Kiran Rathee

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Premium plans probe: TDSAT rejects Trai plea seeking amendment in interim order

After hearing the matter, the tribunal said there is no need to amend the order as it will not have any bearing on the case.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had filed an application in TDSAT, seeking amendments in the interim order, citing that the tribunal’s order had a mistake.

Nokia warns of pulling out of BSNL network if dues worth Rs 910 crore not cleared

Nokia said BSNL has huge outstanding payments due to it and this keeps on augmenting with expiry of each payment milestone month-on-month.

Currently, BSNL has an outstanding of Rs 910 crore out of which Rs 600 crore is pending for allocation since January 2020.

End 2G, cut taxes: Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Mittal have these two demands from Centre

Kumar Mangalam Birla, who heads Vodafone Idea, did not present his views, though his name was mentioned in the keynote speakers.

In contrast, Ambani did not raise the issue of high taxes and levies on the sector at all.

All telcos, except Reliance Jio, lost users in April

The reason for 4G decline may be that many of the smartphone users were not able to recharge their phones, leading to disconnection.

Modi govt’s new direction to 59 banned Chinese apps: Ensure compliance or face penal action

The sources further said the ban was imposed in exercise of the sovereign powers and section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

Recently, there has been a surge of VPN service offered by certain players for as low as Rs 150 per month, allowing users to access TikTok and other banned apps.

India becomes fastest-growing second-hand smartphone market; Xiaomi, Apple, Samsung lead in market share

Wanting to flaunt brands like Apple and Samsung, but not wanting to shell out the obscene sums associated with these brands, smartphone users opt for second-hand devices.

Vodafone Idea drags TRAI to telecom tribunal on order to block RedX plan that offers faster data speed

Vodafone's RedX plan is a high-end plan, which can be activated for Rs 1,099. The plan offers preferential benefits, including superior data speeds, preferential customer service, access to airport lounges.

If the regulator does not find it in accordance with the norms of its tariff order it can direct the operators to drop such plans.

TRAI blocks Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel’s premium offerings; claims breach of net-neutrality rules

While Vodafone Idea’s RedX plan has been in the market since November 2019, with some modifications made in May 2020, Bharti Airtel was soon going to launch a similar plan.

If the regulator does not find it in accordance with the norms of its tariff order, it can direct the operators to drop such plans.

BSNL, MTNL to get Rs 15,000 cr sovereign guarantee from FinMin; DoT to analyse fund utilisation

The department of telecommunication will review proper utilisation of the guaranteed funds and will also review the guarantees annually to ensure that there is no risk of default in repayment of loans together with interest.

India’s 5G trial conditions may trip China; Huawei, ZTE may find difficult to meet these IB demands

The conditions would be onerous for Chinese vendors given the government currently has no plans to auction 5G spectrum; the handsets too are not available

"Digital commerce and all other areas of technological collaboration will continue to grow between India and the US," she added.

BSNL-MTNL merger may get delayed as govt-appointed panel wants spectrum first

It was decided that MTNL be made a subsidiary of BSNL by transferring government shareholding of MTNL to BSNL to derive synergy in network operations and sales till the merger was completed.


BSNL cancels Rs 8,697-crore 4G tender as support for locally designed, manufactured gear gathers steam

BSNL was opposing any move to bar foreign suppliers, including Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE, from participating in the tender.

Meanwhile, Niti Aayog recommended that only locally designed and manufactured products should be deployed by BSNL for its 4G roll-out, and the state-run firm should redraft its tender to support local models of equipment.

Homegrown social media apps ShareChat, Roposo, Chingari flourish after ban on TikTok, others

Roposo, founded by three IIT-Delhi engineers, is available in 12 Indian languages and has more than 14 million video creators and 80 million videos created monthly.

TikTok users, including influencers with huge fan-followings, have started switching to Roposo in large numbers after the ban.

