Telcos Need To Expand Network For 5G, IoT : Manoj Sinha


Telecom minister Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said that in order to offer future technologies like 4G, 5G and Internet of things or IoT, the telecom operators of the country need to expand their network They, he added, should also expand their coverage in the country to more locations.

“For provision of seamless services including advanced facilities like 4G, 5G and Internet of Things (IoT), the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) are required to expand their network so as to ensure adequate coverage at all the locations where such services are required to be provided,” Communications minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

He said that as on 31-05-2017, there are total 4,48,273 mobile towers installed by different TSPs in the country. What he meant was the operators should increase these numbers.

The minister also took note of growing concerns around radiations from telecom towers.

On the issue of EMF radiation from the mobile towers, he said that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), in the year 2008, adopted the International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines that are recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) for basic restriction and limiting reference levels of electromagnetic radiation from mobile towers.

Based on the recommendations of an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), with effect from 01.09.2012, these limits have been made ten times more stringent than the limits prescribed by ICNIRP and recommended by WHO.

Manoj Sinha said that the present limit/level of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for Mobile Handsets in India is also one of the most stringent in the world and is 1.6 Watt per Kg averaged over a mass of one-gram human tissue, at par with USA, Canada and Australia, as against the global standards prescribed by ICNIRP of 2 W/kg averaged over a mass of 10 gm tissue and adopted by China, Singapore, Ghana, Brazil, Japan, Nigeria, Republic of Korea etc.

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Govt To Open 100 New Post Offices Including 66 In LWE Areas


The government of India is planning to expand the postal network in order to reach the remotest parts of country including the left wing extremism areas. In this exercise, the Government has planned to open 81 Sub-Post Offices and 100 Branch Post Offices during the current financial year 2017-18.

These new post offices will be opened under the Scheme – “Rural Business & Access to Postal Network,” Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

He said that the Department of Posts has also planned to open 66 Branch Post Offices by creation of new posts in 32 worst affected Left Wing Extremism (LWE) districts in the country under the aforesaid scheme in the current financial year.

Shri Sinha informed that out of 25,350 post offices in the States of the Country, 25,348 are computerised. He said that the Department of Posts takes action, from time to time, to induct technology and upgrade the system to cater to the growing market requirements and to increase revenue earnings.

The Minister said that the increase or revision of rates of postal products and services is an ongoing exercise carried out from time to time and that there is no proposal to increase the rates of premium Business Development products at present.

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Airtel Reappoints Gopal Vittal As MD & CEO For Another 5 Years


Bharti Airtel, the largest operator in the country, has reappointed Gopal Vittal as Managing Director and CEO of its India and South Asia operations for another 5 years. Vittal currently holds the same position and his renewed service would start from February 1, 2018.

Bharti Airtel announced this during the company’s AGM yesterday, on 24 July.

Vittal joined Airtel as its CEO and MD in March 2013. He has been instrumental in taking Airtel out from the stormy financial situations the company was prior to that period.

When Vittal took over, Airtel already had witnessed net loss for eight straight quarters or exactly two years, and the company was sitting on a debt of over $2 billion. This, can never be a sign of a healthy company.

However, after Gopal’s joining the firm at its helm, the company, through various remedial measures, came back to make profits, that too consistently.

The company is going to announce its 2nd quarter results today, on 25 July, and we will apprise you of it at the due time.

He was previously with Bharti Enterprises where he was the Group Director, Special Projects (April 2012- Feb 2013). In this capacity, he worked towards formulating and supporting Airtel’s international strategy and data expansion.

Prior to this Gopal Vittal was with Hindustan Unilever where he headed the $3.5 billion Home and Personal Care division.

As Director, Marketing at Bharti Airtel from 2006 to 2008, he made significant contributions towards driving revenue growth, market leadership and building Airtel as an iconic brand.

Gopal Vittal is an alumnus of Madras Christian College and has completed his MBA at IIM, Kolkata.


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How Jio Phone Shatters HMD Global’s Hope On Nokia 3310


The recently announced Jio Phone from Reliance Jio has claimed one unintended victim – the Nokia 3310. HMD Global had played a big emotional game with the launch of the iconic Nokia 3310 couple of years back. But with the launch of Reliane Jio’s 4G feature phone, the 3310, just like any other feature phone that serves only the 2G users, may not see the kind of traction that it hoped.

