Aditya Birla Idea Payments bank is among seven entities to get a final approval from the banking regulator. Airtel Payments Bank Ltd was the first payments bank. So far, Airtel, Paytm, India Post, and Fino Payments Banks have been launched
The last step is to get the DOT approval in terms of merging the licenses etc, said Sunil Sood, MD & CEO, Vodafone India
Vodafone VoLTE service will be launched in Karnataka and Kolkata next, and thereafter across India in a phased manner in the coming months, the company said in a statement.
The proposal was to allow the country to retrospectively tax cross-border transactions in which the underlying assets are located in India.
Idea Cellular is in the process of merging its telecom business with the Indian unit of British telecom major Vodafone.
Both the groups can go ahead for the final approval for merger from the Department of Telecom after Vodafone's appeal for the scheme also gets NCLT nod.
There are hopes that at some point in time Jio will rationalise its tariffs but if this continues, then they would have to revise their outlook back to negative, said Nitin Soni of Fitch Ratings.
In what could be considered a landmark year for the telecom sector in India, 2017 saw telcos consolidate like never before. By the end of the year, there were only three major players left in the market.
"The introduction of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) will enhance customer experience with HD quality calling and offer our customers newer possibilities. Vodafone VoLTE is an important step towards introducing futuristic technology enhancing our Data Strong Network," Sunil Sood, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone India, said in a statement.
"Vodafone SuperNetTM 4G now covers 600 plus towns in Punjab, with over 550 towns being added over the past three months alone," said Arvind Nevatia, Business Head - Punjab, HP and J&K, Vodafone India in a release issued here.
Vodafone, the world's second-largest mobile operator, entered India in 2007 by acquiring Hutchison Whampoa's wireless assets. It is contesting a tax bill of more than $2 billion relating to that acquisition.
The bus shelter allows customers to avail complimentary Wi-Fi for up to 20 minutes per day.
Iliad, backed by French billionaire Xavier Niel, is aiming to grab a quarter of the Italian mobile market using the same cut-throat prices that helped it to conquer France five years ago, sources familiar with the plans have told Reuters.
Bharti Airtel's mobile tower arm Bharti Infratel and Vodafone hold 42 per cent each in India's largest mobile tower firm Indus Towers and the rest is held by Idea Cellular.
Recently, Reliance Communications said it would shut down voice call service from December 1 and its customers could move to other networks by this year end, as per directions by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
"Even in India, these numbers are zooming up. We are growing at about 150-180 per cent a year. Yes, the numbers are small and the market is emerging," Sood, the managing director and chief executive for the second largest telco, which is set to merge with smaller rival Idea Cellular, said.
The phone on offer has a Spreadtrum SC9832 1.3Ghz Quad Core processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB ROM.
IPPB has been incorporated as a public limited company under the Department of Posts with 100 percent government of India equity.
"As a part of these 'Super Celebrations', we are happy to announce the Vodafone Green Diwali Campaign which aims to give our customers a great experience this Diwali.
Market watchers have given a thumbs up to the acquisition that involve Airtel taking over the customers and spectrum of Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra in a cash free and debt free deal. Some analysts have even gone to the extent of saying that the takeover places the Sunil Mittal company to potentially "retain" the numero uno position even post Idea-Vodafone merger.
The company has initiated arbitration proceedings under the India-United Kingdom Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement (BIPA) in connection with the tax demand raised against the company in relation to its USD 11 billion deal acquiring the stake of Hutchinson Telecom.
Vodafone India confirmed that the company was taking a legal route.
It is the first such joint venture proposed in Ghana's highly competitive telecom sector. Put together, the new entity would become Ghana's second largest mobile operator serving around 10 million subscribers with revenues close to $300 million.
The mobile network operator said on Monday it would spend 2 billion euros on new full-fibre connections in Germany and also has invested in fixed line broadband networks in Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Only three operators -- Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and state-run BSNL -- reported subscriber additions in the month, while eight other operators including Idea Cellular and Vodafone, saw a decline.