Telecom operators can temporarily breathed a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court has allowed them to continue providing 3G roaming services outside their licence zones through agreements with other service providers.
While turning down Centre's plea to stay the TDSAT decision on intra circle roaming, the Supreme Court bench said: "We don't see any reason to grant an interim stay order.”
The latest development comes months after TDSAT had cleared the 3G intra-circle roaming agreement between Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. The telecom tribunal also quashed penalty of Rs 1,200 crore on the three operators imposed by the telecom department (DoT) for alleged violation of licence agreements.
Earlier, the telecom department had banned telcos from providing 3G roaming services outside its licenced zones and slapped huge monetary penalty.
Broadband connectivity to all panchayats 'ambigious' target: TRAI
Trai Chairman Rahul Khullar slammed the Indian government's ambitious plans to connect all 2.5 lakh panchayats with broadband by 2016.
"Right now we are sort of deluding ourselves by saying we will achieve 100 per cent and all of you know exactly what has been achieved," Trai Chairman Rahul Khullar is quoted as saying.
"Is it necessary to reach out to all those 2.5 lakh gram panchayats today or tomorrow or by some timeline of December 31, 2016. Why are we being not practical in getting the easier things done first, if its simple to cover 50 per cent of the population, do the 50 per cent, than go on for the more ambitious target."
MediaTek set sights on 4G segment in India
MediaTek is reportedly planning to launch a slew of products to target the 4G segment in India. The company is planning to LTE chips for entry level and mid level 4G devices.
"In the next couple of months, we expect to introduce a whole range of products to target the (4G) LTE segment in India that include entry and mid-range products with different feature sets and price points," Finbarr Moynihan, general manager - Corporate Sales International, MediaTek, is quoted as saying.
Idea launches Smartwifi Hub 3G Wi-Fi dongle
Idea Cellular has launched a new 3G Wi-Fi dongle - ‘Smartwifi Hub’. The dongle allows 3G data connectivity across up to 10 devices.
The dongle connects up to 10 devices with a download speed of 21.6 Mbps and an upload speed of 11 Mbps. The device comes with 1500mAh in-built battery. The device is compatible on 900 MHz and 2100 MHz bands nd is targeted towards SOHO (small office and home office) users.
The device comes bundled with 6GB 3G data for one month and is compatible with all major operating systems and is priced as Rs. 2999.
Tata Docomo launches Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo data card
Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, has launched new Wi-Fi Photon Max dongle.
The Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo comes with a 4400 mAh power bank which provides battery back-up and also comes equipped with 32 GB Micro SD card slot. The Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo priced at Rs 2899.
“Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo provides high speed Wifi internet connectivity on go and content sharing capabilities, serving up a hassle-free experience for our customers. Postpaid customers can enjoy smooth video speeds and expect data-hungry applications to run effortlessly between multiple users. The powerful battery back-up also allows users to fully charge their smartphones while continuing to surf,” says Gurinder Singh Sandhu, Head Marketing - Mobility, Tata Docomo.