Because India still has more than 500 million of 2G phone users, Nokia expected its iconic 3310 can grab a big pie of the feature phone market as compared to its competitions from the like of Micromax, Karbonn or Lava, or for that matter of Samsung. But like any other feature phone brands, the Reliance Jio Phone, in a single stroke shattered all the hopes that HMD Global has nursed for the Nokia 3310, or with its recently launched other features including the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130.

Reliance Jio Phone is a revolutionary 4G feature phone and it costs just Rs 1500, if you consider the refundable deposit of that amount as its price. All most all the feature phones available in the market are priced in that range – Rs 1500, though that starts from Rs 699. But the Jio Phone, being a 4G feature phone, hold a lot of promise for the 500 million users who still find a 3G or 4G phone as expensive, which forced them to limit them to use a feature phone and not use data.

The Jio Phone comes in a 2.4 inch QVGA display and offers almost all the features of a smartphone. It comes with data support, with Jio, and voice control feature, means you can use the phone by just talking to the device. Jio offers voice calls for free, the primary reason why a feature phone is being used in the country. With a monthly plan of Rs 153, Jio offers voice calls, SMS, roaming absolutely free, and along with that half a GB of 4G data per day to use.

But the Jio Phone offers all the features that a typical entry level smartphone has but at an very affordable price point. So there is a little chance that someone would go for a 2G feature phone, including the Nokia 3310, at a price in which a new age 4G feature phone is available.


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TeleAnalysis Weekly Roundup : JioPhone, IUC, HMD CEO Quits, MI Max 2 Launch


The past week was quite eventful for the telecommunication industry – both for India as well as globally. India saw many developments that included quite a handful of smartphone launches, policy discussions including IUC with some operators demanding for increasing call termination charges whereas new operator Reliance Jio suggesting the regulator to implement BAK (bill and keep) model. Then are developments like Reliance Jio’s revolutionary announcement to target the 500 mn Indians who do not have a smartphone, with the launch of JioPhone.

Here, we bring you some selected developments that disturbed the status quo of the telecom industry. Here is a recap.

Reliance JioPhone Launch

Reliance Jio on 21 July, on its 40th AGM, launched a 4G feature phone that has the potential to change how the masses use data services. The JioPhone is in fact a smartphone with a small display.  The JioPhone will come with a 2.4 inch screen with QVGA display and have alphanumeric keypad. The phone is data enabled and Jio data will come integrated with the phone. The phone comes with voice command control feature and one can talk to the phone to do the wished tasks like making a call or run an app or search for something.

The phone will be available free but the company will ask for a security deposit of Rs 1500 which will be refunded after 3 years. The company said this security amount is taken so as to avoid the misuse of a free product. Read More..

Jio Vs Incumbent Telcos On IUC

TRAI open house on Interconnect Usage Charges or IUC on 19 July seemed like a war zone with heated arguments between the operators, precisely between Reliance Jio at one side and the incumbents like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular at the side.

While country’s largest operator Bharti Airtel is pushing for increasing the IUC, which is set at 14 paise per minute, Reliance Jio at the other hand asking for a complete removal of the same and implement the Bill and Keep or BAK rules. Read More..

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Launch

Xiaomi has brought back its large format smartphones , the Max series, with the launch of Mi Max 2 in India. The 6.44 inch Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is priced at Rs 19,999. The earlier Max series phone, Mi Max was launched at Rs 14,999. The Xioami Mi Max 2 comes with 6.44-inch screen with full HD display which is protected by a 2.5D curved glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone is powered by 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa core processor couple with 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage space. The storage capacity can further be enhanced upto 128 GB using microSD cards. Read More..

HMD CEO Arto Nummela Quits

HMD Global, the ‘home’ of Nokia phones now, or the company that sells the iconic Nokia phones, today said its CEO Arto Nummela has stepped down from the company. CEOs of companies do step down but whats intriguing is Nummela is stepping down and leaving the company with ‘immediate effect’.

The ‘immediate effect’ thing in Nummela’s resignation hints not all is well at the company that recently made waves in the global market with the relaunch of Nokia phones including the iconic Nokia 3310. Read More..

Chinese Smartphones Aggravating Call Drops

If you are a victim of call drops and are at the receiving end for quite some time now, there are high probabilities that its because of your faulty smartphone, and not because of the operators’ network.

