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.
Riding on the strong user additions and increased data usage, Reliance Jioposted a net profit of Rs 681 crore for the fiscal second quarter, compared with Rs 612 crore crore in the April-June period. Its subscriber base reached 252.3 million as of September 30, 2018. It claimed to have the lowest churn in the industry at 0.66% per month. However, its ARPU declined to Rs 131.7 per subscriber per month.
The telecom regulator TRAI’s DND app will now be available on Apple phones. Apple said that it is mindful of the concerns of the regulator in blocking spam, and the latest operating system provides ways to report them.Apple’s new operating system iOS12 offers enabling provisions that allow third-party do-not-disturb (DND) apps to work on its handsets.
The low frequency range like bluetooth, wireless chargers, internet-of-things products, medical devices etc have been kept out of licensing requirement, as the government wants to promote ease of doing business for adoption of new technologies like internet of things, machine-to-machine communications.
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