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New Reliance Jio Plans Are Even Better Than Before

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The subscribers of Reliance Jio, who were worried that operator might increase prices after Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offers comes to an end in July, should not worry. Reliance Jio has introduced new post paid and prepaid plans and they are better than before with most plans being retained with longer validity.

The Rs. 309 and Rs. 509 prepaid Reliance Jio plans now gets 56 days of validity instead of 28 days earlier. Similarly Rs 509 plan also remains the same but with 56 days of validity (against 28 days earlier) and daily 4G data usage cap at 2GB per day.

New plans have also been introduced, Rs 349 plan gives you 20GB of 4G data for 56 days with no cap on consumption, The Rs. 399 plan is similar to the Rs 309 plan with 1GB per day data, but gets 84 days validity.

Apart from these changes, all the other Reliance Jio Plans remain the same with first recharge benefits provided with Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer now gone from the mix. The starting prepaid plan is as low as Rs. 19 which gives you only one-day validity, 200MB of 4G data. The Rs 49 plan offers 3-day validity and 600MB of 4G data. There’s also a Rs. 96 plan with 7-day validity with unlimited data of up to 1GB per day.

The Rs. 149 with 28 days of validity offers only 2GB of 4G data for usage, and 300 free SMSes. The Rs 999 plan offers 90-day validity, 90GB of 4G data. The Rs 1,999 plan offers a 120-day validity, 155GB of data. The Rs. 4,999 and Rs. 9,999 plans will offer 210 and 390 days of validity respectively, with 380GB and 780GB of data benefit respectively.

Postpaid plans are available at Rs. 309, Rs. 349, Rs. 399, Rs. 509, and Rs. 999 denominations with validity lasting up to three months. The new plans introduced are at Rs 349 and Rs 399 which offer two months and three months of validity. The Rs 349 plan offers 20GB of 4G data. The Rs 399 plan offers unlimited 4G data with the 1GB per day cap and other unlimited voice and SMS benefits. All the new prepaid and postpaid plans are now available on the Jio website.

The best part about Jio’s plans are that they all offer unlimited voice calls and SMS, apart from Rs 149 plan which offers only 300 SMS but unlimited voice calls. Data is also unlimited in all the plans and only the speed reduces to 128kbps and therefore there is no fear of over charging.

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Zyxel launches multi service Wireless router for service providers

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Zyxel, has launched PMG2006-T20A Wireless router which is GPON HGU embedded with a 4-port GbE Switch enabling it to connect to peripherals such as IP cameras, Network Data Storage, computer servers and Wi-Fi access points to share data in high speeds.

The switch furnishes numerous integrated services via a single optical fiber to support existing deployments of triple-play services such as data, video/ HDTV, VoIP as well as interactive games.

The Zyxel PMG2006-T20A can be connected to the GPON OLT to offer network operators with management and provision features that support ONT Management and Control Interface (OMCI) and TR-069 management functions as well.

As higher bandwidth and greater efficiency of Ethernet cannot guarantee delivery of high-quality voice, data and video across a GPON network, service providers can freely design their Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) policies and prioritize mission-critical services such as IPTV and VoIP based on their service plan offerings.

This switch is aimed at service providers who want to offer a multi-play solution that truly meets of residential user needs. This switch supports DS/US transmission rate to 2.488 Gbps/1.244 Gbps and can be installed up to 20KMs away from consumer premises.
PMG2006-T20A Wireless Router is available exclusively at Zyxel website at a price of INR 13,000.

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Airtel To Invest Rs 2000 Crore to Improve Customer Experience

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Telecom major Bharti Airtel has announced plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore over three years under ‘Project Next’ which is aimed at revamp customer touch points and enhancing customer experience.

Under Project Next, Airtel will spruce up its stores, launch mobile handset protection schemes, allow transfer of unused mobile data to next month for postpaid users and pooling of postpaid plan within a family.

On the rollout of VoLTE (Voice over LTE), Bharti Airtel MD and CEO (South Asia) Gopal Vittal said “it is in the works and the company is conducting trials in five cities. He added that the company will be “able to take VoLTE” everywhere in the country in later part of the year.

One of the standout features the project brings in is Airtel’s Postpaid Promise. Under this new programme, Airtel post-paid users will be now able to carry forward unused data after the billing cycle ends. In total they will be able to accumulate up to 200GB as part of the Airtel Promise.

In other words, you have have been alloted 10GB for a month and you managed to consume just 2GB, next month you will have 18GB of data to use.

