The telco, owned by Malaysia’s Maxis, owes roughly Rs 50,000 crore to all types of creditors, including financial and operational.
Two firms carrying out the service in India have told DoT that due to losses post reduction in porting fees they'll be forced to shut services in March 2019.
DoT allowed telcos to use each other's data networks when consumers make voice calls over Wi-Fi, even allowing third party companies to offer the service.
Senior DoT offi cials say that while the government is working on developing 5G standards, it feels that telcos are not keen on an early push on the new technology wave.
The legal opinion is sought around the demand for one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) on airwaves that were given administratively, and not through auctions.
Telecom minister Manoj Sinha is believed to have signed off on the merger and a final letter is likely to be issued on Monday, said people in the know.
An uncertain regulatory environment, hyper-competition and continuous erosion of profit have made foreign investors wary about local telecom services market.
Six months are proposed to be given for implementation in the draft rules, which are open for feedback till June 18. Trai will take a final call after considering all views.
Senior officials said the government would not consider the means of allocation of spectrum in the E&V bands in this meeting.
Upholding other complaints of Airtel, the FTCP of the ASCI ruled that Jio’s claims of “best entertainment” through television commercials and YouTube ads, was not substantiated.
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