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Qualcomm accuses tech lobby of ‘misdirecting’ US Trade Commission

Responding to a letter filed by a tech lobby to bar import of iPhone models not using its modem chips, Qualcomm has said the group was conducting a “coordinated effort aimed at misdirecting” trade regulators. The Computer and Communications Industry Association, which represents several tech companies, lodged a formal letter with the US International Trade

GST won’t impact growing Indian smartphone market: Report

The overall smartphone demand in India will hit 234 million units in 2017, an increase of 11 per cent year-on-year (YoY) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would have no impact on smartphone demand in the country, global market research firm GfK said on Tuesday. “Smartphone demand in India also remained resilient in the

Idea Cellular surges 7% after CCI approved merger with Vodafone

Idea Cellular surged 7% to Rs 98.30 on BSE on back of heavy volumes after the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Monday approved the merger with Vodafone India. “The company is pleased to confirm receipt of the letter from the Competition Commission of India dated 24th July 2017, according approval to the proposed merger

Sunil Mittal urges TRAI to reject ‘Bill and Keep’ method

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal has urged the Indian telecom regulator to reject the ‘Bill and Keep’ (BAK) method and said it should continue with the interconnection usage charge (IUC) regime. “The current IUC at 14 paisa is already well below cost and it will be in fitness of things that while taking a final

TDSAT hearing on Reliance Jio free-offer case on Aug 18

The telecom tribunal will hear on August 18 the petition of Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular challenging the decision of Trai to allow free offers of Reliance Jio to continue beyond the stipulated 90 days. The two offers in reference are ‘Jio Welcome Offer’ and the ‘Happy New Year offer’. The petition by Bharti Airtel

Why Mukesh Ambani is doling out free 4G phones to everyone

The logo of Reliance Jio reveals more than meets the plain eye. It is actually a mirror image of the word ‘oil’, a sign of what company seeks to find in its new foray into telecom. For Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani data is the new oil. “Data is the new natural resource. We are at

JioPhone will force incumbents to protect subscribers: Jefferies

Reliance Jio’s newly launched JioPhone aimed at over 50 crore feature phone users will pose a stiff challenge to incumbents to protect their subscriber market share, investment banking firm Jefferies has said. “The monthly plan compares favorably against the blended ARPU (average revenue per unit) of top three incumbents, but it does provide a cap.

From free 4G Jio feature phone to 1:1 bonus share – highlights of RIL AGM

In an action-packed Annual General Meeting of Reliance Industries Limited on Friday, its Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani announced the launch of zero cost ‘intelligent smartphone’ as well as recommended bonus shares in the ratio of 1:1 for the company’s shareholders. The Jio Phone will be available for beta testing from August 15. “The