?
Airtel Conducts India's First 5G Lab Trial
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3/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Bharti Airtel claims to have carried out the first trials of 5G technology in India.
Ailing Aircel Files for Bankruptcy
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3/5/2018  |  1 comment
Another one of India's long-established operators bites the dust.
India Steps Up Its 5G Efforts
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2/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Indian authorities and operators are keen to play a role in the development of 5G technology.
Axiata Digital Services' Lye: Find the Right Leader to Follow
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2/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Amanda Lye, Axiata Digital's 32-year-old associate director of strategy, is breaking the mold in the telecom industry.
What's Behind RJio's Relentless Price Cutting?
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2/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Hopes for a recovery in pricing are evaporating following further price cuts by India's most aggressive player.
Brace Up! RJio to Disrupt Home & Enterprise Segment
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2/6/2018  |  Post a comment
India's most aggressive operator is preparing to expand into new market areas.
Telstra Malaysia Director: Time to Raise the Bar for Women
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2/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Now is the time for senior female executives in comms to help the new entrants carve a niche for themselves in the industry, according to Telstra Malaysia's Yuni Lee Heathcote.
India's RJio Plots Open Source Disruption
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1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
India's aggressive new entrant hopes to position itself as digital service provider, not merely a telco.
Another Tough Year in Store for Indian Telcos – Research
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1/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Fresh price cuts by disruptive new entrant Reliance Jio will add to the pressure on the rest of India's operators.
SK Telecom CTO: 'We Need New Business Models for 5G'
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1/12/2018  |  1 comment
CTO of South Korean telco says the investment requirements of 5G are forcing operators to come up with new business models.
With RCom Takeover, India's RJio Becomes Even Bigger Threat
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1/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Its takeover of RCom's assets will make RJio an even stronger force in India's 4G and fiber markets and brings a spate of Indian consolidation to an end.
India's Long Road to 5G
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12/21/2017  |  1 comment
Financial problems and merger concerns mean India is unlikely to forge ahead quickly in 5G.
How Airtel Fought Back Against RJio
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12/20/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest operator has done a reasonable job of countering the challenge from the country's aggressive new entrant.
TRAI (Again) Recommends in Favor of Net Neutrality
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12/5/2017  |  Post a comment
India's regulator has backed net neutrality just as US authorities turn away from it.
India's Telecom M&A: The Threat to Vendors
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11/29/2017  |  1 comment
Consolidation in India's telecom market over the last year is forcing equipment vendors to adapt.
Airtel Eyes RCom's Spectrum – Reports
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11/24/2017  |  1 comment
India's biggest operator is reported to be interested in acquiring assets currently owned by ailing Reliance Communications.
India's Tejas Eyes Bigger Slice of Optical Market
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11/24/2017  |  1 comment
A homegrown Indian hardware producer reckons its R&D focus and local expertise gives it a compelling advantage.
India Poised for Transport Network Boom
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11/17/2017  |  1 comment
Soaring adoption of 4G services, and preparations for the launch of 5G, should create plenty of demand for optical networking gear over the next few years.
Consolidation Coming to India's Tower Sector
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11/6/2017  |  Post a comment
India's towers sector is poised for takeover activity as big players look to reduce debts and focus on providing services.
India's RCom to Shutter Operations – Report
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10/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Press reports suggest that India's sixth-biggest operator will shut down most of its business in a further indication of the turmoil that grips the market.
Indian Telecom Industry Set for Huge Layoffs
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10/19/2017  |  1 comment
Bedeviled by huge debts and rock-bottom tariffs, India's telecom industry is shrinking fast.
Foreign Telcos Bite the Dust In India
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10/18/2017  |  2 comments
The exit of so many foreign telcos from the Indian market raises tough questions about the future of the industry.
India's Airtel to Take Over Tata Teleservices
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10/13/2017  |  Post a comment
The merger will be the second-biggest deal announced in India's telecom market this year, and represents a lifeline for Tata.
Dialog Axiata Wants 5G Lead in South Asia
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10/10/2017  |  Post a comment
The Sri Lankan operator wants to be a 5G pioneer in South Asia.
