The two state owned telecom operators BSNL and MTNL may get relief as the government is proposing a Rs 74,000-crore bailout plan for them.
The Mukesh Ambani owned telecom major Reliance Jio is planning to raise USD500 million in fresh overseas borrowings to meet the needs of spectrum sales and optic-fibre expansion. Jio aims double optic-fibre expansion to back up its home broadband entry.
On 28 June, the telecom regulator TRAI rejected the proposition of the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) to reduce the Rs 3,050-crore penalty imposed against Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.
The US attacked Chinese company Huawei is seeking neutral actions from countries on 5G technologies offered b y it. In this respect, the tech major has requested the Govt of India to make an "informed and independent decision" on 5G and allow it to operate in the country.
On 17 June, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) has directed the telecom department to clear the air over participation of Chinese equipment vendor Huawei in 5G. It also asked for possible areas for cooperation with US and Japan in the latest mobile technology.
Establishments and homes that use illegal mobile signal boosters were raided in Delhi & NCR by the officials of Indian telecom operators and the telecom department.
To boost 4G coverage in Delhi NCR, the telecom major Bharti Airtel is now using LTE 900 technology on the 900 Mhz spectrum. The telco said it has further upgraded its mobile network to give better experience to users.
On 10 June, the sector regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) asked the Tata Group Company to return the unused balance of the carrier's customers and security deposit of the post paid subscribers by July 30.
This time the Union Budget 2019 missed the 5G spectrum auction's proceeds; it has not incorporated the expected proceeds from 5G telecom auction as revenue.
As per media sources citing an official of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government may auction 4G and 5G spectrum as early as September-October.
As Manoj Sinha lost general election this time, the Modi 2.0 has appointed Ravi Shankar Prasad as new Telecom Minister. He also retains his earlier held Ministries - IT and law.
The internet speed meter Ookla is planning to create a map to track worldwide progress of 5G. The interactive map will track 5G rollouts in cities across the globe. Ookla will update the map weekly as 5G deployments happen.
The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) on 11 May approached the Department of Telecom (DoT) requesting it to enforce a ban on the sale of mobile signal boosters and repeaters on certain e-commerce sites.
Setting an example in the country, the leading telecom operator Airtel is offering free Amazon Prime Video subscription to its prepaid customers.
The new entrant telecom operator Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has pushed back Bharti Airtel in terms of subscriber base to become the second-largest telecom company in the country after Vodafone-Idea.
To help women in event of distress or an emergency situation by sending an SOS alert, the leading telco Bharti Airtel has partnered with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) and jointly launched a safety app, My Circle.
On 2 March, 2019, the Mukesh Ambani owned telecom platform Reliance Jio crossed the 300 million customers mark. The feat was achieved in in two-and-a-half years of its operations. It telecast its television commercials during the ongoing IPL season.
The Department of Space (DoS) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) have refused to release 28 GHz band, the spectrum for 5G, the next-generation wireless technology. This may jeopardise government’s plans to use more spectrum to aid 5G rollout starting in 2020.
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