Idea Gives You Lots Of Data If You Buy 4G Phone From Flipkart


You should not be surprised if you find telecom operators doling out lots of freebies or at least free data these days. The latest to join is Idea Cellular that today announced to offer 15 GB of 4G data for the cost of 1 GB if someone buys a 4G handset from Flipkart.

Starting this new year, the company said, customers upgrading to the latest range of 4G smartphones exclusively available through the Idea website will qualify for the scheme. Besides, the same customers will also get other benefits like special exchange offers and plans, from Flipkart.

This offer runs till March 31, 2017. It can be recalled that Reliance Jio’s free data offer also runs till that date.

Apart from these offers Idea customers will also get a mega 70% discount on the purchase of accessories such as 10,000 mAH power banks, Idea said in the statement.

“With 4G ecosystem evolving, Idea aims to get more and more customers to join the digital bandwagon and experience Idea’s best in class mobile broadband services across the country. The integration with Flipkart will enable Idea users to access a wide-range of high quality 4G smartphones with unmatched offers and data benefits upto 15GB for the price of 1GB,” said Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular.

“As more and more Indians are upgrading to 4G enabled smartphones, mobile data consumption is expected to rise significantly in the years to come. By way of this association, we are looking at enabling a billion Indians easy access to latest technology bundled with great data offers enabling customers to make the most out of their purchase,” said Ajay Yadav, Head – Mobiles, Flipkart.

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Airtel Hits Back, Says Jio Itself Is To Be Blamed For QoS Issue


Bharti Airtel has hit back hard at Jio saying the new 4G operator has itself to blame for the alleged call failures as the later has not  yet activated all the Points of Interconnect (PoI) provided.

Airtel said it has provided more PoIs to Jio than it has demanded but the sluggish pace of PoI activation from their part is creating all problems, if any at all, and has urged the new operator not to blame it for the call failures.

“About 60 Million customers of Jio are making calls into the Airtel network. To meet this requirement, we have provided 21,557 PoIs to them which is much higher than their demand of 14,164 E1s for catering to 100 Million customers,” Airtel said in a statement.

“Approximately 17,000 PoIs of the total POIs provided are dedicated to the outgoing traffic of Jio but it has yet to activate all the E1s we have provided to them,” it further added.

The RIL owned firm, in its part, early this evening has blamed large telcos, not exactly naming but subtly hinting at Airtel had said lots of calls are still failing as large telcos are not providing the required PoIs to it.

“Jio continues to face interconnection congestion issues with some of the large operators on account of inadequate provision of points of interconnection (POI) capacities even months after commencement of services by Jio. The POI capacity provided by these operators is still way below requirement and is falling short of the customer addition pace of Jio, resulting in quality of service issues for Indian customers,” a Jio statement had said.

Airtel, however, putting the onus back on the new operator, suggested the Mukesh Ambani owned firm needs to take corrective actions themselves to resolve the issues.

“While, their free traffic has been a cause of tsunami of asymmetric traffic towards Airtel’s network, Jio itself has been slow in activating the PoIs provided to them for the reasons best known to them,” it said.

“We hope that they will take immediate corrective actions, instead of blaming Airtel for issues being faced at their end,” it added.

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Jio Claims 72 Mn Users But Blames Big Telcos For Call Drops

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Reliance Jio today said it has acquired more than 72 million customers since launch and though the company is investing heavily in the network, calls are still failing because of the anti-competitive nature of big telcos who are not providing ample points of interconnect.

The company said by end of December 2016, there were 72.4 million registered subscribers on Jio network and the new operator achieved the feat of 50 million customers in just 83 days adding 6 lakh customers per day.

“This subscriber addition rate is the fastest achieved by any company in the world including the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype,” said Mukesh Ambani who was addressing RIL’s shareholders during the Q3 result announcement.

“This level of growth has been unprecedented on any mobile network anywhere in the world, and is a testimony to the comprehensive digital ecosystem that Jio has created and its promise of enabling millions of Indians to add value to their daily lives,” he added.

On the quality of services issue the company said according to data speed test  report by TRAI, Jio’s data speed is at 18.17 mbps which is twice that of its competitor service providers. However, the company claimed that, despite all efforts Jio is unable to provide the best possible service to its customers as it has not got the required number of PoIs.

