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Aircel denies reports of partly shutting

[color=#333333][size=large][font=proxima-regular1, roboto, arial, sans-serif]Telecom carrier Aircel on Friday denied media reports that it was partly shutting down its operations, saying it was making efforts to build a profitable business. [/font][/size][/color][color=#333333][size=large][font=proxima-regular1, roboto, arial, sans-serif]"Media reports about Aircel as regard insolvency or shutting down operations in 14 circles is completely speculative & misleading," Aircel said in a statement. [/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=large][font=proxima-regular1, roboto, arial, sans-serif]Earlier this month, local ratings agency CARE said the carrier, majority owned by Malaysia's Maxis Communications Bhd, had delayed servicing its debt obligations.[/font][/size][/color]

RCom may shut its wireless business in next 30 days

Reliance Communications (RCom) is believed to be closing down major parts of its wireless business in the next 30 days, blaming among other factors, the “creative destruction” brought in by new entrant Reliance Jio’s free voice and cheap data services, and has told its employees that their last date of employment will be November 30. "We stand at a situation where we need to call it a day on our wireless business and this would bring the curtains down on our wireless business 30 days from now. And as a result, we tried whatever means to sustain and put oxygen in the business but we will not be able to sustain the business beyond 30 days from now," Gurdeep Singh, executive director of Reliance Telecom, who was also the CEO and co-CEO of the mobility business, is believed to have told employees Tuesday, according to an audio recording of the speech available with ET.

