Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecoms services provider, and Viavi Solutions announced at MWC 2017 that they have jointly conducted measurement and analysis of 4G and 3G smartphone performance-representing over 8,000 smartphone models-crowd-sourced using a big data approach from the live Airtel network, with help of location intelligence platform.

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India's largest telecommunications company has stated its plans to abolish national roaming charges. Chairman of Bharti Airtel, Sunil Bharti Mittal made the announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mittal is also the chairman of the GSMA and during his address he also called for a cessation of international roaming charges. Bharti Airtel scrapped domestic roaming charges and also suspended charges on incoming calls, text messages and data services - in addition to this no premium will be charged on outgoing calls from April 1st - as part of Airtel's radical overhaul of its services and policies.

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Australia’s leading telecommunications company Telstra has reported a slump in first half profit - as the combination of increased competition in the market and a shift towards digital have had a significant impact. Its fixed-line and mobile businesses both took a big hit due to the aforementioned factors above, with net profit after tax for the first-half to December 31st also plummeting a sharp 14.4% to AUS$1.79 billion ($US1.38 billion) from the previous period twelve months ago.

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