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    Input Tax Credit must be paid on towers: TAIPA

    "Currently, the telecom infrastructure providers can not avail of the Input Tax credit against GST paid by them on telecom towers, which acts as an impediment to make further investments,” said T.R.Dua, Director-General, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA).

    DoT Explores ‘fair’ alternative to spectrum auction

    DoT believes clarity on the broader spectrum allocation issue will encompass E and V bands. Telcos want these to be auctioned, thus keeping them only for licensees while tech giants such as Facebook and Google have backed delicensing, and the bandwidth’s use to provide WiFi services.

    Global harmonisation of spectrum allocations an important priority: Ajit Pai, US FCC chairman

    "I would welcome India and all free, democratic nations to follow our lead in preventing insecure technologies into their telecom networks," said US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai during an interview with ET.

    Spectrum auction to start on March 1

    According to the notice inviting application (NIA), applications can continue till February 5. The auctions in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands will be the first conducted after 2016. ET in its January 5 edition had written that NIAs will get rolled out this week.

    DoT calls meet on spectrum allocation roadmap; telcos, Apple, Google, FB among those to attend

    In the past 10 years, the government has auctioned spectrum six times – in calendar years 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 – but has refrained from giving any clarity on the frequency of future airwaves sale.

    2021 to ring in spectrum auctions, potential tariff hikes for telecom sector

    The Indian telecom market, which once had nearly a dozen operators, has in recent years seen exit of some prominent names due to cut-throat competition and legal cases.

    Government to offer flexibility to discoms to end long term power contracts

    The move is expected to provide flexibility to both procurers (mainly Discoms) and generators (power projects) to look for meaning contracts post expiry of a PPA, one where discoms can get the option to buy cheaper power available in the market while generators could look at new consumers either under long term contract or through price discovery on exchanges.

    Made effort to keep spectrum prices reasonable, says Trai

    ​​“I am aware of the concern of the TSPs (telecom service providers) who feel that adequate spectrum must be allocated to the TSPs and the spectrum price must be reasonable,” SK Gupta, secretary, Trai, said in a keynote address at the 4th edition of the India Mobile Congress.

    Need to expedite implementation of new telecom policy, lower 5G reserve price: DoT official

    The NDCP 2018 has most of the targets set to be achieved by 2022. However, several strategies that have been envisaged under the policy approved almost two years back are yet to be implemented including rationalisation of taxes, levies and spectrum price.

    Supreme Court imposes status quo in one-time spectrum charge case, next hearing in Feb

    The Supreme Court on Monday imposed a status quo on fresh demand or recoveries between the government and Vodafone Idea in the one-time spectrum charge (OTSC) case.

    PLI scheme well-timed, to fuel manufacturing ecosystem for telecom, networking products: Qualcomm

    PLI scheme well-timed, to fuel manufacturing ecosystem for telecom, networking products: Qualcomm

    The PLI scheme for telecom, announced recently by the government, would not only boost the local network gear manufacturing industry but would also help build a robust ecosystem, Rajen Vagadia, VP and President, Qualcomm India and SAARC, said.

    RIL unit may need to pay upto Rs 4,975 crore for Reliance Infratel

    RIL unit may need to pay upto Rs 4,975 crore for Reliance Infratel

    According to the order, the resolution applicant (RA) – in this case Reliance Digital - has proposed to make a total payment of INR 3,720 crores for corporate debtor -Reliance Infratel (RITL), which will be distributed among the lenders.

    Airtel CEO Vittal calls on Govt to keep 5G spectrum prices affordable

    Airtel CEO Vittal calls on Govt to keep 5G spectrum prices affordable

    His comments come at a time when the government plans to hold a 4G airwaves sale in early-2021, which may be followed by a sale of 5G airwaves later next year. Vittal, in fact, had recently said the Sunil Mittal-led telco would give 5G airwaves a miss if auctioned at the reserve prices set by the sector regulator, that it feels are unaffordable.

    India may amend license norms to bar sourcing of 'critical telecom equipment' from China

    India may amend license norms to bar sourcing of 'critical telecom equipment' from China

    Department of Telecommunications (DoT) officials have been holding discussions with security agencies and other relevant ministries over the last few weeks on whether only critical equipment or all gear from China should be banned, a senior official aware of the discussions told ET.

    Telecom companies meet parliamentary panel, urge 5G spectrum in multiple bands

    Telecom companies meet parliamentary panel, urge 5G spectrum in multiple bands

    Senior DoT officials, it is learnt, told the panel that there is no ban in theory on any Chinese gear makers, stopping them from selling 5G gear, but like other companies from bordering countries, they too have to take additional approvals.

    Broadband India Forum urges Trai to relook at spectrum pricing, allocation norms

    Broadband India Forum urges Trai to relook at spectrum pricing, allocation norms

    “We are motivated by the patient hearing of our submissions by the Trai chief and believe that the officials will take policy decisions in the best interest of all stakeholders,” TV Ramachandran, president, BIF, told ET. He added that BIF will seek another meeting with the authority next week for other agendas on its list.

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