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India may force handset makers to set up servers here to ensure data protection

By / August 18, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The government may go to the extent of asking foreign handset makers to set up servers in India as the next step in ensuring the protection of user data, following concerns about security breaches, especially as most Chinese smartphone vendors have servers in their home country. Officials in the electronics and IT ministry said while […]

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21 smartphone makers, a chunk of them Chinese, told to share security info or face action

By / August 17, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The ministry of electronics and IT has directed 21 smartphone makers, most of which are Chinese, to inform it about the procedures and processes they follow to ensure the security of mobile phones sold in India, following reports of data leakage and theft. The smartphone makers, which include global players such as Apple and Samsung, […]

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NCLT admits proposals for Aircel-RCom merger, Brookfield Tower sale

By / August 16, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Monday admitted proposals for the merger between Aircel and Reliance Communications’ wireless business, as well as the latter’s sale of its tower business to Canada’s Brookfield. The Anil Ambani-owned telco’s shares were up nearly 19% intraday, closing 16.1% higher on Monday at Rs 24 a piece on the […]

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IUC recommendations likely by month end, says telecom regulator RS Sharma

By / August 14, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Telecom regulator RS Sharma said recommendations on contentious interconnect usage charge should be finalised by August end, with sources stating the calculation of costs for arriving at the fee is still on. “We will bring out the findings by the month end,” Sharma said. The IUC, a charge paid by the operator of a network […]

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MyJio app crosses 100 million download mark

By / August 11, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Mobile application suite MyJio app, of Reliance Jio, has become the second most downloaded Indian application on the Android platform by registering over 100 million downloads, said a company official. “MyJio has crossed 100 million downloads on Google Play. It is the second Indian mobile application to cross 100 million download mark and first self-care […]

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Trai comes out with consultation paper on privacy and ownership of data

By / August 10, 2017 / / 0 Comments

As it looks to protect data rights of individuals, sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has come out with a consultation paper on privacy, security and ownership of data in the telecom sector. The paper by Trai comes in the backdrop of the regulator`s ongoing tussle with Apple regarding its Do-Not-Disturb (DND) app, […]

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Idea-Vodafone deal gets conditional nod from SEBI, bourses

By / August 8, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and exchanges have given a conditional go-ahead to the $23-billion merger deal between Idea Cellular and Vodafone India, which would be subject to the outcome of an ongoing probe by the regulator and approvals from public shareholders and the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The multi-layered deal […]

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Reliance Communications withdraws from AUSPI membership

By / August 4, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Telecom operator Reliance Communications has pulled out from membership of industry body AUSPI raising uncertainty over future of the association, according to industry sources. RCom sent its letter to the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) to withdraw from the membership of the body recently, sources said. The reason for the withdrawal […]

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Centre may consider quashing telecom circles

By / August 3, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The government may soon consider the telecom industry’s demand of doing away with telecom circles and will work towards the concept of one nation, one network and one licence. To communicate this, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan on Wednesday met telecom operators, infrastructure providers and handset makers here. Sources close to the development said Sundararajan has […]

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Telcos in India can shut services without surrendering license: Trai

By / August 1, 2017 / / 0 Comments

A carrier can shut its services without surrendering its license, but must immediately surrender non-auctioned spectrum and also inform customers 30 days in advance, the telecom regulator suggested as part of efforts to clear any confusion when a telco closes its operations. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Monday also recommended a 60-day notice […]

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