The telecom operators have received a circular from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on 1 October where they were asked to submit plans by October 15 to close down their Aadhaar-based authentication systems in line with last week’s Supreme Court order, and added that any non-compliance of the ruling may lead to contempt of court proceedings.
On 26 September, the Telecom Commission got Cabinet’s nod. The National Digital Communications Policy 2018 aims to create four million jobs, draw $100 billion of investments into the telecom industry by 2022, and boost sectoral contribution to 8% of GDP from 6% in 2017, besides backing the principles of net neutrality.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently faced call drops while returning from airport to his residence & asked the telecom ministry to use technologies to end this issue which makes every user cry, the Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha blamed people who obstruct installation of mobile towers due to fear of ill-effect of radiation for call drops.
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.
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