Kiran Rathee

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Reliance Jio to Trai: Vodafone Idea’s, Airtel’s new tariff plans to create porting barrier

As per Jio, either porting SMSes are made free and everyone can send it, despite the benefits of the plan, or the mechanism for porting should be changed, wherein the requirement of SMS is not there. Thirdly, SMSes should be

Vodafone Idea also has Rs 99 plan with 28 days validity, a Rs 79 plan with 21 days validity and Rs 49 plan with 10 days validity but none offer outgoing SMS facility.

Govt aiming for 5G services launch by Aug 15 next year

Sources said a limited 5G launch is possible by that date if the DoT provides clarity around unencumbered spectrum which can be put for auction.

Vaishnaw said recently that the 5G spectrum auction is likely to take place around April-May next year. Earlier, the government was aiming to conduct the auction in March. Trai is expected to give its recommendations in February-March around the pricing of spectrum.

BSNL 4G rollout likely to get delayed

“Considering the representation received from PoC (proof of concept) vendors…the PoC timeline has been extended till December 31, 2021, as a one-time measure for completion of PoC and no further extension will be granted

The state-run firm has also not been able to upgrade its network in the south and west zones.

Getting ready: Telecom dept, Trai gauging 5G spectrum availability

Communications and IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw recently said the 5G spectrum auction is likely to take place around April-May next year. Earlier, the government was aiming to conduct the auction in March.

This is because Trai wants clarity on all the aspects of spectrum before coming out with a consultation paper for the upcoming auction.

In the pipeline: Work on to harmonise local standards for 5G

It was also decided during the review that Telecommunications Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI), being a member of 3GPP, should get 5Gi standards incorporated in the release 17 as mandatory rather than optional s

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Satellite broadband: DoT seeks Trai recommendations on spectrum allocation

The DoT wants to know whether spectrum should be auctioned or given administratively for satellite communications.

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Telcos: 5Gi standards, tech shouldn’t be made mandatory

The telecom operators have made its submissions to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) regarding 5Gi during their meetings recently.


Backhaul Spectrum: Dept of Telecommunications to allocate more spectrum only after Spectrum Act

The DoT has already kickstarted the exercise to examine whether allocation of spectrum can be done through administrative process in addition to the auction route.

All the telecom operators are facing scarcity of backhaul spectrum as broadband subscribers have increased over the last few years, which require more capacity. The lack of backhaul spectrum is affecting quality of service for customers.

Telecom Spectrum: Direct allocation set to return

The court had added that there should be a transparent mechanism to allocate natural resources like spectrum, which provided a room for non-auction route but in public debates it has largely been seen that any deviation from

In 2012 when the Supreme Court had cancelled all 122 new licences granted by the then telecom minister A Raja, it had said that natural resources should be allocated through a process of auction.

Tech Upgrade: Govt gets 5G wagon moving; Telecom dept forms committee to devise strategy

According to sources, the committee, constituted under Member (Technology) of DoT, will seek inputs from stakeholders regarding both the technologies.

The government wants to know about the current status of availability of 5G products, devices and applications and what can be done to make them available to the consumers.

Reliance Jio clears all dues amounting to Rs 10,700 crore for 2016 spectrum auction

According to sources in the department of telecommunications (DoT), Reliance Jio cleared the dues, amounting to about Rs 10,700 crore, earlier this month. So far, the company was paying annual instalments.

While several reports are doing the rounds on social media about the specifications of the reported JioBook, it remains unclear as to what the actual specifications of the laptop will be.

Relief package: Bharti Airtel accepts moratorium on AGR, spectrum payments

Last week, Vodafone Idea had informed the DoT about its acceptance of the four-year moratorium for payment of its spectrum dues. It had said the decision regarding accepting the moratorium for the same number of years for AGR

After October 29, operators have been given 90 days to confirm whether they would opt for paying the interest which accrues as a result of the deferral by way of offering equity to the government.

5G Roadmap: Telcos tell Trai to identify clear and contiguous spectrum for 5G auctions

The reserve price for 5G spectrum, announced in 2018, was felt to be very high. However, auctions for 5G were not held in March 2021 but were conducted for other 4G bands.

Trai is expected to soon come out with a consultation paper on the auction, specifying the bands and quantum to be put up for sale.

