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 i...
Vodafone Group flags cash flow challenges for Voda Idea, may pay Rs 285 crore by September
The second tranche will help the telco meet some o...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 spectrum that may lead to the start of bidding for airwaves in the second half of September or early October, they said.
Discouraging global bidders to aid local telecom gearmakers: TEPC
Sandeep Aggarwal, chairman of the telecom committee of the PHD Chambers of Commerce & Industry and co-chairman of Tepc said while the government’s decision might help local electronic equipment companies, tenders worth Rs 200 crore and below in the Indian Railways and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) are very few.
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.
TRAI proposes 11-digit mobile numbers to meet future needs
The telecom regulator on Friday suggested using 11-digit numbers for mobile phones, instead of 10 digits, to ensure adequate numbering resources for user base growth in the future, but advised against migration to a unified numbering system for mobiles and landlines.
Relief in the works for AGR-hit telecom companies
The development comes a day after the DoT issued notices to telcos to pay their remaining AGR dues without any further delay, increasing pressure on Vodafone Idea. The DoT also wrote to telcos seeking details and explanations for their self-assessment, needed for the government to reconcile the amounts with its calculations.
Vodafone Idea: No proposal before Board on stake sale to Google, but evaluating various opportunities
The Financial Times had reported that Google was exploring to buy a 5% stake in Vodafone Idea.
Multinational vendors want consultation on manufacturing-led incentive scheme
Gear makers such as Nokia and Huawei say wider consultations are needed before finalising the policy as they have already invested millions of dollars and are hoping to put in more money and export from India.
Telcos won’t get 20 years to pay AGR dues if licences expire
The person said the government will insist that unless the licence is renewed, the telco will have to pay its statutory dues for the circle in which its license for spectrum is expiring, by the expiry date.
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