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BWA spectrum auction ends, Infotel wins pan-India licence

11 Jun

After 16 days of bidding for the BWA spectrum licence, the auctions have ended today and the government is expected to raise approx Rs 38,540 crore from the sale of pan-India BWA spectrum. The total revenue that the government will rake-in together from the sale of BWA and 3G licence is nearly Rs 1.05 lakh crore.

Bharti Airtel, Reliance WiMax, Idea Cellular, Aircel, Augere Mauritius Ltd, Infotel Broadband Services, Qualcomm, Spice Internet Service Provider, Tata Communications Internet Services, Tikona Digital Networks and Vodafone Essar had participated in the BWA auctions. But unlike 3G auctions where no single carrier could get hold of a pan-India 3G licence, Infotel has won a pan-India BWA licence for Rs 12,847.77 crore. The company is a venture of HFCL Group and was launched in Punjab in 2000. Infotel offers solutions for fixed line telephony (telephone services), mobile telephony, broadband services, customized data services and VAS.

Shockingly out of these 11 companies, 5 companies – Reliance WiMax, Idea Cellular, Spice Internet Service Provider, Tata Communications and Vodafone Essar did not get BWA licence for even a single circle.

State owned operators – BSNL and MTNL, had received their share of BWA spectrum earlier from the government. Since these operators did not pay anything when they had received the spectrum, they are now liable to pay the same amount that shall be paid by other private operators.

To know more on which operator will be present in which circle and how much are each of these operators are entitled to pay to the government, check out the table below:

  Operator No of circles in which it will be present   Name of the circles     Amount spent  (Rupees in crores)
    Infotel            22 Pan-India presence 1,2847.77
    Qualcomm              4 Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Haryana 4,219.54
    Aircel              8 J&K, North East, Assam, Orissa, West Bengal, Tamil, Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar 3,438.01
    Bharti Airtel              4 Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kolkata, Punjab 3,314.36
Augere Mauritius Ltd. 1 Madhya Pradesh 124.66
Tikona Digital Networks 5 Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh East and West, Gujarat 1,058.20

Who will offer 3G services in your neighbourhood?

19 May

Now that the 3G spectrum auction has been done and dusted with, the big question is whether your existing carrier will provide 3G services in your neighbourhood or not. Fret not, we have made it easier for you to figure that out. Now keep your fingers crossed as you go through this table and hope that your carrier’s name is along the name of the state that you live in. If it isn’t there, pray that Mobile Number Portability kicks in before 3G services begin.

Circle 3G Carriers present
Delhi Airtel, RCom and Vodafone
Mumbai Airtel, RCom and Vodafone
Maharashtra Idea, Tata Teleservices and Vodafone
Gujarat Idea, Tata Teleservices and Vodafone
Andhra Pradesh Aircel, Airtel and Idea
Karnataka Aircel, Airtel and Tata Teleservices
Tamil Nadu Aircel, Airtel and Vodafone
Kolkata Aircel, RCom and Vodafone
Kerala Aircel, Idea and Tata Teleservices
Punjab Aircel, Idea, RCom and Tata Teleservices
Haryana Idea, Tata Teleservices and Vodafone
Uttar Pradesh (East) Aircel, Idea and Vodafone
Uttar Pradesh (West) Airtel, Idea and Tata Teleservices
Rajasthan Airtel, RCom and Tata Teleservices
Madhya Pradesh Idea, RCom and Tata Teleservices
West Bengal Aircel, Airtel, RCom and Vodafone
Himachal Pradesh Airtel, Idea, RCom and STel
Bihar Aircel, Airtel, RCom and STel
Orissa Aircel, RCom and STel
Assam Airtel, Aircel and RCom
North East Aircel, Airtel and RCom
Jammu & Kashmir Aircel, Airtel, Idea and RCom

Vodafone announces affordable Android smartphone

30 Apr

Vodafone has announced its first own-branded Android phone – the A845. Announced in the UK and to be available in May in 11 other markets. Though no price has been announced, Vodafone is touting it as an affordable Android smartphone.

The A845 does not disappoint on the specs front with HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity along with a built-in GPS receiver. Yeah, it has a lowly 2.8 inch QVGA display but throw in a 3.2 MP camera, Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio and Android 2.1, the A845 does look dishy,

Too bad Vodafone is not revealing whether it will be available in India or not, but we reckon that if the carrier launches the phone in India at about Rs 8,000, we would certainly be lining up for one. After all, it runs Android 2.1, something that makes it more tempting than our HTC Hero, which still runs on the ancient Android 1.5 platform.

