People aware of the thinking at the department said that DoT wants to safeguard its financial interests.
App-to-person SMS business has grown 20% every year since 2014 to 210 billion messages in 2018.
The industry has also sought a decade-long tax holiday on profits from manufacturing devices or parts in the country to stimulate fresh investments.
Wants to know if they were barred from using co’s apps, services from Apr 2011 to March 2019.
Trai chairman lauded telcos’ adoption of blockchain technology, saying it will empower consumer consent.
The Pro versions, which brands claim to offer better features for a higher price, have created a separate segment for the companies to capitalise on.
DoT says only the government can sell asset; move may make RCom, Aircel less attractive to buyers.
"It is time for DoT to take a decision now, no time to waste," said Huawei India chief executive Jay Chen .
The auction is expected to be India’s largest so far, with 8,293.95 MHz of airwaves at an estimated total base price of Rs 5.77 lakh crore expected to go under the hammer.
Airtel called for lower 5G airwave prices in the upcoming auctions, which Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO for India and South Asia, again termed as “exorbitant.”
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