• PLDT Fiber Rollout Nearing Completion

    The Philippines’ PLDT has started the final stage of its 1.3 billion peso ($29.7 million) fiber backbone network rollout, and expects to complete the deployment by the end of the year. The operator’s technology head Rolando Pena told Rappler that the company is currently completing deploying connections between Ilocos Norte and Tuguegarao in Cagayan Valley. Once complete, the…

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    Bharti Airtel in Talks With State Bank of India for Mega Alliance

    Days after the Reserve Bank of India introduced draft norms for small and payments banks to boost financial inclusion , the nation’s largest telco by subscribers Bharti Airtel and the nation’s largest lender State Bank of India are exploring a mega alliance. ” Both parties have initiated talks for a payments banks alliance which if…

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  • Sistema JSFC Plans to Develop Narendra Modi’s Smart City Project

    Sistema JSFC, the Russian oil to telecom conglomerate with $34 billion of annual revenue, plans to approach the Indian government with a proposal to develop smart cities on the lines of projects it has implemented back at home. Sistema’s global leadership team will shortly make presentations to the Prime Minister’s Office and urban development ministry…

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  • 3G data post paid plans revised upwards
    Airtel May Have to Surrender Excess Spectrum in Mumbai

    Bharti Airtel may have to surrender excess spectrum in Mumbai service area as the company has marginally crossed maximum airwaves holding cap in the metro following its acquisition of a 4G company founded by US chip maker Qualcomm. “The company will have to surrender excess spectrum as per spectrum cap rule within one year of…

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    India Mobile Subs to Hit 815m in 2014

    Mobile connections in India are expected to grow 8% to 815 million in 2014 while mobile service revenue is on pace for flat growth, according to Gartner. “The mobile market in India is going through a rough patch, where voice ARPU is falling very fast, and the increase in data ARPU is not able to…

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    Huawei Tests Three-carrier HSDPA Tech

    Huawei announced it has achieved peak speeds of 63Mbps during tests of the in-development three-carrier HSDPA (3C-HSDPA) technology. The 3C-HSDPA technology is part of 3GPP Release10. It involves aggregating three carriers over the mainstream 850-MHz and 2100MHz UMTS bands. The tests used Huawei network equipment and a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, building on the collaboration between…

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