As per latest report by TRAI, Reliance Jio has emerged as top player with an average peak download speed of 22.3 mbps on its network while Idea Cellular registered highest upload speed in May.
As per the latest report by the UK's OpenSignal, India’s 4G download speeds are slower than that of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Myanmar. The report adds that buffering still bothers Indian users. The average 4G LTE data speed in India has remained static for more than a year , at about 6.1Mbps, which is almost a third of the global average of about 17 Mbps, making it among the slowest countries on this metric.
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has asked the Telecom Department (DoT) to use the 'Interpol list' to battle child porn instead of flagging operational issues in implementing a directive that mandates use of an IWF list for blocking these sites.
According to a study conducted by OpenSignal, smartphone subscribers of Reliance Jio spent the least amount of time connected to Wi-Fi networks because of the wide availability of its 4G services. Subscribers of other leading telcos like Vodafone, Idea and Airtel spent more time on WiFi because they lacked coverage.
On 11 July, the Telecom Commission cleared the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018. The policy aims to create four million new jobs, getting investments of more than $100 billion into India by 2022, improving ease of doing business and using new-age technologies for large scale connectivity.
The leading telco Bharti Airtel plans to raise about $1 billion or nearly Rs 6,900 crore through overseas loans to refinance its debt to free up cash for capex investments needed to expand its 4G network.
The Idea-Vodafone merger deal has received a conditional nod from the department of telecommunications (DoT). The department has sought over Rs 7,200 crore from both companies on account of one-time spectrum charges and spectrum liberalisation fees.
Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has been directed by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to submit the details of the sale of its consumer mobile business to Bharti Airtel.
Leading telecom operators would have to pay fines for not meeting various quality norms as laid down by the telecom regulator TRAI. RJioneeds to pay Rs 31 lakhon account of TRAI defined service quality parameters including Point of Interconnect congestion, accessibility of call centres and customer care, and also those pertaining to termination or closure of service complied to/within the stipulated seven days.
Radisys, that provides open telecom solutions to service providers worldwide, will soon fall in the kitty of Reliance Jio, as the Mukesh Ambani owned telecom operator has agreed to buy it at US$1.72 per share in cash.
The massive success of the cheapest smart feature phone JioPhone in India has also resulted in the success of its main OS provider, KaiOS. The OS provider has now received USD 22 million funding from tech giant Google.
The telecom regulator TRAI has rejected the Department of Telecommunications (DoT)’s contention or issuing of 'No Objection Certificates' that allows firms to engage in sale or rent of international SIM Cards and global calling cards.
On 23 June, the Himachal Pradesh High Court issued notices to BSNL managing director in New Delhi, BSNL chief general manager in Shimla and BSNL Junior telecom officer in Kaza to file the a report on present status of connectivity.
As the Department of telecommunications (DoT) has come up with a fresh demand of Rs 4,700 crore, Idea-Vodafone merger may get delayed, as both operators may not meet the expected June 30 timeline.
The telecom regulator TRAI’s draft rules to curb pesky calls failed to woo the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI). The COAI has some major concerns, and it said that the norms do not effectively deal with pain-points faced by users.
According to analysts from IDC, covering entire India with the latest telecom technology VoLTE is a distant dream as there are many challenges, though as per a recent Ericsson report, India is expected to have 780 million voice over LTE (VoLTE) subscribers.
The memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with 3 UK institutions for early adoption of 5G were signed by India on 21 June. This agreement will facilitate meaningful exploration and early adoption of 5G technology.
On 20 June, the department of telecommunications (DoT) amended licence conditions, thus allowing telecom operators to allot a single mobile number for both cellular mobile service and internet telephony service.
While other telecom operators are not showing keen interest in getting ready for 5G rollout, the state owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is planning to keep pace with the rest of the world by launching ultra-high-speed fifth-generation or 5G services in sync with the world.
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