India moves to nationwide mobile number portability

India’s mobile operators today have launched national mobile number portability (MNP) to meet the government’s deadline for offering the service, which allows customers to keep their existing mobile numbers when they move to another region. The country has had MNP …

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India’s Idea first to raise data tariffs after auction

After speculation that India’s operators would need to boost prices following their record payout for 4G spectrum, the third largest operator Idea Cellular is the first to raise data rates by up to 100 per cent in the New Delhi …

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Idea Cellular looks to offload tower business for $1.2B – report

Idea Cellular, India’s third-largest mobile operator, is reportedly working on a INR78.5 billion ($1.2 billion) deal to sell its independent tower business. According to The Economic Times, Malaysia’s Axiata and American Tower Corporation (ATC) have expressed interest in the business, …

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India’s Airtel starts LTE-FDD trials

India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel kicked off LTE-FDD trials in Chennai yesterday and will extend them to Mumbai and Hyderabad by the end of the month. It is offering existing 3G users a free upgrade to 4G. The operator, …

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Idea’s profit jumps 62%; data and voice drive growth

India’s third largest mobile operator Idea Cellular reported strong profit and revenue growth for its fiscal year ending 31 March, benefiting from brisk demand for data and stabilising voice income. Its net profit expanded 62 per cent to INR31.9 billion …

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India’s top 3 operators account for 85% of auction spend

India’s largest three mobile operators have committed to spending a total of INR895 billion ($14.3 billion) – 85 per cent of the record INR1.1 trillion ($17.6 billion) the government will generate from the auction of four spectrum bands. Bharti Airtel, …

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Vodafone India expands 3G spectrum base, spends $4B

Vodafone India announced that it will pay INR258.1 billion ($4.12 billion) to acquire a total of 78.4MHz of spectrum in 12 regions, or “circles”. India’s spectrum auction, which closed earlier this week after three weeks of bidding, will bring in …

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Telenor joins local operators to bid for banking licence

Norway’s Telenor has joined the crowd of local operators applying for payments bank licences in India. Telenor, according to the Economic Times, said it had teamed up with two partners to bid for a licence from the Reserve Bank of …

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Asia’s Weekly Highlights: KDDI sees double-digit growth, Samsung focuses on improving profitability

Mobile World Live’s Asia editor Joseph Waring looks at the top stories across Asia last week: South Korea’s three major operators reported a mixed bag of earnings last week, but all had strong gains in LTE additions and ARPU. SK …

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