Last year, Airtel invested 6000 crore to improve its network and now Airtel claims that Project next is aimed at taking the enhanced network and delivering Airtel’s services like Postpaid, Prepaid, Wynk, Airtel TV and Payments Bank across all its touch points – stores, airtel app, airtel.in, call centre and retailers – seamlessly .

Under the project Next Airtel will revamp its stores and create new flagships stores, which are designed by the same people who designed Apple Stores (8 inc). These stores are divided into three zones – share zone, create zone and experience zone. Airtel plans to revamp 2,500 stores over the course of the next three years. First two redisigned stores are already live in Gurugram.

Airtel Mobile App also gets a new version. The new app allows real time, change of plans to real time notifications and self-care.

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Reliance Jio offers 10GB additional data to Asus smartphone buyers

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Reliance Jio is offering up to 10GB additional data free to buyers of Asus smartphones, the offer is available only to Jio Price members and on selected Asus smartphones bought after June 16th.

Asus customers will get the additional 4G data with every recharge of Rs 309 or above, and will be applicable for 10 recharges till March 31, 2018.

Asus ZenFone Selfie, Asus ZenFone Max, Asus ZenFone Live, Asus ZenFone Go 4.5, Asus ZenFone Go 5.0, and Asus ZenFone Go 5.5 buyers will be eligible for 3GB of additional 4G data per recharge.

While some smartphone like Asus ZenFone 2, Asus ZenFone 2 Laser, Asus ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5, Asus ZenFone 3S Max, Asus ZenFone 3 Laser, Asus ZenFone 3 Max 5.2, and Asus ZenFone 3 Max 5.5. will be eligible for additional 5GB of 4G data per recharge.

High End devices like the Asus ZenFone Zoom, Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra, Asus ZenFone 3 5.2, and Asus ZenFone 3 5.5 will get 10GB additional data per recharge.

It is likely that Asus and Jio will offer similar services to new devices from Asus that are planned for launch in next couple of months.

However to remind you that the offer is valid only for next 10 recharges till March 2018, recharge amount needs to be more than Rs 309 and you need to be part of the Jio Prime subscription plan.

Eligible device users will need to do activate the ‘Additional Data Offer’ through MyJio app by following these steps: Open MyJio App -> My Vouchers -> View Voucher -> Recharge my number -> Confirm Recharge -> Successful Recharge Notification.

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Airtel Launching VoLTE? Well, We Are Not Surprised!

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While the war is in its full steam with Jio busy acquiring new customers and Airtel in steadily plugging all the gaps to retain its supremacy in the Indian telecom market, Airtel VoLTE offering was one such big gap

There are media reports that Airtel is going to launch its VoLTE services today. Well, we are not sure about this but we are not surprised either. In fact, this was long due from the country’s largest operator. More so, it was a much needed ammunition for India’s first 4G operator, to withstand the wrath of the country’s latest LTE player that snatched away more than 100 million customers from the incumbents, and to put up a brave fight against free calling offers from Reliance Jio.

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In March this year we had reported that Airtel is testing its VoLTE services. It was also learnt then that the company was doing some compliance test with various smartphone models and Gionee P7 was one such model that had passed all the tests.

As per sources, Airtel VoLTE is now compatible with smartphones from Motorola, Xioami, Lenovo, Asus, Oppo and Samsung. If Airtel VoLTE services are launched today, you can expect some sort of bundling offer with these smartphones.

Why Airtel Needs VoLTE?

At present Reliance Jio is the only operator in the country that offers VoLTE or voice over LTE networks. Because VoLTE is offered on the data network and calls are made over IP, operators incur very less cost providing the service. Primarily that was the reason why Reliance Jio is offering voice calls free to its subscribers. And this ‘free’ stuff is snatching away customers from incumbent operators including Airtel.

This VoLTE offering will give Airtel a shot in its arm to take on Jio. Airtel, in fact, could start offering voice services completely free just like its rival. Also, it would help the operator in retaining its customers.

Lack of VoLTE capability was one big flaw in Airtel’s offerings, and while both Jio and Airtel are offering 4G services, the former could able to lure more customers by offering free voice calls to its customers. Besides, quality of voice calls over IP on LTE network is better than non-IP calls or the conventional calls that we use on a regular basis.

In November last year Airtel had contracted Nokia in a Rs 402 crore deal to deploy VoLTE infrastructure for its pan India network and the company has been working in this regard since the launch of Jio that offered VoLTE facility to its customers.

While Airtel boasts of its robust 4G network and claims to have the ‘smart’ as well as ‘fastest’ network in the country, Jio boasts of its all-IP network and dirt cheap offerings on data, and free voice service. With the launch of VoLTE, Airtel too would be in a position to free voice calling services to its customers too.

