Webwire: Vodafone India slashes 3G rates again

Staff writer
21 Jun 2012

Vodafone India fires again in 3G price war

India's 3G price war has escalated again, with Vodafone India slashing its data tariffs for the second time in less than a month. The operator has cut pre-paid rates for 3G data use by 80% to just 2 paise ($0.0004) per 10 kb of data. Vodafone India also introduced new postpaid 3G data plans, starting at 25 rupees for 25MB of data, up to 1,599 rupees for 12GB. Excess usage will be charged at the pre-paid rate.

Refarming to free 300MHz per region

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Facebook buys facial recognition company

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Samsung to stay on top in smartphones: Fitch

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SK Telecom, Boingo reach Wi-Fi roaming deal

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FTTH Council APAC names new board president

FTTH Council Asia-Pacific has appointed Cisco's APAC service provider CTO, Monique Marrow, as the new president of its board. At the Council's annual meeting, Marrow was selected to replace Fouad Jaffer, who is stepping down as president after fulfilling his maximum term. Marrow has been a director of the Council board since 2007.

CSL to deploy CEM suite from Now Factory

Hong Kong's CSL has revealed plans to deploy CEM software from The Now Factory to support customer service efforts across its LTE and UMTS networks. The operator will deploy Now Factory's Mobile Moments Vantage suite, to consolidate monitoring and management of the customer experience for its 3 million subscribers. CSL's mobile brands include 1010, one2free and New World Mobility.

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