Major telecom operators including Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio are thinking about the deployment of blockchain technology-based platforms to multiply their revenue streams and lower operational costs amid pressure on revenue and margins.
The controversial Apple watch eSIM is gaining momentum as the Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked Airtel to reply its questions by May 24. The complaint was filed by Reliance Jio alleging that Airtel flouted norms on activation of eSIM in Apple Watch 3.
To survive in the highly stressed and competitive telecom sector, the state owned telecom operator MTNL is set to invest Rs 190 crore to upgrade its services. The government will also help the telco by allocating it 4G spectrum, according to the telecom minister Manoj Sinha.
The mobile phone operators’ body, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has filed a petition in the apex court on May 15 regarding the RBI’s diktat to ban cryptocurrency. The finance ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs had constituted an interdisciplinary committee last year to examine virtual currencies.
To further offer the latest in technology and cash in on its 186 million subscribers and another 150 million smartphone users, Reliance Jio Infocomm has come up with the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) based brand engagement platform, Jio Interact.
As under the 2022 Secure India goals, the government wants to establish a comprehensive data protection regime for digital communications that safeguards the privacy, autonomy and choice of individuals and facilitates India’s effective participation in the global digital economy, the telecom department on 1 May launched the broad contours of the new Telecom Policy (TP).
According to COAI’s report released on 2 May, Airtel maintains its number one position while having 29.37% market share (304.9 million) out of total 1.035 billion figures in India till March 2018. It has added 8.4 million new subscribers during March.
The government may soon offer the state-run telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) 5 Mhz slot in the 2100 Mhz band for launching 4G services. With this, BSNL may compete well with the leading telcos like Jio and Airtel.
While Vodafone is aggressively launching its VoLTE services in many parts of the country, Idea Cellular will also start its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in a phased manner for its customers, starting from May this year.
While leading telecom operator Airtel registered a big loss in Q4, the new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm reported a net profit of Rs 510 crore, which is Rs. 6 crore up from the third Q. Its Operating revenue was Rs. 7128 crore.
There is big opportunity before all job seekers, and especially those who were rendered jobless after the closure of Reliance Communications and Aircel. Reliance Jio, the new entrant in telecom sector, is going to hire 80,000 new staff this FY. It has partnered with 6,000 colleges, including technical institutions, across the country to carry out campus recruitment.
In a latest move, the government will construct dedicated ducts along new highways for laying optical fibre lines for telecom and power lines. The telecom department and the road transport ministry have agreed for allocating land along the green field highways to the telecom department for this purpose.
On 25 April, the Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir directed BSNL to expedite bandwidth upgradation in 35 worst-affected Maoist districts on priority and ensure up to 2 mbps capacity within one month. This was announced during a high-level meeting to review the mobile connectivity issues in Left Wing Extremism (Maoist) affected districts of the country.
The tariff war unleashed by the entry of RJio in Sep. 2016, and cut in termination cost by the telecom regulator TRAI has led Airtel to witness Rs 652 crore losses in its India business during the March quarter (Q4).
On 26 April, the Telecom minister Manoj Sinha reviewed the draft guidelines of the upcoming public policy on telecom sector prepared by the Department of Telecom (DoT), and said that it would be soon put on for wide consultation inviting public comments.
Bharti Infratel has announced its intention to merge with Indus Towers which is owned by Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. Post-merger, it will be a $14.6 billion company with 1.63 lakh towers.
While the sealing is going on, causing call drops in Delhi, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is set to earn Rs. 15 Crore from 3,000 mobile towers in areas under its jurisdiction as part of property tax on them. The civic body is likely to move a resolution in this regard.
As India is getting ready to roll out 5G, the country is looking to partner with South Korea, which was ranked second in information communications technology index for 2017 by the International Telecommunication Union, while India was at the 134th position.
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