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Airtel extends 30GB free data offer for postpaid users by another 3 months

Bharti Airtel has extended its “Holiday Surprises” offer, launched in March which included 30GB of free data for all postpaid users. The offer was initially intended to end with the June billing cycle but will now continue for another three months. CEO of Airtel, Gopal Vittal sent out email’s to customers on Saturday, which read, “Now as the monsoons approach, we are sending another shower of data your way. I am delighted to share that we are extending the data surprise by another three months. Now you get the extra data…

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Reliance Jio beats Huawei in the Indian data card market, sees 65 percent growth in 2H 2016-2017

With a surge in 4G adoption in the country, Reliance Jio has replaced Huawei as the most favoured 4G/LTE data card vendor (in terms of market share/unit shipments) in the second half of the financial year 2016-2017. “Market share of Reliance Jio grew from 12 per cent in first half to 77 percent in the second half due to free data services along with comparatively lower price of its Mi-Fi data cards,” said Shipra Sinha, Lead Analyst, Industry Intelligence and Channels Research Practices, CyberMedia Research, in a statement late on…

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Government to take corrective steps to ensure orderly growth of the telecom sector

Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said “corrective steps” would be taken by the government to ensure orderly growth of the telecom sector, after he met representatives of telecom companies here on Thursday. “The necessary corrective steps will be taken by the government for ensuring orderly growth in the sector in terms of services to the common man, including in rural areas,” the minister told reporters after the two-hour meeting. He said an inter-ministerial group (IMG) is examining systematic issues affecting viability and repayment capacity in telecom sector and the panel would…

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Inter Ministerial Group and telecom companies to discuss the stressed health of telecom sector

The much-awaited meeting between the government and the telecom companies to evolve a resolution to the stressed health of the sector was held here on 22 June. Representatives of telecom companies Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio and Reliance Communications met Communications Minister Manoj Sinha and Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan besides other government officials in the ministry. Among the industrialists, Anil Ambani of Reliance Communications, Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel and Mahendra Nahata of Reliance Jio were present in the meeting. They were not immediately available for comment. Initially, the company…

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Japanese manufacturer Rohm claims India’s 4G growth being driven by Reliance Jio

Japanese semiconductor company Rohm has said that Reliance Jio is driving the 4G revolution in India which it claims is faster than anywhere in the world. Aiming to contribute up to at least 20 percent in India by 2020 through its smartphone portfolio, the electronic parts manufacturer will unveil its India-focused wireless solutions in August. “Globally, 4G has already started quite early, but India has the fastest growth rate now due to service providers like Jio, which are driving usage by people towards 4G through some freebies,” said Daisuke Nakamura, managing…

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