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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

Vodafone Idea to leverage asset base to boost ARPU News

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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New e-commerce policy: Push for level playing field for offline, online players

Sources told FE that Meity, in its submission to the department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT), which is formulating the policy, has emphasised that whatever is the rule for brick and mortar players in a

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DoT seeks legal opinion on extension of MTNL licence

The 20-year licence of state-run MTNL is expiring on April 6 and if the company wants to renew it, it has to pay a renewal charge of around Rs 11,000 crore. On its part, MTNL has held that the expiry of the licence does not f

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Bleeding telcos: How telecom industry fared in Oct-Dec 2018

Monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) for wireless services also decreased to `70 for the reported quarter as against `80 in the same period last year.

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BSNL, MTNL revival: 4G spectrum in lieu of equity, VRS offer on table

Regarding the land monetisation, the government is considering leasing out of properties as most of the land assets are not owned by the companies.

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COAI expects new government to reduce levies after Lok Sabha polls

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has already recommended that SUC should come down to 1% and LF should come down too.

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BSNL, MTNL woes: PMO convenes meeting on April 2

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been engaging with the firms for some time now to work out a solution.

BSNL, MTNL, PMO, Department of Telecommunications, BWA spectrum, 4G spectrum News

Crisis at MTNL: State-run telco seeks two-year breather as licence expires on April 6

MTNL, which started services in Delhi and Mumbai in 1999, says that it had done so on a basic service licence and not a cellular mobile telephony licence, which it got in January 2001.

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4G availability in India: Dhanbad, Ranchi lead with 95.3% coverage

The third place is occupied by Srinagar with a score of 94.9% despite being one of the country’s remotest cities.

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Reliance Jio vs Vodafone Idea vs Airtel: Two TRAI 4G speed tests, two different winners

Bharti Airtel comes a distant second with an average speed of about 9.5 Mbps followed by Vodafone with 6.7 Mbps and Idea at 6.3 Mbps.

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Why BSNL needs to increase its customer base or cut staff

In contrast, Vodafone Idea, which is the largest telco, has just around 12,000 on-roll employees for a customer base of 418.74 million. Even if off-roll staff is counted, the employee strength of the company comes to around 1

650 BSNL customers per employee against pvt players’ 17,500-27,500 News

Vodafone Idea plea rejected: TDSAT refuses cheaper rates for backhaul spectrum

The DoT changed the guidelines for allotment of backhaul spectrum in 2015 and asked operators in 2017 to submit an undertaking in accordance with the revised guidelines for allocation of backhaul spectrum

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Samsung ready to launch 5G in India within 6 months after spectrum auction

Going by the proposed price, if an operator wants to offer full-scale 5G services, it needs to get around 100 MHz spectrum, in 3,300-3,600 MHz band, meaning the telco has to cough up around Rs 49,000 crore.

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Airtel’s Sunil Mittal asks government to cut levies on telcos

Mittal said the government has already stated that revenue maximisation is not the top priority when it comes to telecom, so it needs to act now before it's too late.

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Offensive WhatsApp messages: No plan to block users, police the right authority, says DoT

The DoT says law enforcement agencies are the right authorities to deal with the matter. It is going to take action against the officer who asked the telcos to take immediate action in a February 19 letter

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Vodafone CEO: Regulations against all but Reliance Jio

Read said the pricing environment in India was artificially too low.

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Huawei Mate X to Samsung S10: 5G phones rule Mobile World Congress

South Korean major Samsung was the first to launch a 5G foldable phone last week and its closer rival, the Chinese major, Huawei has also announced a 5G foldable phone.

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Relief for Airtel, Vodafone Idea: Panel rejects fine for not connecting Reliance Jio calls

Trai had recommended that a fine of Rs 1,050 crore each on Bharti and Vodafone, while Idea was levied a fine of Rs 950 crore.

DoT panel rejects Trai proposal to levy fine on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea for denying interconnection to Reliance Jio News

BSNL, MTNL revival: Govt to discuss plan today

According to sources, the Digital Communications Commission (DCC), the highest decision-making body of the DoT, will discuss various options to revive the sick telecom firms.

DoT to discuss BSNL, MTNL revival plan today News

Huawei may not be part of 5G trials

The 5G trials in India are going to commence soon, but Huawei may not be a part of it, as the government is yet to take a call on whether Chinese firms should be allowed to participate in rolling out of the latest telecommuni

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