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  • Despite controversies, India’s taxi-app industry booms

      MUMBAI: India’s ultra-competitive app-based taxi-hailing market has quickly become a multi-billion-dollar industry, but controversy surrounding safety, rejected licences and protesting cabbies threatens to slam the brakes on its spectacular rise. Domestic company Ola Cabs and US-based Uber are booming, fuelled by a rising number of professionals wanting an easy-to-book, clean and air-conditioned cab in

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  • HTC: Not considering merger with Asus

      TAIPEI: Taiwan’s HTC Corp will not consider a merger with larger rival Asustek Computer Inc, HTC said, responding to comments made by Asustek’s head during its annual general meeting. “HTC has not made any contact with Asus regarding this matter, and it will not consider a merger with Asus,” the company said in a

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  • Free roaming for BSNL users to start today

      NEW DELHI: Telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will begin its free roaming service today, under which customers will not have to pay to use mobile services while travelling outside the circle to which their connection belongs. Apart from this, BSNL shall also be setting up 5,000 base transceiver station (BTS) towers across

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  • Here’s Apple India’s plan for the next 3 years

      KOLKATA: Apple is planning more than a twofold expansion of its retail reach in India to double iPhone sales in each of the next three years to achieve fresh targets set by the company’s US parent amid stiff competition in the premium smartphone segment from a reinvigorated Samsung. The company has signed a distribution

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  • Govt to revamp sourcing, testing of telecom gear

      NEW DELHI: The government is looking at a major overhaul of telecom equipment sourcing and testing in India as it fears that unfettered supplies from foreign vendors, including Chinese companies, are making the system susceptible to spyware and malware from unfriendly countries and anti-national activists. A Cabinet note is under preparation to work out

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  • BSNL to launch free roaming starting Monday

      NEW DELHI: State-run BSNL will launch free roaming, starting tomorrow, which will allow all its mobile customers across the country to receive incoming calls at no cost. “Now BSNL mobile customers will not need to carry multiple SIMs and handsets during roaming. They are free to talk as long as they want without worrying

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  • Vodafone hikes prepaid data tariffs by up to 47%

      NEW DELHI: Telecom services provider Vodafone has increased pre-paid data tariff for 2G and 3G services in Delhi NCR by up to 47%, while MTS hiked rates of post-paid data pack by 8%. The increase comes in the aftermath of March spectrum auction wherein telcos had paid around Rs 1.1 lakh crore to acquire

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  • Telcos have enough spectrum, must address call drops: Prasad

      New Delhi: Doing some plain speaking on call drops, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today asked mobile operators to walk the extra mile to reinforce their systems as they have enough spectrum to provide telephony services without interruption. The minister said he has asked sectoral regulator TRAI to suggest a disincentive mechanism to tackle

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