“Jio continues to face interconnection congestion issues with some of the large operators on account of inadequate provision of points of interconnection (POI) capacities even months after commencement of services by Jio. The POI capacity provided by these operators is still way below requirement and is falling short of the customer addition pace of Jio, resulting in quality of service issues for Indian customers,” a company statement said.

“The resultant call failure rates continue to be of the order of 175 calls failing out of every 1,000 calls from Jio to Airtel network when the QoS regulations mandate that no more than 5 calls out of every 1,000 calls can fail. Indian customers are still being denied the benefits of superior voice technology on Jio’s state-of-the-art network,’ it added.

In order to offer completely flawless and world-class user experience to customers, Jio said it has continued to expand its network, both in terms of coverage as well as capacity. The company is also infusing Rs 30,000 in the network to improve the coverage and capacity.

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Airtel Upgrades Network In Delhi; Expect Less Call Drops


You are set for less call drops and better indoor coverage in Delhi-NCR, provided you are an Airtel subscriber, as the country’s largest telco has upgraded and added more spectrum for its network in the region.

With this, the company claims, customers would get 4G like data speeds even on 3G, thanks to the dual carrier technology. This upgradation will add significant capacity for voice and data, enhance overall network experience through improved stability and coverage, Airtel today said in a statement.

As part of the network upgrade, a part of its Project Leap initiative, Airtel has deployed state of the art ‘Dual Carrier’ technology to combine the spectrum capacities of two 5MHz carriers in the 2100 MHz band. Airtel is the first mobile operator to deploy ‘Dual Carrier’ technology in Delhi NCR.

‘Dual Carrier’ technology significantly boosts network capacity through highly efficient usage, and delivers a superior mobile experience in the form of faster data speeds, better voice quality, and improved network coverage – indoors and outdoors.

The highlight of ‘Dual Carrier’ technology deployment is that customers will be able to enjoy 4G like data speeds even when they are on the 3G. The technology will also help in optimising the backend engagement between the network and mobile devices, enabling customers to enjoy extended battery life on their mobile devices. With this deployment, Airtel will now offer the widest 4G experience across Delhi-NCR.

“Airtel has consistently set the benchmark, when it comes to deployment of latest technology to improve customer experience. With ‘Dual Carrier’ technology, we will be able to deliver a seamless 4G experience across NCR. We would like to thank our customers for their cooperation during the network upgrade and invite them to experience our network,” said Ravindra Singh Negi, CEO – Delhi/NCR, Bharti Airtel.

Airtel is the largest mobile operator in Delhi NCR with 11.43 million customers and offers 4G, 3G and 2G services in the Capital city.

As part of Project Leap, Airtel has been deploying state-of-the-art technology solutions for better indoor coverage and network optimization; overhauling legacy networks with new equipment and making investments in additional spectrum and fiber to significantly improving its network capabilities across the country since last year. Airtel was also the first operator in the country to deploy ‘Carrier Aggregation’ technology that combines capacities of spectrum in 2300 MHz (TD-LTE) and 1800 MHz (FD-LTE) and delivers data speeds on up to 135 Mbps with compatible handsets.

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Gorilla Glass Maker Corning Appoints Amit Bansal As India MD

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Corning Incorporated, the makers of Gorilla Glass, that physically protects your smartphone,  has appointed Amit Bansal as its new managing director for its operations in India. Bansal will be based in Gurugram, Haryana and spearhead the US $10-billion company’s growth and operations while contributing to strategic planning for Corning in India.

“Amit has been an integral part of the organization and has contributed to the company’s growth in the country over the past several years,” said Thomas Appelt, president of Corning International Emerging Markets. “India is one of our priority markets and we aim to expand our business and deepen our business engagement in the core sector. Amit brings in immense experience and I am confident that he will drive company’s growth plans for India.”

Bansal will drive synergy across the various commercial organizations to grow Corning’s business in the country. Additionally, he will oversee Corning’s manufacturing operations in the country, business development efforts with the science and technology organization, and pursue new global supply management opportunities. Bansal has also been appointed to the Corning Finolex Board of Directors.

“I am excited to be a part of Corning’s journey in India and witness numerous growth avenues explored by the organization,” Bansal said. “Corning is an iconic global brand and the projected plans for growth in India seem very promising. I am committed to take the company’s vision forward and utilize all of my skills to ensure an accelerated growth trajectory for the company across verticals.”

