This has been done to as low as Rs 51 per GB under a special scheme. To avail this benefit, Airtel customers will have to recharge with Rs 1,498 against which they will get 1GB of 4G or 3G mobile internet usage valid for 28 days. Post- exhaustion of 1GB data limit, the customers can get 1GB 4G or 3G recharges for just Rs 51 over a period of 12 months.
The company management believes Jio’s network can easily handle usage of 5 GB per month data each by over 100 mn subscribers. Jio is seen to kickstart its advertisement campaign soon as it has become the principal sponsor of India’s Olympic contingent for the 17-day event starting August 5.
This makes it the cheapest smartphone in the segment in India. Four models of LYF Flame are available for Rs 2,999 now. It will come with free Jio SIM, bundled with free unlimited data usage and voice calling. Earlier the price was Rs 4,000.
Telecom circles including Mumbai, Maharashtra have already got 4G presence. Customers looking to upgrade their postpaid connections will have to send a one-time SMS for approval. Prepaid users will first need to purchase a 4G SIM card from a Reliance Store or a retailer. Datacard users will have to fill out an online form for their 4G upgrade.
Available only in select circles, RCom will be offering 10GB data pack at only Rs 93 per month, which would be the cheapest 4G tariff in India. It is 94% lower than that of its competitors. GSM users are currently not eligible to use the newly announced service, and CDMA users have to upgrade their handsets.
Of these, 97.9% were smartphones followed by internet data cards at 1.5% and the remaining 0.6% were tablet PCs. This amounts to 63% of the cellular devices shipped through the quarter. In the mobile phones segment, Samsung, Lenovo and Reliance Industries’ LYF are the three leaders with 32%, 14% and 13% market shares, respectively.
Idea was supposed to buy 1800 MHz band in Maharashtra and UP West for Rs 3310 Cr. The agreement was called off by Idea and rival Bharti Airtel acquired the spectrum for Rs 4428 Cr across six circles including Bihar, Gujarat, MP, UP East and UP West.
This would happen in all of its telecom circles starting yesterday except in 4 circles of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, in a bid to migrate CDMA customers to its 4G network. In these 4 circles, RCOM will migrate its CDMA subscribers to its GSM network.
It is piloting 4G services in Varanasi and will launch in 6-8 cities across 6 circles in next few months. Telenor operates in UP west & east, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat Circle. The company will be 4G ready by the end of this fiscal year.
The government has asked Google to submit fresh proposal for testing its balloon-based Internet technology for the Loon Project following objections to the use of spectrum band it had proposed earlier. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Google India has approached the Department of Electronics and Information Technology to conduct pilot test of Project Loon in India. The project is said to have the potential to replace mobile towers as it can directly transmit signals to 4G mobile phones.