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India May 2010, Wireless subscription 618M. Overall market share Bharti 22 perc, Reliance 17 perc, Voda 17 perc, Idea 11 perc, Aircel 6perc

Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 653.92 Million
Wireless subscription reaches 617.53 Million
Wireline subscription declines to 36.39
16.30 Million new additions in wireless
Overall Tele-density reaches 55.38
Broadband subscription is 9.24 million
Service providers share in overall Net additions:
Bharti 18.4%
Reliance 17.28%
Vodafone 15.89%
Tata 14.26%
Idea 10.81%
Aircel 9.87%
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Iran to launch two telecom satellites in 2010

Iran is set to launch two telecom satellites in 2010 reports English.news.cn Link to full story below:

Iran to launch two telecom satellites in 2010

Iran is set to launch two telecom satellites in 2010 reports English.news.cn Link to full story below:

India 31 March 2010 wireless data: 20.31M net adds, 584.32M subscribers, teledensity 52.74 perc

Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 621.28 Million
Wireless subscription reaches 584.32 Million
Wireline subscription remains at 36.96 Million
20.31 Million new additions in wireless
Overall Tele-density reaches 52.74
Broadband subscription is 8.75 million
The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 621.28 Million at the end of March-2010 from 600.98 Million in February-2010, thereby registering a growth rate of 3.38%. With this, the overall Tele-density in India reaches 52.74

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Mock auction of 3G bids in India on 4 April 2010

Mock auction of 3G bids in India to happen today on 4th April. The idea is that bidders could get accustomed to the new system. Full story below:


Bharti shares edge up on expected Zain deal signing

Shares in top Indian mobile firm Bharti Airtel edged higher Tuesday on reports it will sign a 10.7-billion-dollar deal to acquire the African telecom assets of Kuwait's Zain later in the day.

Officials at New Delhi-based firm declined to comment, citing confidentiality rules, but Kuwait's Al-Watan daily reported the signing would take place Tuesday at the headquarters of Zain Africa in Amsterdam.

Shares of Bharti Airtel rose nearly one percent to 313.75 rupees on the Mumbai stock exchange at midday, outpacing an overall weaker market, on the back of the reports.

Teledensity in India touches 51.05 percent

India's telecom density has risen to 51.05 percent after 18.76 million new phone connections were added in February this year, the telecom regulator said here Monday.

In January, the teledensity was 49.50 percent.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in the statement that the number of telephone connections reached 600.69 million in February from 581.97 million a month before.

'With this, the overall tele-density in India reached 51.05 percent,' TRAI said.

Mobile data surpasses voice

Global mobile data traffic surpassed voice during December of 2009, after growing 280 per cent during each of the last two years. According to Swedish vendor Ericsson, which published the figures, global mobile data traffic is forecast to double annually over the next five years.

Nokia to acquire mobile browser firm Novarra

Nokia has signed an agreement to acquire mobile web browser and platform maker Novarra for an undisclosed sum. Skip related content
The move will allow Nokia to use Novarra's capabilities to deliver an enhanced browsing experience on its own mobile devices.

Nokia said that it expects a new service taking advantage of the acquired technology to be made available within the year.

Wireless broadbank bids may hit Rs. 5500 crore

With 11 companies filing for pre-qualification in the auction of the only two available slots of broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in each circle, the price bids could see stiff contest.

According to an ABN Amro equity research report, “Participation by global players like Qualcomm could intensify the BWA bidding. The higher competition could drive the BWA bid price to $1.2 billion (Rs 5,500 crore).” This will be way above the reserve price of Rs 1,750 crore that the government has fixed.

Verizon Wireless releases Motorola Devour

Verizon Wireless and Motorola today announced that Motorola DEVOUR is available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores today for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

DEVOUR is the second Android-powered smartphone from Motorola to run on Verizon Wireless' 3G Network. The phone comes with MOTOBLUR, Motorola's unique content delivery service created to make wireless phones more personal and customizable. Additional features and specifications of Motorola DEVOUR can be found by visiting http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/02/pr2010-02-02c.html .

RCom to offer free talktime on March 28

Telecom major Reliance Communications (RCom) will offer free local and STD calling on its network on March 28 as it celebrates the 100-million subscriber base.

As part of the offer, RCom customers would be able to avail 24 hours of free local and STD calling across the Reliance network on March 28, RCom said in a statement today.

The one-day offer will be available to all new and existing Reliance customers across CDMA, GSM and Hello (fixed wireless) services, it added.

Vodafone India launches IPhone 3GS in India

Telecom major Vodafone Essar said on 26 March it will launch Apple iPhone 3GS in the country beginning, priced at Rs 29,500 onwards. The handset also provides access to Apple’s App Store, which has more than 1.5 lakh applications ranging from games to social networking.

Vodafone Essar will offer three plans - a prepaid plan of Rs100 and two post paid plans with Rs 799 and Rs 999 as rental respectively

Global Telco Vendors must hire Indians

Global telecom gear makers like Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and others, which maintain and manage mobile networks of cellphone companies here, must only employ Indian engineers, a government directive said.

“The operation and maintenance of telecom networks should be entirely by Indian engineers and dependence on foreign engineers should be minimal or nil within a period of two years,” the communications ministry said in a notification posted on its website. The government said it would amend licence conditions soon to add the new norms.

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