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.
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.
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.
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.
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