India’s Jio plans two-pronged 4G device strategy

India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm plans to market its long-anticipated 4G service through more than 1,000 ‘Jio Centres’ and will offer Jio-branded devices under its parent company’s retail unit, Reliance Digital. The operator, which is owned by Reliance Industries, is investing …

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Huawei secures key approval to make handsets in India – reports

Huawei is set to become the first major Chinese brand to make handsets in India, after reportedly winning key government manufacturing approval. India’s Ministry of Home Affairs gave the Chinese vendor the green light 19 months after it first applied …

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Snapdeal hires Airtel CMO

Indian online marketplace Snapdeal has hired Bharti Airtel’s business-to-consumer CMO Govind Rajan and appointed him as its new chief strategy officer. Rajan, who also headed Airtel Money, will take on the new role in August. The appointment comes less than …

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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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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 calls for “regulatory oversight” on local OTT calls

India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) has suggested that while messaging and international voice services provided by internet players don’t require new regulation, it has recommended “regulatory oversight” of local voice services. The six-member panel, in its review of the broader …

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India to overtake US as No 2 smartphone market in 2017

India is forecast to overtake the US to become the world’s second largest smartphone market in 2017, with annual shipments jumping from 118 million this year to 174 million units. Strategy Analytics predicts that global shipments of smartphones will increase …

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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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Operator group urges India to free up unused spectrum

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has called on the country’s government to allow operators to use as much as 450MHz of unused spectrum held by 13 government agencies, including the armed forces and police. Given the limited spectrum …

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