Mar 30, 2012

3G Asks for Patience!

Despite being a couple of years old in India, the 3G services have not picked up as expected and the gradual growth of the third-generation services would take place if the issues surrounding the technology are addressed. Though the service promises to offer consumers plethora of services that can have an impact on their lifestyles, customers are struggling to avail …

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Feb 23, 2012

2 Foreign Telecom Companies Close Shop in India

Two foreign telecommunication companies have decided to close down their Indian operations after the Supreme Court canceled their licenses following a corruption probe. The cancellations have led to uncertainty among foreign investors, but many analysts feel India’s telecommunication sector still offers potential. Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat says it is shutting down its Indian joint venture because the cancellation of its license …

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Jan 20, 2012

MNP loses charm among users

Mobile users in India seem to be a reluctant lot when it comes to shifting loyalties, even if the services they get are sometimes of poor quality. A year after the launch of mobile number portability (MNP), only 26 million subscribers have opted for such a change, which is 4% of a total base of 884 million users. MNP in …

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Oct 24, 2011

The Telecom Spectrum Saga Continues

Over the years, various alternatives have been suggested for allocating spectrum-from simple licenses (through administrative routes), lottery, first come first serve to auctions. Most of the successful telecom markets have seen a move from an administrative process to the occasional lottery. The experience across various countries, over the last 15-20 years, shows that auctioning works best. Now it works well …

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Oct 23, 2011

M-commerce: Seamless Financial Inclusion.

A 900 mn strong mobile community in India is moving beyond traditional use of voice and text into more abstract domains of utility applications. Mobile reach remains unmatched, cutting across states, age groups, communities, and economic strata. Mobiles have redefined the life in general. More and more processes are becoming mobile enabled, including commerce. Affordability, reach, and convenience make mobile …

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