India’s largest Wireless Carrier Airtel dismissed any near term threat from the launch of Reliance Jio 4G LTE Infocomm Services. DoT recently gave the Green Signal for 4G / BWA Operators to offer Voice Services by acquiring the Unified Access Services License in addition to the ISP License they hold so that they can offer full Voiice Services. Airtel does not see recent news flow around LTE as an impediment to its voice and data strategies.
Airtel further emphasized that its per-minute realizations should improve gradually over time. Airtel believes that industry needs price improvements. Higher input prices and lower Continue reading Airtel & Idea Shrug Off Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G Voice Threat
On the 22nd of October, I broke the news to the World about Reliance 4G LTE trials being commissioned in Mumbai along with Tower Location Information. Subsequently, the Indian Press started tracking Reliance which then divulged,
Infotel Broadband has deployed all its resources to R&D in perfecting high definition quality voice over Long Term Evolution (LTE) with the help of in-house team of young and bright people. This will permit consumers to experience unified communication using single device and using our own built application platform
In my opinion, press reporters didn’t get the Gist of the Reliance release which has a far reaching latent business strategy embedded in it. Then, having recently covered Samsung Chat On services, I also had to thoroughly study Tencent’s QQIM, Wei Xin etc [More on this will be covered later] So what exactly is the Big R&D initiative from Continue reading Reliance Jio Infocomm Developing Video / Voice over IP based India Centric Apps / Mobile Social Network
Reliance Infotel Broadband licensees of BWA Spectrum in 2300MHz band have written to the DoT seeking permission to conduct Voice Services over its 40 LTE/ 4G enabled Locations across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. They have also sought for Blocks of Phone Numbers for the same. However, one is skeptical about the Legality of the Voice over LTE / IP Calls and lets us see if Reliance can pass this hurdle.
According to BWA Spectrum Auction Notice Inviting Applications, DoT clarified during the Queries and Response as explained here. Further, in Question 86, 140, 254, DoT further clarifies on Voice Services using LTE Spectrum as below Continue reading Reliance Infotel 4G Voice over LTE – Legality, Ubiquitous Coverage will Require 3x Times Investment of 2G Voice Business