Idea launches Google Play Store carrier billing in India

concept cell and Google has introduced to release of direct provider billing in India. With this new development, idea postpaid customers now pays for all apps, tune, movies, books purchases made on Google Play thru their telephone bill and for pay as you go users, their stability could be deducted as and when they do any buy from Google play save.
to use this provider customers will should pick the idea billing choice when brought on for the duration of the purchase. however, a nominal convenience charge could be covered inside the final transaction. concept is the primary operator in India to launch Google Play keep carrier billing to its over 175 million customers.
speaking at the event, Mr. P. Lakshminarayana, chief running Officer – corporate, concept cell, said, “idea has been at the vanguard of the internet revolution and has built a robust community thru an extensive 3G and now 4G rollout. With competencies to provide wireless broadband offerings to nearly 880 million Indians, concept is properly poised to take the lead within the way content is served to an growing navy of digital savvy customers. This tie up with Google Play creates a vast set of opportunities for concept subscribers and additionally builds a comfy gateway to the virtual global.”
Mike Hayes, Director, enterprise improvement, Android & Chrome Partnerships at Google, in addition brought, “This collaboration with concept cell is the first time Google Play has presented direct carrier billing in India. Like with decrease minimum pricing for apps and pre-paid vouchers, we hope to make it simpler for humans to pay for the content material they want on Google Play. And we also wish that this may supply a boost to the developer atmosphere in India, supporting developers to grow their organizations on Google Play and connecting to Indian customers”

Ericsson to Partner with Celcom on 4G/LTE Expansion

Ericsson has signed a five 12 months partnership with Malaysia’s Celcom Axiata to supply LTE services for Celcom subscribers in Malaysia.

As a part of this partnership, Ericsson will installation its radio network solutions, which include complete turnkey shipping of services and products for Celcom‘s Radio get entry to community (RAN).

Dato Sri Shazalli Ramly, chief govt Officer, Celcom Axiata Berhad, stated: Celcom has continually been at the leading edge of upholding its emblem promise to clients by imparting ultrafast, seamless and the widest networks. With strong growth in subscribers these days, Celcom is taking this step to make certain that we will offer the great community excellent and ultrafast 4G LTE statistics site visitors.

Call Drops: Telecom Minister Says Government Will Keep a Check on Providers

Call Drops: Telecom Minister Says Government Will Keep a Check on ProvidersAs telecom operators heaved a sigh of comfort after the perfect court docket struck down the watchdog’s order on call drops on Wednesday, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated the authorities will hold to keep a check on service companies.

consumers expect the cell operators to offer good services, and as a minister i’m able to maintain a take a look at that they’re getting it,” the minister told reporters outdoor parliament.

In its ruling, the apex courtroom bench of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman struck down the December sixteen, 2015 notification of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on name drops, because it set aside a Delhi excessive courtroom judgement that had upheld it in advance.

Unreasonable, arbitrary and non-obvious were the motives assigned by way of the apex court.

Telecom operators had been retaining that the watchdog’s order turned into no longer handiest populist however also sought to penalise them to accommodate the clients, although there have been numerous motives for the equal and lots of not in their fingers completely.

Reacting to the decision, the telecom operators said they may be pleased with the excellent courtroom selection.

“we are very thrilled with the best court Verdict. It affirms what we had been pronouncing all alongside,” Rajan S. Mathews, director trendy of the cell Operators’ association of India, informed IANS, alluding to a host of factors being responsible for the risk of name drops.

Idea rolls out 4G services in Maharashtra & Goa circle

concept mobile nowadays introduced the release of its excessive pace 4G LTE services across 28 towns of Maharashtra & Goa,covering most important cities consisting of Nagpur and Ahmednagar. With this release, the agency has introduced on its promise to release its 4G LTE services in 10 circles within FY16.
idea’s 4G LTE offerings are also available in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu & Chennai, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Haryana, Orissa, and North East. currently to be had in over three hundred cities, concept targets to exit FY16 with its 4G LTE services masking over 550 cities in these 10 circles, and plans to extend the 4G footprint to over 750 cities via June 2016.
Commenting on the a hit rollout of offerings, Ambrish Jain, deputy dealing with director, concept cell stated, “starting Dec 23, we’ve got unexpectedly increased our 4G LTE services in these 10 markets in a file time body of simply 3 months. we’ve revised our capex steering for economic yr 2016 from Rs.65 billion to Rs.75 billion especially attributable to extended 4G capex and related fiber rollout and are fully equipped now to develop our presence, fortify our portfolio and make extra human beings be part of the digital bandwagon.”
idea claims to have 6.1 million 4G devices, nearly 6% of its subscriber base in 10 telecom carrier regions, registered on its community. In contrast, on an all India foundation, concept has nearly 48.6 million clients proudly owning 3G gadgets (approx. 28% of EoP) and over nine.eight million customers with 4G gadgets (approx. five% of EoP).

UP East people can now pay electricity bills via Vodafone M-Pesa

Vodafone at the side of Uttar Pradesh strength employer Ltd (UPPCL), the country strength Distribution utility of government of Uttar Pradesh, today announced a facility whereby power customers in UP East circle may be presented cashless, at ease and smooth electricity bill bills the usage of Vodafone M-Pesa (powered by Tech process). customers of UPPCL unfold across seventy three towns in UP-East will now be capable of pay their energy bill thru Vodafone M-Pesa every time, from anywhere, extensively increasing the convenience element.
Vodafone M-Pisa is a digital wallet service from Vodafone that offers cash transfer, bill & application Pay, merchant payments and business answers (enterprise coins control) with a claimed network of 20,000 marketers (cash In points) unfold throughout various cities and villages in UP East, allowing instant transfer and receipt of cash anytime, from everywhere.
This provider can be availed with the aid of all Vodafone as well as Non- Vodafone clients of UPPCL in reality through registering themselves for Vodafone M-Pesa. Vodafone M-Pesa customers pays their UPPCL strength bill via their cell telephones by way of downloading the Vodafone M-Pesa app from or u.s.a. by means of dialing *400#, Or travelling M-pesa portal ( clients paying their bills thru UPPCL website also can choose M-Pesa as a charge alternative. by availing Vodafone M-Pesa to pay their electricity bills, clients can shop 5 percent of the bill amount or a maximum of Rs 50 on their strength invoice for a duration of 6 months.

