Telecoms news from India
There has been a 92% increase in mobile data traffic generated by both 2G and 3G services in India between December 2011 and December 2012, according to a study by Nokia Siemens Networks. ...more.
The Indian government may need to modify two separate laws in order to be able to sign off on a negotiated settlement with Vodafone in its US$2.4 billion tax dispute. ...more.
India's GSM trade association, the COAI is seeking to have the mobile licenses held by Tata Teleservices (TTSL) cancelled as part of the 2008 GSM license scandal. ...more.
The Indian tower network operator, Viom Networks has confirmed that it is seeking a private equity investor as the company posted its first ever profit during the second half of last year. ...more.
India's two state-owned telcos may be able to claim a refund on their license fees if they surrender their Broadband Wireless licenses, even though other companies would not be able to make such a claim. ...more.
The Indian IT infrastructure market, comprising of server, storage and networking equipment, will total $2.1 billion in 2013, growing 9.7 percent compared to 2012, according to Gartner. ...more.
Fitch Ratings has revised India-based Bharti Airtel's debt ratings outlook to Stable from Negative. Its Long-term Foreign Currency debt rating has been affirmed at 'BBB-'. ...more.
India's state-owned mobile network operator, BSNL has hired KPMG to advise the company on a splitting off of its tower assets into a separate company. ...more.
Nearly a third of Indian media consumption time is being spent on mobile devices, according to a study commissioned by the mobile advertising agency, InMobi. ...more.
India's state-owned telco, MTNL has been granted a further extension on the deadline for being able to decode BlackBerry Messages in real-time for the security services. ...more.
India's Piramal Enterprises has reconfirmed its intention to sell its stake in Vodafone India next year. The drugmaker's chairman, Ajay Piramal confirmed the sale intention to the Reuters news agency. ...more.
India has the potential to lead the world in the adoption of the Nexus of Forces, which is the convergence and mutual reinforcement of social interaction, mobility, cloud and information, however for this to happen a number technological and socioeconomic shifts must happen, according to Gartner. ...more.
India's two state-owned, and loss making telecoms networks could be merged into a single company, under plans that have been presented by the Department of Telecom. ...more.
Vodafone India has filed a petition against the Department of Telecom over plans to resell the mobile network's operating licenses in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. ...more.
Nokia has invoked the mutual agreement procedure (MAP) between Finland and India to seek a resolution to a 2,000-crore (US$367 million) tax demand. ...more.
A settlement of Vodafone's long running US$2.4 billion tax dispute with the Indian government may not be possible before the country's 2014 national elections. ...more.
A group of Indian government ministers are expected to discuss a turn-around plan for the country's two state-owned telecoms networks later this week. ...more.
The Indian government expects to raise nearly US$6 billion from the country's mobile networks in one-off spectrum fees, the ICT Minister, Milind Deora said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. ...more.
India's Bharti Airtel says that it has raised US$1.26 billion by selling a 5 percent stake in the company to the Qatar Foundation Endowment (QFE) -- an investment company owned by the Qatari Royal Family ...more.
Huawei is to invest around US$150 million in a new R&D facility in the Indian city of Bangalore in the second half of this year. ...more.