News Analysis - Telecom



  • India Set to Become No 2 in Telecom (March 12, 2007)
    According to Telecommunications Minister Dayanidhi Maran, India will overtake the U.S. and assume the second position in subscriber terms in 20 months.<More>

  • Maxis Budgets Rs. 2000 Crore (March 12, 2007)
    Malaysian company Maxis Communications owning 74 per cent stake in mobile telecommunications operator Aircel Cellular plans to invest Rs. 2000 crore (USD 454 million) and reach eight million subscribed in 2007-08.<More>

  • Vodafone Headsets in India (February 19, 2007)
    China's leading telecom gear maker the $7.3-billion ZTE Corp has reportedly met with Vodafone Group to set up a world-class GSM handset manufacturing hub in India to meet low-cost handset requirements for Indian, Brazil, and Russian markets.<More>

  • Tele-Density Rises (January 17, 2007)
    Keeping pace with a smart economic growth, tele-density (the number of telephone subscribers) surged to 17.16% or 189.33 million users in December 2006 with wireless subscribers registering the largest segment with 149.5 million. <More>

  • Venezuela to Nationalize Telecom (January 11, 2007)
    Bucking the global trend to privatize and globalize businesses and state-owned enterprises, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced plans to nationalize his country’s electrical and telecommunication companies.<More>

  • Hardware Blossomed in 2006 (January 09, 2007)
    Having established itself as a major information technology and related services sector, India saw an increasing number of hardware manufactures attracted to the country driven largely by the promising domestic market.<More>

  • Security and Telecom Investment (November 08, 2006)
    After a year of deregulation in the Telecommunications space allowing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from 49% to 74%, the Government has received only 2 applications while others complain that the security restrictions are too harsh for viable investment.<More>

  • Macro Indicators Strong, Agri Worrisome (October 11, 2006)
    Although economic growth is at 7.5%-8%, inflation in check at 5%-5.5%, investments in Telecom & IT estimated at USD 16 billion, and more reforms on financial and retail sector in the offing, the Indian economy continues to roar but Agriculture continues to be a major worry.<More>

  • TRAI Releases 3G Roadmap (September 29, 2006)
    Breaking the suspense, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced a roadmap for third generation (3G) mobile services to start next June, but Minister for Telecommunication Dayanidhi Maran said that he will formalize a report in 3 months.<More>

  • Fastest Mobile Growth as Margins Drop (September 15, 2006)
    India raced past the capture the fastest growing mobile market in the world but operators say that the average revenue per user (ARPU) has steadily fallen correlating to steep declines in tariffs because of intense competition and cheaper short-message service.<More>

  • Review of FDI in Telecom (March 09, 2006)
    The Government is reviewing foreign direct investment (FDI) in telecom after the Essar Group notified it of its Honk Kong partner Hutchinson selling a stake to Egypt based Orascom.< More>

  • 5th Largest, Fastest Growing Mobile Population (June 09, 2006)
    India became the fifth country in the world to host more than 100 million mobile subscribers and also has the fastest growth rate-- China has the most with 404 million subscribers, the US 185 million, Japan 150 million, and Russia 140 million.<More>

  • ICA Predicts Large Telecom growth (June 08, 2006)
    The Indian Cellular Association (ICA) of India says that the nation has the potential to manufacture around 100 to 110 million handsets or 10 per cent of the world’s requirements by 2010 and is set to become an export hub for mobile phones. <More>

  • Tata Wants Spectrum Policy Review (May 4, 2006)
    Rata Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and an important player in the Telecommunication space, has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to review the spectrum allocation plan that treats the scarce resource inefficiently.<More>

  • Reneging Huwawei Bids for BSNL (May 4, 2006)
    Chinese networking vendor Huwawei Technologies said that it will bid for a major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) GSM contract even though it had reneged on its earlier CDMA contract after winning the bid by quoting the lowest price.<More>

  • BSNL Plans 45.5 m GSM Lines (March 25, 2006)
    State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), the largest phone company in India has issued a contract seeking bids for the supply of 45.5 million GSM lines in the next 3 years.<More>

  • Govt to Release Spectrums, Boost Telecom (March 22, 2006)
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that his Government would release a part of the spectrum that it owns.<More>

  • BSNL Plans 60m GSM Lines (February 27, 2006)
    Government owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is planning to invite bids for 60 million GSM lines valued at USD 4.5 billion.<More>

  • India Competes with China in Telecom (February 02, 2006)
    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said that since the launch of cellular telephony, India added 4.5 million users in a month thus matching the "add-on" rate of China. <More>

  • TRAI to Resurrect Convergance (January 17, 2006)
    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to resurrect an old plan to converge telecom, Internet, and broadcasting sectors. <More>

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