Tag: Telecom Operators

FDI in India up 29 pct after ‘Make in India’ launch: Min

FDI in India up 29 pct after ‘Make in India’ launch: Min

17/03/2016 10:15

The Indian Government has said that Foreign Direct Investment in the country has increased by 29 per cent for the 15-month period ended December last year after the launch of ‘Make in India’ initiative.

As per reports, the initiative aims at promoting India as an important investment destination and a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation.

Commenting on the issue, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the media, “FDI inflow has increased 29 per cent during October 2014 to December 2015 (15 months after ‘Make in India’) compared to the 15 months period prior to the launch of this initiative.”

“During April-January 2016, the government has received 424 FDI proposals. Out these, 285 proposals have been disposed of,” he added.

The Minister further added that foreign investment in business to customer (B2C) e-commerce activities had been “opened in a calibrated manner” and entity was permitted to undertake retail trading through e-commerce under certain circumstances.

GSM mobile operators add 72.5 lakh subscribers in Feb: COAI

GSM mobile operators add 72.5 lakh subscribers in Feb: COAI

16/03/2016 14:51

GSM mobile operators added 72.5 lakh subscribers in February, taking their overall user base to 76.87 crore, industry body COAI said.

The GSM subscriber base stood at 76.14 crore in January, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said.

Bharti Airtel led the pack with maximum subscribers joining its network in the reported period. The company added 29 lakh customers to take its total user base to 24.86 crore with 32.35 per cent market share at the end of February.

Vodafone, the country’s second largest mobile operator, added 20.34 lakh subscribers to take its overall base to 19.67 crore with 25.59 per cent market share, reported PTI.

Idea Cellular subscriber base increased by 14.63 lakh to take its overall base to 17.46 crore, with a market share of 22.72 per cent.

Aircel added 6.10 lakh subscribers and its base increased to 8.66 crore, whereas Telenor added 2.50 lakh customers to take its base to 5.16 crore at the end of February.

State-run MTNL, which offers services in Delhi and Mumbai, witnessed a growth of 10,704 subscribers, taking its overall base to 35.47 lakh.

However, Videocon Telecom lost 17,917 subscribers during the period and its base decreased to 67.27 lakh.

GSM subscriber figures of BSNL, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications were not shared, said the media report.

Most telcos failed Trai’s call drop test, improvement in Delhi

05/02/2016 01:56

Most of the telecom operators, including state-run MTNL, failed random drive tests conducted by the regulator Trai to check quality of their network and services as part of its efforts to rein in call drop menace, according to the media report.

As per the test report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) today, none of telecom operators showed improvement in call drops in Mumbai, Pune and Bhubaneswar.

The regulator conducted drive tests during December-January period.

As per Trai benchmark, not more than 2 per cent calls on a telecom operator’s network should get automatically disconnected. The regulator conducted tests on both 2G and 3G networks of companies.

State-run MTNL was the worst performer in Mumbai and Delhi, where it operates. MTNL 3G network reported call drop at 15.58 per cent level in Mumbai and 23.65 per cent in Delhi.

For Pune, call drop on Tata’s 3G network was as high as 42.93 per cent followed by that of Idea Cellular with 20.96 per cent. The 2G network of Idea Cellular in Pune was also worst performer in its category with 18.97 per cent call drop.

In Bhubaneswar, where all operators failed tests, maximum call drop was witnessed on Aircel’s 3G network and on RCom’s 2G CDMA network.

In Delhi, Airtel’s both 2G and 3G network and 3G networks of Idea and Vodafone were compliant to call drop benchmark.

Similarly, in Kolkata only CDMA network of MTS, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications (RCom) were compliant to call drop benchmark while other operators failed to meet the benchmark. Even GSM network RCom and Tata failed the test.

The highest call drop of 8.86 per cent was noticed on BSNL’s 3G network followed by 8.58 per cent on Vodafone’s 2G network.

Similarly only CDMA network of Tata Teleservices was compliant in Surat to call drop set standard while other failed. Maximum call drop in this city were noticed on Idea’s 3G network.

In Indore, 2G network of Airtel, Vodafone, RCom CDMA and Tata CDMA complied with call drop norms while other failed. Here maximum call drops were witnessed on BSNL’s network in 3G category and Idea Cellular’s 2G network.