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After Mumbai, Airtel VoLTE Launched In MP, Chhatisgarh

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Country’s largest telco Bharti Airtel today said it has launched its VoLTE (voice over LTE) services in Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh. Airtel VoLTE was launched in Mumbai exactly a month back, on 11 September.

A VoLTE service, offered over 4G IP network, gives HD quality voice calls as well as takes less time in connecting the call.

Airtel is the second operator in the country to offer such service besides Reliance Jio that offered the VoLTE service from the day one.

Airtel VoLTE will be available on popular 4G/LTE enabled mobile devices, which must have a Airtel 4G SIM. Customers can call any mobile, landline network using Airtel VoLTE. There will be no additional data charges for VoLTE and calls will be billed as per existing plan or packs benefits.

“We are delighted to announce the addition of VoLTE capabilities on our 4G network in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh as it enables high definition voice qualities and faster call set up time. We invite mobile users across the progressive states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to experience this advanced technology,” said Dharmender Khajuria, Chief Executive Officer – Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Bharti Airtel.

To avail VoLTE services the customers need to have a VoLTE enabled 4G smartphone and it needs to be remembered that all 4G smartphones are not VoLTE capable.

Some of the popular device models that are compatible with Airtel VoLTE  include Apple iPhone SE /6 /6plus / 6S / 6S plus /7 /7 plus /8 /8 plus; Samsung A5 2017/ A7 2017/ A8/ A9 Pro/ J2 2016/ J2 Pro/ J7/ J7 2016/ J7 Prime/ J7 Max/ J7 Nxt/ On Max/ On 8/ On Nxt/Tab AS2; Oppo F3, F3 plus, A71; Gionee A1; Lava Z25/ Z80/ Z90/Xolo and Vivo Y55L.

Customers with Dual-SIM handsets have to ensure that the Airtel 4G SIM has been inserted in the data SIM slot/slot 1 and network mode has been set as “4G/3G/2G (Auto)” to make VoLTE work in their phones.

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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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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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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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TRAI To Set Framework On Predatory Pricing

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Telecom regulatory authority of India, according to a report in Economic Times, will bring in new norms on pricing in the next 45 days. Ever since Reliance Jio launched its service a war of words has ensued in the telecom industry regarding predatory pricing. With both incumbent and the new comer alleging malpractices on one another.

 

TRAI has been under pressure both to end the fued and also to check downward slide in Government’s revenue from Telecom sector. Now according to a report in Economic Time, TRAI is reviewing Telecommunication Tariff Order 1999.

Telecom watchdog plans announce a set of new rules to oversee tariffs fixed by service providers and ensure transparency in the process. “We will come up with a set of regulatory principles on tariff in about 45 days,” Trai Secretary Sudhir Gupta told The Economic Times.

Move also becomes important as revenue from Data segment has grown many fold in the last few months and is expected to overtake voice revenue in coming months. Telecommunication Tariff Order 1999 is voice focused and there is need to review that in light of new realities of the sector.

The move comes after telecom majors Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea accused new entrant Reliance Jio of predatory pricing.

While Airtel had approached the Competition Commission of India to penalise Mukesh Ambani’s Jio for offering anti-competitive prices to customers. In April, Jio had alleged violation of pricing regulations and misleading customers through false marketing of some of its plans.

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Idea Brings Data Offers With No Daily Limit For Flipkart Customers

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The data war is getting fiercer every passing day in the Indian telecom market with every operator wants to outsell the other. In a latest move, Idea Cellular today announced to offer variety of 4G data plans for customers who buy smartphones from Flipkart platform.

Idea prepaid customers upgrading to 4G smartphones can get special recharges of Rs. 356 and Rs. 191 offering huge data benefits, apart from getting discounted prices on select range of smartphones, special exchange offers, and cash back on Flipkart.

Idea customers who recharge with Rs. 356 will get 30 GB 4G Data with no daily data limit, and unlimited local and national voice calling. On Rs. 191 recharge, Idea customers will get 10GB of data with no daily limit on their new smartphones.

These deals are available exclusively on Flipkart on a range of 4G smartphone models like Lenovo, Micromax, Motorola, and Panasonic, priced in the range of Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 25,000. The offers are also available for both existing as well as new Idea customers.

“Idea and Flipkart have partnered to enable more Indians get online and use mobile internet on 4G smartphones. Through this association, Idea gets access to savvy online customers with heavy data usage. Our offering of 30 GB will be available for customers to use the internet at will, without having to worry about running out of their daily quota, in addition to unlimited calling benefits,” said Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular.

“Being the market leader in Smartphones Sales, it is Flipkart’s constant endeavor to provide our customers with the best smartphone purchase & usage experience. The data offers on Flipkart from Idea is another step in this direction, and a win-win proposition for all – Our customers get access to better data plans and Idea gets access to our large base of evolved smartphone data users,” said Ayyappan, Senior Director Mobiles, Flipkart.

Idea customers can either visit Idea Cellular’s website or go to Flipkart to discover these offers and upgrade to the latest 4G smartphones with exciting deals.

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Airtel Inks Deal With Nokia For 5G, IoT

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The next phase of growth is coming from a connected world and that is where the industry is heading today. Keeping that in Mind India’s largest telco Bharti Airtel today signed a deal with Nokia to create a strategic roadmap for network evolution to the new technology standard and management of connected devices.

Under a new agreement, Nokia and Airtel will collaborate to drive the definition and development of these new services with a focus on taking the path to 5G network connectivity. This effort will build on 4G in the most efficient way in terms of power, operations, and cost effectiveness, and with the highest level of quality and reliability.

