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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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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.
India's Jio to Boost Networks With $4.4B Investment
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1/17/2017  |  Post a comment
India's newest operator is under growing pressure to improve the quality of its network services.
Airtel Launches First Pan-India Payments Bank
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1/12/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest operator is pushing fast into the mobile banking opportunity.
India's Jio to Disrupt (Again) With Low-Cost 4G Phones
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1/11/2017  |  Post a comment
Efforts to drive down the cost of devices could spur 4G adoption in India.
Airtel Bids $350M for Telenor's India Biz – Reports
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1/4/2017  |  Post a comment
Bharti Airtel is said to be in talks to acquire Telenor's local business in the latest sign of M&A activity in India.
VMware Aims for Key Role in India's Virtualization Market
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1/3/2017  |  Post a comment
VMware expects India to account for a substantial share of global spending on software and virtualization technologies.
Ooredoo Targets Rural Market in 4G Expansion
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2016  |  1 comment
Myanmar's Ooredoo is plotting a major expansion of its 4G services into rural parts of the country.
Demonetization Hits Indian Device Makers Hard
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12/16/2016  |  Post a comment
India's move to take some banknotes out of circulation has had disastrous consequences for the mobile phone sector.
4G Deals Dominate Indian Market in 2016
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12/5/2016  |  Post a comment
Network expansion and managed services deals have been all the rage in India this year as operators respond to the arrival of 4G new entrant Reliance Jio.
India's RJio Hits 50M Customers in 83 Days
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12/1/2016  |  Post a comment
RJio claims to have broken records for customer growth at a tech company, but it still seems unlikely to hit year-end targets.
RJio Gears Up to Bring Digital Life to India
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11/25/2016  |  Post a comment
India's newest telco has a range of digital offerings in the pipeline.
RCom, Cisco Unlimit IoT in India
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11/16/2016  |  Post a comment
India's Reliance and US-based Cisco have teamed up on the launch of a new IoT business.
MVNOs: Opportunity or Threat for Indian Telcos?
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11/8/2016  |  4 comments
India's network operators seem likely to embrace the MVNO opportunity.
RJio's 'Free' Strategy: Success or Failure?
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11/7/2016  |  1 comment
RJio risks losing a lot of its new customers once its free data offer comes to an end.
Bharti Airtel CIO Charts Course for Women in India Telecom
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11/7/2016  |  Post a comment
Bharti Airtel is making it easier for women to return to work after having children, and CIO Harmeen Mehta is hoping more will join the workforce in India.
Airtel's Mittal Begs Indian Government to Moderate Spectrum Prices
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10/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Indian businessman Sunil Bharti Mittal has lashed out at the government's regulation of the telecom sector.
Airtel Transforms IT to Meet Digitization Challenge
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10/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Bharti Airtel has become one of the most digitally advanced companies in India.
Can India Get to 600M Mobile Broadband Subs by 2020?
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2016  |  2 comments
Network spending by operators and enthusiasm for new 4G services and smartphones could help India to achieve its mobile broadband ambitions.
Content Is New Battleground for India's Telcos
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10/18/2016  |  Post a comment
The rollout of 4G networks is spurring rivalry in the market for content and applications.
Airtel Launches Vectoring to Counter Jio FTTH Threat
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10/14/2016  |  1 comment
India's biggest operator launches a high-speed fixed broadband service amid growing competition from new entrant Reliance Jio.
End of the Road for Indian 3G?
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10/13/2016  |  Post a comment
The rollout of 4G in India could precipitate the demise of 3G.
India's Auction Raises $9.8B, 700MHz Remains Unsold
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10/7/2016  |  Post a comment
India's multi-band spectrum auction raises far less than authorities had been hoping.
Indian Telcos Ignore Premium 700MHz, 900MHz Spectrum
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10/5/2016  |  Post a comment
India's operators are avoiding pricier spectrum bands in a government auction that could spur consolidation in the market.
India Key to Ciena's Growth Ambitions
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2016  |  2 comments
Ciena CEO Gary Smith is planning on doubling the size of its India workforce to address new demands.
India's RCom, Aircel in Mobile Merger
News Analysis  | 
9/15/2016  |  Post a comment
India's fourth- and sixth-largest operators have announced a mobile merger in sign of mounting pressure.
Resisting RJio: What's the Big Idea?
News Analysis  | 
9/14/2016  |  Post a comment
India's third-biggest mobile operator looks particularly vulnerable to the aggressive tactics of new entrant RJio.
RJio Effect: All Is Not Lost for India's Incumbents
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9/12/2016  |  Post a comment
How can India's operators best answer the challenge from aggressive new entrant RJio?
RJio 4G Launch Could Make Rivals Lose Their Voice
News Analysis  | 
9/2/2016  |  Post a comment
By offering free voice and cheap data services to Indian consumers, RJio could deal a further blow to India's biggest mobile operators.
Is 700MHz Too Costly for India's Telcos?
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2016  |  Post a comment
The minimum prices attached to 700MHz licenses are likely to deter all but India's biggest and wealthiest operators from bidding for these airwaves.
The VoIP Dilemma of India's Telcos
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8/23/2016  |  1 comment
Is VoIP a threat or an opportunity for India's service providers?
Vodafone, Idea Exploring Merger – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  1 comment
Vodafone and Idea Cellular are reported to be in talks about a potential merger of their operations.
Airtel Triggers 4G Price War in India
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8/12/2016  |  2 comments
India's biggest operator has triggered a price war at a difficult time for the industry.
Cambium Aims to Grow Share of Indian Market
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8/9/2016  |  Post a comment
Cambium is aiming for another year of strong growth in India's fast-developing mobile broadband market.
Carrier Aggregation to Spur Small Cells Deployment for Airtel
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8/1/2016  |  Post a comment
And it's not the only Indian operator looking to exploit the technology's potential.
Can Lyf Bring Bundling to India?
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  1 comment
The popularity of Lyf could persuade other Indian operators to look afresh at how devices and services are sold.
Telenor Skips India Auction, May Quit Market
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7/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Norwegian operator decides not to participate in India's latest spectrum auction, raising questions about its long-term commitment to the market.
4G Launch Means Demise of CDMA In India
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7/14/2016  |  Post a comment
CDMA technology, which broke new ground in India, seems unlikely to be around much longer.
India Preps for Mega Spectrum Auction in September
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7/5/2016  |  1 comment
Indian authorities have once again angered service providers with their pricing of spectrum during an upcoming auction.


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