Kiran Rathee

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Voda-Idea rejigs corporate post-paid plans

Tweaking its `299 monthly plan, Vodafone Idea has reduced the data benefits to 30 GB against 40 GB earlier. The company though has introduced a Rs 349 monthly plan, which offers 40 GB data. So, if a customer wants to consume

Bharti Airtel as well as other telecom operators like Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea had last hiked tariffs in December 2019. That time the tariffs were raised for the pre-paid users.

Review of 5G reserve price only if DoT asks for it: Trai

Trai had in 2018 submitted the reserve price for 5G spectrum in the 3300-3600 MHz band, but this was not put up for the auction held in March this year.

Though the industry has said several times that the price fixed for it is on the higher side, Trai is of the view that reducing the reserve price without testing the markets is not the right approach and would render its methodology faulty.

Run-up to 5G: Trai pushes for digital inclusion; proposal in works for rural areas

According to sources, Trai will come up with a consultation paper soon to deliberate on the issues relating to digital inclusion as it believes that people in the rural areas and those in the low-income bracket may lag once 5

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Bharti Airtel makes first move in raising tariffs, announces price hike for postpaid plans

The overall postpaid market is worth around Rs 22,000 crore in revenue terms and forms 15% of the sector’s revenues and 5% of sector’s active subscribers, according to industry estimates.

Bharti Airtel as well as other telecom operators like Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea had last hiked tariffs in December 2019. That time the tariffs were raised for the prepaid users.

5G devices should support all spectrum bands: Bharti Airtel to Dept of Telecommunications

"However, the provision of 5G services in such existing multiple spectrum bands can only happen with the availability of handsets if the minimum features to supports 5G services are ensured,” the company is believed to have

The context of Bharti writing to DoT on uniform guidelines is that currently most of the handsets launched by the device manufacturers in India for 5G support 3.5 GHz only, whereas 5G services can be provided using multiple existing bands and new radio interface.

Report card: BSNL slashes FY21 losses by 52% with reduced staff costs

Wage bill was down 51% at Rs 6,679 crore

The company's FTTH revenues increased at Rs 937 crore in FY21 compared to Rs 517 crore a year back, while mobile revenues were down at Rs 7,716 crore from Rs 8,067 crore in the previous fiscal.

Huawei and ZTE get login credentials for accessing trusted telecom products portal

The government on June 15 had launched a portal for giving clearance to trusted products that telecom operators can install in their networks as part of the National Security Directive on the telecommunication sector.

In the case of Tata Teleservices, the total amount is Rs 16,798 crore and it had paid Rs 4,197 crore.

Airtel remains market leader in active subscriber base

As per data shared by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, as of April, Airtel had 346.95 million active wireless subscribers, followed by Jio with 335.17 million subscribers.

The impact of the lockdown was visible on subscriber additions for the industry in April as net additions were restricted at 2.2 million in the month against an average of 5.4 million in the last six months.

BSNL’s 4G network trial: TCS, Tech Mahindra among shortlisted firms

Successful firms will be eligible for bidding to build new network.

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5G will be leveraged on massive scale by everyone from start-ups to operators to industries: Rajen Vagadia, VP, Qualcomm India & SAARC

With the Indian trials, there are two technology options: trials based on the globally harmonised 3GPP standard and the 5Gi standard that is unique for India.

The 5Gi standard has been designed to address the typical Indian rural use case

Spectrum dues: Vodafone Idea demand for relief in FinMin hands

Telco has sought 1 more year to pay its dues; extensions need to be uniform across the sector, says Department of Telecommunications

Officials said the DoT's view continues to be that the sector needs three private players and one public sector operator.

37 firms apply for telecom PLI, Samsung gives it a miss

Samsung is understood to not have applied because of lack of opportunities in the 5G equipment market for it. Reliance Jio is the only operator which has deployed Samsung radio network for 4G, but for 5G, the former has indic

The scheme is expected to offset huge imports of telecom equipment worth more than Rs 50,000 crore and reinforce it with made-in-India products both for domestic markets and exports.

Satellite Broadband: Bharti Group chairman Sunil Mittal says auction not needed for satcom spectrum

While the licence can be granted to the company by the DoT anytime, the allocation of spectrum is likely to be done only once Trai and the government decide whether the airwaves need to be auctioned or allocated administrativ

In the case of Tata Teleservices, the total amount is Rs 16,798 crore and it had paid Rs 4,197 crore.

