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Kiran Rathee

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Airtel adds maximum mobile users in September

It must be mentioned that Jio is a pure-play 4G operator while Airtel offers 2G, 3G and 4G services. Airtel, however, has started discontinuing 3G services in most of the circles and the next few months, no 3G will be offered

Vodafone Idea comes at third position with a subscriber base of 295.49 million, followed by BSNL, which has 118.89 million customers.

Telecom operators looking for early 5G trials

It has been demanded that no equipment/application vendor should be restricted for conducting the lab trial and operators should have the flexibility to conduct the trial for “Make in India” solutions with minimum to no r

The validity of the licence will range between three months to two years, depending on the purpose for which the trial is being conducted.

AGR dues: ISPs may move Supreme Court to seek relief on lines of PSUs

SC had directed DoT to withdraw demand from non-telecom PSUs; ISPs feel their case is similar

4G network: ‘Don’t force BSNL to go local’

Another DoT secretary on condition of anonymity said the mandatory use of local core equipment should have happened in a phased manner and not suddenly.

Why else would a PSU be asked to delay its capex plans and to tailor them to government specifications?

BSNL to submit 4G tender details to empowered technology group

A department of telecommunications (DoT) led technical committee has already given its recommendations regarding the tender.

BSNL fundraise

Spectrum auction: DoT sticks to Trai prices; Cabinet to take final call

With the burden of AGR dues & no procurement of Chinese gears, operators make a case for lowering rates

According to industry observers, the high reserve price for spectrum is likely to be dampener as operators will find it hard to raise that much money.

Tech bodies say no to Trai’s Big Brother proposal

It must be mentioned that Trai had issued a consultation paper on October 23, 2019, seeking comments from stakeholders regarding registration of an industry body for CSPs and what should be the terms and conditions for the sa

The associations have said the proposal of creating an additional regulatory regime will be detrimental to attracting investment in the sector.

BSNL to start providing mobile services in Delhi, Mumbai from January next year

Though the Union Cabinet, while approving the over Rs 70,000-crore revival package for the two ailing state-owned telecom operators last year in November, had said the two should be merged, the idea has been deferred for now.

After the continuing hostilities with China, the government decided that Chinese firms would not be allowed to participate in BSNL’s 4G tender even though they are among the most competitive globally.

OpenRAN can help telcos reduce capex by almost 50%: Anand Bhaskar, MD, service providers, Cisco India & SAARC

As the pandemic accelerates digital transformation across industries, service providers, globally and in India, are looking to fast-track their 5G deployments.

Telecom industry AGR falls 1.81% sequentially in April-June period

As per data shared by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the access services AGR of Reliance Jio rose 13.64% in the reported period to Rs 15,259.91 crore as compared to Rs 13,428.07 crore in the preceding perio

Similarly, Airtel’s AGR from access or mobile services rose by 3.61% to Rs 10,088.46 crore from Rs 9,737 crore.

Trai to seek details of segmented offers from Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea

As per a Trai official, the regulator is not going to send any fresh notices to the companies, but will just send a reminder to comply with the Supreme Court order within around 10 days.

Wireless subscription in urban areas rose to 62.4 crore at the end of August, while the same in rural areas decreased to 52.2 crore, it added.

PLI scheme for mobile manufacturing likely to ensure Rs 80k cr in tax revenues

Approximately more than two lakh direct jobs are expected to be created over the next five years while indirect employment opportunities are expected to number nearly three times that.

Apart from that, Rs 10,000 crore is expected from corporate tax, income tax and some miscellaneous receipts.

Delayed 4G tender: BSNL seeks compensation from govt for revenue loss

Fears further loss due to govt not allowing upgradation of 2G network

Why else would a PSU be asked to delay its capex plans and to tailor them to government specifications?

Non-investment in 2G network will hurt our revenues: BSNL warns Modi govt

State-run telecom operator BSNL has written to the department of telecommunications (DoT) saying that non-investment in 2G network will put its key revenue stream at risk, and cause a significant disadvantage to compete in th

BSNL has a debt of around Rs 20,000 crore

Cut-throat competition: After customers, now dealers make most of telecom rivalry

Vodafone Idea is also offering the same set of incentives to the dealers. In some circles, Vodafone Idea is giving dealers refunds equal to two months recharge amount.

