Tag Archives: BSNL

BSNL to outsource its 3G services?

5 Jul

Business Standard is reporting that BSNL is planning to outsource its 3G services as it struggles to acquire new subscribers and is reeling under a tremendous financial crisis. The government had approved the release of 3G spectrum to BSNL and MTNL as early as August 2008 to give them a head start against private carriers. The recently concluded 3G spectrum auction failed to deliver a single pan-India 3G carrier. While MTNL operates in Delhi and Mumbai, BSNL operates in the rest of the country.



According to the report, BSNL is looking at a franchisee-based model, much like Tata Teleservices’ deal with Virgin Mobile and Future Group. This could help carriers that either did not participate in the 3G auctions or did not win significant circles a good platform to kickstart their 3G services. The franchisee company would be responsible for marketing, customer acquisition and sale of 3G services. BSNL is expected to invite expression of interest by the end of this month.



Source: Business Standard

India adds 16.9 million mobile subscribers in May

29 Jun

According to TRAI’s report for telecom subscriber growth in May, India has added 16.9 million new mobile subscribers in May. With a wireless subscriber base of 617 million and the wireline subscriber base of 36 million, the total telecom subscriber base of India has crossed 653 million.

Airtel has added 3 million new subscribers in May followed by RCom and Vodafone, which added 2.8 million and 2.5 million new subscribers, respectively. While 10 out of 11 carriers have made net additions, Uninor has lost a few subscribers. Check out the subscriber additions of each carrier in the table below:


Carriers       May additions Wireless subscriber base
         (in millions)          (in millions)
         Aircel               1.6                40.07
         Airtel               3.0              133.6
         BSNL               1.05               71.6
         Idea               1.4               66.7
         MTNL               0.03                5.1
         Sistema               0.4                4.6
         RCom               2.8            107.9
         Stel               0.1                1.2
     Tata Teleservices               2.3              70.2
        Uninor           -0.008               5.0
       Vodafone              2.5            106.3

Mobile Number Portability delayed yet again, might happen in Februrary 2011

25 Jun

Mobile number portability (MNP) in India shall once again not meet its deadline of 30 June, a senior official at the department of telecommunications (DoT) told Mint. According to the DoT official, MNP will not be implemented before February next year as state-owned operators MTNL and BSNL have not been able to get the gateways installed in time. While BSNL has started installing the gateways in some parts of the country, MTNL hasn’t even initiated the process.



Once the gateways are installed, operators will first undergo project testing for two months before bringing number portability to the common public.

BWA auctions update: Day 12

8 Jun

It just took 12 days for the BWA auctions to cover the initial base price of Rs 10,000 crore set by the government. On the 12th day of the auction, the bids soared to Rs 10,652.08 crore, assuring the government at least a sum of Rs 31,956 crore from the sale of BWA spectrum.

The highest bidding amount was recorded for Mumbai with bidding value crossing Rs 1,800 crore. Delhi occupied the second spot with bidding value of Rs 1,758.29 crore. The third highest and the fourth highest bids were recorded for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with respective bid amounts of Rs 1,614.48 crore and Rs 1,277.48 crore. Bihar witnessed extra demand by 3 bidders whereas Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had one extra bidder.

State-owned operators BSNL and MTNL have already received BWA spectrum by the government. The payment criteria demands these operators to pay similar sum that shall be paid by other private operators after the completion of BWA auctions.

Click here to check out the complete report by DoT.

India adds 20.31 mn wireless subscribers in March

28 Apr

India has added 20.31 mn new wireless subscribers in March, pushing the overall wireless subscriber base to 584.32 mn.

 

Vodafone added the maximum number of new subscribers- 3.6 mn in March. Airtel shares the second spot with RCom as both the carriers added 3 mn new loyalists. BSNL and Tata Teleservices jointly share the third position by adding 2.7 mn new subscribers on their networks.

 

 

          Carrier

      March additions

Wireless subscriber base

 

       (in millions)

         (in millions)

         Aircel

              2.0

               36.8

         Airtel

              3.0

             127.6

         BSNL

              2.7

              69.4

         IDEA

              1.6

              63.8

         MTNL

              0.09

               5.0

         MTS

              0.3

               3.7

         RCom

              3.0

           102.4

         Stel

              0.2

               1.0

     Tata Teleservices

              2.7

             65.9

        Uninor

              0.7

              4.2

       Vodafone

              3.6

           100.8

 

Source: TRAI

BSNL launches Huawei Android handset at Rs 6500 with 3G!

17 Apr

Huawei AndroidAll those of us who had been complaining about the fact that Android had
not fulfilled its potential of making smartphones go mainstream will
now have to eat our words. According to the folks at Telecom Talk, BSNL
has just announced the launch of the Huawei
U7510, an Android-based touchscreen phone, together with a 3G package.
The total cost of the entire package, which includes some free video
calling (Local/STD), free talk time and 3G
Internet/Data usage comes at a staggeringly low Rs 6750. The handset
itself comes with a price tag of Rs 6,500, making it by far the most
economical smartphone in the country.

The phone comes with a QVGA touchscreen, 100
MB Internal memory which can be expanded p to 8 GB ,expandable memory
support up to 8 GB, Bluetooth,  a 2.0-megapixel camera and a
front-facing VGA camera. Mind you, the free 3G data usage plan does not
seem too grand – just 25MB per month for two months, hardly anything for
mobile broadband uses. The catch- and as usual, there is one – is that
this scheme seems to be available only in Tamil Nadu as of now. We could
not see any details of the scheme on the official website but if true,
it does seem to herald Android going mainstream.

Needless to
say, we are cheering. And now, please excuse us, we have some words to
eat!

Vodafone adds 3.08 new subscribers in Feb; wireless subscriber base crosses 563 mn

6 Apr

After leading for six consecutive months in monthly subscriber additions, TTSL (Tata Teleservices Limited) has finally given way to other carrier to take the lead this month. The charm of the snow-white zoozoos has just worked right for Vodafone as the carrier stands at the top spot by adding 3.08 mn new subscribers in February. Bharti Airtel stands second by adding 2.9 mn new subscribers and the third spot jointly shared by TTSL and RCom, adding 2.8 mn subscribers individually. The wireless subscriber base of our country has crossed 563 mn in February.

 

Carrier

February additions

Wireless subscriber base

 

(in millions)

(in millions)

Aircel

1.8

34.8

Bharti Airtel

2.9

124.6

BSNL

1.6

66.7

MTNL

0.07

4.9

IDEA

2.2

62.1

RCom

2.8

99.4

Vodafone Essar

3.08

97.2

Stel

0.2

0.7

Uninor

1.0

3.5

Tata Teleservices

2.8

63.1

 
Source: TRAI