Airtel offers iPhone 7 at Rs 7,777

[color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][size=medium]Airtel on Monday launched its Online Store where it is going to sell smartphones at attractive down payment options that include monthly [/size][size=small]instalments[/size][size=medium] that double up as postpaid plans. To start things off, the company has listed the i[/size][size=medium]Phone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with the former being offered for as low as Rs 7,777[/size][size=medium] for the 32GB variant. Sounds like a great offer. Or does it? If you look into the fine-print, it's not that cool. [/size][/font][/color] [color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][size=medium][/size][/font][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Now, here's what you need to know. In the case of the 32GB iPhone 7, customers will need to make a down payment of Rs 7,777 and then pay 24 monthly installments of Rs 2,499. The installments come with built-in postpaid plan that offers 30GB data, unlimited calling (local, STD, national roaming), and Airtel Secure package that covers the device against physical damage and cyber theft.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Similarly, the 128GB iPhone 7 can be availed at Rs 16,300, the 32GB iPhone 7 Plus for Rs 17,300, and the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus 26,000, all of which come with the Rs 2,499 monthly installment cum postpaid plan. But is Airtel's offer really beneficial for consumers in the long run? Let's take a look first at how much one will need to pay for each variant in totality by the end of two years.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]But before we go into the details of it all, here is the TL:DR version: The Airtel offer is very similar to the on contract smartphone sales that telecoms in the US carry out. They too offer phones like the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S8 at down-payment of $100 to $200 and then charge consumers a monthly fee for a specified period. This is exactly what Airtel is doing here. It is charging consumers a down-payment that is fraction of the full price. And then it is asking consumers to pay a certain amount per month that also includes the charges for cellular services like data and the calls.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]But this model has not worked in India until now. The reason is that it is kind loaded against the consumers. By the time their contract with a telecom company expires they end up paying more than what they would otherwise pay for a phone and telecom services. At the same time they also end up losing flexibility of choosing the telecom operator. In the current case of the iPhone 7 and the Airtel offer of Rs 7,777 it is the same. As you will see below, if you go for the iPhone 7 at Rs 7,777 from Airtel Online store you will end up paying significantly more compared to how much you will pay if you buy the phone from the open market and then subscribe to an Airtel plan. In fact, the difference is significant at over Rs 10,000.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Now the details.  [/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]What you will need to pay by the end of 2 years via Airtel Online Store[/font][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]iPhone 7 32GB[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Rs 7,777 (down payment) + 24 x Rs 2,499 = Rs 67,753[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]iPhone 7 128GB[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Rs 16,300 (down payment) + 24 x Rs 2,499 = Rs 76,276[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]iPhone 7 Plus 32GB[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Rs 17,300 (down payment) + 24 x Rs 2,499 = Rs 77,276[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]iPhone 7 Plus 128GB[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Rs 26,000 (down payment) + 24 x Rs 2,499 = Rs 85,976[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]The above is the cumulative amount for each of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus variants you will need to pay by the end of two years if you choose to buy it from the Airtel Online Store. As the company says, this not only includes the price of the phone but also monthly data benefits of 30GB and unlimited calling for 24 months.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]The alternative[/font][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]There are a few things to consider when looking at Airtel's offer. For one, the plan is largely for those who are interested in 30GB of monthly data with unlimited calling. For a majority of users out there, the tariff is just too high. Ever since the entry of Reliance Jio last year, the telecom sector has seen a major tariff war with telecos offering more data at much cheaper prices.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]But here's where it gets interesting, Airtel recently changed its postpaid tariffs and is currently offering 30GB data with unlimited calling only for Rs 649. Similarly, it is offering 40GB of data for Rs 799 and 50GB data for Rs 999. [/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]These plans are much cheaper than the Rs 2,499 bundled offer on the Online Store.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Secondly, with the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, prices for last year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models have gone down. You can find the 32GB iPhone 7 on e-commerce sites like Amazon India and Flipkart for as low as Rs 38,999 while the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus can be availed for Rs 63,999.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]If you choose to go for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from these e-commerce sites, and consider Airtel's standalone Rs 649 postpaid plan for a period of 24 months, for example, you effectively pay much less than what the Airtel Online Store is offering. Let's take a look.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]iPhone 7 32GB[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Rs 38,999 + 24 x Rs 649 = Rs 54,575[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]iPhone 7 128GB[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Rs 49,999 + 24 x Rs 649 = Rs 65,575[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]iPhone 7 Plus 32GB[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Rs 60,500 + 24 x Rs 649 = Rs 76,076[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]iPhone 7 Plus 128GB[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]Rs 63,999 + 24 x Rs 649 = Rs 79,575[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]As you can compare, going for the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and the Airtel 30GB postpaid plan individually will effectively cost you much less after 2 years than what you will need to pay if you purchase through Airtel's Online Store.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Times New Roman]On the other hand, with Airtel's offer on the Online Store, customers will only have to make the down payment amount and then pay the rest spread over a course of 24 months, whereas those looking to purchase the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from e-commerce websites will likely have to pay the whole amount all at once. These are perhaps a few things one will need to consider when deciding to go for Airtel's new offer.[/font][/size][/color]

Jio recharge 100% cash back

[color=#404040][size=large][font=Titillium Web]Reliance Jio has announced a new recharge offer ahead of the Diwali festive season. Under the scheme, you will be eligible for a 100 percent cash back on a 399 recharge. The top-up needs to be done between 12-18 of this month, after which the telco is expected to launch revised plans for its booming 4G network.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#404040][size=large][font=Titillium Web][/font][/size][/color] [color=#404040][size=large][font=Titillium Web][color=#404040][size=large][font=Titillium Web]Moreover, this recharge will be considered an advance and will come into effect once your existing plan expires. The cashback will be available in the form of eight vouchers of Rs 50. These can be redeemed only on future Jio recharges valued at Rs 309 and above or Rs 91 and above in the case of add-on packs. Another detail you should know is that you can avail only one of these at a time. The redemption can be, however, only done after 15th of November.[/font][/size][/color][/font][/size][/color] [color=#404040][size=large][font=Titillium Web][color=#404040][size=large][font=Titillium Web][/font][/size][/color][/font][/size][/color]