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Rs 500 Jio 4G Feature Phone Launch Set For 15th Aug

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Jio’s plans to launch a 4G feature phone has been known even before Jio launched its 4G services in the country, with confirmation of such plan coming from many handset makers. When and what price point the phone will be launched was not known though.

TeleAnalysis had last year reported that Jio was in the process of making a 4G feature phone and it could launch the phone at Rs 1500.

People will still need to wait till mid August to get a 4G feature phone, however the good news is that announcement of launch is expected to take place as soon as July 21st and the phone will be available at a terrific price of Rs 500.

The announcement regarding this phone will be made at the Reliance AGM to be held on July 21. It is also expected that Jio will also announce monthly tariff plans of less than Rs 100 for these feature phone users.

An Economic Times report quoting the HSBC research note says that Jio 4G feature phone with VoLTE capability will be subsidised by the operator to achieve Rs 500 price point of the phone. Jio, according to report, has already placed an order of 18-20 million units for the handsets with Chinese vendors such as Zhejiang Techain Electronics Technology Co., Shenzhen CHINO-E Communication Co, Crave and Megaphone.

The phone will be launched under Lyf brand and will start arriving by late July in India and will be launched on 15th August.

TeleAnalysis has been talking to several handset markers in India about their 4G feature phone plans and many vendors like InFocus and Karbonn have confirmed that they are indeed working for such phones, with InFocus confirming plans to launch them in 2017.

We believe that soon after Jio other operators too will launch 4G feature phone and Indian handset makers will also be joining the party sooner than later.

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India Has 87 Mn 4G Subscribers, Jio Alone Has 72 Mn

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The total number of 4G subscribers in the country on LTE technology has reached to 87 million by December 2016, of which Reliance Jio alone has acquired more than 72 million, representing almost 83% of total 4G subscribers base.

This means that the other 4G operators – Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India – put together have around 15 million 4G subscribers by the end of December 2016.

This also means Jio represents 82.7% of India’s total 4G LTE market share leaving a meager 17.3% for all others.

It can be recalled that Bharti Airtel was the first operator to launch 4G services in the country, though in pockets, way back in 2012 and Reliance Jio launched its commercial service only in September 2016.

This data has been culled out from the freshly released report by country’s telecom regulator TRAI.

Though the country is seeing a huge surge in 4G subscriber addition in recent days, post Jio’s launch, with all the 4G operators putting up a war like situation to grab more customers, a dominant portion of India’s wireless internet users are still on 2G or 3G.

As per the TRAI report, there are a total of 370 million wireless internet users in the country. Of this, 2G internet users using GPRS or EDGE technologies constitute 152 million whereas 3G users with HSPA and WCDMA technologies constitute 128 million subscribers.

While internet on 2G has been more than a decade old and 3G became prevalent in last 5 years, 4G LTE is a recent phenomena with little over a year in service.

In the overall wireless internet segment, however, Bharti Airtel still holds the commanding position with 82.79 million users and a market share of 22.38%. Jio is closely following with 72.16 million wireless internet users and grabbed a market share of 19.5%.

The total number of wireless internet users of Vodafone India is 65.05% whereas the same of Idea Cellular has touched 48.6% by the end of December 2016.

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Intelsat And Gilat Offer Solar 3G Solutions For Remote Areas

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Satellite based communications service provider Intelsat and Gilat Satellite have joined hands to offer 3G infrastructure in the most remote locations around the globe, where terrestrial services are not feasible. Called Mobile Reach Solar 3G, the solutions will be offered as a managed service to mobile operators.

Mobile Reach Solar 3G is an end-to-end managed solution for mobile network operators (MNOs) who want to expand their service footprint efficiently into ultra-rural regions where traditional network build-outs are uneconomical. The turnkey, solar-powered package combines Intelsat connectivity, including services from the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellite (HTS) platform, bundled with Gilat’s industry proven VSAT system for small cell and cellular backhaul.

The combination provides everything an MNO needs to expand 3G service over a 2.5-kilometer radius, including power supply, mono-pole, and all satellite and cellular equipment.

Mobile Reach Solar 3G is a small-cell over satellite package that can be carried by hand and installed by just a few people. It is intended for MNOs looking to extend services and address market needs, where unreliable or non-existent power supplies requires diesel generators to provide consistent service levels. In those environments, maintaining equipment and securing fuel can be the most difficult and expensive part of keeping traditional cell towers operational.
“There is a massive transformation underway in the communications sector, as technology advancements make it more economical to connect the unconnected. The Mobile Reach Solar 3G service is an example of the market expansion that will be enabled by the higher power, more efficient services provided by our Intelsat EpicNG platform,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Broadband. “One of satellite’s biggest advantages is the ability to easily reach areas where terrestrial connectivity is limited. Combining this with solar-based solutions means that our customers will be able to cost-effectively expand their networks. As they do so, remote regions will enjoy the economic benefit that always accompanies digital inclusion. Our innovations are unlocking new applications and markets.”

