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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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RCom to sell Direct-to-Home business to Veecon Media

By / November 7, 2017 / / 0 Comments

Reliance Communications has signed a binding MoU with Veecon Media and Television Ltd for the sale of its subsidiary Reliance BIG TV Ltd (RBTV), which offers Direct-to-Home (DTH) services across India. Reliance Communications did not disclose the value of the transaction. Pursuant to the transaction, the buyer will acquire the entire shareholding of RBTV with […]

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First Phase of BharatNet Project to Be Completed by December: Telecom Secretary

By / October 27, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The first phase of Indian government’s BharatNet project will be completed by December this year, having already covered 83,000 gram panchayats, Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, said on Thursday. BharatNet project, which aims to deploy high-speed optical fibre cables across rural areas of the country, would provide 100,000 gram panchayats with […]

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RCom pulls plug on 2G services; 1,500 jobs to go

By / October 26, 2017 / / 0 Comments

In a bid to stop losses, debt-laden Reliance Communications (RCom) is pulling the plug on its 2G services. The company will shut down all 2G mobile operations by November 30. This will lead to about 1,500 job losses, according to industry sources. Subscribers will be given the option to either shift to its 3G/4G network […]

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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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Reliance Jio to change approach from hunter to farmer by 2018: Fitch Ratings

By / October 24, 2017 / / 0 Comments

The new entrant in the telecom industry, Reliance Jio, is expected to shift its approach from a hunter to a farmer by 2018, said Nitin Soni, Director at Fitch Ratings. “Right now they are hunting for a larger subscriber base, they already have about 139 million subscribers, by 2018 we expect them to achieve about […]

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