Jio 149 plan now has Unlimited data

[color=#000000][size=medium][font=Raleway, Georgia, serif]Reliance Jio has revamped its Rs 149 plan, which now offers unlimited internet data to its subscribers.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Raleway, Georgia, serif]Earlier, the users got to avail 2GB data in the same value.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Raleway, Georgia, serif]The validity of the plan has been kept unchanged which is of 28 days.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Raleway, Georgia, serif]With the revamped plan, customers who recharge with the updated Rs 149 prepaid plan would get 2GB FUP limit for 28 days, after exhausting the limit they can continue using the internet at a reduced speed of 64kbps.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Raleway, Georgia, serif]The plan also provides unlimited calls.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Raleway, Georgia, serif][/font][/size][/color]

Tata may sale it’s Telecom business to Jio

India's largest conglomerate Tata Group has explored selling its struggling telecom and related assets to the country's most valued company Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) even as Bharti Airtel remains a strong contender to acquire them. Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata BCCL While talks with RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani's disruptive telecom venture Reliance Jio may not progress, it assumes significance for being the first such deal talk between the country's two corporate Goliaths emerging from the cold war of the past. The two groups haven't had much business ties in the past and even restricted recruiting employees from each other. The last decade's telecom battles saw Tatas and Ambanis pitched on opposite sides. Talking on Phone BCCL/REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE This started changing with Tata Trusts and Reliance Foundation collaborating in areas such as high-speed connectivity and cancer care. More recently, Tata bagged the Jamshedpur franchise of Indian Super League — a men's professional football league co-managed by RIL. "It's credible to say both Jio and Tata Tele have explored options, but risky to believe it would make progress," said a person familiar with the matter. The Indian telecom industry is gripped by consolidation moves — three deals have been announced in the first half of the current calendar — as the Jio onslaught has hit the bottom-lines of competitors hard. Tata Indiom REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE New Tata chairman N Chandrasekaran is working on a time-bound plan to sort out the telecom mess, and has asked his deal-makers to explore all options. In June this year, TOI quoted UK research firm CCS Insight to first report that M&A experts were betting on Bharti Airtel acquiring Tata Tele. Sunil Mittal-led Bharti would be interested in a bundled acquisition of Tata Tele and related assets, especially DTH unit Tata Sky and the world's largest submarine network through Tata Communications. Tata Group holds a majority stake in Tata Tele and 49% in the listed Tata Communications. It has 60% in Tata Sky with Murdoch and Temasek owning the balance. Read more :