“Airtel has always been a pioneer in rolling out the latest technologies to deliver a superior experience to its customers. 5G and IoT applications have tremendous potential to transform lives and we are pleased to partner with Nokia to enable these future technologies for our customers,” said Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Network Services (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

Nokia and Airtel will leverage Nokia’s 5G FIRST end-to-end 5G solution including AirScale radio access portfolio and AirFrame data center platform to demonstrate 5G capabilities and simulate use cases of 5G extreme broadband and ultra-reliability and low latency communication.

“After our successful association with Bharti Airtel for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, we are proud to partner to prepare for the future of mobile networks. We will leverage our global experience in 5G-related industry projects and collaborations to enable Bharti Airtel to prepare their networks for greater capacity, coverage and speed,” said Sanjay Malik, head of India Market, Nokia.

Jointly both the companies would conduct workshops to devise a strategy for transition towards 5G and how that can be leveraged for enterprises and other services. They will also optimize spectrum by proper assessment of the relevant spectrum.

5G promises to enable dramatic improvements in peak data speeds, network latency and agility, as well as the ability to enable new capabilities such as network slicing. This will allow operators to support a growing number of customers and potentially billions of connected IoT devices with consistent quality of service, laying the foundation for smarter cities and rural communities, connected vehicles, industrial automation, remote healthcare and a myriad of business possibilities.

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Ericsson And Vodafone Conduct 5G Pre-Commercial Trials Across The US

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US telecom operator Verizon and Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson have joined hands and doing pre-commercial trials of 5G technology in various cities  across the US. The fixed wireless, pre-commercial customer pilots, scheduled to begin in the 1st half of 2017, will enable the refining of an end-to-end 5G network using a mixture of new technology and existing Verizon infrastructure.

By working closely with Verizon, Ericsson has been able to identify deployment challenges and develop the techniques required for a quick and scalable deployment.

“Verizon is driving the commercial deployment of 5G with the collaboration and innovation of the Verizon 5G Technology Forum, including partners like Ericsson. This partnership keeps us on-track to be first to bring 5G to Verizon customers,” said Ed Chan, Senior VP, Technology Strategy and Planning at Verizon.

Ericsson believes there would be around 550 million 5G users in next five years and in North America alone, there would over 100 million such customers.

The end-to-end 5G pre-commercial customer pilot begins in the subscriber location. Fixed wireless subscribers will use a variety of applications, many of them centered on video, bi-directional and/or low-latency. Ericsson has been field testing various applications across the 5G network to evaluate the application behavior.

Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products at Ericsson, says: “Ericsson 5G Radios have been providing multi-gigabit speeds into subscriber locations by using advanced radio techniques. For example, beamforming can be used to find the best path for the 28GHz radio signal to reach the user.”

5G technologies in both the radio and the core network will enable operators to provide new services to their customers due to higher bandwidth and lower latency. The fully virtualized core enables network slicing, with fixed being the first slice of many for the next generation core network.

Verizon’s pre-commercial customer pilot will span multiple deployment scenarios, geographies and RF morphologies. New techniques are being developed in order to meet the constraints associated with massive 5G small cell deployments. The learnings from the pilot are vital to a scalable deployment.

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Airtel 4G Rolled Out In 400 Towns Of Maharashtra And Goa

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Bharti Airtel today said it has expanded its 4G presence to two more states- Goa and Maharashtra. With this Airtel 4G will be available in more than 400 towns across these two states and can be accessed over mobile phones, 4G MiFi and dongles.

As part of network roll-out, the company has deployed fresh 4G network capacity in the 1800 MHz spectrum band (using FD LTE technology standard) to supplement existing 4G capacity in the 2300 MHz spectrum band (using TD LTE technology standard).

With this, Maharashtra and Goa join a select group of states in India to enjoy the power of an integrated 4G network using TD and FD carriers. The combination of TD LTE and FD LTE significantly boosts network capacity and delivers a better mobile broadband experience to customers across Maharashtra and Goa through better network coverage and data speeds.

“We have rolled out a future ready network across Maharashtra and Goa, with enhanced capacity and latest technology. The addition of the second 4G carrier in the 1800 MHz band will enable faster data speeds and better coverage for customers and add to their mobile data experience on our network. We have also expanded our 4G network presence to over 400 towns across the two states under Project Leap and remain committed to the digital vision of the two states. We invite customers to get on to the information superhighway with Airtel 4G,” said Vidur Rattan, Chief Executive Officer – Maharashtra & Goa, Bharti Airtel.

To avail the complimentary upgrade to Airtel 4G, existing Airtel customers with 4G ready mobile devices can walk into their nearest Airtel Store and switch to a 4G SIM and get one-time free 4G data up to 10 GB.

Airtel recently also launched the new version of its MyAirtel App – the one app for all apps. The refreshed MyAirtel App will offer the best of music, movies games, LIVE TV, e-books, chats and much more in one place. Users can also enjoy free 2GB cloud backup with the new Airtel Cloud app and free calling with Airtel Dialer.

Airtel is offering multiple data plans for its customers – both prepaid and postpaid – in these two states. For example 3GB 4G data on recharge of Rs 349 on prepaid plan and 3GB 4G data on all MyPlan postpaid plans. With Airtel 4G the company also runs some schemes on 4G smartphones. Monthly plans for 4G devices start from Rs. 450 and customers can also avail the advance rental plans starting from Rs. 3200 to avail their new device free of cost.

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