The government, on 14 Dec, notified in-flight and maritime mobile phone services rules. "These rules may be called the Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules, 2018. They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette," the notification dated December 14 said.
On 13 Dec, the telecom tribunal (TDSAT) trashed the telecom regulator TRAI’s order that had changed the definition of significant market power (SMP) to identify predatory pricing. The new order has offered huge relief to India’s incumbent carriers who had said the new rules only benefitted RJio.
Following the steps taken by Airtel, Reliance Jio too hashived off its tower and fibre assets into two separate units. As reported recently, Vodafone Idea too charted out its plans to demerge its fibre infrastructure business by transferring such assets to a wholly-owned unit, Vodafone Towers Ltd (VTL).
MukeshAmbani’sReliance Jiohas become a member of the global organization O-RAN’s alliance board. The other two new joiners are TIM and Verizon.O-RAN Alliance is a world-wide, carrier-led effort to drive new levels of openness in the radio access network of next generation wireless systems.
Anil Ambani owned Reliance Communications (RCom), on 10 Dec, filed a contempt of court petition in the Supreme Court against the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The issue is about not clearing RCom’s spectrum sale to his brother Mukesh Amabani’s Reliance JioInfocomm (Jio) within the stipulated period.
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.
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.
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