Telecom

Jio Now Has 306.7 Million Subscribers, Gained 26.6 Million in the Last Quarter

Jio reports that its ARPU for the quarter was Rs. 126.2 per subscriber per month Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) has published its quarterly earnings report for its fiscal fourth quarter, ending March 31, alongside parent company Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). Jio detailed financial and operational performance figures for the quarter, and in terms of the latter, the biggest highlight …

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How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm, and Intel

Apple and Qualcomm on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business. The entire drama played out as the mobile phone industry prepares to shift to a technology called 5G. Echoing complaints from the US Federal Trade Commission, Apple had alleged that Qualcomm used its patent licensing business to keep a monopoly on …

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Jio Sets New 4G Availability Record in India, Opensignal Says

No other operator in the world has scored better at a country level than Reliance Jio in India in terms of 4G availability, according to a new report from London-based mobile analytics company Opensignal. Jio’s score grew by close to one percentage point to reach 97.5 percent, up from 96.7 percent about six months ago, said the “Mobile Network Experience” …

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Ericsson, Swisscom Launch Europe’s First Large Scale 5G Network

Telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson said Wednesday it had launched the first European large scale commercial 5G network together with Swiss operator Swisscom, as Ericsson posted a first quarter profit boosted by sales in North America. The Swedish supplier of network equipment said in a statement that the 5G network, launched in 54 cities in Switzerland, had been switched on just …

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BSNL Updates Rs. 666 Prepaid Recharge Plan With 134 Days Validity, Discontinues Rs. 999 and Rs. 2,099 Long Validity Plans

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has updated its Rs. 666 prepaid recharge with a validity of 134 days. The Rs. 666 BSNL prepaid recharge plan was originally offering 129 days validity and it was revised with 122 days validity in February this year. Called the “BSNL Sixer 666”, the recharge plan provides unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, …

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Vodafone Brings Rs. 16 Prepaid Recharge Plan With 1GB Data for 24 Hours

Vodafone has brought a Rs. 16 prepaid recharge plan called “Filmy Recharge”. The new Rs. 16 prepaid recharge plan brings 1GB 2G/ 3G/ 4G data for 24 hours. Notably, the latest data-only option is initially rolling out in select circles, including Assam, Goa, Gujarat, and Maharastra circles. The Rs. 16 Vodafone prepaid recharge plan is available through Vodafone.in, My Vodafone …

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Poland to Hold Off Blanket Ban on Huawei 5G Gear Due to Cost Concerns

Poland is unlikely to exclude all Huawei equipment from its next-generation mobile networks, a government minister told Reuters, in part to avoid increased costs for mobile operators. Huawei, the world’s largest maker of mobile network infrastructure equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China’s government and denies US-led allegations that its 5G equipment could be used …

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Airtel Prepaid Subscribers of Rs. 199 and Above Getting 1-Year Norton Mobile Security Subscription for Free

Alongside other benefits, Airtel prepaid users subscribing to packs of Rs. 199 or higher value will reportedly get one-year free subscription of Norton Mobile Security. The subscription includes anti-phishing Web protection, call and text blocker, malware protection, privacy advisor, remote locate, anti-theft, safe browsing, and more. The telco also recently launched its Rs. 248 First Recharge Plan to include that …

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TRAI Should Work on Alternate Spectrum Auction Method, Says Think Tank

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) should work on an alternative and comprehensive spectrum auction policy, said a report by ICRIER and Broadband India Forum (BIF) on Friday. The regulator should also lower the reserve prices for spectrum auction, said the report named “Evaluating Spectrum Auctions in India”. “TRAI should invest more time in formulating an alternate auction process …

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US Unveils Plans to Speed Up 5G Wireless Deployment

US officials unveiled plans to accelerate deployment of 5G wireless networks, including new funding to bring the ultrafast systems to remote rural areas. At a White House event, the Federal Communications Commission announced new spectrum auctions for 5G systems and said a $20.4 billion (roughly Rs. 1,41,089 crores) fund would be established to help build high-speed broadband networks in rural …

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