Huawei says contiguous blocks of cheap 5G spectrum are needed in India

Huawei believes India must focus on allocating contiguous blocks of cost-effective 5G spectrum for a successful rollout.

Executives from Huawei made the comments during the company’s Connect event in Shanghai. Ken Hu, deputy chairman of Huawei, noted the allocation of spectrum as being among India’s current biggest challenges when it comes to 5G.

“We hope that spectrum resources can be allocated more efficiently. It’s very important to have contiguous resources released to carriers in...

By Ryan Daws, 20 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum, Wireless.

Huawei denies being excluded from India’s national 5G trial

Huawei denies yesterday’s reports claiming the company has been excluded from participating in India’s national 5G trials.

In comments to ETTelecom, India’s Telecoms Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said:

“We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia, and telecom service providers to partner with us to start 5G technology-based trials, and have got a positive response from them.

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation.

ZTE and Huawei are to be excluded from India’s 5G trials

India is said to be excluding Chinese vendors ZTE and Huawei from its 5G trials in favour of Ericsson, Cisco, Samsung, and Nokia.

The exclusion of the vendors has become a somewhat familiar story. Just last week, Telecoms reported South Korea’s largest operator became the latest to snub Huawei.

Speaking to ETTelecom, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security.

Indian telcos asked to enable social app blocks following attacks

The Indian government has asked telcos in the country to enable the blocking of social apps following a spate of vigilante attacks.

Apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook have been used to spread misinformation about individuals leading to lynchings and beatings.

In a letter seen by Reuters, the government wrote:

“You are ... requested to explore various possible options and confirm how...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Government, India, Mobile, Regulation.

India signs three MOUs with UK institutions to maximise 5G benefits

India has signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) agreements with leading UK academic institutions to hasten 5G deployment and maximise its benefits.

The UK institutions which signed the MOUs are King’s College, University of Surrey, and the University of Bristol. Academics will share their expertise and research with the Indian government-owned body C-DOT, the nation’s telecoms technology development centre.

India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Y.K. Sinha, said to reporters:

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

Vodafone merges with Idea Cellular to become India’s largest telecoms operator

Vodafone has confirmed plans to create the biggest telecoms operator in India following a “merger of equals” with Idea Cellular.

Talks of the deal, worth around $23 billion, were confirmed at the end of January. In a press release today, Vodafone confirmed the plans for its Indian subsidiary (excluding its 42% stake in Indus Towers) to progress the merger with Aditya Birla Group's Idea Cellular.

A new champion of Digital India founded with a long-term commitment and vision to bring world-class 4G...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, India, Industry, Mobile.

Google close to large-scale Project Loon deployment

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Project Loon once seemed to be just another of Google's crazy experiments, but it's gone from strength-to-strength over the past couple of years and now the web giant is looking for an Indian carrier to run a full pilot service to a large number of people in the region. 

Although unconfirmed, there are...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, Google, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Rural.

Broadband forum seeks to counter Microsoft's low-cost internet

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A collective of India's top mobile carriers, the Broadband India Forum (BIF), are seeking to counter Microsoft's plan to make use of unused "white space" TV spectrum to deliver low-cost rural broadband connectivity to around 5,000 villages in the country.

The forum has raised their issue with India's telecoms secretary, Rakesh Garg, and urged him to ensure the frequencies are brought...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Innovation, Licensing, Regulation, Rural.

Small chip harnesses White Space to solve rural coverage issues

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Google might be looking into extravagant methods of solving rural broadband coverage problems, but a small chip designed by Saankhya Labs in Bengaluru could be a more feasible solution in the short-term of connecting more people in remote communities to the rest of...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Infrastructure, Innovation, Rural.

Net Neutrality: Telcos opt-out of Facebook's Internet.org initiative

Facebook's Internet.org initiative, in principle, sounds like a fantastic idea. It would provide mobile users in developing countries with free access to certain online content which can help them to stay-in-touch, conduct business, and receive alerts for things such as natural disasters.

