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COAI to reiterate its request to defer new call drop norms implementation

By / September 26, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Industry body COAI will reiterate its request to Trai to extend the implementation of revised call drop norms by six months as telecom operators need time to make changes and in case the sectoral regulator goes ahead with October 1 deadline, the industry should not be penalized for a couple of quarters. COAI Director General […]

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Trai cuts IUC to 6 paise per minute from October 1

By / September 20, 2017 / / 0 Comments

In a fresh blow to incumbent mobile operators, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has cut the interconnect usage charges (IUC, also known as terminating charges) by 57 per cent to 6 paise per minute effective October 1, from 14 paise currently. In two years, the charges would come […]

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With Tez, Google joins post-note ban mobile payments race

By / September 19, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Internet search giant Google on Monday launched its Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based digital payment service by the name ‘Tez’. With this move, Google has become the latest international company to enter the fast-growing digital payments industry in India. Taking Google’s commitment to the Indian market to the next level, the app is powered by UPI, […]

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Licence fee, spectrum payments: telecom panel against changing interest calculation

By / September 15, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Telecom Commission is learnt to have conveyed to the Department of Telecom (DoT) its reservations on replacing prime lending rate (PLR) with marginal cost of fund-based lending rate (MCLR) for calculating the interest paid by operators on delayed payment of licence fee and spectrum usage charge (SUC). The government’s top decision-making body for the […]

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Cabinet nod for separation of BSNL’s tower business

By / September 13, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved hiving off the mobile tower assets of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) into a separate company, fully owned by BSNL. It has authorised BSNL to monetise its telecom tower infrastructure with the formation of a separate subsidiary, said an official release. BSNL owns 66,000 of the 4.42 lakh towers in […]

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IUC row: Airtel slams Jio for alleging incumbents made gains of Rs 1 lakh crore

By / September 7, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Bharti Airtel has accused Reliance Jio Infocomm of misleading the regulator through its claims that India’s top three telcos had benefited by almost 1lakh crore in the last five years due to the interconnect usage charge (IUC) not being lowered. In a letter to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the country’s top telco alleged […]

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One year on, RJio upbeat about digital services, robust data demand

By / September 5, 2017 / / 0 Comments

When Mukesh Ambani launched Reliance Jio’s telecom services exactly a year ago, he had spelt out two clear targets for the company — to make data services affordable to the masses and to disrupt the sector in a way that democratises the internet. A year later, RJio has done all this and more. “Users on […]

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Government panel dashes telecoms sector`s hopes of easing spectrum cap rules

By / September 1, 2017 / / 0 Comments

India`s telecom operators may be disappointed with the refusal to ease spectrum cap rules by a government panel, which believes extending the fee-payment tenure for auctioned airwaves and lowering interest rates payable on dues will be enough to help restore the heavily indebted industry`s financial health. In a report finalised after three months of discussions […]

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TRAI floats auction plan for nine bands, seeks stakeholders’ views

By / August 29, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) consultation paper on the next round of spectrum auctions has raised questions on the timing of the sale, given the fact that the industry is going through consolidation and also owes about Rs. 4.60 lakh crore to various financial institutions. In the consultation paper released on Monday seeking […]

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Consensus on increasing deferred payments schedule, lowering interest rates: Telecom panel

By / August 23, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The inter-ministerial group looking into the financial woes of the telecom sector has agreed to increase the period of deferred payments for spectrum bought in auctions, and lowering of interest rate payable on the installments. “There`s consensus on all the issues, decisions have been taken?, the panel will attempt to complete its report by ?(August) […]

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