With the unregulated virtual digital currency Bitcoin gaining both acceptance and momentum, India could soon issuing a warning against Bitcoin transactions to guard against terrorism and investment risks.
Nitin Puri discusses key mobile communications developments in India, home to one of the world's largest mobile phone population.
Originally from Canada, Nitin has been residing and working in India since 2009. He has worked in different ICT industries in countries such as India, Canada, and Tanzania. He is an avid follower and application developer within the growing mobile phone sector in India.
Currently, market leader Bharti Airtel is the only telco offering 4G LTE services in India, but that could soon change with Aircel’s plans to jump on the bandwagon within the next 3 to 6 months.
In a bid to address women's safety, the government planning for a panic button on all public transport which will be GPS-supported, and a mobile app with a similar feature.
The telco presses on with its aggressive 4G rollout across the country, with Bangalore the next city on its list which will also feature Circuit Switched Fall Back technology for voice calls.
Ahead of the national elections to be held next year and in order gain votes, the government has finally cleared a proposal for Internet and Wi-Fi access in rural India.
India's Idea Cellular offers an attractive incentive for post-paid subscribers by reducing its international roaming tariffs for both voice and data, offering savings up to 95 percent. But local SIM cards may still be cheaper options.
Now that BlackBerry's popular BBM is available for both the Android and iOS platforms, BlackBerry is reaching out directly to Indian handset manufacturers to have their devices pre-installed with the BBM messaging app.
Customer care and support amongst Indian telecom operators varies, depending on the carrier and who you ask. Ultimately, the subscriber is left to determine whether their concern or query has been resolved. Now, subscribers will be able to follow up by calling a number to file complaints, regardless of carrier.
By now, many of us have heard of the infamous virtual currency, Bitcoin. With a steady rise in both awareness and especially value as of late, it’s only fitting that India's first Bitcoin conference would be held in due time.
Over the past few months, Tata has been pushing their TataSky Mobile aggressively in India. Now, in a bid to lure even more customers, they're offering free talk time minutes by simply watching mobile ads.