The Chairman of closed telecom operator Reliance Communications (RCom) Anil Ambani warns that the telecom sector is heading towards monopoly, which he calls the ‘creative destruction’ of the telecom industry.
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.
As per the data published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on MySpeed Portal, the new entrant Reliance Jiohas won the race in 4G download speed chart, while Idea tops the chart in upload speed in August 2018.
The Chinese firms Huawei & ZTE have been excluded by the Indian Government in its invitation to foreign firms for 5G trails. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released its list of companies asked to partner it for trials to develop 5G use cases for India.
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’splan that seeks airwaves in the 2100 Mhz band to launch fourth-generation (4G) services pan-India has got the green light from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on 11 September.
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.
Leading telecom operators have got notices of fine from the telecom regulator TRAI. The list includes Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular (now merged) for slipping on various service quality benchmarks for the March quarter.
On 30 August, the mega merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India was approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), thus paving the way for India’s biggest telecom group with the most subscribers and revenue share. Bharti Airtelhas been the biggest player since 2003.
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 Mukesh Ambani-owned telco Reliance Jio has overtaken Vodafone to become the second largest revenue earner in the country. It has increased its revenue market share to 22.4% at June end while Vodafone’s share dipped to 19.3%; Airtel is the leader with 31.7%.
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.
The Kerala flood has attracted humanity like nothing else. People from across the country have offered help in cash and kind for their fellow countrymen. Indian telecom service officers have also donated one-day salary to Prime Minister's relief fund.
Reliance Communications has announced that it will furnish bank guarantees worth Rs 774 crore and sell spectrum to Reliance JioInfocomm, which will meet all future liabilities associated with the airwaves.
The telecom operators are ready to deploy as many as 5 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots across the country if the government looks at financial incentives.
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