Vodafone India is aggressively spreading its 4G wings in rural India. Its 4G network is now available at more than 25000 towns and villages in East Uttar Pradesh where the operator telco has launched 6880 broadband sites since January 2017.
Attractive offers have helped the state owned-BSNL add 12 lakh new customers in a week till 14 March. Out of 12 lakh users, 4 lakh users were added through mobile number portability.
On 15 March, the leading telecom operator Airtel has got a show-cause notice from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) which asked it to share details of non-transparent and discriminatory tariffs that it has allegedly offered to consumers.
The telecom regulator TRAI has issuedshow-cause notices to a few telcos over call drops and inability to meet prescribed benchmarks under the new quality of service rules in some circles. TRAI has given them time till March 21to present their side of the case.
The country’s leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel has launched VoLTE services in Kolkata on 12 March. The company claims that its users there will get a superior calling experience in terms of quality and faster connections. This will also help the telco to compete with Jio.
According to a government survey tabled in Parliament on 13 March 2018, state owned telcos BSNL and MTNL incurred huge losses in 2016-17. Along with Air India, they are the worst performing PSUs in FY17.
The state run telecom operator BSNL has got the big projects from the government which include laying of optical fibre based network dedicated for use by Defence worth Rs 13, 334 crore and Rs 6,500 crore for execution of second phase of BharatNet Project. The total project is worth Rs 25,000-Cr.
The telecom sector which is the biggest stressed sector right now due to high spectrum cost and grim competition and changing technologies as well falling data and call rates has got some relief from the government. On 7 March, the cabinet has relaxed spectrum holding limits and allowed telcos more time to pay for airwaves won in auction as part of measures to improve the health of an industry laden with debt amid intense competition.
Now the customers would be able to know which SIM is linked to their Aadhaar number. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked all telecom operators to provide a facility so that subscribers can check the mobile SIMs linked with their Aadhaar number.
Top telcos including Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular have moved the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) challenging the telecom regulator TRAI’s recent tariff order on predatory pricing.
Many deals and launches happened at the Mobile World Congress in Spain. The global electronic giant Samsung Networks has won a new 4G LTE network expansion contract from Reliance Jio.
To keep ahead in the latest technologies like IoT, 5G, AI, the leading telecom operator Airtel will soon set up an innovation lab in Bengaluru. The telco is also looking to collaborate with tech start-ups to share learnings from the lab and co-create solutions.
The global tech giant Huawei, which is partnering with 30 telecom operators, including Vodafone, for 5G, has launched the world's first commercial 5G modem that can deliver peak speeds of over 2000 megabit per second on next generation networks. The unveiling was done at the Mobile World Congress 2018.
Recently, the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) had said that telecom regulator TRAI is favouring Reliance Jio over other telcos. COAI was not happy over TRAI’s recent Telecom Tariff Order (TTO).
As the country is gearing for the roll-out of 5G technology, the state owned telco BSNL has partnered with Japan’s NTT AT for future tech and 5Gtest. Virgo Corps is also one of the partners. They will collaborate in futuristic technologies.
As per Open Signal’s latest report, India has again emerged as the country with the slowest 4G download speed. Earlier too, India was the slowest among 77 countries. This time it is at the bottom in the list of 88 countries. The earlier speed of 6.13 Mbps has now declined to 6.07 Mbps.
As per media sources, heavily debt-laded telecom operator Aircel will soon file for Bankruptcy at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The Malaysian parent company Maxis, run by businessman Ananda Krishnan, had earlier proposed a cash infusion to support the debt-laden company but has then decided against it. The telco is having Rs 15,500 crore debt.
Having faced a setback due to accusations and counter accusations on upload and download speed, The US-based internet speed meter Ookla is now working with the telecom regulator TRAI for regular analysis of local telecom networks.
On 16 February, the telecom regulator TRAI released the telecom performance report. As per the report, Airtel is the market leader with around 26% share.
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