“This turnkey solution includes a small cell form factor, a high performance VSAT and efficient use of bandwidth to reduce capital and installation costs, while mitigating deployment risks and driving immediate subscriber growth for the operator,” said Ron Levin, VP Global Accounts at Gilat. “Mobile Reach Solar 3G enables MNOs to allocate resources where they are needed most, whether they want to expand their network’s reach or improve the performance and quality of service for current subscribers.”

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Vodafone, HMD Global Join Hands To Push Data, Nokia Phones

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Vodafone India today partnered with HMD Global in a mutually beneficial partnership wherein both the companies would push for each other’s products. Simply put, if someone buys the newly launched Nokia phones like Nokia 5, Nokia 6 or Nokia 3, the customers would be eligible to get free 4G data from Vodafone.

All Nokia smartphone users can avail the offer of additional 4G or 3G Data. Customers buying Nokia 5 and 3 smartphones will enjoy 5GB data (4GB additional data) on a purchase of 1GB Data for 3 months (or 3 recharges, whichever comes first) for just Rs. 142. In addition, all customers buying Nokia 6 smartphones (available exclusively on Amazon) will enjoy 10 GB data (9GB additional data) on purchase of 1GB Data for 3 months, at just Rs. 251.

Vodafone post-paid customers can also avail a total of 5GB/10GB of 4G or 3G data per month for 3 consecutive billing cycles if they have a minimum of 1GB pack activated on their monthly rental plan.

“We are delighted to partner with HMD Global to roll out this exciting offer that enables our customers to get the most out of their new Nokia smartphones. Customers can use the higher quantum of data on Vodafone SuperNet, our Data Strong Network to access the internet, make video calls, upload albums and even download heavy files wherever they are. Additionally, they can enjoy a large library of videos, movies, and music on Vodafone Play, single window to the world of entertainment, with 150+ Live TV channels, over 14,000 movies, TV show titles and a wide range of all genres of music. These offers will further enable our customers to remain confidently connected and enjoy a worry free Vodafone SuperNetTM4G experience on our best network ever,” said Sandeep Kataria, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India.

Commenting on the partnership, Ajey Mehta, Vice President India, HMD Global, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with one of India’s leading telecom operators. This partnership showcases our commitment to provide the best possible experience to our Nokia smartphone consumers who are Vodafone subscribers. Our commitment to providing our customers a rich, engaging and immersive experience extends across our smartphone range and will come to life when combined with Vodafone’s seamless data connectivity across the country.”

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Vodafone Partners Netflix, Offers 1 Year Free Subscription

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Vodafone India today announced its partnership with Netflix, one of world’s leading Internet television networks. This partnerships aims at offering Vodafone Red customers a free Netflix subscription of up to one year on select Red Plans.

New Vodafone Postpaid customers opting for Vodafone Red plans as well as existing Vodafone Red customers will get the subscription benefits worth Rs 1000, Rs 1500 or Rs 6000 based on their Vodafone Red Plan.

In addition, Vodafone India has entered into a carrier billing partnership with the internet TV company, which will allow Vodafone subscribers to enjoy the benefit of carrier billing and seamless month-to-month payments within the same bill.

Netflix offers a wide variety of critically-acclaimed original TV shows including Narcos, House of Cards and The Crown, as well as films, documentaries and original stand-up comedy specials including Vir Das: Abroad Understanding and the upcoming Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say by Aditi Mittal.

“We have done an extensive Data usage analysis of our customers and found that our Postpaid Red customers spend a significant amount of time on video streaming. Also, subscription to Video on Demand services is also on the rise amongst our customers. The increased uptake of video content has led us to enter into strategic partnerships with marquee digital media players like Netflix,” said Sandeep Kataria, Director – Commercial, Vodafone India.

“This partnership with Vodafone now makes it more convenient for customers to access the their favourite movies and TV shows anytime and anywhere; and pay seamlessly within their existing Vodafone account,” said Tony Zameczkowski, Vice President, Business Development, Netflix Asia.

Coming soon on Netflix will be Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say from Aditi Mittal, one of India’s boldest stand-up comedians, and Marvel’s The Defenders. Members will also have exclusive access to highly-awaited Netflix original films including Okja starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano, Our Souls at Night from acclaimed Indian director Ritesh Batra and starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, and Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.

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