On 3 August, Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani met the telecom minister Manoj Sinha and telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan to update the government on the plans of the conglomerate's telecom venture and discuss various global developments in the sector, especially around 5G.
To boost LWE project, the State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has urged the telecom department (DoT) to clear dues of Rs 250 crore. The fund will help repay vendors deploying telecom network infrastructure in areas prone to left-wing extremism (LWE).
While Bharati Airtel posted heavy losses in June quarter, the new entrant telco Reliance Jio’s net profit is up 19.2%, though its ARPU has declined.
On 26 July, the Government approved the merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular.The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had given an initial clearance to the merger on July 9 with conditions that the merged entity will have to abide by the decisions of the telecom tribunal and other courts. These would stay even after the final clearance.
The state owned telecom operator BSNL launched its internet telephony service 'Wings' on 11 July, and by 23 July, the telco has received over 4,000 bookings for the new offering that will allow users to dial any phone number in India through a mobile app.
Unlike cellular services, PMRTS are operated for two-way communication within small distance of around 30 kilometer-range by police, security agencies, construction companies etc.
Current scientific evidence do not support any "harmful effect" on the human body by electromagnetic field radiation of cell phone or its towers, said a Department of Telecommunications (DoT) official on Saturday.
As per latest report by TRAI, Reliance Jio has emerged as top player with an average peak download speed of 22.3 mbps on its network while Idea Cellular registered highest upload speed in May.
As per the latest report by the UK's OpenSignal, India’s 4G download speeds are slower than that of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Myanmar. The report adds that buffering still bothers Indian users. The average 4G LTE data speed in India has remained static for more than a year , at about 6.1Mbps, which is almost a third of the global average of about 17 Mbps, making it among the slowest countries on this metric.
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has asked the Telecom Department (DoT) to use the 'Interpol list' to battle child porn instead of flagging operational issues in implementing a directive that mandates use of an IWF list for blocking these sites.
According to a study conducted by OpenSignal, smartphone subscribers of Reliance Jio spent the least amount of time connected to Wi-Fi networks because of the wide availability of its 4G services. Subscribers of other leading telcos like Vodafone, Idea and Airtel spent more time on WiFi because they lacked coverage.
On 11 July, the Telecom Commission cleared the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018. The policy aims to create four million new jobs, getting investments of more than $100 billion into India by 2022, improving ease of doing business and using new-age technologies for large scale connectivity.
The leading telco Bharti Airtel plans to raise about $1 billion or nearly Rs 6,900 crore through overseas loans to refinance its debt to free up cash for capex investments needed to expand its 4G network.
The Idea-Vodafone merger deal has received a conditional nod from the department of telecommunications (DoT). The department has sought over Rs 7,200 crore from both companies on account of one-time spectrum charges and spectrum liberalisation fees.
Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has been directed by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to submit the details of the sale of its consumer mobile business to Bharti Airtel.
Leading telecom operators would have to pay fines for not meeting various quality norms as laid down by the telecom regulator TRAI. RJioneeds to pay Rs 31 lakhon account of TRAI defined service quality parameters including Point of Interconnect congestion, accessibility of call centres and customer care, and also those pertaining to termination or closure of service complied to/within the stipulated seven days.
Radisys, that provides open telecom solutions to service providers worldwide, will soon fall in the kitty of Reliance Jio, as the Mukesh Ambani owned telecom operator has agreed to buy it at US$1.72 per share in cash.
The massive success of the cheapest smart feature phone JioPhone in India has also resulted in the success of its main OS provider, KaiOS. The OS provider has now received USD 22 million funding from tech giant Google.
The telecom regulator TRAI has rejected the Department of Telecommunications (DoT)’s contention or issuing of 'No Objection Certificates' that allows firms to engage in sale or rent of international SIM Cards and global calling cards.
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