India's telecom firms gear up for deals as competition heats ups

With about 980 million wireless users, India's mobile market trails only that of China

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's crowded telecoms sector is preparing for a long-awaited shake-up as highly indebted players jostle for access to costly airwaves and brace for the launch of a deep-pocketed new rival backed by India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani.

Ambani owns oil-to-retail conglomerate Reliance Industries, which is expected to begin offering fast data services across India by early 2016.

India picks phone carriers among 11 firms awarded niche bank permits

Aim is for payments banks to piggy-back on existing retail or other networks

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's leading mobile phone network operators Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone India are among the 11 companies selected by the country's central bank to help set up "payments banks", aimed at granting millions of citizens access to basic banking.

Energy-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd, controlled by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, which plans to set up a payments bank in a partnership with top lender State Bank of India (SBI), was also among the winners.

China's Huawei gets security clearance to manufacture in India for booming market

Pending approval, Huawei would be the first big-name Chinese phone maker to manufacture in India

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co has won security clearance to manufacture telecoms equipment in India, paving the way for it to become the first major Chinese brand to supply locally made products for one of the world's biggest markets for mobile phones.

Samsung's Tizen smartphone makes poor first impression in India

Initial reaction of analysts and consumers after its Jan. 14 launch suggests the Z1 will struggle to get ahead

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's first smartphone to run on its own operating system received a frosty welcome after its launch in India, with reviewers and consumers criticising its low-resolution cameras and dearth of software applications.

The South Korean giant's latest handset stands out not so much for its no-frills specifications but for what lies under the hood - the Tizen operating system Samsung has developed to rival Google Inc's Android platform.

India's smartphone wars: Google's Android One adds to Samsung's worries

World's third-biggest and fastest growing smartphone market offers fertile ground for immediate results

Reuters

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Google Inc's partnership with three Indian phone makers is set to rev up fast-growing demand for lower priced smartphones, and spell more trouble for Samsung Electronics which is rapidly losing share in emerging markets.

Micromax Infomatics Ltd, Karbonn Mobiles and Spice Group are the first phone manufacturers to sign up for Google's Android One initiative, which provides specifications for key hardware parts. Some of the new phones are due to hit the market this month.

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