Kiran Rathee

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Licence fee dues: DoT likely to start sending notices this week

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is likely to start sending notices to companies later this week regarding the licence fee dues owed by them to the government.

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Getting expensive: BSNL staff seek salary revision before VRS

Want 50% of IDA merged into basic pay, which will increase the cost of payout by the govt by several thousand crores

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BSNL’s VRS draws huge response

According to an official in BSNL, the company had set a target of around 77,000 employees for the scheme, but given the response, it looks like most of the 1 lakh staff, who are eligible, will opt for the scheme.

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Under stress: Secy panel mulls relief measures for telcos

The view which has emanated so far is that if  no relief is provided in terms of payment of dues, which for the industry runs as high as Rs 1.33 lakh crore, at least one operator may file for bankruptcy.

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WhatsApp snooping: IT ministry may seek more clarifications from social media giant

WhatsApp has recently filed a complaint at a US court that attributes the attack to NSO Group and its parent company Q Cyber Technologies.

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Fully confident of our India prospects, there is no Plan B: Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India | Interview

5G equipment manufacturing is currently happening in China, not in India, because there is no 5G here.

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IUC: It’s an all-out war between Reliance Jio and rest of telecom operators

Jio, on the other hand, alleged that the move to review the IUC by Trai is not only arbitrary, unwarranted and anti-poor but will also adversely affect investor’s confidence and sabotage the Prime Minister's vision for Digi

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Govt to launch start-up portal, updated BHIM app and software product registry

An official in Meity said the government is organising a start-up summit and various industry leaders in the IT and start-up space like Deepender Goyal, founder of Zomato; Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm founder and CEO; Kunal Ba

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Ring duration: Trai views within 2 weeks as Airtel, Jio, Vodafone Idea and BSNL fail to reach consensus

Jio reiterated that the issue of ringing duration should be kept in forbearance and not regulated, which made Trai chairman RS Sharma to clarify that the authority was forced to intervene as operators have not sorted out the

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Reliance Jio alleges rivals showing wirelines as mobile numbers for IUC rip-off

The reason behind Trai’s rethink on moving to a zero rate regime is that traffic imbalance, though reduced from pre-September 2017 days, still exists.

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Reliance Jio unhappy over Trai’s move to review interconnect usage charges

The trigger to the latest slugfest over IUC was Trai’s decision to review the IUC regime.

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Closing bell? Finance ministry wants BSNL, MTNL closed down

The Rs 95,000-crore cost of closure needs to be reworked as all staff need not be given VRS; some can be redeployed.

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Huawei gets nod to showcase 5G tech at IMC

Apart from Chinese gear makers Huawei and ZTE, Reliance Jio has also applied to do 5G trials and the government feels that even Samsung will come on board.

The applications were initially rejected on technical grounds and both firms had subsequently reapplied. News

JioPhone takes Reliance Jio to hinterland India

Interestingly, during this period, incumbents like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea lost rural subscribers and market share.

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5G rollout: Huawei finds support from telecom industry

“I can safely say their (Huawei) products in 3G and 4G that we have experienced are significantly superior to Ericsson and Nokia,” Mittal said at an industry event.

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After Vodafone Idea, Airtel’s Sunil Mittal raises low mobile tariff issue

According to sources, Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal met communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday and highlighted the issue while seeking support from the government.

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Reliance Jio effect: Vodafone-Idea, Airtel cut ring time to 25 seconds

It maintains that the traffic asymmetry which makes it a net payer of termination charge is because Bharti and Vodafone have around 60% of 2G users who still need to pay for voice calls and therefore they give missed calls t

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Telecom sector revenues rise after 9 quarters

BSNL’s AGR grew 27.94% sequentially to Rs 2,598.61 crore in the June 2019 quarter against Rs 2,031.07 crore in the March 2019 quarter.

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BSNL-MTNL: Finance Ministry turns down DoTs Rs 74,000 crore revival package

It had also argued that strategic disinvestment of BSNL would not work out as there may not be any takers for it considering the current financial stress in the telecom industry.

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Airtel may be the only telco to showcase 5G solutions at India Mobile Congress

Last year, Reliance Jio had conducted 5G trials with Samsung and Ericsson during the event. Bharti Airtel did it with Huawei and Ericsson, while Vodafone Idea did not showcase the latest technology.

The government has announced guidelines for 5G trials and operators are asked to submit fresh applications in the revised format. News

Vodafone group top officials to meet PM Narendra Modi on September 30

The meeting assumes significance in the backdrop of the financial stress being faced by the telecom operators in the country with Vodafone Idea amongst them.

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Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan to lead panel on protection of non-personal data

The move by the government is also an attempt to stop monopolising of data by big US and Chinese firms, as they control a majority of digital platforms across the globe. This is going to have huge implications for companies l

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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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