DEPARTMENT OF TELECOM
Telcos seek govt nod to self-KYC of new customers
In a letter to the telecom secretary Anshu Prakash dated April 2, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has proposed an end-to-end digital method to process a connection/porting request.
TRAI rejects telcos' call for online talks on floor tariff
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has rejected telcos' call to hold...
Staff visiting customers to maintain highest level of hygiene, ensure 'contactless' experience: Airtel CEO
Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal, in a note...
No more extension of tariff relief to migrant workers: Telcos
Within a week of the announcement of lockdown from March 25, telcos had extended the prepaid validity of their low-income subscribers till April 17 and further to May 3 on subsequent announcement of lockdown extension. Airtel and Vodafone Idea also credited Rs 10 talk time credit to such users whereas Jio gave 100 minutes of free talk time and 100 text messages to all its users.
Top ministers discuss ‘ban’ on Chinese 5G equipment
The govt has begun consultations at the highest level to decide on a possible ban on Chinese 5G equipment.
US eager to work with India on 6GHz band for wireless says Ajit Pai
"I'm eager to work with my Indian counterparts and other leaders around the world to harness the benefits of the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi and then work together toward global harmonisation of this spectrum," the senior Indian-American official said.
Telcos back 50 paise/spam SMS regime
TRAI had said that despite the higher charge on SMS, the complaints of UCC were on a rise and thus the regime for charging for SMSes should be brought under forbearance. In 2018, TRAI had mandated telcos to adopt distributed ledger technology (DLT) with ‘permissioned and private DLT networks’ where only identified and registered users can participate.
Homegrown telecom, OFC companies may cut jobs as state-run firms drag payments
The survival of homegrown telecom gear makers and suppliers has once again come under the cloud with a few firms mulling layoffs following the non-payment of their outstanding.
India needs to allot reasonably priced 5G spectrum, says US FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
“Our suggestions might be to follow some of the market based strategies, for example, to allow flexible use of spectrum and not to prescribe what particular applications or services that spectrum must be used for and let the market decide that,” Pai said at the U.S.-India multi-stakeholder webinar, on Monday.
Jio adds the most customers in February at 6.25 million
Jio ended February with 383.67 million subscribers, Airtel with 328.95 million and Vodafone Idea with 325.52 million, data released by sector regulator Trai on Monday showed.
AGR issue casts uncertainty on telecom sector, to have long-term bearing on industry: Icra
The telecom department's plea for elongation of the payment period to 20 years is still pending in the Supreme Court, and thus there is a considerable degree of uncertainty on the timelines and funding of payments, it added.
Three big catalysts that will drive the growth of all telecom players
‘Increase in ARPU will improve the bottom lines of telecom companies’
If you think you've heard the last of the AGR dispute, think again
The Department of Telecom's calculations put Bharti Airtel's dues at Rs 37,700 crore and Vodafone Idea's dues at Rs 53,000 crore, but both operators believe their dues are almost half of what the DoT claims.
Trai broadens scope of telecom infra providers
The sector regulator also recommended that tower service providers, under their expanded scope of operations, be allowed to own, establish, maintain and work on infrastructure items, equipment, and systems required for setting up wireline networks, RAN, and transmission links.
Telcos seek soft loans, levy cuts to ease stress
The telcos have urged the FM to expedite steps to cut SUC to 3% of a telco’s adjusted gross revenue (AGR) and reduce licence fees to 3% of revenue from 8% now.
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