Bansal brings almost two decades of extensive business experience both internationally and in India. Before joining Corning, Bansal played a key role in leading various commercial, merger, and acquisition initiatives at Axygen, a California-based life science company acquired by Corning in 2009. Additionally, Bansal is a qualified chartered accountant and holds degrees in finance and accounting.

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Airtel Payments Bank To Invest Rs 3000 Cr To Expand Banking Network

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Airtel Payments Bank, the banking services arm of Bharti Airtel, today said it will invest Rs 3000 crore to develop a pan India banking and digital payments ecosystem.

This was announced during the nation wide launch of the payments bank. Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley launched the banking service along with Bharti Group Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal.

“Bharti has always undertaken transformational initiatives that have the potential to make a positive impact on the society and contribute to the development of India. Airtel has been at the forefront of India’s digital transformation and has empowered over 260 million customers with affordable telecom services. With Airtel Payments Bank, we are starting another important chapter in our journey, with the potential to truly transform lives and contribute to financial inclusion in the country. Just like mobile telephony leapfrogged traditional telecom networks to take affordable telecom services deep into the country, Airtel Payments Bank aims to take digital banking services to the unbanked over their mobile phones in a quick and efficient manner. Millions of Indians in rural areas will get their first formal banking experience with Airtel Payments Bank,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal.

The Rs 3000 crore investment, the company said, will be used to develop a network of 250,000 banking points across the country from the day one. Airtel Payments Bank will also develop a nation-wide digital payments ecosystem with over five million merchants. At present the company have already added over 1 million such merchants.

For the payments bank Airtel has partnered with MasterCard to offer payments bank card to its customers who can use the card as like any debit or ATM card. The company already has over a million savings account holders.

What You Can Do With Airtel Payments Bank

  • Like a traditional bank, one can open a savings account in a payments bank.
  • Your Airtel mobile number is your account number
  • You may get a debit/ATM card
  • You will not get a credit card
  • You can earn interest of 7.25% p.a on your deposit
  • You can deposit upto Rs 1,00,000
  • You can transfer money to any bank account
  • You can do online shopping, ticket booking, transactions etc
  • You can withdraw cash
  • You get Rs 1 lakh personal accident insurance with a new savings account


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Airtel Appoints Badal Bagri As CFO

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Bharti Airtel on Wednesday appointed Badal Bagri as Chief Financial Officer for its India & South Asia operations with effect from January 16, 2017.

This will be Badal’s second stint with Airtel. He had previously worked with Airtel from 2010 to 2014 and was the Chief Controller for the Consumer Business as well as the Global Financial Controller. In his last role, Badal was the Chief Financial Officer at Aircel. Prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Micromax.

In his new role, Badal will lead the Finance teams across India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to drive Airtel’s growth strategy. He will report to Nilanjan Roy, Global Chief Financial Officer, Bharti Airtel.

“We are delighted to have Badal back on board with us. I wish him the very best for his new role and look forward to work closely with him. His leadership, deep knowledge and rich experience will significantly contribute towards further strengthening our finance team as we steer ahead in our growth journey,” said Commenting on the appointment, Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

Badal has over 22 years of work experience across telecom, FMCG, services and manufacturing having worked with leading conglomerates such as Genpact, GE, Coke and ICI. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Commerce Graduate from Calcutta University.

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LeEco Asks COO Atul Jain To Leave


Flamboyant Chinese smartphone maker LeEco has asked its India Chief Operating Officer Atul Jain to leave citing poor performance of the company. Jain is counting his last few days with the company as his contract is not being renewed beyond the initial contracted period of one year.

Jain’s contract gets over on 31 January 2017. LeEco has also been asked Jain to resign from the company’s board, sources inside the company informed. He was appointed as a ‘wholetime director’ on 8 March, 2016.

Calls and text messages to Jain remain unanswered by the time we went public.

Sources also said that all the tasks and responsibilities have been removed from Jain and handed over to Alex Li who has been appointed as the new COO. However, the company has never gone public with this appointment.

While the company has blamed Jain for LeEco’s performance in India, insiders say, a lot is linked with the way the company is being run and the poor performance of the company is because of the issues with its headquarter in China.

The Chinese firm that came to India just a year back is going through a bad phase and analysts predict the worse is just round the corner.

