On 23 June, the Himachal Pradesh High Court issued notices to BSNL managing director in New Delhi, BSNL chief general manager in Shimla and BSNL Junior telecom officer in Kaza to file the a report on present status of connectivity.
As the Department of telecommunications (DoT) has come up with a fresh demand of Rs 4,700 crore, Idea-Vodafone merger may get delayed, as both operators may not meet the expected June 30 timeline.
The telecom regulator TRAI’s draft rules to curb pesky calls failed to woo the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI). The COAI has some major concerns, and it said that the norms do not effectively deal with pain-points faced by users.
According to analysts from IDC, covering entire India with the latest telecom technology VoLTE is a distant dream as there are many challenges, though as per a recent Ericsson report, India is expected to have 780 million voice over LTE (VoLTE) subscribers.
The memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with 3 UK institutions for early adoption of 5G were signed by India on 21 June. This agreement will facilitate meaningful exploration and early adoption of 5G technology.
On 20 June, the department of telecommunications (DoT) amended licence conditions, thus allowing telecom operators to allot a single mobile number for both cellular mobile service and internet telephony service.
While other telecom operators are not showing keen interest in getting ready for 5G rollout, the state owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is planning to keep pace with the rest of the world by launching ultra-high-speed fifth-generation or 5G services in sync with the world.
Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications (RCom) has surrendered about 70 units of non-auctioned spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The telco, which had closed its operation in December 2017, got no buyers of the spectrum, as the buyer would have needed to first pay the DoT the difference in the cost of the startup spectrum allocated to RCom about 20 years ago and the current market price, or about Rs.1,500 crore.
According to the newly formed mobile associationThe Mobile Association (TMA), 5Gwill change the entire device ecosystem. The new association represents Huawei, Lava, JioPhone, Foxconn, HTC, and Google, among others.
To boost rural connectivity, the leading telco Bharti Airtel has joined the bandwagon of India’s ambitious plan BharatNet. It has partnered with the Department of Telecom (DoT), and under the partnership, the telco has set up three Broadband Experience Centres in three villages in Ghazipur, Gorakhpur and Varanasi.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked all telecom operators to accept virtual ID of Aadhaar for issuing new connections from 1 July 2018.
According to Swedish gear maker Ericsson’s June 2018 Mobility report, India will have 780 million VoLTE subscriptions by 2023, and 4G will account for 78% of total subscriptions compared to the 20 percent LTE subscriptions in 2017.
To further expand its operations and network footprint across Tamil Nadu, Bharti Airtel has announced that it will rollout 12,000 mobile sites in the state by 2018-19, which means 32 new Airtel mobile sites going live every day across the state.
Reliance Jio’s customers have been witnessing a drop in download speeds, as per the latest report from OpenSignal on overall mobile data download speeds in India, from May 2017 to February 2018.
The merged telecom entity now called as Vodafone-Idea has appointed circle heads for overseeing the operations in the country. It has announced the appointment of nine executives each from their teams as circle heads.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the parent firm of telecom operator RJio, said in its annual report on 8 June that it aims to cover 99% population by end of FY18. The report added that as of March-end, Jio reportedly added some 83 million subscribers on a year-on-year basis.
The leading telecom operator Vodafone got a setback, as the Madras High Court has rejected its plea challenging the telecom regulator's mandatory listing of tariffs on its website, including segmented offers.
To tap the massive opportunities in the artificial intelligence (AI) segment, the leading telco Reliance Jio has a separate department headed by Akash Ambani. The department has started recruiting team for its ambitious program.
Threatening that towers which are not regularised within the next two months will be sealed by the corporation, the Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG) has sent notices to operators against 5000 illegal towers.
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