Fixed Broadband: Reliance Jio overtakes Bharti Airtel to win second spot

As on August, BSNL has 21.5% market share in fixed broadband followed by Reliance Jio at 14.5% and Bharti Airtel at 14.45%.

In fact, Jio has been consistently adding around 2 lakh fixed broadband connections every month in the past and in August, the number has risen to 2.4 lakh.

Telecom industry AGR up 5.7% to Rs 51,335 crore in April-June quarter

The AGR of the telecom industry in the preceding January-March 2021 quarter stood at Rs 48,587 crore.

The rise in AGR was much higher when compared on a year-on-year basis with a jump of 16.33%. The AGR of the telecom industry stood at Rs 44,128 crore in April-June quarter last year.

Trai data: Jio gains 6.49L mobile users in Aug; Airtel adds 1.38 lakh

Due to the muted numbers, the overall wireless subscriber base too declined to 1186.72 million in August, against 1186.84 million in July, data shared by Trai said.

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DoT gets moving on telecom relief package

DoT has written to Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, both of whom have indicated their desire to opt for a moratorium, and also to Reliance Jio, which may also do so.

For unlisted companies, the equity conversion will be decided in consultation with the finance ministry as there is no established procedure.

Allocate 5G spectrum to private networks only via auction: Telcos

Telecom operators maintain that all spectrum should be auctioned and this should apply to private non-telecom firms interested in setting up their private networks.

The issue will be debated when Trai starts the consultation process for 5G spectrum auctions.

Self-reliance: Govt aims to make semiconductors in India by mid-2022

Request for proposal will soon be floated seeking commercial bids from companies

In December, 2020 the ministry of electronics and IT (Meity) had come out with an expression of interest (EoI) for setting up semiconductor fabs in India and 15-20 firms had evinced interest in setting up such units.

4G trials: BSNL wants TCS, ITI to comply with EoI conditions

The private operators use 40-watt and 80-watt radios for 4G networks. According to industry executives, 20-watt radios are used at some places by private players to offer 2G services, but nobody is using it for 4G.

4G trials: BSNL wants TCS, ITI to comply with EoI conditions

Production-linked incentive for manufacturing telecom equipment: Foxconn, Nokia, Tejas among 31 shortlisted for PLI scheme

According to officials, the selected firms are expected to invest over Rs 3,300 crore and bring in incremental production of about Rs 1.80 lakh crore over five years.

The scheme, with an outlay of Rs 12,195 crore, offers incentives in the range between 4% and 7% for different categories and tenures.

Telecom licensing rules to be revamped

In an interview with FE, Vaishnaw said the aim will be to make regulations “light-touch, focused on customers, on common people, and on marginalised sections of the society”.

On October 5, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) indicated before the Supreme Court that it is likely to withdraw the case relating to one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) amounting to Rs 40,000 crore against the telecom operators.

Like water & power, 5G to become integral part of our social, economic fabric: Prakash Mallya, VP & MD – sales, marketing & communications group, Intel India

Most operators in the country leverage Intel technology in their infrastructure platform as part of the 5G trials being conducted with them.

Prakash Mallya, VP & MD – sales, marketing & communications group, Intel India

BSNL seeks fresh Rs 37,000 crore from govt, says additional funds needed for capex and servicing debt

“For the deployment of India 4G core and associated transmission network expansion and fiberisation, BSNL will be requiring capital expenditure of approximately Rs 5,000 crore in current fiscal, Rs 7,500 crore in FY22-23 an

The government also provided a sovereign guarantee to BSNL and MTNL to raise up to Rs 15,000 crore through long-term bonds. This was to be used for restructuring their existing debt and also partly meet their capex, opex, and other requirements.

Encryption can’t be used as excuse to deny sharing details to law enforcement: Govt

The secretary, who was speaking during the Global FinTech Fest 2021, hosted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), said that in a civilised society, law enforcement is a function that is entrusted by the soc


Revival plans: Promoters may invest Rs 10,000 crore in Vodafone Idea, says govt

The DoT officials told FE they are hopeful that Vodafone Idea would be in a much better position with the investments by the promoters and the competitiveness of the telecom sector would remain intact.

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Spectrum auction: Trai may look at new pricing model to fix reserve price for 5G auctions

Trai has also been asked to suggest the fresh base price for the unsold spectrum in the previous auctions, held earlier this year, in bands like 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz.

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