India

Vodafone sells 5.5% of Indian operation to healthcare provider

International carrier Vodafone has sold 5.5 per cent of Indian operation Vodafone Essar to Indian medical services provider Piramal Healthcare for $640m. Vodafone is required to divest the stake to bring it back below the 74 percent ownership threshold, which is the Indian limit for foreign investment within a company. In July Vodafone acquired Essar’s holding in the operation, taking it beyond that threshold.

Vodafone hits Indian ownership limit

Mega carrier Vodafone has upped its interest in Indian operator Vodafone Essar from 41 per cent to 63 per cent at a cost of around $3.32bn.

India’s regulator proposes quotas for locally produced telecoms kit

India’s Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRAI) is proposing new rules to compel telecoms service providers to source the bulk of their equipment locally. Under the proposed rules, products that are manufactured locally – whether by Indian or foreign-owned companies – should be given preference in both public and private sector purchase decisions.

Vodafone tightens grip on Indian assets

Mega carrier Vodafone made a surprise move on Thursday, increasing its stake in the holding company behind Indian joint venture Vodafone Essar by buying out its local partner.

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 in January 2011. According to junior Telecoms Minister Sachin Pilot, 10,355 users have jumped ship to other providers, while 4,486 new subscribers have joined.

Reliance launches 3G in India

Indian carrier Reliance Communications on Monday announced the launch of 3G services in the metro regions of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chandigarh. The company aims to launch services in all 13 circles where it holds 3G licences by the end of 2011.

Nokia pilots mobile marketing in India

Handset vendor Nokia, whcih has an existing global alliance with Intuit, a provider of business and financial management platforms, is piloting a mobile marketing service in India, under the brand GoConnect.

Blyk rolls out in India

Mobile advertising and marketing firm Blyk has struck its first deal outside of Europe, launching operations in India with Aircel.

Ericsson wins Indian deal with Aircel

Indian carrier Aircel has signed a deal with Ericsson that will see the Swedish vendor supply 3G/HSPA kit for deployment in six of the 13 circles in which Aircel operates. The six circles currently serve more than 100 million customers. Aircel is part of Malaysia’s Maxis group. Under the agreement Ericsson will provide core, radio and transmission network equipment, as well as related services such as network rollout, network technology and consulting, radio network optimisation and support services. The six Aircel circles Ericsson provides 3G technology in are: Tamil Nadu Bihar; Orissa; Jammu Kashmir; North East; and Assam.

Vodafone Essar taps NSN for deployment, management of 3G network

Indian carrier Vodafone Essar has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, implement and manage its 3G network in six of the nine circles – Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh (East), rest of West Bengal and Haryana – where it secured 3G spectrum. NSN is also the carrier’s major 2G vendor.

Bharti Airtel awards 3G contracts to Ericsson, Huawei, NSN

Indian operator Bharti Airtel has selected Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy HSPA networks in the 13 regions where Airtel has licenses. Seven telecom regions have been awarded to Ericsson and three each to Huawei and Nokia Siemens. The financial value of the contracts have not been disclosed.

Vodafone loses $2.6bn tax appeal in India

Vodafone has lost its petition in the Mumbai High Court appealing against a tax bill believed to be approximately INR120bn ($2.6bn). The charge relates to Vodafone’s 2007 purchase of Hutchison Essar.

RIM proposes crypto forum to beat India ban

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM), which is currently fighting a number of battles over its security policies, has proposed to find a solution to keep its customers and the Indian Government happy. The vendor has also refuted claims that it provides special configurations of its platform for certain countries.

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.

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