Kalyan Parbat

Assistant Telecom Editor at the Level of Senior Assistant Editor, ETI have been tracking the telecoms industry for over two decades at ET, and still get a thrill breaking a big one. There's never really a dull moment in telecom, and the diversity of the beat in terms of corporate, regulatory, tech, consumer, brand and legal elements keeps the adrenalin running. Besides telecoms, I love my jazz, old John Ford westerns and plumbing the depths of Sherlockian lore to keep the inspiration flowing. Email : kalyan.parbat@timesgroup.com. Twitter : @kalyanparbatET
  • Industry pings Telecom secretary for a 5G panel plan

    Industry pings Telecom secretary for a 5G panel plan

    The move comes after telcos recently urged the government to allot sub-3500 MHz 5G spectrum free of cost for 5G fixed wireless services to augment networks capacities at a time when existing 4G networks are facing severe capacity constraints amid surging home internet consumption during the Covid19 lockdowns.

    Companies make cautious start to resume work from office

    Companies make cautious start to resume work from office

    While some such as Dabur India have already called back one-third of their staff, most firms including Capgemini, Flipkart, Power Finance Corp, NTPC, ITC, Tech Mahindra, Panasonic, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, and RPG Group have opened offices with smaller teams and plan to increase the numbers in a phased manner, companies said.

    Telcos stare at penalties of Rs 50 crore per violation

    Telcos stare at penalties of Rs 50 crore per violation

    The operators said network equipment imports have been severely hit by global lockdowns imposed after the Covid-19 outbreak. Besides, there have been difficulties in completing tower site acquisitions, drive tests and securing multiple approvals from state authorities and municipal bodies.

    No clarity on contactless customer acquisition for telcos from govt

    No clarity on contactless customer acquisition for telcos from govt

    The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the home ministry have not yet cleared telcos’ plans to digitally authenticate a customer’s identity, address and photographs due to concerns around the veracity of such documents required under the e-KYC (electronicknow your customer) parameters.

    DoT to defer 5G sale, auction only 4G in 2020

    DoT to defer 5G sale, auction only 4G in 2020

    Digital Communications Commission, DoT’s highest decision-making body, discussed auctions on Monday, the people said. While Reliance Jio hasn’t publicly backed a move to delay 5G auctions, all three operators have said the base price, Rs 492 crore a unit, was too high and wouldn’t attract bids.

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