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.

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.

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.