After Airtel and Ericsson deal for 5G, now Vodafone India too is working to be 5G and IoT ready to tap the vast markets in near future.
Bharti Airtel has bought Tata Teleservices and according to experts this deal is a win-win for both companies, which would form a formidable competitor to Idea-Vodafone combine.
After lowering the Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC), the telecom regulator TRAI will meet major telcos to review international termination charge. The meeting with international long distance operators and the access providers is likely on October 16. Telcos will give a presentation on the global practices, factors affecting such rates and suggest suitable methods for deriving the international termination charges.
For September, Idea Cellular has achieved top spot in terms of 4G speed on TRAI's MySpeed app. The average upload speed of Idea Cellular was 6.307 mbps.
While accepting that the telecom sector is hugely stressed and there are issues, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said that no significant job losses will happen in sector, and she also hoped for strong prospects in medium and long term:
The debt ridden Reliance Communication is facing a grim situation as tower operatorsare switching off services to the telco and some are also taking legal recourse to recover their unpaid billed amounts.
To bring all players on the same page and avoid conflict, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will hold a meeting with leading telcos and Ookla and Open Signal to create a new methodology to calculate mobile data speed.
According to media sources, the proposed merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular will be completed by March next year, as all regulatory approvals are likely to be obtained by that time.
The stress of telecom sector is weighing heavily even on the government. Now the government is considering revising merger and acquisition rules for the telecom sector which will include steps to allow a smoother exit for weaker telcos.
The telcos which have filed the case against TRAI’s decision to lower the IUC charges from 14 paise to 6 paise, have got nothing from the Bombay High Court as it refused to grant a stay and set November 15 as the start of final hearing. Reliance Jio has now a reason to celebrate.
On 29 September, in an attempt to give some relief to the debt ridden telecom sector, the Telecom Commission has increased the tenure of installments to be paid for spectrum bought in auctions to 16 years from 10 years. It also lowered the rate of interest charged on penalties on delayed payment.
On 30 September, the telecom regulator TRAI has issued a consultation process on framing guidelines for full- fledged in-flight mobile services. Talking about its consultation paper on In-Flight Connectivity (IFC), the regulator said, "Given the rapidly expanding demand for 'In- Flight Communication', there is a proposal to introduce In- Flight Connectivity for voice, data and video services over Indian airspace for domestic, international and over-flying flight in Indian airspace."
Videocon Group is a global business conglomerate with a strong presence in Household Consumer Goods, Mobile Handsets, DTH, Retail, Oil & Gas, and the Power sector. Ringing in the start of the festive season, Videocon, the leading indigenous player in the consumer durables segment, is all set to launch a slew of technology driven products across its diverse product portfolio. The company will be rolling out 21 advanced models in its LED, washing machine and refrigerator categories. Among some of the high-end products will be Videocon 4K-HDR (Borderless) TV and the new range of LED TVs with the Eyeconiq Engine Technology. Videocon’s Eyeconiq Engine is capable of reproducing upto 100%* colors that a human eye can see. Videocon will also be introducing energy efficient Refrigerators with Inverter Compressor in the frost-free segment. With this lineup, Videocon aims at redefining product experience for its patrons this festive season.
Speaking during the recently held India Mobile Congress, TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said that mobile call connection rates haveno linkage with financial stress in the telecom sector. He also added that IUC charges are not meant for making profits.
Mobile phones are crucial to handle emergencies like cyclones and earthquakes. Now the state-owned BSNL and telecom gearmaker Vihaan Networks (VNL) have partnered for agood cause. They will deploy emergency mobile network in the event of a natural disaster that will help track those trapped and even identify them with their names.
Apple, the world’ most popular smartphone manufacture, has appealed to the telecom regulator TRAI to have more consultation on inclusion of its Do Not Disturb (DND) application in Apple App Store. The phone manufacturer wants a dialogue with the TRAI chief on this matter.
According the latest Performance Report released by the regulator TRAI on 28 September, the total revenue of telecom operators from services declined by 25.49 per cent (Y-o-Y) to Rs 39,777.55 crore in the quarter ended June 2017.
The request by telcos for an additional six months to implement a new penalty regime for call drops has been rejected by the telecom regulator TRAI.
The country’s major telco Vodafone India has launched a special kit for startups, Ready Start-up Kit. The new solution will give complete visibility, manageability, and control over various business assets to entrepreneurs.
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