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Airtel Slashes its 3G Rates by 70%

by on May.19, 2012, under News

Bharti Airtel, India’s top mobile phone operator, on Thursday cut prices of its third-generation (3G) mobile data services by about 70 percent, in a move to boost usage of the premium services in the country. This move has made it the cheapest 3G data provider in the country

3G services were launched in the country last year by all the telecom giants of the country but till now remain unpopular due to its excessive tariff. Its adoption rate is very low. With the new rates in effect, the above situation will indeed change.

For prepaid users browsing rates for 3G have been brought down from 10 paise per 10 KB to 3 paise for the same amount of data transfer. The new data plan for pre-paid customers, now starts at Rs 10 for 30 minutes of usage, with a validity of one day, Rs 45 for 150 MB with 7-day validity, and Rs 1500 for 10 GB with 30-day validity. Post-paid users will now have to pay Rs 100 for 300 MB and Rs 1500 for 10 GB, each with a validity of 30 days.

The company has also launched Smartbytes data packs for post-paid like in the broadband service where in the users who exhaust their monthly usage limit, are offered a choice of different 3G data top-up packs, allowing users to control their spending. These packs are priced from Rs 80 for 200 MB to Rs 300 for 1 GB.

We hope that this reduction will soon increase the 3G customer and the trend will be followed by other telecom operators as well.

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Bharti Airtel Offers First Ever 4G LTE Network In India

by on Apr.12, 2012, under News

According to rumours going around it had been indicated that Bharti Airtel would be the first service provider in the country to bring in 4G-LTE services and this has turned up to be true. The new technology was launched in Kolkata by Kapil Sibal, Union Telecom Minister. The first target is Kolkata which is the largest metropolitan area in Eastern India where a huge percentage of its customers reside.

Airtel 4G LTE

Considering the fact that there are no 4G mobile phones available in the country the company have launched alternate Huawei USB modems. Airtel’s 4G-LTE is expected to be launched over a range of devices, which are inclusive of the Airtel 4G-LTE USB modem (Huawei E392) and Airtel 4G LTE Indoor Wireless Gateway (Huawei B593). The Airtel 4G-LTE enables using mobile Internet with bandwidth up to 40Mbps. Airtel officials at the launch event clarified that it requires a 4G enabled 128kB USIM (priced at Rs. 49) to use on the dongle. The airtel 4G LTE data card and WiFi CPE will be network locked. The price of the dongle and WiFi CPE are Rs. 7999 and Rs. 7750 respectively.

Airtel 4G-LTE is based upon LTE-TDD (Time Division Duplex Long Term Evolution) using 20MHz of 2300MHz spectrum band which Airtel won in BWA auction held on 2010. Airtel’s 4G-LTE network in Kolkata will be managed by ZTE Corp. In fact ZTE completed the 4G set up in a record time. ZTE supplied eNodeB and TD-LTE RAN for Airtel’s 4G-LTE roll out.

Airtel 4G LTE

The service is s slated as coming soon for the district of Bengaluru that’s more commonly known as Bangalore. Other regions expected to receive the 4G LTE treatment are Karnataka, Punjab and entire Maharashtra, excluding Mumbai.

The tariff plans announced for the 4G-LTE services are available for both prepaid and postpaid users.The company has disclosed its tariff plans, namely, Breakfree, Breakfree Max and Breakfree Ultra. The Breakfree plan has a monthly rental of Rs.999 offering 6GB usage, Breakfree Max offers 9GB usage for Rs.1,399 and Breakfree Ultra offers 18GB usage for Rs.1,999.

All three plans offer 128 kbps speed post FUP. Airtel offers some introductory 60 days offers for postpaid plans. Customers can get money-back which is equivalent to one/two month’s rent spread over first six bill cycles like Rs. 167/bill, Rs. 466/bill, Rs. 666/bill, for the first six bills on the Rs. 999, Rs, 1399 and Rs. 1999 plans, respectively.

The big question still remains is how viable the 4G would be, with 3G still not been implemented properly in the country, is this the right time to introduce 4G or the prices of 3G should have been reduced. All these questions still remain in mind and time will give us the answer.

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TRAI Mobile Number Portability by October 31

by on Aug.12, 2010, under Gadgets, Mobile, News

Mobile Number Portability

We are waiting for 3G and mobile number portability since a long time. There have been a lot of delays since a long time, now it looks like there would be a final decision on the MNP service at least by October 31, 2010.

The TRAI, in a recent announcement has directed mobile operator in the country to implement MNP by October 31 this year or be ready to face the consequences. If that wasn’t all, the Department of Telecom (DoT) made it clear to operators yesterday that the infrastructure for and tests for porting numbers from one service provider to another are to be completed before September 1. If they fail to do that, the service providers would be barred from launching new commercial services in any area, starting September 1.

With mobile number portability we would be able to retain our number even if we want to change our service provider. This will lead to a lot of competition between the mobile service providing companies. Mobile operators have delayed MNP a lot over various problem due to which last deadline June 30 was missed.

Let’s see if the mobile operators are able to do the needful by the October 31.

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