As the formal launch of digital wallet by Whatsapp can be done anytime in India, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)has written to National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) seeking further details about the digital payment service being tested by Whatsapp.
To give the transparent status of network coverage of all carriers to the consumers, the telecom regulator TRAI launched a web portal on 31 May. It will enable users to make more informed decisions while selecting their service provider. It is a beta version and done on a pilot basis with data from carriers in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh.
Claiming to have deployed world’s largest 200G long-haul network in India, the major telecom operator Vodafone has installed more than 43000 kms of 200G long-haul network in 75 days.
To giveits landline customers a smartphone-like experience in Rajasthan, the state-owned BSNL is upgrading its telephone exchanges which will enable customers to enjoy SMS, chatting and video calls on their landline phones.
Baba Ramdev'sPatanjalihas now entered the telecom sector after collaborating with the BSNL. While launching Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards, Baba Ramdev said: "There are five lakh counters of BSNL and from there people can soon get Patanjali swadeshi-samradhi card."
While the architecture for offering in-flight connectivity (IFC) services would be a business decision between Indian telcos and international telecom carriers with the latter acting as "intermediaries" between the aircraft company and a local telco, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will not regulate the tariff while flying in Indian airspace.
According to Counterpoint Research report, Reliance JioPhone is the best-selling feature phone model in the world with 15% share in the first quarter of 2018. HMD Global (Nokia) was the second largest vendor with 14% share, followed by iTel (13%), Samsung (6%) and Tecno (6%).
Major telecom operators including Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio are thinking about the deployment of blockchain technology-based platforms to multiply their revenue streams and lower operational costs amid pressure on revenue and margins.
The controversial Apple watch eSIM is gaining momentum as the Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked Airtel to reply its questions by May 24. The complaint was filed by Reliance Jio alleging that Airtel flouted norms on activation of eSIM in Apple Watch 3.
To survive in the highly stressed and competitive telecom sector, the state owned telecom operator MTNL is set to invest Rs 190 crore to upgrade its services. The government will also help the telco by allocating it 4G spectrum, according to the telecom minister Manoj Sinha.
The mobile phone operators’ body, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has filed a petition in the apex court on May 15 regarding the RBI’s diktat to ban cryptocurrency. The finance ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs had constituted an interdisciplinary committee last year to examine virtual currencies.
To further offer the latest in technology and cash in on its 186 million subscribers and another 150 million smartphone users, Reliance Jio Infocomm has come up with the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) based brand engagement platform, Jio Interact.
As under the 2022 Secure India goals, the government wants to establish a comprehensive data protection regime for digital communications that safeguards the privacy, autonomy and choice of individuals and facilitates India’s effective participation in the global digital economy, the telecom department on 1 May launched the broad contours of the new Telecom Policy (TP).
According to COAI’s report released on 2 May, Airtel maintains its number one position while having 29.37% market share (304.9 million) out of total 1.035 billion figures in India till March 2018. It has added 8.4 million new subscribers during March.
The government may soon offer the state-run telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) 5 Mhz slot in the 2100 Mhz band for launching 4G services. With this, BSNL may compete well with the leading telcos like Jio and Airtel.
While Vodafone is aggressively launching its VoLTE services in many parts of the country, Idea Cellular will also start its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in a phased manner for its customers, starting from May this year.
While leading telecom operator Airtel registered a big loss in Q4, the new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm reported a net profit of Rs 510 crore, which is Rs. 6 crore up from the third Q. Its Operating revenue was Rs. 7128 crore.
There is big opportunity before all job seekers, and especially those who were rendered jobless after the closure of Reliance Communications and Aircel. Reliance Jio, the new entrant in telecom sector, is going to hire 80,000 new staff this FY. It has partnered with 6,000 colleges, including technical institutions, across the country to carry out campus recruitment.
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