For India the call drop menace is a recent phenomena – a year or two to be precise, and the issue is not dying down despite operators are putting enough money in their network upgradation. Take for example, Bharti Airtel. The company invested Rs 60,000 crore under project leap to upgrade its network, put up more than 1.5 lakh sites in just 2 years, but there is no significant improvement in user experience as far as call drops are concerned. Read More..

Moto Z2 Play : You Wouldn’t Ask For A Better Phone

The recent Moto Z series of smartphones is a classic example of the kind of innovation that can be brought into handheld devices. With the Z series, and with Moto Z, Motorola brought modularity to smartphones and the company launched a handful of Moto Mods that can be linked to the smartphone to heighten the customer experience. The various mods launched last year included JBL outdoor speaker and Hasselblad camera that enhanced customer experience by providing crystal clear sound and professional photography with the smartphones. Read More..

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The Reliance JioPhone : Price, Plan, Availability And All Details


Reliance Jio today launched its much awaited 4G feature phone named JioPhone. The country was awaiting this for a long time now, and media had its share of rumors and speculative stories. The company, however, put all rumors to rest and announced the details of the Jio 4G feature phone, its price, data plans and features, today during the company’s 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai.

We bring you all the details pertaining to JioPhone.


  • The Reliance Jio 4G feature phone is named as JioPhone
  • It is basically a smartphone with a small screen, all smartphone functions can be done on this phone
  • JioPhone is single SIM phone and you can make VoLTE calls
  • It has a 2.4 inch QVGA screen
  • Has camera, and alphanumeric keypad
  • It has voice command features
  • It can run data applications, just like the smartphones

JioPhone Price

  • The JioPhone will be available for free, means no cost
  • But the buyers have to deposit a security amount of Rs 1500, which will be refunded after 3 years, at whatever used condition

Data Plans

  • The phone offers unlimited data plan for Rs 153
  • This unlimited data will be offered at half a GB per day, smartphone users get 1 GB per day for Rs309
  • The company has also launched two sachet packs, of Rs 24 and Rs 54, that are valid for 2 days and one week respectively
  • One can watch all the Jio apps like Jio Cinema, Jio TV, Jio Music etc on the phone

Smart Features

  • The JioPhone is really a smart one
  • It has integrated voice control system. You can talk to your phone to activate a feature. Like you can ask it to dial a number by using your voice
  • The JioPhone can be connected to any TV, smart or CRT, and all the TV applications like serials, movies, sports and news etc can be watched on the TV
  • You need a Jio TV Cable for this, and it costs Rs 309
  • The phone comes with NFC; in coming times you can use the phone for mobile banking, UPI, BHIM etc


  • The phone will be launched on 15 August
  • Pre-booking of the JioPhone will start from 24 August and will be offered to customers on a first come first serve basis
  • Commercial availability will start from 1st September
  • Jio will keep 5 million units in stock for every week
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Ram Nath Kovind Elected India’s 14th President

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Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA candidate for the Indian presidential election, is all set to be the country’s 14th President. The former governor of Bihar defeated his opponent, the joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar by a huge margin.

While 65.65% electorates, the MPs and MLAs, voted for Kovind, a mere 34.35% voted for the former speaker Meira Kumar.

Kovind secured 2930 votes with a value of 7,02,044 and Meira Kumar got 1,844 votes with the value of 3,67,314, and 77 votes were invalid,” said Anoopp Mishra, returning officer, Presidential Election, 2017.

In terms of MPs (Member of Parliament), a total of 522 MPs voted in favour of Kovind while 225 voted for Meira Kumar. A Total of 771 elected MPs were eligible to vote this time.

The political parties that supported and voted for Kovind, besides the NDA, include the Biju Janata Dal, the JDU, the Telengana Rashtra Samithi, the AIADMK, the Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party and the INLD.

Meira Kumar got support from parties like the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samjwadi Party, the AAP, the RJD, the Trinamool Congress, the Communist Parties, the DMK, the Nationalist Congress Party, the Jammy and Kashmir National Conference, besides the Congress Party.

