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Let telcos undergoing debt restructuring surrender spectrum: IBA to DoT

By / December 7, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) has asked the government to allow telecom companies undergoing debt restructuring in schemes drawn up by the Reserve Bank of India to surrender liberalised spectrum. Any excess upfront payment associated with such spectrum should be refunded, it has argued. In a letter dated November 29 to Aruna Sundararajan, secretary, department […]

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Net neutrality in India: Big setback for telcos, no decision taken on WhatsApp, Viber, other OTT players

By / November 29, 2017 / / 0 Comments

After having stopped differential data pricing last year in February, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday came out with a comprehensive set of recommendations on net neutrality which disallows any discriminatory practices on the net like throttling, choking or accelerating of select websites by telecom operators or internet service providers. While Trai […]

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TRAI recommends raising spectrum holding cap to 35%

By / November 22, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Tuesday finalised its response to the report on ‘Issues Relating to Spectrum Cap’, increasing it to 35 per cent from the current limit of 25 per cent. In its recommendations to the Department of Telecommunications, the telecom regulator also said the current intra-band cap should be removed. […]

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Vodafone Revenue At Rs 19,000 Cr, Down By 16%; Blames GST, New And Old Telcos

By / November 15, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Vodafone India, the Indian arm of Vodafone Plc today announced its financial results for the first half period of fiscal 2018 and posted revenues of Rs 19,002 crore, a drop of 15.8% over the same period a year ago. The company has attributed this decline to multiple factors that included a new operator – Reliance […]

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Bharat Net to connect 2.5 lakh panchayats, all set to add Rs 4.5 lakh cr to GDP

By / November 13, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The government’s ambitious project to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with high-speed broadband Bharat Net, upon completion, could add Rs 4.5 lakh crore or roughly 3.3% to India’s GDP, and trigger a “massive services revolution” in the rural areas, according to telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan. The project involves bringing 100 million Indians in rural areas […]

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TRAI suggests norms for app-based calls

By / October 25, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Tuesday proposed that internet telephony calls originating from international out roamers should be routed through the gateway of licensed International Long Distance Operators (ILDOs). It said international termination charges should be paid to the terminating access service provider. The recommendations are meant for service providers holding valid telecom […]

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Airtel plans to phase out 3G in two years, offer VoLTE nationwide

By / October 18, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Bharti Airtel Ltd plans to phase out its 3G service in two years and upgrade all subscribers using the service to faster 4G networks in a move that will help India’s largest telecom operator save on costs and improve user experience. The company plans to migrate all its 3G users across the country to 4G […]

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Bharti Airtel gets Tata Teleservices for free in surprise move; deal dubbed win-win for all

By / October 13, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, and the loss-making, struggling Tata Teleservices (TTSL, which includes Tata Teleservices Maharashtra) said on Thursday that they have entered into an agreement by which the consumer mobile business of the latter will be merged into that of the former. The move at one stroke gives Bharti a huge […]

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Tata Teleservices Reportedly Shutting Down Operations in India Very Soon

By / October 10, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Earlier this month, it was rumoured that Tata Teleservices is asking its users to migrate from its network as it’s considering shutting down operations in the country. And now, it is reported that Tata Group has informed the government about its shut down of the wireless business. The first news was reported by Business Standard, quoting […]

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Jobs on the line at RCom, Aircel, Tata Tele

By / October 4, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Thousands of jobs are at stake in the telecom sector as three loss-making operators — Reliance Communications, Aircel and Tata Teleservices — face an uncertain future. Together, the three operators employ about 15,000 people. While RCom and Aircel have called off their plans to merge their wireless businesses, Tata Teleservices is winding down some of […]

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