India

Nokia in deal to boost mobile data in India

There was more activity in the Indian mobile market on Monday as local carrier Reliance Communications announced a partnership with handset giant Nokia designed to push mobile data services in the country.

Indian Government threatens Blackberry shutdown

The Indian Government has threatened to shut down Research In Motion’s Indian Blackberry operation at the end of August if RIM does not provide a solution allowing the state “lawful interception” of the firm’s Blackberry email and instant messaging services in India.

RIM carries Torch for BlackBerry 6; security wins

Tuesday’s launch of the BlackBerry 6 OS, Research In Motion’s new flagship operating system and accompanying hero device – the Torch – was overshadowed by ongoing privacy concerns over the RIM network in the Middle East and India.

Qualcomm bid to block WiMAX in India

At its Uplinq developer event in San Diego on Wednesday, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs took some time out to talk about the various projects in which the firm is involved, and how he sees the investments panning out.

Reliance Communications to spin off tower business

Indian fixed and mobile operator Reliance Communications (RCOM) has announced that it is to spin out its cell tower subsidiary Reliance Infratel. The move would create the world’s largest independent telecoms infrastructure company, the firm said Monday.

Reliance buys Infotel Broadband as Indian BWA auction closes

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is to acquire 95 per cent of Infotel Broadband Services, the only bidder in the recently concluded Indian Broadband Wireless Access auction to win 20MHz of pan-Indian spectrum. RIL said it was paying $1.033bn for the stake in Infotel.

India’s 3G licensing auction finally over

After what seems like years of waiting for it to start, and weeks of bidding, India’s 3G licensing auction has finally come to a close, with the biggest winner being the government. India raked in more than $14.6bn from the process, as operators fought to get the most desired chunks of spectrum.

Ericsson wins major deal from India’s Bharti

Swedish infrastructure and services firm Ericsson is raking in the cash this week, announcing its third major contract in as many days. On Wednesday, the vendor struck a $1.3bn deal with Indian operator Bharti Airtel to expand and upgrade the carrier’s 2G network over the next two years.

Qualcomm to bid for Indian spectrum

US chip shop Qualcomm has confirmed its intention to bid in India’s upcoming auction for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum.

Essar sells Indian cell tower unit

Wireless infrastructure operator American Tower Corporation (ATC) said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire a further 4,450 wireless communications sites in India via the purchase of Essar Telecom Infrastructure.

Aircel offloads Indian cell towers

Indian communications infrastructure operator GTL Infrastructure is to take over the tower assets of local carrier Aircel in a deal valued at $1.84bn.

India’s Bharti moves into Bangladesh

Indian operator Bharti Airtel said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire at 70 per cent stake in Bangladeshi service provider Warid Telecom backed by an investment totalling $1bn.

Mobile app store comes to India

Even the emerging market operators are looking for a slice of the app store action. Indian operator Aircel said Tuesday it has tapped up application services firm Infosys to build it an application store catering to Aircel’s almost 30 million mobile subscribers.

India extends number portability deadline

India has extended the deadline for operators to introduce mobile number portability (MNP) nationwide from the start of the year to the end of March 2010.

India’s spectrum auction delays cost country dear

Amid concerns that India’ auction of 3G spectrum may be delayed yet again, the WiMAX Forum has said that every six months of delay in the process results in $1bn in lost revenues for the country.

India 3G auction may happen sooner than expected

Analysts have reason to believe that the long awaited Indian 3G spectrum auction may take place sooner rather than later, although its expected impact on competition and technology is thought to be vastly overstated.

MTN, Bharti extend merger talks

Merger talks between India’s largest carrier, Bharti Airtel, and pan-MEA operator MTN have been extended by an extra month, suggesting an agreement may be in the pipeline.

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