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Ravi Shankar Prasad to meet top bosses of telecom operators on July 27

Currently, LF is 8% while SUC varies between 3% to 6% for different operators.

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BSNL employees to challenge reduction in retirement age to 58

Both BSNL and MTNL are eagerly awaiting a revival package as the threat of another round of salary delay looms.

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BSNL, MTNL beat Reliance Jio in January-March revenue growth

Among the private players, it was only Reliance Jio which saw its access services AGR rise by 3.76% to Rs 9,838.91 crore

Surprisingly, it was public-sector firms, BSNL and MTNL, which have beaten even Reliance Jio in terms of increase in their access services AGR for the reported period. News

BSNL, MTNL working on day-to-day basis, await revival package

Currently, over 60% of BSNL’s revenues goes towards salaries whereas for MTNL, over 90% revenues are used to pay the staff

As per DoT officials, the 4G spectrum worth Rs 14,000 crore is likely to be allocated to BSNL. News

Trai refuses to review Rs 3,050 crore fine on telcos like Airtel, Vodafone

Since Trai does not have powers to levy fines — it can only make a recommendation to this effect — the final call needs to be taken by the DCC (formerly telecom commission), which is the highest decision-making body of th

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Spectrum auctions: Govt hopes to garner a modest Rs 30,000 crore

The government has also asked Trai to review the spectrum reserve price because it is seen on the higher side. Trai is yet to respond to the government’s request.

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Budget 2019: Govt looks to drive digital payments with 2% tax on cash withdrawals above Rs 1 crore

Budget 2019 India: Levying tax deducted at source (TDS) of 2% on such withdrawals is the government’s way of promoting digital payments.

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Budget 2019: Here’s why Modi government may offer sops to boost electronic exports

Union Budget 2019 India: The Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) has recommended that MEIS must be enhanced to at least 8% for a minimum period of 5 years.

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Telecom reforms: Ravi Shankar Prasad sets up panel to lower licence fee, spectrum charges

Trai suggested that SUC on all spectrum won through auctions held 2014 onwards should be made flat 3% and gradually decreased to 1%.

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Personal data storage: Govt in not mood to dilute localisation mandate

The ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) is preparing a Cabinet note for the data protection Bill and a final consensus was required for it.

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BSNL, MTNL may get revival package as govt steps in to ease cash crunch

Both the firms have been facing severe financial crisis amid hyper-competition in the sector.

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5G rollout: Origin of firm shouldn’t be a factor, says Huawei India CEO

The US has been calling out allies regarding security risks posed by Huawei as nations roll out 5G networks.

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Spectrum Auction: DoT asks TRAI to lower reserve price

The moves comes after telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, soon after taking charge, said the government plans to conduct auctions within the current calendar year.

Under the Trai Act, the government can ask the regulator to reconsider its recommendations on any policy area barring telecom tariffs. News

Reliance Jio overtakes Airtel, now India’s second largest telco

Going by the revenue growth of the last four quarters, Reliance Jio may become the top operator in the April-June period in terms of combined revenues, as the operator has gradually been increasing its NLD revenues.

Reliance Jio has overtaken Airtel to report a combined AGR of over Rs 9,985 crore (Website image) News

Ticket to US: Green card queue gets longer as more Indians seek EB5 visa

With more Indians opting for the EB5 route, the delay in getting such visas is inevitable in a way, as the US grants a total of 10,000 EB5 visas annually, of which the maximum a country can get is 700.

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Prices need to rise for viability of telecom sector: Airtel

The company has been able to improve its average revenue per user (ARPU) per month to `123 for the Q4 of FY19 on the back of introduction of minimum recharge plans and also increase in some other prepaid packs.

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Airtel beats Reliance Jio in data, voice usage per customer

Indicating a strong resurgence, Bharti Airtel has for the first time beaten Reliance Jio, both in terms of data and voice usage per customer, while also narrowing the gap in average revenue per user (ARPU) in fourth quarter o

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Vodafone Idea, Airtel may be asked to explain subscriber data variation

Sectoral regulator Trai is likely to seek a clarification from incumbent operators — Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel — regarding the variation in the subscriber data.

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Most biz leaders, workers think AI will help them: Microsoft-IDC study

The study surveyed 200 business leaders and 202 workers in India.

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WhatsApp, Skype regulatory framework: Trai decision within a month

With the growth of data, OTTs have become partners of telecom operators and therefore, even the telcos are not supporting tough regulations or charging of licence fees etc. but there should be some kind of accountability for

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Airtel phases out postpaid plans below Rs 499, reduces data limits in some prepaid plans

For instance, for its post-paid users, who comprise only 5% of the total user base, Bharti has decided to gradually phase out plans with monthly rentals of less than Rs 499. Overall, it will now have only four monthly rental

In the Rs 499 plan, users will get 75 GB data, in the Rs 749 plan, 125 GB, along with two family add-ons which include one regular SIM and one data add-on. News

No call drop? Jio broadband to route mobile calls via landline

Jio’s plan is that once its wireline broadband services — Jio GigaFiber — is rolled out, subscribers will be able to set their Jio mobile phones in a manner that once they are home, the voice calls will get routed throu

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Bharti Airtel plea against DoT demand: TDSAT reserves order

At the time of Telenor’s merger with Bharti Airtel, the DoT had raised a demand of `1,700 crore in bank guarantee, which was challenged by the company.

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Vodafone Idea to leverage asset base to boost revenue per user

The ARPU of incumbent operators have plunged ever since Reliance Jio launched its services in September 2016. Consequently, the industry’s revenues which were close to Rs 1.6 lakh crore have come off sharply although custom

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Out of coverage area: BSNL hits rock bottom after losing rural edge

Even Reliance Jio, which launched its services in September 2016, has a higher rural market share than BSNL’s at 19.01%.

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5G in India: DoT asks Trai to reconsider reserve price for auction of spectrum

Going by global standards the price of Rs 492 crore per Mhz for 5G spectrum is on the higher side as the South Korean auctions which was happened just a month back had the price at Rs 130 crore per Mhz.

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DoT to send BSNL, MTNL revival proposal to Cabinet this week

The state-run telecom firms have been facing financial crunch with declining revenues and rising costs over the last few years. The situation became worse this year when the firms even failed to pay February salaries on time.

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