BharatNet Project: Dept of telecommunications to float tender to invite private players

DCC to discuss RFP proposal and concessionaire agreement on July 5

The Union Cabinet had earlier this week approved a revised implementation strategy for the BharatNet project by opting for PPP mode in 16 states to cover around 3,60,000 villages at a total cost of Rs 29,430 crore.

Level playing field to be made for Samsung & Apple vendors

Official sources said that the base year for over which the investment and incremental sales target would be calculated would remain same for all the firms.

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Reliance Jio adds maximum users among telecom operators for second consecutive month

Reliance had launched a JioPhone offer on February 26, primarily targeting the feature phone subscribers in the country. As the offer was applicable from March 1, its impact was witnessed in the March additions.

Like other long term recharge plans offered by the telecom company, the internet speed for consumers will be reduced to 64 Kbps after they have already exhausted their daily internet data limit of 3 GB.

Chinese firms not given login details of govt’s trusted telecom products portal

After that, the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) will decide whether the products can be termed 'trusted' or not. The operators, however, can also seek a waiver from the government, in case they want to use the pr

In the case of Tata Teleservices, the total amount is Rs 16,798 crore and it had paid Rs 4,197 crore.

Xiaomi tops second-hand smartphone market, followed by Apple

The survey received responses from close to 4,000 people. As per the survey, a majority of Indians preferred buying smartphones over laptops, 84% of them upgraded their smartphone within 14-18 months of purchase.

No-cost EMI option and replacement warranty were the top criteria for purchase.

Chinese firms can now bid for public projects

Domestic firms can only enter into technology transfer agreements

Raw materials, mainly iron ore, cotton and plastics, and intermediate goods such as low-grade iron & steel, chemicals and copper were shipped to China in large volumes last fiscal.

Satellite broadband: Bharti’s OneWeb applies for Satcom licence

DoT can grant licence soon but spectrum allocation will have to wait till Trai decides whether auction is required or not

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Increased data consumption but no decline in speed during second Covid wave: Opensignal

As per mobile analytics firm Opensignal, in 2020, mobile users had witnessed up to 24.8% decline in their average download speeds during the six weeks between the last weeks of March 2020 and May 2020 as data consumption soar

Opensignal measured its smartphone users’ weekly average mobile data consumption and download speed experience from the week starting on December 30, 2019, to the week ending on May 2, 2021.

Satcom spectrum: Jio makes a pitch for auction, Bharti Airtel tight-lipped

"Further, assignment of even Ka/Ku/C band spectrum for Geo/Meo satellite must be done through auction only,” Jio has told the Trai, which has floated a consultation paper on licensing framework for satellite-based connectiv

In the case of Tata Teleservices, the total amount is Rs 16,798 crore and it had paid Rs 4,197 crore.

Production-Linked Incentive scheme reset: Govt may shift smartphone PLI by a year

Outlay, investment & sales targets, and incentive structure would remain the same

Companies that did not meet the FY21 incremental sales target now have time till FY26; FY21 will now be treated as Year Zero year meant to make preparations.

Govt gets tough: Twitter gets final notice to comply with new rules

The government has said though the new rules came into force from May 26, “as gesture of goodwill, Twitter Inc is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the rules, failing which the exemption from liability

Even before the new IT rules came into force, the government and Twitter have been at loggerheads over the latter not complying with a direction of removing 'manipulated media' tag from some tweets of BJP leaders on an alleged Congress toolkit used to target the Centre over its Covid-19 handling.

Trusted source norm: Telcos to urge govt to give time till December 2021 to submit details

Due to the lockdowns across the country in the wake of Covid-19, the telcos need some more time to submit the details. According to industry sources, the telcos are expected to seek an extension till December 2021 to implemen

Telecom equipment PLI: Selected firms’ investment, production starting Apr 1 to be taken into account

The response from DoT came after certain firms expressed apprehension that the delay in issuance of guidelines could mean a smaller window for meeting the targets as two months of the new fiscal have already passed and the se

“We are trying to issue the guidelines this week. But for companies, it should not be a concern as they can plan their investment and production for the PLI scheme and selected companies will get the benefit effective April 1,” sources in DoT told FE.

New IT rules: Major social media firms share details, Twitter yet to do so

Twitter, however, is still to submit a report of compliance with any part of the rules, official sources said.

“Twitter has not yet sent the details of the chief compliance officer to the ministry,” the source said.
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