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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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