According to the telecom regulator TRAI, Reliance Jio has again emerged as the fastest 4G services provider with an average download speed of over 18 megabit per second in June, while Bharti Airtel's average 4G download speed was lowest at 8.91 mbps.
All telecom operators have been asked by the telecom regulator TRAI to submit their tariff plans online from August 1, besides filing their hard copies, within seven days of announcement. The regulator wants more transparency in the industry.
The financially stressed telecom sector is expected to cross Rs 6.6 trillion revenue mark by 2020, said the Communications Minister Manoj Sinha.
As per media sources, Idea Cellular is planning to launch a new budget smartphone with an expected price of Rs 2500. RJio has started all this price war in the mobile phone industry with the launch of its smartphone priced Rs 1500.
BSNL, the State-run telco, is eyeing airwaves in 700 MHz band for offering 4G services, and 5G services in the future, according o chairman Anupam Shrivastava. It expects speedy approval of the same from the government.
An advisory was issued by the State-owned telecom operator BSNL on 28 July, asking its broadband subscribers to change the default system password after a section of its broadband system was hit by a malware attack few days back, which impacted nearly 2,000 broadband modems, where subscribers had not changed default password "admin".
Speaking at the CII event – FINTECH (28 July), the telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said that the government is planning to come with the draft of the new telecom policy by December. The telecom department is also setting up working groups to aid in the creation of the new policy as the government aims to get views of all stakeholders, including public in the contours of the new policy.
After Bharati Airtel, Idea Cellular too announced that it will launch its VoLTE services on its 4G LTE network by early 2018. Idea also added that the deployment of 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz spectrum band will further boost Idea’s 4G capacity in these key markets.
To remain in sync with time and to survive, Bharti Airtel will launch its VoLTE service across India by March next year.
OpenSignal has again ignited controversy announcing that Airtel’s 4G speed is the fastest. The report said: "Airtel's average peak speed test was 56.6 Mbps, which is 5 times faster than its average 4G download test of 11.5 Mbps."
The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG), appointed by the government to address the financial woes of the telecom sector, is considering giving telecom companies more time to pay for the spectrum they bought; the step will give relief to the sector reeling under massive debt.
While the telecom regulator TRAI is in the midst of discussion on the interconnect usage charge (IUC) for domestic calls, Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Group, has questioned the regulator, asking why it is not discussing the same on international calls.
The merger proposal submitted by Idea and Vodafone has got ‘Yes’ from the Competition Commission of India (CCI). Post merger, the deal will create the country's largest telecom operator.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) presented its latest report in Parliament on July 21. The report said that top six telcos including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have underreported their revenue by Rs 61,064.5 crore over five financial years, leading to the government losing out on Rs 12,229.24 crore as payment from spectrum charges and interest, which are computed by using revenue as the base.
Speaking at the 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM), Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said that Reliance Jio's 4G coverage will surpass the 2G coverage by all other telecom service providers in the country after 2 years.
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