Kiran Rathee

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Govt gives nod for issuing 6-month visa to Chinese executives

Several companies had earlier written to the ministry of electronics and information technology (Meity) to help them secure visas for Chinese engineers as their expertise was necessary to set up new manufacturing units for ma

Telcos seek DoT help for movement during curfew

In response to the curfew in Delhi, industry body COAI has written to DoT that local police authorities are not allowing any movement of vehicles and personnel of telecom service providers, internet service providers, infrast

Telecom is recognised as an “essential service” in various government orders and, to enable this service to run on a 24x7 basis, the staff of these TSPs, ISPs, infrastructure providers and their partners should be allowed to access the telecom sites/work places. Otherwise, the same will result in complete breakdown in service.

BSNL 4G plan: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited apprises PMO on 4G tender

“BSNL can also, in parallel procure 50,000 4G RAN/associated core from trusted sources with experience of such supplies. This will facilitate the launch of 4G services by BSNL, on a reasonable scale, and a much faster time

BSNL had written to the government that its survival depended on the early rollout of 4G services and so far, there was no proven Indian core available.

Telecom PLI guidelines: DoT will shortlist firms based on competitive investment

Higher the amount a company commits, better the chances of getting selected

Hotspots: Public Wi-Fi network gathers pace

Since January 11, when the government started taking applications for setting up such networks, over 43,500 access points or hotspots have been deployed across the country, officials said.

The department of telecommunications (DoT) feels that the number of hotspots deployed prove that there is a demand for such services, despite the country having 700 million wireless broadband users and having the lowest data tariffs in the world.

Easing conditions: Global, local firms to bid for BSNL’s 4G tender

Global telecom gear makers, including Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung, can now bid for a part of BSNL's upcoming 4G tender without any hindrance as the government has dropped a key clause.

The company which is under heavy debt also introduced three new DSL broadband plans which have been priced at Rs 299, Rs. 399, and Rs. 555. All the three internet plans come with the speed of 10Mbps.

PLI scheme for IT hardware: Deadline to file application extended to April 30

The scheme aims at providing incentive of 4% to 1% on net incremental sales over base year (2019-20) to the selected companies.

“The mobile phone PLI came with significant tailwinds of 4-5 years of solid growth. The IT hardware companies are not as prepared and need a little more time. The extension is well considered,” Pankaj Mohindroo, chairman, ICEA said.

Commercial messages blocking to resume from April 1

The telcos, however, counter the claim saying that the failure rate is still high for some entities and the primary reason for rejection is variation in templates.

“All PEs are required to meet these requirements, in case of non-compliance, their messages are liable to be rejected,” Trai said.

Designate a nodal officer for security queries: DoT to telcos

The permission of the coordinator will be required in case a telco is upgrading its existing network utilising telecom equipment not designated as trusted products.

The national cybersecurity coordinator will be the designated authority and the telcos have to provide any information as and when sought by the coordinator.

BSNL gets DoT nod for hybrid 4G tender

BSNL had said that as per the expression of interest floated by it, firms need to complete the trials in 4 months, but except TCS, most firms had sought for extension of the time frame to 6-8 months.

According to sources, the DoT will now seek the approval of the empowered technology group (ETG), headed by principal scientific advisor K VijayRaghavan, so that BSNL can go ahead with a two-part tender.

DoT initiative: 5G trial review meet on April 1

Although telecom operators had submitted their applications in January last year, the trials have not been conducted so far. One of the reasons for the delay include concerns around participation of Chinese players Huawei and

Telecom operators have submitted multiple applications for the trials with multiple vendors. To start with, approvals will be given to those applications termed as priority by telecom operators. The government will allocate 3.5 Ghz spectrum for the trials to the operators.

Nokia likely to cut 2,000 jobs in India

The sources added that the job losses will be across all divisions and 10% people have already been shortlisted for the cuts.

Nokia has recently announced a €600-million cost-cutting plan through which it will let go 10,000 people globally.

BSNL clears 50% dues to Nokia, ZTE & others

According to sources, a loan of around Rs 1,800 crore helped BSNL clear dues of Rs 500 crore of Nokia and Rs 400 crore of ZTE. The company had defaulted on payments for the past few months, which had made the vendors jittery.

Most vendors have in the past written several times to BSNL and the department of telecommunications (DoT) seeking payment. The release of payments will help bring back vendors’ confidence.