Since subscriber additions and recharges slowed in the past few months and competition in the market also increased, operators have started giving additional incentives to dealers to onboard customers.

4G additions: Bharti Airtel plays catch-up with Reliance Jio

While Jio has an edge in terms of coverage, Bharti has an advantage when it comes to attracting high-data usage customers in urban areas because it has been able to create capacity.

The latest trend in the 4G customer addition front clearly establishes the strong points of Jio and Bharti.

Jio, Airtel add users while Voda Idea continues to lose

As per data shared by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), at the end of July 2020, the mobile subscriber base of Reliance Jio stood at 400.80 million followed by Airtel at 319.93 million and Vodafone Idea at 301.37

Vodafone Idea, though lost 1.18 million broadband users in July and its base declined to 115.26 million from 116.44 million in June.

Telcos demand Aadhaar-based e-KYC for verification charges to be reduced to 70-80 paise

The letter further said no authentication charges were levied earlier on TSPs for online authentication done via the Aadhaar-based e-KYC process, which was the primary reason behind Aadhaar becoming the primary mode of on-boa

In order to allow use of Aadhaar by private entities like banks and telecom operators on voluntary basis, the government in July 2019 had passed the Aadhaar Amendment Bill.

BSNL vendors like Nokia, ZTE, UT Starcom may have to wait longer for clearance of dues

Most of the vendors have written several letters to the firms as well as department of telecommunications (DoT) seeking release of their payments.

Most of the vendors have written several letters to the firms as well as department of telecommunications (DoT) seeking release of their payments.

Aadhaar Card holders note! DoT allows use of Aadhaar for online verification for issuing mobile connections

The use of Aadhaar was stopped in October 2018 following the Supreme Court order, which had restricted the use of the unique number by private entities in the absence of a legal provision.

Industry bodies BIF and COAI fight over delicensing of E and V bands

The E and V bands are considered optimum for providing mobile broadband backhaul while its utility for 5G services is also evolving.

BIF said V band spectrum can be used to provide wi-fi access, within a building or within a campus.

Reliance Jio seeks urgent spectrum auction, says further delay can lead to “serious quality of service issues”

The company has also targeted Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel for their apparent opposition to auctions, terming it a means to stifle competition as they have amassed large amounts of spectrum through mergers and acquisitions

The telco said delay in auctions will keep huge amounts of spectrum vacant with the government, generating no revenue and hurting the national exchequer and economy.

Airtel still preferred operator for users; Jio on top in 4G coverage

In terms of download speed, Airtel tops the list, while Vodafone Idea leads in upload speed. Opensignal examined the mobile network experience of the four mobile operators in the country — Airtel, BSNL, Jio and Vodafone Ide

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USO fund: Half the money meant for telecom used elsewhere

In its report on the Union government accounts for 2018-19, the CAG has noted: “The issue of short transfer of the levy to the USO Fund has been brought out in successive reports of the CAG on the Union Accounts for the yea

Thus, there was a short transfer of UAL to the USO fund amounting to Rs 2,123 crore.

COAI opposes delicensing of spectrum in E and V bands

Going forward, the spectrum in the bands can be utilised for 5G services, so allocation methodology of the bands should be same as applicable to other 5G spectrum bands.

The E and V bands are considered optimum for providing mobile broadband backhaul while its utility for 5G services is also evolving.

Trai gives relief to Vodafone Idea: To stop probe in RedX plan

Trai will not proceed with further inquiry into Vodafone Idea’s RedX plan as the company has already stopped offering “priority 4G network with faster data speeds”, to premium customers, which were subject matter of inv

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea & DoT disagree on initial AGR payment; may enter another legal tussle

The order further states, “Telecom service providers have to make payment in yearly instalments commencing from 1.4.2021 up to 31.3.2031 payable by March 31 of every succeeding financial year”.

As is known, as per the SC order after paying the 10% dues, the operators are required to pay the balance dues over the next 10 years in equal installments.
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