TRAI is examining Reliance Jio’s latest hotplan ‘JioDhanDhanaDhan’ and may call company’s executives for any clarification. RJioon April 11 launched its latest JioDhanDhanaDhan offer, and on17th April, formally submitted its details to the telecom watchdog for a scrutiny, as mandated under rules.
Reliance Jio faces another opposition as now Bharti Airtel has also complained to TDSAT against former’s Summer Surprise Offer. The tribunal will now look at the two applications (another given by Idea) as a single complaint. Idea has also challenged a TRAI order that allowed Jio to offer free services beyond 90 days, the stipulated period for promotional offers.
The Supreme Court, following a petition filed by Harish Chand Tiwari, has on April 12 asked the state owned telecom operator BSNL to shut down a mobile tower in the Dal Bazar area of Gwalior. Tiwari, a domestic help, alleged that he contracted cancer due to electromagnetic radiation from the tower. He contended that the tower was illegally installed on the rooftop of neighbouring house 15 years ago.
After a recent tussle between Reliance Jio and Airtel, now it is Vodafone which has taken Reliance Jio to task against its Summer Surprise offer. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) asked Jio on April 6 to stop the offer as it was not in compliance with the norms, but Jio has failed to comply.
As per the latest report of TRAI, the top three telecom operators -Airtel, Vodafone and Idea- saw most number of billing complaints in October-December of 2016. The maximum violations were found with Vodafone, where 0.15% and 0.13% of bills were disputed by its users in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively. Vodafone is the only company during the reported quarter whose post-paid customers in the Mumbai circle also raised a number of quality issues.
Reliance Jio has taken back its ‘Summer Surprise’ offer following disapproval by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). In Jio Summer Surprise offer, all Prime members making their first recharge payment of Rs 303 or higher were eligible for three months’ complimentary services in addition to the benefits of their purchased plan.
The Aditya Birla Group has got the license from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to launch its payments bank. The payments bank will be a JV between Aditya Birla Nuvo and Idea Cellular. Headed by Kumar Mangalam Birla, the group’s outfit Aditya Birla Nuvo had set up a 51:49 joint venture — Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd — with telecom major Idea Cellular to launch this service.
To help drive innovation in the telecom industry including software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), Reliance Jio has decided to partner with the US-based carrier AT&T, the Linux Foundation and open source communities through the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project.
A committee of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), on March 31, ruled that the Airtel has to modify or take away its fastest 4G network ad as it contravened the ASCI rules. Airtel said it will file an appeal against the order.
Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular’s claims against Reliance Jio’s offers are expected to be rejected by TRAI. They raised their voice against Jio’s offers. The three telecom operators said that the call rate cannot be priced at less than 14 paisa per minute.
Bharti Airtel has bought Tikona Digital's 4G airwaves for Rs 1,600 crore, which can be understood as an act of consolidation to take on Reliance Jio Infocomm and the Vodafone-Idea Cellular combine in a fiercely. Currently, Tikona has 20 MHz spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in Gujarat, UP (East), UP (West), Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh circles. Airtel plans to roll-out high speed 4G services on the newly acquired spectrum in the five circles immediately after the closure of the transaction.
The proposed sale of Reliance Infratel's towers to Canada-based Brookfield Group has been approved by the Competition Commission of India (CCI); this involves sale of the tower division of the Reliance Communications subsidiary, is to be carried out after its demerger with Towercom Infrastructure Private Limited (Towerco).
To enable its customers access a large selection of Hindi movies, Hollywood, regional cinema, US TV shows, kids programming and global Amazon originals, Vodafone has partnered with Amazon Prime Video India on March 19.
The Board of Idea Cellular has approved a merger with Vodafone India and its wholly owned subsidiary Vodafone India Mobile Services, this will create India's largest mobile phone company with about 400 million customers, 35% customer market share and 41% revenue market share.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) is working on a potential merger between lossmaking Indian state-owned operators BSNL and MTNL, and may put a merger proposal before cabinet by June. The department is working on a plan to integrate the two companies in phases. A proposal is expected to be ready by the end of June, according to India's previous telecommunications secretary, who was transferred to the commerce department last month.
Reliance Jio, which has already captured vast markets with its free 4G offers, is now partnering with the tech giant Google to launch affordable 4G VoLTE enabled smartphone in Indian markets. Reliance Jio is already dominating the Indian telecom market with Jio’s Lyf smartphones. And now with this new move, the brand is planning to capture remaining markets including rural and small markets for its data services and mobile business. Currently, Reliance Jio is working with the tech giant Google to launch this smartphone.
After a long consideration Bharti Airtel Ltd. is all set to acquire the assets of Telenor business in India spread in seven region of the Nation. Undoubtedly, Airtel the country’s biggest telecom operator seeks to preserve its position in a market where new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd’s aggressive pricing has spurred a wave of consolidation and merging news of Vodafone Group Plc.’s India in Idia Cellular Ltd. The Telenor transaction is expected to close in Apr 2017.
The government needs to incentivise further mobile handset manufacturing under the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST), according to a new study. The Broadband India Forum (BIF), in association with knowledge partner Ernst & Young said that it becomes important to grant incentives to domestic manufacturing in order to set off the “local disabilities” in manufacturing, including the booming mobile handset manufacturing. According to Partner EY Bipin Sapra, “Cellphone manufacturing industry has seen a tremendous growth in past few years driven by government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and policy changes such as duty reduction on domestically manufactured handsets.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority ofIndia (TRAI) had invited commentsjcounter comments of stakeholders on Consultation Paper "Spectrum, Roaming and QoS related requirements in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communications" dated 18th October, 2016. The last date for receiving written comments and counter-comments from the stakeholders were fixed as 15th November, 2016 and 29th November, 2016 respectively.
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