The mega launch of JioGigaFiber (FTTH) broadband on 15 August by Reliance Jio is progressing on a positive note in many cities, but the sources said that the company is facing stiff resistance from local cable operators (LCOs). Since the last mile connectivity is crucial for success, LCOs cooperation is vital for Jio.
The leading telecom operator Airtel has got a notice from the department of telecommunications (DoT) asking it to pay ₹ 1,626.89 crore to clear its merger with Bharti Digital Networks (formerly known as Tikona Digital Networks). Left with no choice, the telco has approached the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) seeking a stay on the DoT demand.
Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance& Corporate Affairs Piyush Goyal said on 28 August that around 6,000 railway stations will be WiFi-enabled in the next six-eight months. He was speaking at the 'Smart Railways Conclave' organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
As the broadband market is getting more competitive, Tata Sky, the leading DTH service provider,launched its broadband Internet service – Tata Sky Broadband on 19 August. Initially, the DTH operator is covering 12 cities - Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Mumbai, Thane, Delhi, Pune, Bhopal, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, and Mira Bhayandar.
The customers of the internet service provider ACT Fibernet can now pay their bills by using Amazon Pay. This will offer a seamless bill payment channel to them. ACT Fibernet is integrating Amazon Pay on its company website, portal, and app, offering users with an additional channel to make online payments.