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Telecom sector needs to open doors for more disruptive innovation: DoT Secretary
Telecom sector needs to open doors for more disruptive innovation: DoT Secretary

As part of its key initiative on Consumer Broadband Labels that advocates for creating a standard information disclosure mechanism to empower consumer choice for broadband internet services, CUTS International organised a seminar titled ‘Empowering India Digitally – Enhancing Broadband Quality & Enabling Consumer Choice’. There is a significant need to improve Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) for broadband consumers

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Telecom NewsReduce the IUC: Use pure LRIC methods to calculate interconnection charges
B K Syngal, Former CMD, VSNL

The telecom regulatory authority of India or TRAI has started the exercise of reviewing interconnection usage charge (IUC). There is always a dispute between incumbent and new operators on interconnection charges. Incumbent operators want high IUC as they have been around for a longer time and, thus, have more number of subscribers, while new operators want low IUC........read more
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Telecom News Spotlight on EISML bankruptcy even as IFC and Axis bank seek independent investigation into its parent Educomp insolvency
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsWhen the Parliament passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), in May 2016, it was touted as the biggest reform by the Modi government. It was supposed to not only solve the problem of NPAs but also deter errant promoters from siphoning off bank loans. However, it seems that in some cases promoters may be using it to escape payment obligations....read more
Telecom News Trai recommends no auction for walky-talky service spectrum allocation
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsKeeping aside observation of the Supreme Court order in 2G spectrum case that spectrum should be allocated through auction, Trai has recommended allotment of radio waves without bidding route for PMRTS. "The authority recommends that taking into consideration factors viz PMRTS market conditions; low spectrum demand and high spectrum availability; the assignment of spectrum for PMRTS should be made administratively on the basis of demand," Trai said on late Friday evening....read more
Telecom News Govt in process to frame net neutrality rules, amend telecom licence: Manoj Sinha
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsGovernment is in the process of framing rules to implement net neutrality in the country, which bars service providers from discriminating against internet content and services by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access. "Government is in the process of establishing the regulatory framework for net neutrality which, inter alia, includes amendment in the terms of various licence agreements governing the provision of internet services in India...read more
Telecom News Asus announces 6GB RAM variant of ZenFone Max Pro (M1) at Rs 14,999
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsTaiwanese technology major ASUS on Friday announced that the 6GB RAM variant of ZenFone Max Pro (M1) will be available for Rs 14,999 from July 26. The new variant of the smartphone also comes with camera improvements, incorporating the 16MP+5MP dual rear camera setup along with a 16MP selfie camera. The dual-SIM phone comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display and 5000mAh battery....read more
Telecom News SC refuses plea by DOT to stay TDSAT order cancelling bank guarantees of ailing Aircel
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe Supreme Court on Friday refused a plea by the Department of Telecom (DOT) to stay a TDSAT order ordering the cancellation of bank guarantees worth Rs 450 cr against the company. The Department claims that the company owes over Rs 6500 crores to the government by way of dues whereas the government only has a part of it Rs 1300 cr odd covered by bank guarantees....read more
Telecom News Realme 1 sells over 4 lakh units within 40 days
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsRealme, the new e-commerce sub-brand of smartphone giant OPPO, has received an overwhelming response from customers since its launch in May 2018. The brand accomplished another successful feat by selling over 4 lakh Realme 1 units in just 40 days, with the 3+32GB variant being completely sold out. As the first product of this new brand, Realme 1 has consistently topped the Amazon Best seller rankings in the past 2 months and has also been featured as the highest rated phone with a 4.4 rating on Amazon India....read more
Telecom News ''BSNL making efforts to improve network performance and speed in Jammu and Kashmir''
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsState-owned BSNL said various measures have been taken to improve the network performance and speed to provide quality service to its customers in Jammu and Kashmir. Chief General Manager Telecom (Jammu circle) BSNL, H K Verma said replacement of new technology switch with next generation network class IMS system would facilitate customers with world class facilities such as prepaid calling, video calls, limited fixed mobile telephony and multi-media video calling....read more
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Telecom News BSNL aims to sell 10000 satellite phones by March 2019: Anupam Shrivastava
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsA year since the high-profile launch of its satellite phone services, BSNL has sold 4,000 handsets, majority to government agencies, and expects the number to reach 10,000 by March 2019 riding on fresh demand from corporates and states for the premium service, its Chairman Anupam Shrivastava said. "The satellite phone business is doing well, and we have sold 4,000...read more
Telecom News Reliance Jio''s Jagbir Singh & Airtel''s Shyam Mardikar quit
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsChief technology officers of telecom operators Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have resigned from their respective companies. Reliance Jio Group Chief Technology Officer Jagbir Singh had joined the company before the soft launch of 4G services. Prior to this assignment, Singh was working with Samsung, and had previously worked with Airtel for about a decade....read more
Telecom News LAVA launches LAVA Z61 with ‘Sharp Click’ technology
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsLAVA International Limited has announced the launch of LAVA Z61. Z61 carries forward the legacy of LAVA’s Z series smartphones with its stylish design and flagship camera features. The new Z61 offers ‘Sharp Click’ technology, allowing users to capture even the smallest details; providing unprecedented photography experience. Powered with 8MP autofocus rear camera, 5MP front camera...read more
Telecom News Gurugram to build broadband network as part of ‘smart city’ project
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsWork for laying an optical fibre network for broadband connectivity across Gurugram has been allotted to four companies, including Reliance Jio, as part of a ‘smart city’ project, which was launched by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday. The other three companies roped in by GMDA are Indus Towers Limited, Sterlite Convergence Limited and ATC Telecom & Infrastructure Private Limited....read more
Telecom News TRAI sticks to its stance on 15-day time-bound nod for demo licences; rejects DoT's views
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom regulator TRAI has stuck to its stance that short duration ''demonstration'' licences be granted within a maximum period of 15 days as part of ease of doing business in the sector, rejecting Telecom Department''s arguments that the recommended time period may not be sufficient. In its response to points raised by the Telecom Department on its earlier recommendations around ease of doing telecom business...read more
Telecom News Manipur government suspends mobile internet services for five days
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe Manipur government has suspended mobile internet services for 5 days to curb rumours-mongering through spread of hate videos and messages in the state. The step was taken to prevent spread of rumours "which might have serious repercussion for the law and order situation in the entire state of Manipur" an order issued yesterday by Special Secretary (Home) Kh Raghumani said....read more
Telecom News Honor announces to partner with Flipkart for exclusive sale of "Honor 9N" in India
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsOn Friday, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei''s sub-brand Honor announced to partner with Flipkart for the exclusive sale of "Honor 9N" that is set to be launched on July 24 in India. The upcoming smartphone will come with a Full-View Notch display and a 2.5D curved glass design with 12 layers of premium glass with nano coating....read more
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Mr. Ashwin Bhandari
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The Indian smartphone market is growing at a very fast pace. This is the best time to manufacture and design our devices locally and it will in fact, enable us to deliver products that are more suitable and satisfactory for the Indian market.......read more