Tata Teleservices Mulls Exit Option
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10/5/2017  |  Post a comment
The demise of Tata Teleservices would mark the first disappearance of a Tata Group business in 150 years.
India's Telcos Face Existential Threat, Says Idea CEO
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10/4/2017  |  Post a comment
Profits are disappearing, debts are mounting and yet India's biggest operators are still forced to maintain their legacy networks. Something must change, says the boss of one of India's biggest operators.
India's RCom Eyes Asset Sales After Aircel Merger Collapses
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10/3/2017  |  Post a comment
India's fifth-biggest operator may have to resort to the sale of some valuable assets to pay off debts after calling off a merger with local rival Aircel.
India Aims for Leadership Position in 5G
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10/2/2017  |  Post a comment
India has until now been regarded as a technology follower, rather than a technology pioneer. But its government and operators hope to change all that with 5G.
India's Incumbents Lose IUC Battle, for Now
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9/20/2017  |  Post a comment
The Indian regulator's decision to lower termination charges is bad news for the country's biggest telcos.
Airtel, Idea Gear Up Against JioPhone
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9/15/2017  |  1 comment
Two of India's operators are preparing their response to the launch of a low-cost 4G phone by arch-rival Reliance Jio.
India's Airtel Calls on SKT for Tech Help
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9/14/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest service provider is looking to South Korean technology expertise to cope with the challenge from Reliance Jio.
Where RJio Innovates, India's Incumbents Follow
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9/5/2017  |  Post a comment
India's newest operator has permanently changed the rules of the game with a series of attention-grabbing innovations.
VoLTE Picks Up in India
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8/1/2017  |  Post a comment
VoLTE holds plenty of appeal in India as a way of supporting low-cost but high-quality voice services.
RJio Rivals May Have to Subsidize Devices
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7/26/2017  |  Post a comment
The launch of a low-cost 4G handset by India's new entrant could force the country's biggest players to take dramatic steps.
India's Telcos Outraged by Plans for Local Gear Tests
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7/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Indian service providers say government plans for local equipment testing would drive up costs and disrupt business.
RJio Disrupts Again With Low-Cost 4G Phone
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7/21/2017  |  2 comments
India's disruptive new entrant has launched a low-cost 4G phone that could further shake up the sector.
India's Airtel Accuses RJio of Trying to Kill Competition
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7/20/2017  |  Post a comment
The issue of interconnection fees has become the latest battleground between Airtel and RJio.
RJio Spurs Indian Interest in NFV
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7/19/2017  |  Post a comment
The recent market entry of RJio is putting other operators under pressure to make investments in new software and virtualization technologies.
India's Airtel Takes Digital Leap With Project Next
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7/13/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest service provider has already spent heavily on network transformation. Now it's tackling the customer experience.
India's Airtel, Tata Explore Mega Merger – Reports
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7/7/2017  |  Post a comment
There are rumors of yet another mega merger in India's telecom market as consolidation continues to sweep the industry.
Airtel & Tata Explore Mega-Merger
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7/7/2017  |  Post a comment
There are rumors of yet another mega merger in India's telecom market as consolidation continues to sweep the industry.
RJio Slowdown Offers Hope to Airtel, Vodafone
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7/3/2017  |  3 comments
The pace of subscriber growth at India's newest service provider has slowed down sharply.
India's State-Run BSNL Gears Up for RJio Battle
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6/28/2017  |  Post a comment
The government-backed telco is getting ready for a fight against India's newest operator in the fixed-line broadband market.
Indian Telecom Industry Grapples With Huge Debt, Job Losses
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6/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Decimated by an aggressive new entrant and government taxation, India's telcos desperately need to restore profitability.
Can India's RJio Succeed in Broadband?
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6/16/2017  |  Post a comment
India's disruptive new entrant is planning on carrying its mobile revolution into the broadband sector.
India's Devices Market: Chinese Dragons Versus Indian Tigers
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6/6/2017  |  Post a comment
India's device makers have fallen well behind their Chinese competitors in their domestic market.
Why India's RJio Wants to Lease Dark Fiber From Govt.
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6/1/2017  |  Post a comment
Could RJio's sudden interest in serving rural communities spark a rush into India's hinterland?
