The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has extended mandatory testing of mobile devices, telecom gear to April 2019. The government plans to increase the number of TEC-designated laboratories in the country fourfold to 100, from 25 at present, to facilitate implementation of essential testing norms.
According to the telecom minister Manoj Sinha, the FDI in telecom sector has reached $6.2 billion in 2017-18. He added that India needs massive investments in developing newer technologies which could be accessible and affordable to the people, and at the same time, create productive employment.
The telecom operators will be audited by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) from FY2012 onwards. This will be 'special audits' to check for under-reporting of revenue that might account for a sharp downturn in license fees and spectrum usage charges (SUC). Annual license fees and SUC paid to the government are calculated based on a telco’s revenue.
The state owned telecom operator BSNL has got a commendable position in the streaming giant Netflix’s monthly ISP Speed index data. Its average speed rose to 2 Mbps, up from 1.66 Mbps in July. The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of primetime Netflix performance on a particular ISP.
Since its inception in September 2016, the MukeshAmbani-owned telecom operator Reliance Jio has been a trendsetter and a major disruptor with latest technologies like VoLTE. Now to prove it further, the telco is connecting more than 400 LTE remote rural sites through a satellite backhaul-based network.
The fibre optic assets of the troubled Reliance Communications have been bought by Reliance Jiofor ₹3,000 crore. Anil Ambani-led RCom said in regulatory filing, “With the successful completion of the fibre monetisation transaction, 1,78,000kms fibre stand transferred to Reliance Jio.”
The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI), which represents many leading telcos, said that Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI's new norms on face recognition saying that some of the stipulated provisions impose additional cost and time burden on telecom firms and are against the tenets of ease of doing business.
To retain its post-paid users and win new ones, the leading telco Airtel has partnered with global OTT giant Netflix. This is in fact an expansion of their partnership in India through which subscribers of select Airtel Postpaid and V-Fiber Home Broadband plans will receive a three-month gift of a Netflix subscription.
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