BSNL to roll out 4G services in 14 circles

state owned telecom provider issuer, BSNL is reportedly set to roll out its 4G (LTE) services in 14 telecom circles.
BSNL presently gives its 2G and 3G services in 20 circles of the full 22 telecom circles of India. It sold 2500 MHz spectrum in all the 20 circles to offer 4G offerings but later returned airwaves of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kolkata circles.
BSNL has 20MHz spectrum in 2,500MHz band in the rest of the 14 circles. The operator has currently soft released its 4G services in Chandigarh wherein it reportedly confirmed speed of as much as 35 Mbps.
presently Bharti Airtel, concept cellular and Vodafone are foremost 4G carrier providers inside the united states. they have extended their 4G community to many key circles. however it’s miles Reliance Jio whose carrier roll out is eagerly awaited.

COAI appeals to DoT against BSNL voice calling app

cell Operators association of India (COAI), an industry affiliation GSM service companies in India, has slammed BSNL for supplying app based calling offerings.
recently, BSNL started its app based totally calling services underneath which its users touring abroad can join their landlines thru mobiles phones and make calls through the cell app without attracting ISD expenses.
“This app violates licensing situations, poses grave security risks, reasons loss to the exchequer, violates Numbering plan & routing principles and breaches present interconnect settlement,” COAI said in a letter to DoT (department of Telecommunication).
ultimate month, BSNL unveiled the software. even as announcing the app, BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava had then said, “After putting in the app, customers could be able to use their cell telephone to make calls using constant line connection from everywhere within the global from 2 April onward.”

Telenor planning to roll out 4G in six circles

Telenor is reportedly planning to roll out its LTE offerings in six circles. The operator has reportedly already started its LTE offerings in Varanasi.
PTI has mentioned that the operator is making plans to launch its 4G offerings in all its six circles by way of the stop of this financial yr.
Telenor presently provides services in UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (along with Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), Maharashtra and Gujarat. It also has spectrum for Assam but is yet to start its services.
Telenor had 7.24 lakh cell subscribers on the give up of January, as in step with TRAI statistics.
in the meantime, ET has claimed that Telenor is seeking to go out the Indian marketplace altogether but has not find any purchaser up to now.
“The enterprise, which has spectrum in seven circles but operates in just six of India’s 22 zones with airwaves best in 1800 Mhz band, is said to be looking for a valuation between $1.6 billion and $1.8 billion (Rs 11,000-12,000 crore),” ET stated quoting resources.
Telenor, as according to ET, has invested $three billion on the grounds that 2008-09 but after dropping all its licenses in 2012, it hasn’t recovered. With constrained airwaves, it may now not survive for lengthy, specifically after the entry of Reliance Jio.

Railtel, Google now offering free WiFi in 9 more railway stations in India

Railtel, the Indian Railways’ arm that gives net services as RailWire, along side Google today introduced the launch of unfastened excessive-speed public WiFi service at 9 new railway stations. After the first release at Mumbai significant, beginning today customers in Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Ernakulum Jn (Kochi) and Vishakhapatnam could be able to get right of entry to the network the usage of their smartphones without cost.
With these launches, Google has now rolled out public WiFi carrier across ten key railways stations, allowing get entry to to over 1.5 million Indians each day. The provider could be formally inaugurated through Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu soon.
The carrier constructed over the fiber network of Raitel is designed to offer high speed broadband revel in to customers. vacationers passing through those stations will now be capable of effortlessly movement a high definition video even as they may be ready, research their destination, down load a e book or a new sport for his or her adventure,” Google said in a press launch.
Google additionally promised to expand its public WiFi community together with Indian Railways and Railtel to a hundred stations in India by way of the cease of this year that is anticipated to cover 10 million Indians. The venture could be sooner or later rolled out to cowl 400 educate stations across India.

Idea announces new Easy Share plan at just Rs 499

concept cell has introduced a new clean percentage postpaid plan which include Voice, records, SMS and movie subscription.
smooth percentage plan users can share their plan advantages (data, voice, SMS) with other concept users. easy share plans are available for postpaid and prepaid users.
the brand new sharing plan lets in the purchaser to enjoy a promotional 1 month loose subscription of movies on Eros Now. in conjunction with loose movie subscription, the plan gives as much as 2GB 4G/3G sharable records together with 550 neighborhood + countrywide talk time and two hundred local + country wide SMS.
The organisation has additionally progressed its existing plans below the easy share postpaid portfolio (at Rs 999, Rs 1499 and Rs 2499) with free tune and movies subscription each month.
speaking approximately the new plan, Sashi Shankar, chief advertising officer, idea cell, said, “The stepped forward easy proportion portfolio with new tariff plan starting at simply Rs 499 is centered at the ones purchasers who’re searching at fee for cash and at the same time want to percentage their records blessings. we’ve got obtained an awesome response for our present smooth proportion plans throughout the u . s . a . and now this access rate of Rs 499 makes it extra reachable and low priced.”