RJio Onslaught Makes Going Tough for Indian Telcos
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5/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Recent earnings reports show that India's telcos are struggling to adapt to the RJio era.
Airtel to Spend $2.5B in Capex as RJio Threat Grows
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5/25/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest operator is under pressure from RJio's aggressive expansion as well as the merger between two of its chief old-guard rivals.
Facebook, Airtel to Set Up 20K WiFi Hotspots in India
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5/10/2017  |  Post a comment
Social networking giant and India's biggest operator team up on a WiFi project.
Indian M&A: And Then There Were 5?
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5/5/2017  |  Post a comment
India's rapidly changing telecom market is likely to feature five new-look big players by the end of the year.
RJio & the Profitability Challenge
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5/2/2017  |  Post a comment
India's newest operator will have to capture about 200 million customers and keep a close eye on spending to achieve profitability.
India Gets Its First MVNO
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4/27/2017  |  2 comments
India has just gained its first mobile virtual network operator with the launch of services by Aerovoyce.
Indian M&A Could Spell Trouble for Vendors
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4/14/2017  |  1 comment
Merger activity in India's telecom market leaves both service providers and their suppliers facing an uncertain future.
RJio to Come Under Pressure as India's Old Guard Fights Back
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4/7/2017  |  Post a comment
New entrant Jio has put huge pressure on India's existing operators, but it faces growth challenges of its own.
Indian M&A Forces Telcos Into Workforce Overhaul
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3/30/2017  |  Post a comment
With many telecom-sector employees set to lose their jobs during the current wave of industry consolidation, India's service providers need to think hard about retaining and attracting the right kind of talent.
A BSNL-MTNL Merger: The Pros & Cons
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3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
A merger between India's government-owned telcos would hold lots of attractions, but it also faces many hurdles.
Airtel Acquires Tikona to Fill 4G Gaps
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3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest service provider plugs gaps in its 4G footprint with another takeover deal.
Ciena Bags Backbone Deal at India's RJio
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3/21/2017  |  Post a comment
India's disruptive 4G operator Reliance Jio has turned to Ciena for its packet-optical backbone gear.
Vodafone, Idea Strike $23B Deal to Form India's Biggest Telco
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3/20/2017  |  Post a comment
A merger between India's second- and third-biggest operators gets board approval and looks set to become a new market leader if it can sway regulators.
Indian Govt to Hold 5G Auction This Year
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3/17/2017  |  1 comment
Government plans to auction new 5G spectrum this year are likely to meet resistance from the industry.
Jio, Google Planning Affordable 4G Phone for India – Reports
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3/16/2017  |  Post a comment
A tie-up between Jio and Google aims to develop a low-cost phone for Indian consumers.
Vodafone, Idea Could Merge This Week – Reports
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3/13/2017  |  Post a comment
Fresh reports suggest a 50:50 merger between India's second- and third-biggest operators is imminent.
Airtel to Acquire Telenor in India
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2/23/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest service provider snaps up another struggling player just days after Vodafone and Idea, the number two and three players, begin merger talks.
Tata Teleservices Explores Merger with RCom-Aircel-MTS
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2/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Consolidation is all the rage in India's mobile market, as smaller players struggle to survive.
Jio Piles Further Pressure Onto Indian Old Guard
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2/21/2017  |  Post a comment
The disruptive new entrant has announced details of new tariffs that have already had an impact on the share price of its biggest rival.
War of Words Escalates Between India's Jio & Airtel
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2/21/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest operator and its high-profile new entrant are battling fiercely for broadband market share.
What Does Vodafone-Idea Merger Mean for India's Telecom Industry?
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2/9/2017  |  Post a comment
A tie-up between Vodafone and Idea could herald cost savings and put more pressure on current market leader Bharti Airtel.
Vodafone in Merger Talks With India's Idea Cellular
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1/30/2017  |  1 comment
A merger between India's second- and third-biggest operators would create a new mobile giant.
India to Record Surge in Capex This Year
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1/29/2017  |  1 comment
Despite a global slowdown, India's telcos are set to spend even more on their networks this year than in 2016.

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