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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsSC refuses plea by DOT to stay TDSAT order cancelling bank guarantees of ailing Aircel
The Supreme Court on Friday refused a plea by the Department of Telecom (DOT) to stay a TDSAT order ordering the cancellation of bank guarantees worth Rs 450 cr against the company. The Department claims that the company owes over Rs 6500 crores to the government by way of dues whereas the government only has a part of it Rs 1300 cr odd covered by bank guarantees....read more
Policy & Regulation
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTrai recommends no auction for walky-talky service spectrum allocation
Keeping aside observation of the Supreme Court order in 2G spectrum case that spectrum should be allocated through auction, Trai has recommended allotment of radio waves without bidding route for PMRTS. "The authority recommends that taking into consideration factors viz PMRTS market conditions; low spectrum demand and high spectrum availability; the assignment of spectrum for PMRTS should be made administratively on the basis of demand," Trai said on late Friday evening....read more
Technology
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsAeris & IIT BHU collaborate to launch ‘Internet of Things – Centre of Excellence’
Aeris, a technology leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) said it has collaborated with Malaviya Centre for Incubation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MCIIE) and Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi to establish a state-of-the-art ‘Internet of Things – Centre of Excellence’ (CoE) on the IIT BHU campus. All entities aim to jointly address the pressing need in India to develop workers’ skills, accelerate innovation and increase entrepreneurship in emerging technologies like IoT....read more

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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsBSNL aims to sell 10000 satellite phones by March 2019: Anupam Shrivastava
A year since the high-profile launch of its satellite phone services, BSNL has sold 4,000 handsets, majority to government agencies, and expects the number to reach 10,000 by March 2019 riding on fresh demand from corporates and states for the premium service, its Chairman Anupam Shrivastava said. "The satellite phone business is doing well, and we have sold 4,000...read more
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TCS to set up World’s largest Corporate Learning Center in Thiruvananthapuram
With a total capacity to train 15,000 professionals at one time and 50,000 professionals annually...read more