Kiran Rathee

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After initial surge, mobile data consumption flattens

Industry body COAI said on Wednesday no additional spectrum is required to maintain quality and stability of networks.

Regarding the data growth in smaller towns and cities, the DoT official said the issue there was of coverage and not capacity. News

TRAI Directive: Airtel, BSNL, MTNL extend talk-time of stranded low-end users

Industry sources said that operators in the last couple of days have been informing their subscribers through their customer care services about the validity of their plan and means by which they can recharge it.

Around 95% of the country's nearly 1 billion mobile subscriber base is in the pre-paid segment and of this around half would be 2G users who use feature phones. News

Home-work effect: Mobile data consumption jumps 25%, video crosses 60%

The telcos have also said the government should direct video streaming platforms  to offer only standard definition (SD) and not high definition (HD) content for the time being so as not to choke the bandwidth.  

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Data services: Telecom companies, OTTs quarrel over floor price

The Trai, which has received responses to its consultation paper needs to hold open houses, at least, at four different centres in the country, which cannot be done now because of the pandemic.

For instance, associations including IAMAI, Internet Society, CCAOI, Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) etc, which primarily cater to internet companies, are opposing the idea of setting a floor price News

Internet body against Trai fixing tariff floor price

The association said the concept of having a floor price for telecom services is fraught with complications.

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AGR row: DoT to reassess dues based on documents provided by telecom companies

According to minister of state for communications Sanjay Dhotre, telecom firms have been directed to make payments on the basis of self assessment and submit requisite documents for compliance.

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Airtel has paid extra Rs 5,000 crore in AGR dues, Sunil Mittal reiterates

The company has given supporting documents regarding self-assessment.

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AGR dues: Relief, if any, will be for all telcos, says govt

The government has also issued notices to telecom firms asking to make full payment of dues as per the Supreme Court order.

The government wants to offer some relief but it also wants to be in compliance of the SC order. News

Pay AGR dues in full or explain calculations, DoT tells telecom companies

According to sources, notices were issued even to those firms which are undergoing insolvency proceedings.

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AGR crisis: Govt may dip into USOF to support telecom companies

In its 2018 report, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India had observed that as on March 2017, an amount of Rs 48,407.54 crore has still not been transferred to the USOF by the government.

As on March 2014, the USOF had total accrual of Rs 58,579.35 crore of which only Rs 24,896 crore was disbursed to the department of telecommunications for rural telecom projects. News

BSNL writes to govt for release of voluntary retirement scheme funds

Last year in October, the government had approved a Rs 70,000-crore revival package for BSNL and MTNL, of which direct cash outgo was only for the VRS component. 

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AGR dues: DCC meeting today to discuss relief for telcos

Apart from the deferment of AGR issues, the panel, which has members from Niti Aayog and finance ministry, will also discuss the matter of reducing levies on the sector.

However, officials in DoT were certain that for any kind of relief, operators must have to make some payments. News

AGR payout: Vodafone Idea seeks host of concessions

The DoT is holding inter-ministerial consultations to explore the kind of concessions it can offer to the operators to tide over the AGR crisis.

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AGR Dues: Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran meets Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

The DoT is seeking legal opinion from the solicitor general whether it can encash the bank guarantees of the companies which have not paid the full amount till now.

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AGR dues: DoT to seek legal view if payments not made by Vodafone, Airtel 

Bharti chairman Sunil Mittal meets telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, says taxes on the sector need to be rationalised and company will make balance payment after reassessment.

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Looking for solution: Sunil Mittal, KM Birla meet FM Sitharaman as AGR crisis looms

Apart from paying Rs 2,500 crore on Monday, Vodafone Idea has said that it would pay another Rs 1,000 crore before the end of the week.

Emerging from the meeting, Mittal said the telecom sector has been under stress for the last three-and-a-half years and the government should focus on its sustainability. News

AGR matter: No solution in sight as Kumar Mangalam Birla talks Vodafone fate with DoT Secy

The govt is yet to decide whether to encash bank guarantees or offer some form of relief

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Dispute over AGR dues: Vodafone Idea closer to default; DoT-telcos’ litigation to rise

Telcos hope to complete the exercise before March 17, the next date of the SC’s hearing; the DoT will naturally challenge these.

Another possible dispute could arise out of the Tdsat’s review of the dues of PSUs. News

Social media firms to be held liable for advertisements, commissioned content

The changes are part of the amendments to the information technology (IT) intermediary guidelines made by the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY).

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AGR dues: DoT to send show-cause notices to telcos

Contempt proceedings have been initiated on the matter against the DoT and the telecom operators, and the next date of hearing on the matter is March 17.

The notices issued by the controller general of communication accounts of all telecom circles, clearly stated that in case of non-payment, action will be taken as per the licence agreement. News

Data Protection Bill: Select committee holds talks amid privacy concerns

The Bill, based on the recommendations of the Justice Srikrishna committee, was finalised after holding multiple rounds of meetings between various stakeholders.

The Bill empowers the Centre to exempt any government agency from application of the proposed legislation and also gives it power to decide from time to time on the exemption list. News

IAMAI India Digital Summit 2020: Be responsible, Ravi Shankar Prasad to Google, Youtube and WhatsApp on fake news

The Minister, who was speaking to the Indian Express Group Executive Director Anant Goenka during the IAMAI India Digital Summit, said digital world is a pious and pure and it is a very empowering also but if fake news come t

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IAMAI: ‘Automation tech can drive India to become $5-trillion economy by 2024’

The report said automation is driving intrinsic growth in every sector of the Indian economy and is influencing every activity of the workforce by creating higher skilled jobs, resulting in more opportunities for workers and

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India Digital Summit, IAMAI: BJP’s Jay Panda on data privacy

Panda, who first introduced a bill on data privacy and protection in Parliament three years ago, said there can’t be absolute standards for privacy like not allowing use of biometrics in current times as we are no longer li

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AGR or no AGR, govt to miss telecom receipt target

However, the Supreme Court is yet to take up the modification petitions of these operators urging for scheduling the payment in a staggered manner so what shape it takes eventually is a little premature to speculate.

Supposing the SC does not allow for staggered payment, then the entire Rs 1.47 lakh crore dues the operators owe together would need to be paid upfront. News

Budget 2020: Thumbs up for made-in-India mobiles and electronic items

Budget 2020-21: For mobile handsets, the government, under the national policy on electronics, 2019, had set a target of making 100 crore mobile handsets locally by 2025, valued at about Rs 13 lakh crore.

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Budget 2020: Centre doubles estimated revenue for telecom sector

Budget 2020-21: The government has already announced a two-year moratorium for deferred spectrum payments, which means operators won’t be paying for instalments for spectrum bought in earlier auctions for the coming two nex

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