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Anupreet KaurMarch 2, 2017
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Telecom major Bharti Airtel and network equipment maker Nokia has chosen to seek after its innovation association with the mission towards 5G technology and connected devices.

Nokia said in a statement that under the new agreement, both companies concentrate on 5G network connectivity and will work on the development of new services. The details of the financial aspect of the deal have not been disclosed. Bharti Airtel Director (Network Services) Abhay Savargaonkar said: “The 5G and IoT applications have tremendous potential to transform lives and we are pleased to partner with Nokia to enable these future technologies for our customers.”

Sanjay Malik, Head of India Market, Nokia, “After our successful association with Bharti Airtel for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, we are proud to partner to prepare for the future of mobile networks. We will leverage our global experience in 5G-related industry projects and collaborations to enable Bharti Airtel to prepare their networks for greater capacity, coverage and speed.”

Jay Chen, CEO of Huawei India said the Indian telecom companies to adopt 5G technology will begin this year. This technology in its current form can provide a download speed of up to 1000 Mbps. He added, “In India, MIMO technology will be adopted this year. We have talked with the major telecom companies that are interested in it. currently, the implementation of this technology is commercially available with Huawei only.

Airtel Announces Free Roaming Across India

Reliance Jio partner with Israel-based company Airspan to provide 5G Technology

Nationwide free 4G Internet and calling services provider RJio is also planning to launch 5G Internet Service soon in India. Reliance will accomplish this work in partnership with the Israel-based company Airspan. To provide 5G internet speed both will deploy small cells.

These small cells would be able to carry 350 terabyte data as well as the cells will be able to carry about 5 million VoLTE calls every day. After these cells are deployed carrier can give high-speed Internet, voice and digital Services.

Reliance Jio President Mathew Oommen Said, “we are working to meet the demand for high-speed internet for the people of the country. Together we have created new products which can provide 5G Internet. Now most companies due to heavy data demands are moving towards 5G technology, such strategy, design, development is the need. To meet the needs of 5G Jio and Airspan is partnering.”


Madhurashree MFebruary 27, 2017
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To compete with RJio (Reliance JIO) the new plans can be said as part of telecom companies. Today Airtel has declared free roaming throughout the country. With this, the company has made international roaming also completely free. The plan will be applicable from the new fiscal year (April 1, 2017). It is believed that to take on Reliance Jio which is giving a strong competition Airtel has released this offer to its users.

Not only calls but also SMS will also be roaming free. Bharti Airtel said in a statement “National roaming will not have any additional charges. Additional charges will not be realised on mobile data as well. This announcement comes at a time when Reliance Jio has implemented tariff plan from April 1 which has free voice calling and No fee on national roaming.

Bharti Airtel MD and CEO, Gopal Vittal said “We have decided to end roaming across the country. With this, the customer will be able to receive calls and make the calls while in roaming without hesitation. He added, “Airtel has once again set the benchmark.”

Analysts also said some days ago that with the introduction of tariff plan from Reliance Jio, competitors will get some relief to maintain their existing customer and they will have to offer some data benefits to keep them. JP Morgan magazine reported that this battle will lead to declining the stock market in the telecom sector while the customers will receive higher data at lower prices. The report from JP Morgan magazine also stated that the current companies must prepare their data packs considering its competitors JIO and propose accordingly to stay with their existing customers.


Manasi SinghFebruary 17, 2017
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Bangalore: Mastercard today said that it will provide Airtel Payments Bank, a fully outsourced payments processing platform to enable a range of payment services including switching, card management, along with support for reconciliation and dispute management processes. Mastercard and Airtel Payments bank have also launched India’s first online debit card along with a prepaid card, both accessible via the Myairtel App. The online debit card will enable Airtel Payments Bank customers to make digital payments at over 100,000 online merchants.

This processing platform is supported by Mastercard’s state-of-the-art payment technology centre at Pune. The centre is home to a globally-integrated team of experts constantly innovating to support latest technologies. The platform enables Mastercard to host and process payments for all leading network brands and will help Airtel Payments Bank achieve its vision of a digital and paperless payments bank, while maintaining the highest global standards of safety and security.

Talking about the partnership, Shashi Arora, MD & CEO, Airtel Payments Bank said, “Mastercard’s globally proven expertise and technology solutions will enable us to provide innovative, secure and convenient online digital payments solutions to our customers. We believe this partnership will contribute to our vision of serving customers with a differentiated banking model that provides them a simple and convenient form of merchant payments”

Porush Singh, Country Corporate Officer, India and Division President, South Asia, Mastercard said, “We are delighted to partner with Airtel Payments Bank as their payments processor. This collaboration will enable Airtel Payments Bank to offer a safer, innovative and faster payments experience to its customers.” He further added, “Through the technology centre in Pune, Mastercard is continuing to make the investments needed in India to ensure we can offer the expertise and services that support the latest industry breakthroughs.”

Mastercard’s global processing business is one set of many services that Mastercard offers along with Enterprise Security Solutions, Mastercard Advisors, Mastercard Payment Gateway Services, all of which help deliver additional value to customers.


Anupreet KaurSeptember 2, 2016
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Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. has emanated one of the biggest price wars in the telecom industry. Reliance Jio embarks Mukesh Ambani’s return in the telecom sector after Reliance Communications went to his brother Anil Ambani in 2005 during the division of Reliance empire.

Reliance Jio currently involves an investment of $22 billion. It has by now rattled the telecom biggies, including Vodafone, Airtel, Idea and BSNL, with its tariff plans. The constructive beginning 4G data offers of Reliance Jio have managed to attract users in large numbers. Jio has not only pushed the operators in deep waters but forced them to revise its entire data plan.

