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Latest BSNL bailout worth US$20 billion

...first arguably failed – the merger with MTNL proposed back in October 2019 has since been shelved on financial grounds, mainly MTNL’s sizeable debt burden – there will certainly be...


India set to finally merge state-owned telcos

...thought it might be a laugh to create a few companies. MTNL was incorporated BSNL in 2019, so this seems to be the next phase in a strategy of combining...


India 5G licensing on the back burner

...meantime, the telcos are starting trials. Earlier this week, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) granted permission to operators including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea, and state-owned MTNL to...


Indian telcos choose non-Chinese vendors for 5G trials

...Telecommunications (DoT) granted permission to operators including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea, and state-owned MTNL to carry out 5G trials, it said, in a statement. The telcos “have...


India puts more distance between itself and China

...was reportedly making moves to block Huawei and ZTE from supplying equipment to BSNL and MTNL, the two state-owned telcos in the region. While it does appear India is siding...


India set to block Chinese vendors from state networks

The Indian government is reportedly going to block Huawei and ZTE from involvement with BSNL and MTNL, in the latest escalation of bad blood between the two countries. Indian newspaper...


Indian government bails out BSNL

It turns out that state-owned operator BSNL isn’t very efficient, but the Indian government reckons merging it with even less efficient MTNL should sort things out. That’s the cunning plan...


Jio bags another 10 million – how was your October?

...Reliance (3,831) 0.002% MTNL (8,068) 0.3% Tata (925,299) 1.8% Bharti Airtel (1,864,065) 29.2% Vodafone Idea (7,361,165) 36.55% With only BSNL, India’s state-owned telco, heading upwards Reliance Jio has firmly placed...


TRAI reveals Jio is the only Indian telco in growth

...13.02 million 21.57% MTNL -9,435 0.3% Reliance -16,349 0.004% BSNL -536,407 9.67% Tata -1.01 million 1.88% Bharti Airtel -2.36 million 29.38% Vodafone -2.62 million 18.97% Idea -4.06 million 18.23% Reliance...


Jio leapfrogs Idea and Vodafone for second place in India

...the combined entity hits top spot. Telco Net Adds Market Share Reliance Jio 11,796,630 19.62% Vodafone 609,974 19.3% Bharti Airtel 313,283 29.81% BSNL 225,962 9.8% Idea 5,489 19.07% MTNL -9,914...


Billion-dollar managed services deals shake up Indian market

...convergent expertise and increasing focus on service transformation and customer experience helped it out. Alcatel-Lucent has also won network managed services deals in India with Bharti Airtel, MTNL and Unitech...

The low penetration in Asia-Pacific is due to its broad, diverse and fragmented make-up


LTE network plans: Asia Pacific and Oceania

...MTNL and BSNL. Tikona Digital won spectrum in 5 circles. Qualcomm and Bharti Airtel won 4 circles each. Qualcomm gained spectrum in the key circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and...

A Week In Wireless

The United States of Huawei

...that. Staying in India, mobile number portability – introduced nationwide last month – doesn’t seem to be working out too well for state-run carriers MTNL and BSNL. According to junior...


MTNL and BSNL losing out to MNP

India’s state-run telecom company, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) is having something of a swings and roundabouts experience following the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) on a countrywide basis...


Ericsson wins large fibre contract in India services firm Radius Infratel, which counts MTNL, BSNL and Airtel among its customers, Ericsson is to provide 600,000 households and businesses with fibre connectivity. In the flourishing Indian market,...


Reliance’s move for Digicable must be a first step

...of the Department of Telecommunications’ continuing refusal to unbundle the last-mile networks of state-owned BSNL and MTNL – forcing RCOM and other private players to deploy their own last-mile copper...

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