Facebook invests $5.7 billion in Indian telco Reliance Jio

Facebook has invested a rather substantial sum in Indian telecoms giant Reliance Jio.

Earlier this year, Reliance Jio overtook Vodafone Idea to become the largest operator by userbase in India.

With its over 1.3 billion population, the Indian market offers huge growth potential; especially for a company like Facebook.

In a Facebook post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote:

"Facebook is teaming up with Jio Platforms -- we're making a financial investment, and...

Indian telcos warn users about coronavirus and share tips for tackling it

Telecoms operators in India are doing their part to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliance Jio, Airtel, and the state-run BSNL all provided the following warning to any subscriber making a call on Sunday:

“Always protect your face with a handkerchief or tissue while coughing or sneezing.

Regularly clean hands with soap. Avoid touching your face, eyes, or nose. If someone has a cough, fever, or...

Huawei India CEO: India should make its own decisions about 5G firms

Huawei India CEO Jay Chen says the country should make its own decisions over whether to ban 5G firms rather than listen to foreign powers.

Speaking to Economic Times, Chen said:

"The Indian government, companies and customers all have their full confidence in Huawei. Similarly, we are also confident with regards to our prospects in India.

We understand that the Indian government will make its independent and...

Huawei says contiguous blocks of cheap 5G spectrum are needed in India

Huawei believes India must focus on allocating contiguous blocks of cost-effective 5G spectrum for a successful rollout.

Executives from Huawei made the comments during the company’s Connect event in Shanghai. Ken Hu, deputy chairman of Huawei, noted the allocation of spectrum as being among India’s current biggest challenges when it comes to 5G.

“We hope that spectrum resources can be allocated more efficiently. It’s very important to have contiguous...

Huawei denies being excluded from India’s national 5G trial

Huawei denies yesterday’s reports claiming the company has been excluded from participating in India’s national 5G trials.

In comments to ETTelecom, India’s Telecoms Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said:

“We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia, and telecom service providers to partner with us to start 5G technology-based trials, and have got a positive response from them.

We have...

ZTE and Huawei are to be excluded from India’s 5G trials

India is said to be excluding Chinese vendors ZTE and Huawei from its 5G trials in favour of Ericsson, Cisco, Samsung, and Nokia.

The exclusion of the vendors has become a somewhat familiar story. Just last week, Telecoms reported South Korea’s largest operator became the latest to snub Huawei.

Speaking to ETTelecom, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said:

“We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia, and telecom service...

Indian telcos asked to enable social app blocks following attacks

The Indian government has asked telcos in the country to enable the blocking of social apps following a spate of vigilante attacks.

Apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook have been used to spread misinformation about individuals leading to lynchings and beatings.

In a letter seen by Reuters, the government wrote:

“You are ... requested to explore various possible options and confirm how the Instagram/Facebook/Whatsapp/Telegram and such other...

Ericsson establishes India’s first 5G innovation lab at the IIT

Ericsson has established India’s first 5G innovation lab at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, where it will be working to hasten deployments.

The ‘first-of-its-kind’ innovation lab will bring together carriers, academia, startups, and industry to maximise the benefits enabled by the latest generation of mobile technology.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson, said:

“Ericsson is leading 5G...

India signs three MOUs with UK institutions to maximise 5G benefits

India has signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) agreements with leading UK academic institutions to hasten 5G deployment and maximise its benefits.

The UK institutions which signed the MOUs are King’s College, University of Surrey, and the University of Bristol. Academics will share their expertise and research with the Indian government-owned body C-DOT, the nation’s telecoms technology development centre.

India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Y.K....

Vodafone merges with Idea Cellular to become India’s largest telecoms operator

Vodafone has confirmed plans to create the biggest telecoms operator in India following a “merger of equals” with Idea Cellular.

Talks of the deal, worth around $23 billion, were confirmed at the end of January. In a press release today, Vodafone confirmed the plans for its Indian subsidiary (excluding its 42% stake in Indus Towers) to progress the merger with Aditya Birla Group's Idea Cellular.

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