Airtel Introduces Video Downloads at just Rs 1

India’s Leading Wireless Operator Airtel has introduced Video Downloads for its customers at just Rs 1. How can this happen ?

To access Airtel’s all new Re 1/- video downloads library

Option 1: Call toll-free IVR 52010, you will receive a WAP link of Re 1 Video Store in your SMS inbox. Upon clicking on this link, you will be taken to the Re 1 Video portal to follow the simple download process

Option 2: Dial *121*33#, you will receive a WAP link of Re 1 Video Store in your SMS inbox. Upon clicking on this link, you will be taken to the Re 1 Video portal to follow the simple download process

Option 3: Simply type http://v.airtellive.com in your phone’s web browser and follow the process to download

We tried Downloading the Video with Wi-Fi enabled Phone and here is the error we got,

Looks like there is a network issue, request to try again In case you are on wi-fi, please switch over to mobile network and retry downloading


Well the catch here is to offer Video at cheap Rates and make the consumers use 2G/3G Data Services 🙂

Impact of 3G Roaming License Cancellation on Airtel

The 3G roaming controversy is currently in court, with operators having brought in a stay order on the government’s notices for penalties. The government’s contention is that the 3G network sharing arrangements are illegal and need to be stopped, while operators argue that this was explicitly allowed by the government prior to the auctions in 2010.

Without taking a view on the outcome of the legal process, we note that the impact on Airtel, even in the worst case, is quite limited. 3G revenues today account for less than 1.5% of India mobile revenues, but are expected to be a significant growth driver in the future. In this context, we note that in the 13 circles where Airtel has its own 3G spectrum/network (~70% of its national revenues), its competitive position in these circles should be protected. The circles in which Bharti uses the 3G network of other operators (which are at risk) account for less than 25% of its national revenues.

The 13 circles where Airtel has 3G spectrum account for ~70% of its national revenues as shown below.
airtel 3G Revenues Circlewise Breakup

DoT orders Airtel to stop 3G services in seven circles, slaps Rs350 crore fine

The Department of Telecom (DoT) ordered Bharti to stop providing 3G services in Kolkata, Maharashtra, Gujarat and four other regions cracking the whip on companies offering 3G services in circles where they did not have permits.

The DoT also slapped a fine of Rs50 crore per circle, translating into a total fine of Rs350 crore for Bharti for the same. The government is likely to levy similar bans and penalties on Vodafone India (Vodafone) and Idea Cellular (Idea) too.

At the current juncture, Airtel has moved the Delhi High Court against the DoT directive and managed to obtain a stay on the issue. However, any adverse development on the issue may negatively impact Bharti as the company would not be able to offer 3G services in those areas, though the financial impact of Rs350 crore penalty remains minimal.

How Much it Costs to Make STD VoIP Calls in India ?

The Following Details the Cost of Carrying out a STD Long Distance Skype Call within India.

Bandwidth requirement–uplink (kbps) 100 Skype recommended
Bandwidth requirement–downlink (kbps) 100 Skype recommended
Total bandwidth required (up + down) (kbps) 200

Data Consumed for Voice Call on Skype in 1 Minute = 1.46 MB

If your 3G / 4G pack costs you Rs 150 / GB [Assuming Rs 750 for 5Gb Pack on Airtel 3G or Reliance NetConnect+ EVDO Connections] Thus your STD Long Distance Skype Call will cost you mere Rs 0.21 / Minute while the current Long Distance rates are Rs 0.60 / Minute to Rs 0.75 / Minute thus you are saving as much as 66%.

Airtel Chooses Ericsson’s Mobile Broadband Charging Solutions

Airtel has deployed Ericsson’s Mobile Broadband Charging solution and has completely modernized it’s Pre-paid/ IN solution for it’s subscribers, across 23 circles in India. The solution will allow Bharti Airtel to enhance the prepaid customer experience by offering a wider & attractive range of prepaid services, flexible bundling and real time control of chargeable services.

What this means to Airtel’s Mobile Customers ?
Airtel will allow prepaid customers to have personalised profile based data charging plans. Prepaid customers will be able to customise their data plans across multiple domains – 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE & Wi-Fi.

The wide array of prepaid services, personalised data plans and real time charging experience will allow prepaid customers to control their mobile usage without any Bill Shock and Complaints.

You can read more details about Mobile Broadband Charging here – http://www.ericsson.com/ourportfolio/telecom-operators/broadband-charging

Airtel 4G LTE Customers of Pune get CSFB facility to Make Voice Calls using GSM

Airtel, India’s Largest Wireless Carrier just a while ago told us that they have tested their 4G LTE network in Pune with Nokia Siemens Networks’ Circuit Switched FallBack (CSFB) voice solution using the underlying GSM Band. With CSFB, the network can transfer customers to GSM platform to make and receive voice calls and access voicemails while retaining the experience of ultra-fast data services on 4G smartphones. CSFB also enables text messaging service (SMS) for LTE subscribers, providing a unified voice and SMS service experience along with LTE data services.

Much ahead of the over hyped Reliance Jio 4G launch, Airtel has managed to prove its superiority as the solution will enable our 4G customers to enjoy high-quality voice services on GSM network and ultra-fast data services on TD-LTE platform – thereby allowing them to have a unified experience on a 4G handset.

How Airtel & NSN have managed to Develop this Technology ?
The solution will enable our 4G customers to enjoy high-quality voice services on GSM network and ultra-fast data services on TD-LTE platform – thereby allowing them to have a unified experience on a 4G handset.

CSFB is a 3GPP compliant functionality that enhances TD-LTE (time division duplex-long term evolution) and FDD-LTE frequency division duplex-long term evolution) deployments with voice capabilities. With CSFB, the end-user device is directed to WCDMA or GSM network for voice calls. The device then remains in the WCDMA/GSM network until the call is completed. Data sessions also continue in the 3G network many times at lower speeds. If dual transfer mode is available in GSM, data session also continues while using the GSM network.

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