Current President Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure ends on 24 July and Ram Nath Kovind will take oath the next day to become the 14th President of India

5 Things To Know About Ram Nath Kovind

  1. Ram Nath Kovind, aged 71, was born in Uttar Pradesh. He was the private secretary to former Prime Minister Morarji Desai
  2. Selected for the Indian Administrative Services in the allied category but preferred to practice the law in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court
  3. Entered politics in 1994 and became a member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from UP
  4. Kovind was appointed Governor of Bihar in August, 2015
  5. He had represented India in the UN and addressed the United Nations General Assembly in October 2002
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HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela Quits With Immediate Effect


HMD Global, the ‘home’ of Nokia phones now, or the company that sells the iconic Nokia phones, today said its CEO Arto Nummela has stepped down from the company. CEOs of companies do step down but whats intriguing is Nummela is stepping down and leaving the company with ‘immediate effect’.

“Through mutual agreement between Chief Executive Officer Arto Nummela and the HMD Global Board of Directors, Arto Nummela will leave HMD with immediate effect,” the company said in a statement in a late evening development.

The ‘immediate effect’ thing in Nummela’s resignation hints not all is well at the company that recently made waves in the global market with the relaunch of Nokia phones including the iconic Nokia 3310.

”Arto Nummela has played a key role in the creation of the HMD Global operation, building the team and launching our first products. On behalf of the whole Board, I thank Arto for his contribution and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Sam Chin, Chairman of the Board, HMD Global Oy, on the development.

In addition to his current role as President, Florian Seiche has been appointed to the role of acting CEO, starting immediately. Florian has been co-leading HMD Global as President since the start of the company.

Just a day back the company had launched couple of devices – Nokia 105 and Nokia 130 – in the market.

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Vodafone Launches Free WiFi At A Gurgaon Bus Station

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Vodafone India Tuesday launched Gurugram’s first WiFi enabled bus shelter at the HUDA City Centre today. The WiFi bus shelter allows customers to enjoy complimentary WiFi for up-to 20 minutes per day. This free WiFi service can be availed by users of any Indian telecom operator.

“Through this innovative offering Vodafone aims to develop seamless, technologically-backed, Wi-Fi networks that will help enhance data consumption among Smartphone users in the region,” the company said in a statement.

HUDA city centre in Gurugram, earlier Gurgaon, witnesses a heavy influx of people during the entire day, which makes it a suitable choice for such a setup. In the next few days Vodafone will be setting up few more Wi-Fi bus shelters.

“Vodafone is committed to contributing towards making entire Gurugram a Smart City. We are very happy to enable citizens across the city to experience world-class Internet services on the go. The Wi-Fi Initiative is a step towards “Digital India” and creating networked and connected societies that will help citizens get on the digital highways and stay connected for Good. With customer needs evolving from voice to data, Wi-Fi is an effective technology to provide seamless connectivity to a large group of consumers in a defined space. Mobile users will now be able to experience more fun with high speed WiFi seamlessly. The WiFi service at the Bus shelter can be availed by all mobile users irrespective of their network provider. We urge everyone to use the  free WiFi bus shelter facility and enjoy the Vodafone 4G experience,” said Alok Verma Business Head, Vodafone Delhi-NCR.

The company says it offers WiFi hotspot services at 115 locations across Delhi NCR including at popular market places/malls, hospitals, colleges’ etc. Besides, the company also offers free WiFi services at Dilli Haat (INA Market), Khan Market, Fortis Hospital (Gurugram) & all Vodafone Stores across Delhi NCR.

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Siemens to Install IGBT technology for Indian Railways


Indian Railways contributes to the enduring success of the nation’s growth story through its pivotal role in ensuring reliable, safe and secure transportation of people, goods and services. With a focus on modernization, expansion of rail networks and energy efficiency, Siemens has been a trusted partner of the Indian Railways for the last six decades.

Siemens Limited will be designing, supplying and installing Alternating Current (AC) Traction systems for Dual Cab High Horsepower Diesel Engine locomotive for Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Indian Railways. The systems have been developed based on the state-of-the-art Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) technology. The AC Traction systems will be produced at the Nashik Factory of Siemens Limited.

IGBTs are state-of-the-art power electronics for the traction system of electric and diesel-electric rail vehicles. The main benefit of IGBT is that it reduces the requirement for current, minimizing heat and traction noise while also making the acceleration process efficient.

“The advent of IGBTs has yielded strong efficiency gains in electric drive technology. The project showcases Siemens’ partnership with the Indian Railways as it combines innovation with responsibility to bring together the combined expertise of its teams, that is committed to deliver reliable, safe and efficient technologies,” said Tilak Raj Seth, Executive Vice-President and Head, Mobility, Siemens Limited.

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