According to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), poor spectrum management by the telecom ministry has cost Rs 560 crore loss to the exchequer. It included an allocation to a telecom operator in 2015 on first-cum-first-service basis in contravention of the recommendations of a committee, even as 101 applications for microwave spectrum lay pending with the government.
To cash in on the opportunity of mega gathering at the ongoing Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj (Allahabad), the RJio has introduced a new service for visitors which include end-to-end information services about the event, real-time travel information, emergency helplines, and area routes, amongst others.
In order to keep its subscribers engaged and add new ones, the leading telecom operator Vodafone Idea has partnered with Bangla entertainment content provider hoichoi. The offer is available for both Vodafone and Idea customers; they will be able to enjoy the content on Vodafone Play and Idea Movies and TV app respectively.
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.
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