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TRAI plans consumer outreach program on new broadcasting framework
TRAI plans consumer outreach program on new broadcasting framework

Telecom regulator TRAI is planning a consumer outreach programme, starting this month, to create user awareness on the nuances of its new tariff order and framework for broadcasting sector, a senior official said. TRAI''s move comes just days after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea challenging the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India''s (TRAI''s) March, 2017 regulations and tariff order relating to fixation of charges for free and pay channels. "For consumers, we will have an outreach programme on the new broadcasting framework.

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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 Telecom department may seek legal opinion if flat spectrum usage charge possible
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe telecom department is likely to write to the law ministry, asking whether it could go for a flat rate for annual spectrum usage charge (SUC), a move which could further divide older operators Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel on one side and latest entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm on the other. Under the current regime, the charge varies depending on the time an operator bought the spectrum and a senior department of telecom official said this could give rise to arbitrage....read more
Telecom News Sterlite enters into telecom access solutions, teams up with Jio for last mile fibre connectivity
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsHomegrown fibre manufacturer Sterlite Tech, a Vedanta Resources company has entered into telecom network market to provide integrated services to telcos, and is currently doing a Proof of Concept (PoC) for its newly-unveiled fibre to the last mile solution with Reliance Jio. “We are looking beyond fibre. We now design end-to-end network solutions for fibre-to-the-home, fibre-to-the-enterprise, and fibre-to-the-small cells,”...read more
Telecom News NFAP’s spectrum identification will be beneficial for telecom industry: COAI
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP)’s spectrum identification will be beneficial to the delivery of ‘mobile broadband for all’, the telecom industry body COAI said on Monday. The plan which lists the use of all spectrum bands in the country by various users and services is expected to provide a necessary roadmap for the evolution of the Indian digital communications industry....read more
Telecom News Use of 2G technology in Assam, Arunachal: SC asks BSNL to file reply
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe Supreme Court Friday directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to file within two weeks its response on a plea seeking to quash an agreement for use of "outdated" 2G technology in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam. The plea has sought the quashing of the agreement signed between the Department of Telecom (DoT) and state-owned BSNL on January 16 this year mandating the use of an outdated 2G technology, which was being purchased at a huge cost of Rs 2,258 crore...read more
Telecom News Flagship 5G smartphones to be available in India by late 2019 or early 2020
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsPremium smartphones capable of delivering 5G speeds will be available in India by late 2019 or early 2020, in line with global availability, making their way faster to the country than any previous generation. Industry officials and analysts say 5G smartphones for segments lower down the price chain should be available by later 2020, even as telecom gear vendors and operators prepare themselves for field trials starting January next year....read more
Telecom News Apple''s India profit zooms 140% to Rs 896 cr in FY18
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsTech giant Apple''s India unit registered 140 per cent jump in its net profit at Rs 896.3 crore for the fiscal ended March 2018, as per regulatory documents filed by the company. The iPhone maker, which competes with the likes of OnePlus and Samsung in the premium smartphone category in India, had registered net profit of Rs 373.3 crore in 2016-17, the documents filed with the Corporate Affairs Ministry showed....read more
Telecom News OnePlus 6T comes to India starting at Rs 37,999
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsPremium smartphone maker OnePlus Tuesday launched its latest device - OnePlus 6T - priced Rs 37,999 onwards. Three variants of the device -- 6GB RAM/128 GB memory, 8 GB RAM/128 GB memory and 8 GB RAM/256 memory -- will be available from November 2 through online and offline channels. The device includes features like in-display fingerprint technology, 6.41-inch display and 3,700 mAh battery....read more
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Telecom News Tech Mahindra looks at global 5G rollouts as huge opportunity
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsFifth biggest domestic tech company Tech Mahindra is looking at upcoming 5G rollouts in global markets as a big opportunity and is on the right trajectory in its communications vertical to achieve ''gradual growth'' from now on, a top official has said. In the recent past, communications, which has traditionally been the mainstay for the company, had delivered mixed results due to difficulties faced by the sector around the world,...read more
Telecom News Reliance Ind to invest Rs 3000 crore in Odisha mostly towards expanding Jio network
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsMukesh Ambani, chairman of RIL has committed to invest Rs 3000 crore in the state of Odisha, which is in addition to the Rs 6000 crore already invested previously. The company will invest this sum over a period of three years in various businesses in Odisha, however most of the investments will be focused towards creating Jio network....read more
Telecom News Airtel rolls out 'alternate digital KYC' in select circles for new connections
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom operator Bharti Airtel Monday began rolling out, in select circles, an ''alternate digital KYC process'' for new connections, to replace Aadhaar-based electronic verification, a company official said. The alternate digital KYC process has begun with select circles including Delhi, UP (East) and UP (West) and will be extended to other locations in the coming days, the official privy to the development told PTI....read more
Telecom News WhatsApp rolls out stickers feature for Android and iOS users
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsWhatsApp has rolled out its stickers feature just a few weeks ago for Android and iOS users and since then you might have been receiving many WhatsApp stickers. After English and Hindi stickers, WhatsApp is also rolling out stickers in regional languages including Malayalam. People are making the most of these stickers in this festive season....read more
Telecom News Jio adds 13.1 million subscribers; Airtel, Voda Idea base shrinks in September
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsMukesh Ambani-driven telecom operator Reliance Jio has added 13.1 million mobile subscribers in September where other telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea lost 2.3 million, 2.6 million and 4 million mobile subscribers respectively. According to telecom industry body COAI’s data, Airtel, Vodafone Idea combined lost over 9 million subscribers in the month....read more
Telecom News Lava launches "Z81" smartphone with AI-powered Studio Mode for better pictures
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsOn Friday, Lava International launched "Z81" smartphone with "Studio Mode" feature that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) for better pictures. Lava Z81 comes in two variants (2GB and 3GB). The 3GB variant is priced at Rs 9,499 while the 2GB variant will be launched soon, the company said in a statement. Z81 has 13MP rear camera and 13MP front camera....read more
Telecom News WhatsApp to appoint India head by year-end
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsUnder pressure to curb sinister and fake messages, WhatsApp said Wednesday it will appoint head of India operations by the year-end. "Our new Head of WhatsApp India, who will be named by the end of the year, will build a local team that can serve our customers in India as well as work with partners and government leaders to help keep people safe," WhatsApp spokesperson said in an email statement....read more
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Kirusa’s newly launched InstaVoice ReachMe app provides unique telephony experience for users
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Kirusa, a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises. In an interaction with TelecomTiger, Dr. Inderpal Singh Mumick, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Kirusa talks about newly launched app, voice technology and future plans. Excerpts from his interview:.......read more

