Idea readies its banking services

Idea Cellular, India’s third largest operator, updated on mobile banking during its Q1 2016 results, one of three business segments it picked out. While the operator did not offer any financial figures, it did provide a progress report on its …

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India’s top operators put $71B behind Digital India initiative

Some of India’s top companies, including many leading telecoms operators, have committed a total of INR4.5 trillion (almost $71 billion) to support prime minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India campaign, which was back in focus last week with the launch of …

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Bharti Airtel raises $1.3B from African tower sales

India’s Bharti Airtel today announced the sale of tower assets in five African countries for $1.3 billion, which it said will be used to reduce debt. The company also confirmed it is in the process of further divestment in six other …

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Airtel investing $1B to take 3G nationwide

India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel said it is spending INR64 billion ($1 billion) to aggressively expand its 3G coverage nationwide after acquiring additional spectrum in the March auction. The operator’s 3G connections have doubled to almost 20 million over …

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Airtel accuses former employee of sharing stolen data with Jio

India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel has filed a complaint with the police, accusing a former employee of copying internal documents and sharing them with rival newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm. Airtel claimed in the complaint that Yasir Majid, who left …

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India’s cashless proposal could spur mobile payments

The Indian government published proposals to encourage greater take-up of electronic payments in a country where cash still rules. It suggested a range of measures, including tax benefits to merchants if at least half of their transactions are handled electronically. …

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Bharti Airtel ends tower sale to Helios in two African countries

Bharti Airtel is no longer selling its telecom towers in Tanzania and Chad to Helios Towers Africa, a move that will likely hinder its efforts to reduce debt and ongoing capital expenditure on infrastructure in African markets. In a statement …

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Airtel denies breaching customer privacy; blogosphere unconvinced

India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel has vigorously denied violating customer privacy by adding code that serves ads and tracks usage, claiming that the suspected code is used to help customers keep track of their data usage and is standard …

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India’s Airtel follows Idea in boosting data tariffs

India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel followed Idea Cellular’s lead by increasing 2G and 3G data prices for prepaid customers. An Airtel representative said that prepaid data tariffs have increased due to it discontinuing discounts. Its prepaid 2G customers will …

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