C’mon, Vodafone, even your charming Zoozoos are begging ya to launch it in India.

Check out the hands-on video of the A845 and let us know what you think about it.

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.




      March additions

Wireless subscriber base


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Source: TRAI

Vodafone's 3G USB does not do 3G…in India

16 Apr

Vodafone 3G USB StickEven as the 3G spectrum auction goes on in India, Vodafone has gone into
ad overdrive, promoting its 3G USB Stick (a USB modem, really). We were
a bit surprised to see the ads in the mainlines and on the streets, as
Vodafone has not launched any 3G services in India as yet. And on the
surface, the deal seemed a sweet one – Rs 5999 per year for free 1G
 usage per month, and Rs 6999 for unlimited usage, for most of India,
with the rates being Rs 500 higher for Maharashtra, Goa and Madhya
Pradesh. And that payment incidentally includes the cost of the USB
stick which is Rs 2599. Now that compared very favourably with the
mobile broadband Internet USB modem packages from the likes of Tata and

The problem is that the “3G” in Vodafone’s 3G USB Stick does not
work in India in India. The website
clearly states “Gets you high-speed connectivity to the internet
through the Vodafone
EDGE network” before clarifying the 3G element: ” Gives 3G Broadband
speeds when you travel abroad.” All of which left us a bit disappointed
as in this era of mobile broadband data cards, we were kinda hoping that
this marked Vodafone’s entry into mobile broadband data at least. Our
fault for getting our hopes up, we guess.

India's 3G spectrum auction Day One update

9 Apr

The auction of 3G spectrum begun today in India and has witnessed competitive bidding from carriers for most of the 22 circles for which 3G spectrum is being auctioned. At the end of day one, five rounds of bidding were completed with circles Delhi emerging as the most expensive circle with the winning bid of Rs 373.29 crores at the end of the fifth round. Delhi has spectrum for three private carriers and there are only three carriers bidding successfully at the moment. The bid price for Delhi will increase by 3.73 crore in the next round.

While some circles like Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, have one excess bidder than for which the spectrum is available, there are others like Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Orissa and North East, among others, that do not have enough bidders. No one, at the moment, is bidding for Orissa.

This picture might change when the bidding approaches its final stages for key circles, when the bidders will get a better idea of the cost of spectrum acquisition in these circles, and then they might bid for the circles where there seems to be no demand at the moment.

The Department of Telecommunications has not revealed the names of who’s bidding for which circles but has released the status of the auction, which can be seen here. Nine carriers were in the fray for 3G auctions – Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone Essar, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices, Aircel, Etisalat, S Tel and Videocon Telecommunications. Of these, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Idea Cellular and Aircel were bidding for a Pan-India 3G license while the rest were interested in certain circles.

Vodafone aims to bring mobile Internet to the masses in emerging countries

7 Apr

Vodafone has today announced a tie-up with Opera Software for pre-installing its Opera Mini 5 Internet browser for feature phones, on the carrier’s range of phones. The roll out will begin in India, South Africa, Turkey, Tanzania and Egypt, and will be followed by other geographies where Vodafone operates.

The two companies have worked on an enhanced version of the Opera Mini 5 browser, which will work on low-end handsets running on 2G networks. In a press release issued today, Vodafone said that it is also creating an on-screen browsing experience that is designed to help someone who may have little experience of the internet. The on-screen experience will feature step-by-step, simple instructions in local languages, with a strong emphasis on the use of intuitive icons to help those with lower levels of literacy.

“With this product, we can transform even basic handsets into very capable internet browsing devices, enabling millions of people to enjoy the social and economic aspects of the internet that many already take for granted,” said Jonathan Bill, Vodafone Internet services head of emerging markets.

A range of Vodafone applications is also in development, most of them designed to deliver the most social benefits to users such as email, finding a job, buying and selling services and products, learning foreign languages, as well as getting access to global applications.

With voice tariffs in India touching sub-paisa rates billed on a per second pulse, carriers are looking at data services to boost their ARPUs even as they compete with as many as 10 carriers in a single circle.