The telecom regulator TRAI has notified the panel to certify the billing and metering systems deployed by telecom operators with quality of service rules. The regulator has set a November 22 deadline for telecom companies to engage any one of the 12 empanelled auditors for certifying their metering and billing systems during FY19.
To follow the Supreme Court order and DoT’s direction, the telecom operator Bharti Airtel on 5 Nov. started rolling out an 'alternate digital KYC process' for new connections. The process has begun with select circles including Delhi, UP (East) and UP (West) and will be extended to other locations shortly.
The leading internet service provider (ISP) Netplus Broadband has launched its smart telephony service in Punjab and Haryana. As per company, the service works over a broadband network and will offer unlimited local & STD calling.
While the leading telecom operators have expressed that Aadhaar based e-KYC is easy for subscribers as well as operators, the telecom department is not amused and has barred them from Aadhaar-based digital authentication in line with a Supreme Court order.
Visitors at India Mobile Congress (25 Oct-27 Oct) will get a glimpse of 5G services as Reliance Jio will offer a live demo of 5G services. The telco has partnered with three global companies for the demo.
As e-KYC process using Aadhaar is simple and easy and takes no time, telecom operators are requesting the government to explore legal ways to bring back Aadhaar based customer verification, by either approaching the Supreme Court for allowing voluntary use of Aadhaar, or bringing some legislation towards this.
On 22 October, the government has set free a set of spectrum in the 5 Ghz band from licensing for providing Wifi and partially 5G services by telecom companies. Now no permits would be required for the spectrum in the range of 5150-5250 megahertz band, 5250-5350 Mhz and 5725-5875 Mhz, according to an official notification.
The news in media that 50 crore mobile connections will be discontinued is in fact a rumour. The government on 18 October rubbished the claims.
Riding on the strong user additions and increased data usage, Reliance Jioposted a net profit of Rs 681 crore for the fiscal second quarter, compared with Rs 612 crore crore in the April-June period. Its subscriber base reached 252.3 million as of September 30, 2018. It claimed to have the lowest churn in the industry at 0.66% per month. However, its ARPU declined to Rs 131.7 per subscriber per month.
The telecom regulator TRAI’s DND app will now be available on Apple phones. Apple said that it is mindful of the concerns of the regulator in blocking spam, and the latest operating system provides ways to report them.Apple’s new operating system iOS12 offers enabling provisions that allow third-party do-not-disturb (DND) apps to work on its handsets.
The telecom operators must inform its customers 30 days in advance before closing their services. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had to take this step as some telcos closed the services of many subscribers following the Supreme Court order on Aadhaar.
The low frequency range like bluetooth, wireless chargers, internet-of-things products, medical devices etc have been kept out of licensing requirement, as the government wants to promote ease of doing business for adoption of new technologies like internet of things, machine-to-machine communications.
To include the regulatory framework for application of net neutrality principles, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has amended the Unified Licence (UL) norms for telecom operators and virtual network operators (VNOs).
PM Modi has asked the department of telecommunications (DoT) to consider steps to jam signals from neighbouring countries as also to provide signals of Indian service providers going across the borders.
As Sundararajan, the DoT secretary, has gone on 15-day leave, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, the secretary at the ministry of information and technology (MeitY), has been given additional charge for the Department of Telecommunications from September 29 till October 14.
A the government is examining the feasibility of allocating this spectrum band in India for 5G, close on the heels of South Korea auctioning these airwaves, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is preparing to seek suggestions from the telecom regulator TRAI on the suitability of the 28 GHz band for 5G commercial deployments, along with its views on pricing such airwaves.
The artificial intelligence (AI) major AuthMe ID Services has been acquired by the country’s leading telecom services provider Bharti Airtel. The Bengaluru based start-up creates Artificial Intelligence based solutions.
The telecom operators have received a circular from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on 1 October where they were asked to submit plans by October 15 to close down their Aadhaar-based authentication systems in line with last week’s Supreme Court order, and added that any non-compliance of the ruling may lead to contempt of court proceedings.
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