Indian Web and media companies CleartripNDTVNewshunt, and the Times Group have announced they are pulling out...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Developing Countries, India, Industry, Net Neutrality.

Vodafone continues India expansion with $1bn upgrade

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MNO Vodafone has been putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to network upgrades in recent times. In the UK, the network has pledged £1bn to upgrade its network in the land of her majesty and has begun to rollout initiatives such as "Open Sure Signal" which uses femtocell technology to provide coverage in rural communities.

India is set to...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: India, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Indian operators take a stand on OTT players undercutting their revenue

Telecom operators in India have challenged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to provide a more level playing field for traditional operators against OTT players, according to reports.

According to the Economic Times of India, at a seminar organised by TRAI on “Regulatory Framework for OTT Services”, Vodafone’s TV Ramachandran said: “We want some kind...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: India, Operators, OTT Services.

NETRA is the Indian NSA’s PRISM equivalent

If you thought the United States’ NSA (National Security Agency) was the only government agency with intrusive spying measures – you’d be wrong. Perhaps not wanting to run into the same kind of fire the US has; the Indian intelligence agencies appear to be more open about their efforts.

The project, known as NETRA (Network Traffic Analysis), will detect and capture any voice traffic which could be linked...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, India, Infrastructure, Security.

Nokia aims to conquer low and mid-range, but is there any chance of success?

The Nokia Asha 501 was announced at a global launch event in New Delhi earlier this week to much praise, mainly regarding the Lumia-esque differential styling, the “swipe” UI, and the price.

For anyone not familiar with the Asha line, it’s the Finnish-manufacturer’s solution to emerging markets; offering fantastic devices at extremely affordable pricing whilst being incredibly attractive.

Taking the 501 as an example of this, the device which is available in many fluorescent colours (and playful design is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, India, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

Research shows importance of developing smartphone market

Two separate pieces of research from Nielsen and Canalys have shown how the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) market is going to explode in terms of smartphone development.

The key takeaway from the Canalys report was that China’s smartphone market is growing at such a rate that it will be nearly double the size of the US market this year, and the advice to operators is: make hay while the sun shines in emerging markets, before your competition gets there first.

Canalys predicts that China will absorb...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, India, Research, Smartphones.

Unrealistic pricing blamed for lacklustre Indian 2G auction

A disappointing first day’s bidding in India’s 2G spectrum auctions has seen two of the country’s most valuable regions attract no bids, following a number of complaints from operators that the prices set by the Indian government were just too high.

The government received bids worth Rs9.2bn ($1.7bn) on day one of the auction on Monday, less than a quarter of the amount it hoped to raise; an embarrassing result that comes at a bad time for India’s telecoms industry, and for the...

By Matt Henkes, 13 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: India, Operators, Wireless.

Will a smart grid help India avoid future blackouts?

By Surupa Mahto, Analyst, Energy & Sustainability Technology

The two recent blackouts in India were mainly caused by the failure of India’s electricity infrastructure to meet increasing demand for power.

Poor policy frameworks, ageing transmission infrastructure, and ailing distribution companies have all contributed to this increasing gap between supply and demand.

In order to avoid these types of large-scale blackouts in the future, India needs to...

By Ovum Research, 21 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, India, Infrastructure.

And the winner in the India 3G roaming pacts case is?

You’d never get a boxing match with only two judges in case of a split decision – so why did the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in India do it with a vital 3G roaming case?

The case revolves around whether operators should still be allowed to use roaming ‘pacts’ on 3G services and the two judges and members of TDSAT, Chairman Justice S B Sinha and Member P K Rastogi, differed in their opinions which meant a split decision.

The trial was presided over by only...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: India, Mobile, Operators.

Anonymous India hacks TELCO website in censorship protest

It’s safe to say there have been less interesting weeks in Indian telecoms.

Following the approval of a new national telecoms policy, and the hacking into provider Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)’s website by the Anonymous India group, there has been plenty to talk about.

The site of state-assisted MTNL was down for at least six hours yesterday, with the Anonymous India blog proudly displaying a

By James Bourne, 07 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, India, Networks, Wireless.