However, this is just the beginning. Amid assurance of invigorating the entire telecom usage set up, we bring to you certain highlights combining the good and bad aspects surrounding Reliance Jio:

  1. FREE VOICE CALLS, BUT DATA IS CHARGEABLE:

Reliance Jio offers free voice calls. No doubt it’s beneficial, but who uses voice calls when we have free WhatsApp calling, Facebook Messenger feature of video and voice calling, IMO etc. Everything counts on data and it’s on expense.

Apart from urban class, this feature is also an attraction for lower class customers like farmers and villagers who can’t afford to spend much. They can easily access the Internet and watch videos.

  1. WELCOME JIO OFFER:

The welcome offer of Reliance Jio provides free usage of Internet at 4G speed for four months (September to December) along with free voice calls and messages. Interesting, but what after four months? The customer will have to upgrade with latest tariff plans. Whilst, this has shaken the entire customer base of the current operators.

  1. NO ROAMING CHARGES:

Quite an advantageous aspect as users has been waiting to use roaming for free. This will definitely push biggies like Airtel and Vodafone to provide roaming for free or maybe some better offers. However, data used during roaming will be chargeable.

  1. STUDENT DISCOUNT:

On purchasing Reliance Jio number with a student identity card will give students a concession of 25 percent. That means students can utilise 25 percent extra as per their tariffs.

  1. JIO APPS:

Reliance Jio is also launching its customised apps like Jio Money, Jio Play which includes live TV and music, e-health services, e-commerce, e-education, and a lot more. To avail this plethora of necessities, the user will have to subscribe it by paying Rs 15,000 for a year.

Currently, it is free but will be chargeable after the end of the welcome offer.

  1. TARIFF PLANS:

Jio plans include:

Rs 499 —- 4 GB + 8 GB FREE WIFI DATA ———– 28 DAYS

Rs 299 —–   2 GB + 4 GB FREE WIFI DATA ——- 21 DAYS

Rs 149 —– 300 MB ——- 28 DAYS

Rs 129 —– 750 MB + 1.5 GB FREE WIFI DATA ——– 7 DAYS

Rs 19 ——- 100 MB + 200 MB FREE WIFI DATA ——– 1 DAY

None of the plans is for 30 days. It’s following the same policy like its rivals. If you compare, none of the plans is Rs 50 per GB. But if we combine the total data offer with the price then it amounts to same. For instance, Rs 499 for 12 GB = Rs 42 per GB. Quite less than competitors. Free Wi-Fi data refers to the wi-fi- hotspots established by Reliance Jio.

In addition, there is unlimited 4G data use between 2 am to 5 am. Quite an odd hour. Isn’t it? This is the time when the social media is least used.

Besides, what if Reliance Jio changes its plans after the welcome offer ends?

  1. CUSTOMER BASE:

Instead of targeting high-end customers and yielding profits, Reliance Jio has enunciated a different customer base through its plans. It intends to approach a mixed set of customers.

Surprisingly, it targets to get 90 percent of India’s population under 4G Reliance Jio network in a year. The company plans to expand to 18,000 cities and two lakh villages.

Good anecdote, but unrealistic as it depends on how this service turns out to be in terms of data usage, calls, and quality.

  1. NO BLACKOUT DAYS:

Unlike other telecom operators who charge for text messages during festive days like Friendship Day, Independence Day, Diwali etc, Reliance Jio won’t charge any extra amount and the messages will be free.

P.S.: Everything appears quite feasible as its unique selling factor is the 4G network. The feedback of the Reliance Jio services at the end of its welcome offer will decide its fate.


Sridevi RanganathanNovember 30, 2015
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New Delhi: Bharthi Airtel said that an investment of Rs. 60,000 Crore will be made by them in a span of three years to improve the quality of Airtel network for the benefit of their customers.

Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO of Bharthi Airtel, Indian and South Asia stated, “The programme, called Project Leap, will see a network transformation. Large parts of this investment will improve voice services,”

According to him, the money will be generated from free cash flows and from internal accruals. Apart from the Rs. 16,000 crore that Airtel has already invested on its active and passive network, optic fiber, spectrum, submarine cables and systems so far, an investment of Rs. 60,000 crore will be made.

Vittal also said that there was no requirement as such for spectrum acquisition when asked if the company was investing a portion of this amount for the same. He mentioned that enough of spectrum had already been purchased over the last few years. Since there are only a few telecom circles which have a gap in airwaves, the company might as well buy airwaves within those circles.

The company has a 10-point agenda, Project Leap, under which it will deploy more than 70,000 base stations during 2015-16. More than 60% of airtel’s network will be enabled of broadband by March 2016.

In the upcoming 3 years, around 160,000 base stations will be deployed by Airtel, achieving a doubling of what is present today. It is also sure to expand its broad band coverage to all the towns as well as over 25,000 villages by the end of March 2016. In three more years, Airtel has a plan of reaching out its broadband to more than 500,000 villages within the country.

Within the same span of time, it also plans to deploy 100,000 plus product services and solutions through a combination of small cells, Wi-Fi hotspots as well as indoor solutions.

In order to satisfy the need for data services in the country, Airtel will also be deploying cumulatively, beyond 550,000 km of international and domestic optical fiber network system. Airtel also has ideas of replacing the conventional copper based wiring systems by vectoring technology which aims at providing higher speed internet services.

Vittal also said, “Airtel will swap its legacy networks and base stations over a three-year period and replace them with smaller, more compact and efficient technologies that will significantly improve customer experience”

Yet another initiative taken up is that the company decides to bring down its carbon foot print up to 70% on the basis of per unit, in the following years of time. Presently, Airtel serves 236 million customers.



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