Curbs on imports hits Chinese smartphone production in India; units might halt work in a few days

Several retailers across the country told Financial Express that they were seeing an increasing number of people asking for non-Chinese smartphones, and with the ban on 59 Chinese apps, the demand would go further down.

Ban on Chinese apps: Companies can present case before govt

After the ban ordered by the government, TikTok has been removed from Google play store and Apple app store. Other apps will also be removed soon.

Similarly, the department of telecommunications (DoT) will ask all telecom operators and internet service providers to block these apps from their network.

Bharti Airtel now second largest telco in terms of subscribers as 116 million users flee Vodafone-Idea

To get a perspective, Vodafone Idea has lost more subscribers in 19 months than the overall wireless user base of state-run BSNL.

During the same time, the subscriber base of Bharti Airtel was 345.88 million while that of Reliance Jio was 239.23 million

BSNL does not want a ban on Huawei, ZTE, other foreign vendors; says move may hurt loss-making PSU

Though the government has not officially taken any such decision, its think tank body, Niti Aayog has recently recommended that BSNL's 4G network be made using only locally designed, developed and manufactured (IDDM) products


Govt strengthens telecom connectivity in Ladakh

BSNL will be providing the coverage in all these areas. Although the government has not taken any decision to ban Chinese firms from telecom sector, it is working to make networks more secure going forward.

The decision was taken a few days ago as the government wants to cover the regions with 100% telecom coverage, so that the communication flow remains intact.

5G trial in India: Modi govt hardens stance on Chinese vendors like Huawei, ZTE

The government, which had allowed telecom operators to file applications along with the Chinese vendors in January, has now decided that a ministry of home affairs-led committee will take a final call in the matter.

BSNL fails to pay May salary to staff, despite 80,000 reduction in staff strength

The tender floated by BSNL, to procure 4G equipment, has been put on hold by the government, based on the complaint given by the Telecom Equipment and Services Promotion Council (TEPC).

The union also reiterated that vested interests are delaying the rollout of 4G services by BSNL.

Phone retailers ask Chinese firms to bear the liability for signages and brand boards

Retailers across the country continue to witness good demand for Chinese smartphones but the supply has been erratic ever since lockdown was lifted.

Apple wants to make India iPhone export hub, charmed by Modi’s scheme for mobile phone companies

Apple's global contract manufacturers, Foxconn and Wistron, have applied for Modi government's production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme to make India its next hub for production and exports of iPhones.

BSNL 4G tender: Department of telecommunications forms committee

Apart from that, the Niti Aayog has also proposed that locally designed and manufactured telecom products should be procured by BSNL for its 4G rollout.

he panel will help BSNL in refining the technical specifications of the tender for 4G services and also recommend core domestic network components that can be deployed in BSNL network.

Letter to PM: Group alleges finanace ministry officials not letting BSNL clear vendor dues

The state-run companies owe around Rs 20,000 crore dues to various companies, of which Rs 1,000 crore are payable to medium and small enterprises (MSEs).

“We request the finance ministry allow the release of sovereign guarantee to BSNL/MTNL and instruct them to pay pending dues with priority to medium and small enterprises,” TEMA said.

Ban on equipment from Huawei, ZTE to cost Airtel, Voda-Idea, BSNL dear amid India-China faceoff

The lower cost of Chinese equipment aided by attractive vendor financing saw players like Huawei and ZTE edging out European vendors like Nokia and Ericsson in the last 10 years and grabbing a larger market share in India.

If we see the state-run BSNL, its 3G network is largely built by Chinese vendor ZTE taking its share in the total network to 40%.

China-owned smartphone companies increase security after protest at Oppo factory in Greater Noida

After the incident, security has been enhanced by the local administration with frequent patrolling by police. An FIR has also been registered against protestors.

According to sources, the Oppo factory remains shut with no production for the time being.

Tech Mahindra plans to foray into telecom equipment manufacturing

“They are saying that their equipment has been deployed at some places in Japan but apart from that, no details have been shared with us,” said a source in the DoT.

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