Airtel gives free Wifi in Hyderabad

[color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Taking forward the promise of providing world-class IT facilities, Telangana State Government today launched the [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]‘Hyderabad City Wi-Fi Project’[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] also known as Hy-Fi, with over 1000 hot-spots across the state capital. Inaugurated by the [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Hon’ble Mayor of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Shri Bonthu Rammohan[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,], the ambitious project will eventually cover 3000 hotspot locations within the city. The launch ceremony was attended by many senior state government officials and dignitaries including[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Shri Jayesh Ranjan (IAS), Principal Secretary, ITE&C Department, Govt. of Telangana and Shri. B. Janardhan Reddy (IAS), Commissioner, GHMC.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Shri Rammohan said[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,], “Being the newest state of the country, Telangana aspires to be the best state in all aspects. Hyderabad has been an inspiration for other cities in IT, business and living standards, and this city will continue to adopt new technologies to uplift the lifestyle of each citizen. Hy-Fi will set another example making Hyderabad a truly connected city even on the digital front.”[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]In June 2015, under the ‘Digital Telangana’ umbrella, the Government of Telangana has launched the pilot version of Hyderabad City Wi-Fi Project (Hy-Fi). The pilot project saw the government partner with ISPs to provide free Wi-Fi for 30 minutes at approximately 100 public category locations across Hyderabad. These locations include malls, tourist spots, public offices, police stations, government schools and colleges, etc. Over the last two years, the number has more than doubled to cover about 250 locations. Given the tremendous success the pilot project has seen, the Govt. of Telangana has decided to scale up the project to cover more than 3000 locations across Hyderabad. In fact, a separate Government Order has been brought out specifically to enable smooth execution of the program for ISPs. The Government has agreed to take a two phased approach to complete the Wi-Fi project which is a unique example of government and industry participation for enriching community life and enhancing public safety. At present, over [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]1000 hotspots[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] are being installed with an assured bandwidth of [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]5-10 Mbps[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] offering [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]30 minutes[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] of free Wi-Fi.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Addressing the gathering at the occasion and announcing the launch of second phase of the program, Shri Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, ITE&C Department, Govt. of Telangana said,[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] “Digital India is the future and Telangana is marching ahead to achieve this dream. Hy-Fi is another pro-people initiative where citizens will avail free Wi-Fi to do their work. Businessperson, shopkeepers, entrepreneurs, students, women and tourists will benefit from this essential service.”[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Shri. B. Janardhan Reddy, Commissioner, IAS, GHMC seconded the Mayor and said:[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] “Hy-Fi is another major achievement for the city with the citizens being the major benefactors of the service. With the high penetration of smartphones, free Wi-Fi will be a boost for the people. It will surely enhance the lifestyle of the citizens”.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]COAI, apex industry association of telecom services providers, mobile and internet companies, is the technical advisor to the Government of Telangana in this ambitious project, was represented by Shri Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI on the panel. [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Shri Mathews[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] was joined by several leaders from the telecom industry including [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Shri Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Circle CEO – Bharti Airtel, Shri Bala Malladi, CEO of ACT and Shri Sujit Sen, Circle CEO– Indus Towers. [/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Shri Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI said[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] “With successful completion of the Hy-Fi project, Hyderabad and Telangana will emerge as an example for rest of the country. It is a proud moment for the state and the telecom industry as well. As partners in this ambitious project, the telecom industry will partner in the timely completion of the project. This will provide high speed internet access connecting citizen with education, commerce and opportunities”.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Mr. Mathews further added[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] that “COAI represents the leading telecom and technology companies across the country and Hyderabad is the city of choice for everything IT. We look forward to working closely with government of Telangana and are proud to be consultants of the government in its endeavour for a fully connected Digital India”.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]The program will also be seen as an example of the expertise from government and industry coming together for the larger good of the masses. Highlighting the significant role of the telecom industry, [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Shri Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Circle CEO – Bharti Airtel said,[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,] "Airtel has been a partner in the Government’s Digital India vision and we are delighted to support Hy-fi, the country's largest and fastest public WI-FI network. With this digital initiative, Hyderabad has further cemented its reputation as one of India’s technology capitals. Together with the Government of Telangana and the industry we are committed to demonstrating endless possibilities of new digital experiences to the citizens of Hyderabad.”[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Another unique aspect of the program is the participation of private players who provide the last mile or home connectivity from Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Bangalore-based Atria Convergence Technologies, has been selected for bridging the last mile gap in the project. [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Addressing the gathering Mr. Bala Malladi, CEO, ACT Fibernet said[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,], “With the growing number of citizens moving towards digital economy, our partnership with the Telangana government will bolster the internet connectivity in Hyderabad. With more than 1000 hotspots to be installed in the coming months across the city will enable users to access high-speed internet both inside their homes and on the go throughout Hyderabad”.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]The Hy-Fi project is a successful example of how the government and the industry can collaborate for a meaningful partnership together which benefits all stakeholders. Speaking about the project, [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]Shri Sujit Sen, Circle CEO, Indus Towers said[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,], “We are committed to ensure a robust infrastructure for deploying this project and hope that this will act as the foundation stone for other programs driving Digital India in the state.”[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]With the launch happening on the momentous occasion of World Wi-Fi Day, the [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]CEO of Wireless Broadband Alliance, Shri Shrikant Shenwai said[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,], “With billions of people still unconnected, the greatest threat to the global economy is the vast gap between the connected and unconnected world. World Wi-Fi Day has the vision to ensure everyone get connected and encourages cities, governments and operators to collaborate in ensuring affordable, sustainable connectivity for all. Connectivity is now an essential commodity, much in the same category as power and water and the City Hy-Fi project seeks to address these issues – we congratulate Hyderabad.”[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=medium][font=Tondo,]The Hy-Fi project is a successful example of how the government and the industry can collaborate for a meaningful partnership together which benefits all stakeholders.[/font][/size][/color]

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