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Report: India set to halt national 3G roaming

The Wall Street Journal said that India’s Department of Telecommunications is today “likely” to issue …

BSNL holding firm in Indian interconnect dispute

Indian operator BSNL is reported to be holding firm in a dispute over interconnect charges with mobile operators Airtel, Idea and Vodafone, with the state-run operator disconnecting links between the various networks.

India proposes major changes to telecoms rules

India’s Telecoms Minister Kapil Sibal (pictured) has outlined a number of new policies he hopes to include in the country’s forthcoming new telecoms regulatory bill. The biggest overhaul is expected to concern the current merger and acquisition rules in the telecoms sector, which currently do not allow one company to hold 10 percent or more in two competing operators in a single service zone.

Report: Bharti, Idea Cellular and Vodafone to sign 3G deal

Dow Jones Newswires reports that Indian operators Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone are close to signing a long-mooted 3G network sharing deal.

India set for VAS consultation; operators question subs numbers

The Economic Times reports that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is set to publish a consultation paper on value added services in the country, in order to “see how to bring VAS into the active mainstream.”

Three Indian ops apply for merger

India’s Aditya Birla Telecom and Spice Communications have applied to the Department of Telecommunications to merge with Idea Cellular, Gurudas Kamat, a federal junior minister for communications, said Thursday, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

Emerging market ops eye new mobile broadband pricing models

Leading mobile operators in India and Bangladesh are mulling a range of new pricing models in order to support their new mobile broadband networks.

Yahoo! grows in Asia

Building on its Asian customer base, Yahoo! announced nine new deals with operators across the region for its oneSearch application.

Indian mobile operators accused of price fixing

The Indian anti-monopoly watchdog has alleged that mobile operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar and Idea Cellular have been operating a cartel, reports The Times of India.

Providence invests in Idea

Private equity group Providence Equity Partners has taken a 20 percent stake in Aditya Birla Telecom (ABTL) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of India’s Idea Cellular – for US$640 million. ABTL owns a mobile license for the Bihar service area and will hold a 16 percent stake in Indus Towers, the company’s tower subsidiary which is co-owned by Vodafone Essar and Bharti Airtel.