Telecom roundup: VSNL rebranded as Tata Communications, Mittal cries foul..and more

Roundup of news related to Indian Telecom Industry:

  • VSNL has been rebranded as Tata Communications.
    Tata Communications will leverage its Tata Global Network (TGN) and experience of operating in emerging markets in Asia and Africa to deliver globally managed communications solutions. [source]
  • Sunil Mittal strongly believes that new GSM players will collapse in 3 years [source]
    “These firms will take at least 12 months to build their network and 24 months after that they will struggle to survive in the market. I feel it does not make a viable position,” “Who buys them or not, after 36 months is not clear… our position is that please don’t give spectrum to anybody at the cost of our (existing players) growth path,” Mittal said.
    Well said Mr. Mittal – heard of F.U.D?
  • Vodafone will acquire companies for spectrum (if they don’t receive the spectrum from govt.)
  • GSM players add 6.2 mn customers in Jan.
    Bharti Airtel maintained the top slot with a market share of 32.18 per cent and a total user base of 57.41 million. Vodafone-Essar added over 1.28 million new users and maintained a market share of 23.06 per cent.
    Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) added 1 million users, and Idea Cellular added 900,658 subscribers respectively.
  • Law Ministry turns down TRAI’s proposal to regulate foreign Internet Telephony firm in India
    Trai’s proposal last year was aimed at bringing these Companies (Skype, Yahoo and MSN) in the ambit of the country’s licensing framework and monitoring their activities. These recommendations were guided by the fact that foreign Internet firms did not pay any licence fee to the government like the licensed Internet service providers (ISPs) do. [source]

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