Airtel& Vodafone, which together own India’s largest telecom tower company Indus Towers, are planning to have a JV to jointly own their fibre networks, which could be monetised to raise funds to drive growth as it seeks to regain revenue leadership by Marchend.
After much bickering and wait, finally the iPhone maker Apple has included telecom regulator TRAI’s Do not Disturb (DND) app on its app store. The deadline was January 2019; post this, the TRAI might have derecognised devices that bar installation of the DND app.
The Anil Ambani owned Reliance Communications (RCom) gets some relief as Supreme Court on 29 Nov allowed it to go ahead with its spectrum trading deal with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio). This is a big relief to Anil Ambani who must clear a debt of Rs 46,000 crore.
As per the reports received by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the mobile subscriber base has reached to 116.92 crore in September from 116.69 crore.
Chinese tech major Huawei and ZTE have won over Nokia in becoming the 4G partners of Vodafone Idea. The Chinese network vendors offered more attractive prices and flexibility in payment terms over unlike Ericsson and Nokia, which had quoted higher rates and sought payments at the point of deployment itself.
After winning a large-scale consumer base in India in the last two years, Reliance Industries (RIL) has now established a company in Estonia called ‘Jio Estonia OÜ’. But unlike Jio, the Estonian based new company will look into software development and provide consultancy for existing and future technology initiatives pursued by the group and its subsidiaries.
Indian Railways, the biggest employer in the country, has been using Bharti Airtel Ltd. for over six years as its telecom provider for 1.95 lakh mobile phone connections used by its employees in closed user group across the country for which the railways paid around Rs 100 crore bill a year.
On 19 Nov, the telecom Industry body COAI advocated a "level playing field" between telecom operators and competing over-the-top (OTT) players and said the regulator TRAI had raised "appropriate" issues in the latest discussion paper exploring regulatory framework for such service providers.
According to the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the telecom sector has added 65,000 mobile towers in the past two years. Still, there is a desperate need of 100,000 more towers to address the issue of call drops.
The telecom regulator TRAI has notified the panel to certify the billing and metering systems deployed by telecom operators with quality of service rules. The regulator has set a November 22 deadline for telecom companies to engage any one of the 12 empanelled auditors for certifying their metering and billing systems during FY19.
To follow the Supreme Court order and DoT’s direction, the telecom operator Bharti Airtel on 5 Nov. started rolling out an 'alternate digital KYC process' for new connections. The process has begun with select circles including Delhi, UP (East) and UP (West) and will be extended to other locations shortly.
The leading internet service provider (ISP) Netplus Broadband has launched its smart telephony service in Punjab and Haryana. As per company, the service works over a broadband network and will offer unlimited local & STD calling.
While the leading telecom operators have expressed that Aadhaar based e-KYC is easy for subscribers as well as operators, the telecom department is not amused and has barred them from Aadhaar-based digital authentication in line with a Supreme Court order.
Visitors at India Mobile Congress (25 Oct-27 Oct) will get a glimpse of 5G services as Reliance Jio will offer a live demo of 5G services. The telco has partnered with three global companies for the demo.
As e-KYC process using Aadhaar is simple and easy and takes no time, telecom operators are requesting the government to explore legal ways to bring back Aadhaar based customer verification, by either approaching the Supreme Court for allowing voluntary use of Aadhaar, or bringing some legislation towards this.
On 22 October, the government has set free a set of spectrum in the 5 Ghz band from licensing for providing Wifi and partially 5G services by telecom companies. Now no permits would be required for the spectrum in the range of 5150-5250 megahertz band, 5250-5350 Mhz and 5725-5875 Mhz, according to an official notification.
The news in media that 50 crore mobile connections will be discontinued is in fact a rumour. The government on 18 October rubbished the claims.
Riding on the strong user additions and increased data usage, Reliance Jioposted a net profit of Rs 681 crore for the fiscal second quarter, compared with Rs 612 crore crore in the April-June period. Its subscriber base reached 252.3 million as of September 30, 2018. It claimed to have the lowest churn in the industry at 0.66% per month. However, its ARPU declined to Rs 131.7 per subscriber per month.
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