Kiran Rathee

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Revamped scheme: Ravi Shankar Prasad to meet electronics firm’s bosses

Electronics companies will be encouraged to set up their bases in India along with their suppliers, so that the whole ecosystem can be developed.

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New DoT panel to look into all aspects of 5G rollout

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has formed another inter-ministerial panel on 5G.

As per sources, the formation of the panel was necessary as the issue of 5G requires broader consultations on all the aspects and not just regarding Huawei News

5G auction: Telecom panel to meet on September 19 to finalise spectrum price

The Digital Communications Commission (DCC) is scheduled to meet on September 19 to finalise the pricing and other modalities for the upcoming spectrum auction.

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Slow speed, powerless network push BharatNet users to Reliance Jio

The government’s showpiece project related to Digital India — BharatNet — which aims at connecting 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with wired broadband connectivity at 100 Mbps speed — isn’t working as per the plan so far.

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BSNL, MTNL likely to get 4G spectrum worth Rs 20,000 crore

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta is understood to have given a go-ahead to a DoT proposal to allocate 4G spectrum to the ailing state-run telecom firms

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Jio Fiber likely to hit BSNL hard, Bharti Airtel not much

Currently, only BSNL is a pan-India player for wired broadband with presence in all the cities and towns of the country, barring Delhi and Mumbai where MTNL is present.

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Bye-Bye Amazon, Flipkart: Now customers can buy Apple from company’s online stores

US tech giant will open own web stores within 3-4 months; physical stores to take 18-24 months

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Exclusive content: TikTok lands on slippery slope -here’s how

An intermediary like a Facebook or a Twitter does not create and own content unlike a broadcaster which produces and owns content.

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Big boost for Aadhaar as more and more people are using it, says UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey

Aadhaar enrolment and update work is being carried out in around 11,000 bank branches and 12,000 post offices and at a similar number of government premises.

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WhatsApp’s latest step on curbing fake news fails to impress Centre

Government sources, though, told FE that the label can be introduced for messages which has been forwarded hundred or thousand times.

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Google, Facebook, WhatsApp to be made more accountable under new rules

Further, such rules will apply to social media platforms having more than 5 million users, and they need to have a permanent registered office in India and appoint a grievance officer in the country.

The government has time and again reiterated that platforms have to provide origin of unlawful messages in order to prevent any untoward incident. News

Top executives of Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi to meet government on August 19

The government attaches high priority to domestic electronics hardware manufacturing as it is one of the important pillars of both ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’.

The roundtable meeting, to be chaired by electronics and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, will be attended by chiefs of over 46 companies. (File photo) News

USOF: Funds meant for rural connectivity being spent elsewhere

Looking at the funds which have accrued to the USOF since its inception on April 1, 2002, it becomes clear that disbursal for telecom connectivity projects in rural areas is sparse.

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Turf war: DoT rejects space department’s reserved spectrum demand

The earth stations for managing the synchronisation of clock signals from the satellite system have been located at places like Hassan, Bhopal, Jodhpur, and Shillong.

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5G rollout: Govt to decide on Huawei role soon

Although the committee has not specifically recommended a ban on Huawei and other Chinese players, it has proposed specific checks to guard the country’s cybersecurity.

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MTNL staff protest non-payment of salaries

MTNL employees have not got salaries for the past two months. Sources in the telco said that the company was trying to arrange the salaries through collection of dues but it won’t suffice the salary of its 22,000 staff for

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BSNL crisis deepens, PSU telco starts losing BharatNet contracts

The company has lost an annual contract worth around `400 crore for maintaining the fibre laid under the government's ambitious BharatNet project to provide broadband connectivity to over 2.5 lakh gram panchayats, as its perf

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Will not allow any monopoly: Ravi Shankar Prasad tells telecom CEOs

On his part, Prasad, while informing them that he’s already seized of the matter and has formed a committee under the department of telecommunications secretary to look into the matter, asking them to improve quality of ser

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WhatsApp told to trace origin of mischievous messages

“I have conveyed to them that traceability shall be their job. A mechanism should be developed by them and the request for that will also come from appropriately high level so that there is no tinkering in-between. I am ver

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DoT to frame policy for spectrum allotment to sovereign entities

Regarding backhaul spectrum for private mobile operators, allocation has been done administratively and going forward too, a clear process will be laid out.

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DDC to meet on July 24 to discuss reserve auction price, penalty in Reliance Jio interconnect case

Similarly, the regulator stuck to its recommendation on the reserve price of spectrum, including 5G band.

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FTAs with Asean nations hurt domestic TV production

As per information available with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) currently there are around 38 units manufacturing LCD/LED TVs in India.

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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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