Telecom major Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications India, a subsidiary of the Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), a global broadband satellite networks and services provider, on Tuesday announced an agreement to combine their “Very Small Aperture Terminal” (VSAT) operations in India.
Hughes will have majority stake in the combined entity and Airtel will have a significant shareholding, said a joint statement by Airtel and Hughes.
“The combined entity will bring greater scale, operational efficiencies and market reach to serve India with secure and reliable broadband satellite and hybrid solutions for enterprise and government networks,” it said.
“HCIL will continue to serve existing HCIL and Airtel customers while focusing on serving the growing networking needs of enterprise and government customers in India.”
Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Wednesday said it has entered into a partnership with global content platform Lionsgate and Starzplay, the international premium subscription platform from Starz, to bring premium content from Lionsgate Play to customers in India.
The partnership will give Airtel customers access to a deep portfolio of Lionsgate feature films content, which will be available on Airtel Xstream app and web platforms, Airtel said, adding that its Xstream app has a catalogue of over 10,000 movies and shows along with 400 TV channels.
The content will be available in multiple Indian languages and spread across the horror, comedy, drama, action, thriller, documentary and other genres.
“We are thrilled to partner with Lionsgate to bring exciting content from their library to our customers as part of Airtel Thanks programme. Our mission is to make Airtel Xstream the most loved digital entertainment platform in India and enable best-in-class experience across a range of connected devices and applications,” Adarsh Nair, Chief Product Officer, Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.
“We will continue to forge long-term strategic partnerships with the top content producers from around the world as part of our mission and look forward to collaborating with Lionsgate to delight customers in India,” Nair said.
Lionsgate Play’s initial offering includes the “Hunger Games” and “Twilight Saga” franchises, multiple Academy Award winner “La La Land”, and the critically-acclaimed international breakout hit “Wonder” among its deep slate of box office successes.
In addition, Airtel customers will have access to recent hits like “American Assassin”, “Robin Hood”, and “The Spy Who Dumped Me”, among others.
“Telcos play a huge role in increasing the availability of premium content on digital platforms, and we’re proud to join forces with a partner like Airtel that combines enormous reach, a powerful brand and unparalleled distribution expertise,” said Rohit Jain, Managing Director, Lionsgate Play South Asia.
“This is another major step forward in bringing an exciting and unique content experience to our Indian audience,” Jain added. (IANS)
Airtel has launched Wi-Fi calling after testing it for months, but for now it will work only on Airtel Xstream Fiber and on select smartphones.
The Wi-Fi calling is being rolled out for prepaid and postpaid subscribers across the country, according to Airtel here on Tuesday. “It is currently available in Delhi NCR and will be gradually rolled out across India,” it said.
The Wi-Fi calling will let Airtel users make use of the Wi-Fi network in their homes to make calls using VoIP, instead of relying on cellular connectivity. There will be no extra charge for calls made over Airtel Wi-Fi calling and the application consumes minimal data.
Reliance Jio is also working on a similar feature and is expected to launch it soon.
“It is designed to enhance voice calling experience for Airtel smartphone customers, especially when they are indoors. With it, customers with Wi-Fi at home or office will get excellent signal quality indoors,” said an Airtel spokesperson.
To use the facility, consumers will have to first ensure that they have a compatible phone.
Currently, Airtel supports all iPhone series starting 6s. It means the service can be accessed by consumers having iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Plus, Xiaomi Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro and POCO F1, Samsung J6, Samsung A10s, Samsung On6, Samsung M30s, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. (IANS)
Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Sunday came out with revised tariff plans for its mobile customers, which would come into effect from December 3.
The announcement has come amid an adverse Supreme Court ruling on adjusted gross revenue (AGR). In November, both Airtel and Vodafone Idea had announced to raise tariffs in December.
Post the revisions, the current Rs 129 pack for 28 days with unlimited calling, 300 SMS, and 2GB data will cost Rs 148, an Airtel statement said.
Similarly, the plans worth Rs 169 and Rs 199 for 28 days have been merged and a new pack of Rs 248 has been created which would offer the same benefits as the former two, with unlimited calling, 100 SMS per day and 1.5GB data per day.
The Rs 249 worth pack which offered unlimited calls, 100 SMS and 2GB data per day would cost Rs 298, said the statement. Packs which currently cost Rs 448 and 499 for 82 days would now cost Rs 598 and Rs 698 for 84 days.
The current yearly plan worth Rs 1,699 would be charged Rs 2,398, among other rate hikes.
“Airtel’s new plans, represent tariff increases in the range of a mere 50 paise/day to Rs 2.85/day and offer generous data and calling benefits. In addition, Airtel provides exclusive benefits as part of the Airtel Thanks platform, which enables access to premium content from Airtel Xstream (10,000 movies, exclusive shows, and 400 TV channels), Wynk Music, device protection, anti-virus protection and much more,” it said. (IANS)