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India’s telecom companies, like those across the world, need significant digital transformation to adapt to the rapid disruptive technologies led by the confluence of 5G, network-centric business models, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).
DoT selects MSTC for conducting spectrum auction
It may take around two months for MSTC Ltd to design and develop software for e-auction of s...
Discouraging global bidders to aid local telecom gearmakers: TEPC
Sandeep Aggarwal, chairman of the telecom committee of the PHD Chambers of ...
Telcos brace for Super Cyclone Amphan, ink roaming pacts, stock up diesel
Both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (VIL) have tested ICR arrangements in advance to ensure all telecom operators in the impacted states can collaborate and use each other’s networks wherever required once Amphan strikes, and people can stay connected.
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.
Telecom industry wary of rushing staff back to office amid continuing rise in Covid cases
Bharti Airtel has reopened all its offices though it’s open to staff working from home on health and safety grounds and is also ensuring strict social distancing protocols inside office premises. Reliance Jio though is likely to maintain around 15% staff at major circle offices, and take a call on bringing back more people, post-June 8.
Bharti Telecom raises Rs 8,433 crores, sells 2.75% in Airtel
BTL’s stake in Bharti Airtel fell to around 36% after the deal. Correspondingly, the combined 58.98% holding of Bharti Airtel’s promoter group – Sunil Mittal-owned entities and Singtel – came down to 56.23%. Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Enterprises and Singtel own 50.56% and 49.44%, respectively, in BTL.
COAI says disappointed that relief for telecom did not figure in economic package
The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) on Sunday said the industry has been left "disappointed" that its long-standing demand for cut in licence fee and other levies did not figure in measures and reforms announced by the government to boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jio vs Airtel: Asia’s richest man takes on the comeback kid after wireless war
Ambani’s Jio had knocked Airtel off its perch in the world’s second-biggest wireless market by users.
Government notifies vacancy for Trai chairperson's post
During Sharma’s tenure as Trai chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm started services in September 2016 and disrupted the markets, making voice calls almost free and sending data rates crashing to all-time lows
Trai scraps rule that mandated 100 SMSes at discounted rates
This means operators will have a free hand in fixing charges for such bulk SMSes by non-commercial users, and Trai's practice of forbearance will extend to such messages too, an official explained.
Network vendors urge DoT for production-linked incentive policy
The suggestions were made at a top-level meeting of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Wednesday that was attended by senior executives representing local and global network vendors and mobile carriers.
Telecom industry seeks faster DoT approvals to enable ease of doing business
"There is no immediate impact but the pain point is the volume of gear that needs to be imported to keep networks provisioned with spares and equipment in the next nine to 12 months, may not happen since the industry has not received the ETA certificate from the WPC," an industry source on anonymity told ET Telecom.
Trai says not recommended 11 digit mobile numbering plan, 10-digit numbers to continue
As per Trai recommendation, the country will continue to follow a 10-digit numbering for mobile services, and the regulator has "categorically rejected" shifting to an 11-digit mobile numbering plan.
Telcos, DoT in sync with states to track movement of Covid-19 patients
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and mobile phone operators are working in tandem with state governments to use call data of subscribers to closely track the movement of Covid-19 positive patients, besides keeping a close watch on millions of migrant labourers to help them with food and find employment.
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