Anil Ambani owned Reliance Communications (RCom), on 10 Dec, filed a contempt of court petition in the Supreme Court against the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The issue is about not clearing RCom’s spectrum sale to his brother Mukesh Amabani’s Reliance JioInfocomm (Jio) within the stipulated period.
Chinese tech major Huawei and ZTE have won over Nokia in becoming the 4G partners of Vodafone Idea. The Chinese network vendors offered more attractive prices and flexibility in payment terms over unlike Ericsson and Nokia, which had quoted higher rates and sought payments at the point of deployment itself.
After winning a large-scale consumer base in India in the last two years, Reliance Industries (RIL) has now established a company in Estonia called ‘Jio Estonia OÜ’. But unlike Jio, the Estonian based new company will look into software development and provide consultancy for existing and future technology initiatives pursued by the group and its subsidiaries.
Indian Railways, the biggest employer in the country, has been using Bharti Airtel Ltd. for over six years as its telecom provider for 1.95 lakh mobile phone connections used by its employees in closed user group across the country for which the railways paid around Rs 100 crore bill a year.
On 19 Nov, the telecom Industry body COAI advocated a "level playing field" between telecom operators and competing over-the-top (OTT) players and said the regulator TRAI had raised "appropriate" issues in the latest discussion paper exploring regulatory framework for such service providers.
The telecom regulator TRAI has notified the panel to certify the billing and metering systems deployed by telecom operators with quality of service rules. The regulator has set a November 22 deadline for telecom companies to engage any one of the 12 empanelled auditors for certifying their metering and billing systems during FY19.
To follow the Supreme Court order and DoT’s direction, the telecom operator Bharti Airtel on 5 Nov. started rolling out an 'alternate digital KYC process' for new connections. The process has begun with select circles including Delhi, UP (East) and UP (West) and will be extended to other locations shortly.
As e-KYC process using Aadhaar is simple and easy and takes no time, telecom operators are requesting the government to explore legal ways to bring back Aadhaar based customer verification, by either approaching the Supreme Court for allowing voluntary use of Aadhaar, or bringing some legislation towards this.
On 22 October, the government has set free a set of spectrum in the 5 Ghz band from licensing for providing Wifi and partially 5G services by telecom companies. Now no permits would be required for the spectrum in the range of 5150-5250 megahertz band, 5250-5350 Mhz and 5725-5875 Mhz, according to an official notification.
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