Pesky Communications: Banking sector improves compliance

Currently, the success rate of sending commercial messages is over 85% under the new mechanism and Trai is likely to continue with the existing scheme of not blocking even the non-compliant communications for some time, as it

A review meeting is scheduled to be held on March 23, wherein Trai will take a call regarding the next course of action. The telecom regulator will also be meeting RBI to assess the situation.

Govt to ask for full network data from telcos, vendors

The information would include every detail about the vendors from whom they procure as well details about rollout of networks, expansion and upgrades, every time such things take place.

The development comes after the department of telecommunications (DoT) recently amended the telecom licence of the telecom operators to make it mandatory for them to procure equipment from only trusted sources, the list of which would be made known by the government.

Vodafone Idea admits to error in subscriber numbers for UP (W) circle

The net addition figures had surprised analysts as they had seen a big jump by addition of 3.7 million users in just one circle -- UP (West).

A query sent to Vodafone Idea regarding the matter remained unanswered while attempts to reach Trai did not materialise.

Govt plans scheme for companies making display units in India

The information received in response to this EoI will be utilised to formulate a scheme for setting up display fabrication units (FABs) in the country. Companies have been given time till April 30 to apply.

As per information shared by the government, displays constitute a significant portion of the total bill of materials (BoM) in electronic products. (Representative image)

Airtel adds maximum users for 6 months in a row, onboards 5.89 million in January

With strong additions, Airtel has been narrowing down the gap with market leader Reliance Jio, which has seen its subscriber additions slowing down.

In January, Airtel added 5.89 million customers to take its user base to 344.60 million, according to data shared by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).

Urgent missive: Trai moves to curb pesky messages

During the last couple of years, Trai has repeatedly asked all stakeholders to follow the rules and various communications had been sent. On March 8, the telecom industry decide to start blocking all commercial messages, whic

Trai is understood to have written to Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, IRDAI and also the banking secretary.

Homegrown app Koo confident of achieving target of 100 million users by year-end

“The downloads are still at a very healthy pace. The spike is not as big as it was some time back but it’s healthy growth. We have crossed about 4.5 million downloads and we want to get to 100 million by the end of the ye

The co-founder further said a majority of the people on social media talk about normal things and there is a happy atmosphere

Govt delays: BSNL hopes hybrid 4G tender will help

The first option suggests a two-part tender in which the expressions of interest (EoIs) for Part A comprising 50,000 sites should be reserved for Indian vendors, who should build the core of the network under a system integra

BSNL has said that as per an EoI floated by it, firms need to complete the trials in 4 months, but except TCS most firms have sought for extension of the time frame to 6-8 months.

Localisation Clause: Will laptop PLI run into trouble in WTO?

The government expects the scheme to reduce India's import dependence for IT hardware in a major way — currently, 80% of the country's laptop and tablet demand is met through imports.

Under the scheme, incentives of 4% to 1% on net incremental sales over the base year (2019-20) will be given to the beneficiary companies.

4G tender delay: BSNL seeks concessions on domestic vendor clause

Sources said that apart from the department of telecommunications, the company has also communicated these points to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) recently.

The company which is under heavy debt also introduced three new DSL broadband plans which have been priced at Rs 299, Rs. 399, and Rs. 555. All the three internet plans come with the speed of 10Mbps.

Jio increases its revenue market share in Dec qtr

As per financial data shared by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), AGR of Reliance Jio including NLD (national long distance) stood at Rs 17,409.

Other top revenue contributing circles include Bihar, UP(E), Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

Global, local majors line up for telecom gear PLI

Industry sources said formal applications from these manufacturers were likely once the department of telecommunications announces the final guidelines. Tejas Networks and HFCL are among the local players that have evinced in

For the mobile phones PLI scheme, five global and five local companies have been chosen.

DoT to chart out roadmap for 6G technology

The DoT is attempting to outline an overall framework of 6G and to provide directional guidance for the subsequent 6G research.

Bharti Airtel gains market share while Reliance Jio remains stagnant

Vodafone Idea’s VLR subscribers declined for the 26th consecutive month, losing 1.5 million users, which led to a decline in its market share to 26.3%.

As per data sourced from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Airtel has increased its wireless subscriber market share to 29.36% in December 2020 from 27.96% in July 2020.
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