Besides Jain, LeEco has also asked close to half of its entire workforce to put in their papers, and if sources are to be believed, 40% of the sales team including the sales head have already left the company.

Besides the manpower issue, the company is believed to have slashed its budgets in India, shelved its expansion plans that included opening of new stores. Worse than that, sources say, there has been no shipment of products to the Indian shore for last 3 months.

The company has been going through a severe financial crunch and its global CEO had admitted recently that it has bitten off more than it could chew. In its early days of entering in to any new market, the company created a buzz by investing huge money on brand promotion and advertising but back home it started loosing ground. It has not paid off many debts, both at home in China as well as in India.

Recently TeleAnalysis had reported a China based component manufacturer had approached a local trade court seeking recovery of its unpaid debts. Prior to that a Hong Kong based newspaper had sued LeEco for unpaid bills on account of advertising.

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Arun Jaitley To Launch Airtel Payments Bank In Delhi Tomorrow


Airtel Payments Bank, the banking services arm of Bharti Airtel, will be launched in Delhi on 12 January. This will be launched in the presence of Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley and Bharti Group Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal.

Though a total of 11 companies have received in-principle approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to offer payments bank services, so far, only Airtel has launched it.

The company launched its first payments bank in Rajasthan in November 2016 and then has rolled out the same in four other states including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. With the Delhi launch, the company would aim at spreading the services in three nearby states of Delhi, UP and Haryana. It would also look at a pan-India roll out.

A typical payments bank is a fully digital and paperless bank and offers all basic banking facilities like account opening services and cash deposit & withdrawal facilities. Savings accounts are opened using Aadhaar based e-KYC. This requires no documents at all, only the customer’s Aadhaar number is needed.

Airtel Payments Bank offers all these services and just like any traditional bank, it also offers its customers interest on their deposits. However, Airtel offers 7.25% interest compared to 3 or 4% offered by conventional banks. Besides the lucrative interest rate, the bank also offers personal accidental insurance of Rs. 1 Lac with every savings account and free talktime equaling the amount deposited in the payments bank saving account.

What You Can Do With Airtel Payments Bank

  • Like a traditional bank, one can open a savings account in a payments bank.
  • Your Airtel mobile number is your account number
  • You may get a debit/ATM card
  • You will not get a credit card
  • You can earn interest of 7.25% p.a on your deposit
  • You can deposit upto Rs 1,00,000
  • You can transfer money to any bank account
  • You can do online shopping, ticket booking, transactions etc
  • You can withdraw cash
  • You get Rs 1 lakh personal accident insurance with a new savings account
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Qualcomm Appoints Larry Paulson As India Head


Qualcomm today appointed Larry Paulson as its India chief. This position had been vacant since October 2016 when the then India head Sunil Lalvani quit the company to explore other opportunities. Qualcomm India’s VP for Government Affairs Parag Kar was then appointed as its interim chief.

Larry Paulson has joined as vice president and president of Qualcomm India and he ill report directly to Jim Cathey, senior vice president and president of Asia Pacific and India.

Paulson has more than 20 years of experience in strategy, R&D, customer development, product marketing and technology creation. He joined the Company in 2013 as vice president of product management for Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD), a product of the semiconductor business, QCT. Most recently, Paulson led the QCT Platforms organization and has expanded the Qualcomm Reference Design platform from the low tier to all MSM chipset tiers and into new categories, such as virtual reality. Paulson and his team also established the Qualcomm Global Pass program, which has been launched successfully in Latin America, North America, Europe, India and South East Asia.

Prior to Qualcomm, Paulson was the executive vice president and chief marketing officer at BrightPoint. Before that, he held numerous positions at Nokia during his 20+ year career, including global senior vice president and general manager of Nokia’s worldwide CDMA device business with full P&L responsibility for all product and technology creation. He also oversaw Nokia’s ODM process with partners in China, Taiwan and Korea with responsibility for strategy, R&D, customer development and product marketing. Prior to that, Larry served as senior vice president, North America Business Development and president of Technophone (a wholly owned subsidiary of Nokia).

“Larry has a long history in the wireless industry and experience in building cellular phones and running large businesses, all of which will be instrumental in his new role,” Cathey said. “He will provide leadership and drive business growth for Qualcomm in the region, and will oversee the sales and business organization in India with responsibility for all QCT and QTL go-to-market activities.”

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