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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Thailand’s Jasmine looks for partner to enter 4G auctions

Thailand’s Jasmine International, which owns the country’s second largest fixed broadband operator, plans to participate in the upcoming 4G auctions and is looking for a foreign partner to help fund the operation. Jasmine chief executive Peter Bodharamik (pictured) told the …

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India’s spectrum auction closes, bids hit $17.6B

India’s spectrum auctions have come to a close, after three weeks and 115 bidding rounds, raising INR1.1 trillion ($17.6 billion) from eight operators. Almost 90 per cent of the total spectrum being auctioned off has been provisionally sold, the government said. …

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India Focus: Auctions enter 4th week, attract $17B in bids; Delhi asks IT ministry to block taxi-hailing apps & more

Mobile World Live’s Asia editor Joseph Waring provides a regular update on developments in the second-largest mobile market in the world: Auctions enter 4th week, attract $17B in bids India’s spectrum auctions, after three weeks and 110 bidding rounds, have …

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Thai 4G auctions to go ahead in August

Thailand’s military government stated that the country’s long-delayed 4G spectrum auctions will go ahead as scheduled and that the telecoms regulator is prepared to hold the sale within five months. In late February the government said the auctions would not …

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Thai 4G spectrum auctions delayed once again

Thailand’s telecoms regulator has confirmed that the already delayed 4G spectrum auctions scheduled for August will have to be pushed back because of delays in setting up the country’s digital economy committee. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), which …

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Aircel, Tata DoCoMo can’t bid in new Indian spectrum bands

Indian operators Aircel and Tata Teleservices will only be allowed to add to their existing spectrum holdings and can’t bid for new bands because they don’t meet the financial requirements set by the Telecom Department (DoT) for next week’s auction. …

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Bangladeshi PM approves spectrum auction guidelines

Bangladesh’s prime minister has approved the telecoms regulator’s draft guidelines for the 1.8 and 2.1GHz spectrum auction scheduled for 30 April. The deadline for submitting applications is 26 February. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) submitted the guidelines in December, …

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India’s spectrum auction attracts 8 operators

Eight operators in India have stepped forward to participate in the country’s long-awaited spectrum auctions next month. The bidding companies will be Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio Infotel, Reliance Communications (RCom), Tata Teleservices, Uninor and Vodafone. Sistema Shyam …

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