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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsReliance Ind to invest Rs 3000 crore in Odisha mostly towards expanding Jio network
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of RIL has committed to invest Rs 3000 crore in the state of Odisha, which is in addition to the Rs 6000 crore already invested previously. The company will invest this sum over a period of three years in various businesses in Odisha, however most of the investments will be focused towards creating Jio network....read more
Policy & Regulation
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom department may seek legal opinion if flat spectrum usage charge possible
The telecom department is likely to write to the law ministry, asking whether it could go for a flat rate for annual spectrum usage charge (SUC), a move which could further divide older operators Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel on one side and latest entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm on the other. Under the current regime, the charge varies depending on the time an operator bought the spectrum and a senior department of telecom official said this could give rise to arbitrage....read more
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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsAirtel rolls out 'alternate digital KYC' in select circles for new connections
Telecom operator Bharti Airtel Monday began rolling out, in select circles, an ''alternate digital KYC process'' for new connections, to replace Aadhaar-based electronic verification, a company official said. The alternate digital KYC process has begun with select circles including Delhi, UP (East) and UP (West) and will be extended to other locations in the coming days, the official privy to the development told PTI....read more

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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsLava launches "Z81" smartphone with AI-powered Studio Mode for better pictures
On Friday, Lava International launched "Z81" smartphone with "Studio Mode" feature that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) for better pictures. Lava Z81 comes in two variants (2GB and 3GB). The 3GB variant is priced at Rs 9,499 while the 2GB variant will be launched soon, the company said in a statement. Z81 has 13MP rear camera and 13MP front camera....read more
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TCS to set up World’s largest Corporate Learning Center in Thiruvananthapuram
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