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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 Reliance Jio to start registration for GigaFiber broadband services from tomorrow
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe largest 4G network in India, Reliance Jio is set to start the registration process for its GigaFiber broadband services from tomorrow. The fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service is pitched as an all-in-one solution offering a host of services including broadband, IPTV, landline, virtual reality gaming and more. Do note that the registration is merely an expression of interest for the services....read more
Telecom News Majority of telecom stocks fall, but RCom, Bharti Airtel hold up
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsA majority of telecom stocks were incurring losses in afternoon trade on Monday. However, gains in Reliance Communications (up 4.87 per cent), Vindhya Telelinks (up 1.78 per cent), Bharti Airtel (up 1.07 per cent), GTL (up 0.99 per cent) and Tejas Networks (up 0.46 per cent) restricted the fall for the sectoral index....read more
Telecom News Indian telcos to have limited participation in 5G spectrum auction despite low reserve prices: Ind-Ra
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsAccording to India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra), Indian telecom operators may have limited participation in the 5G spectrum auctions as the telcos’ already high leverage levels and existing capex priorities could constrain their participation despite the low recommended reserve prices....read more
Telecom News Trai launches apps on UMANG platform to help consumers access govt services
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe telecom regulator on Tuesday announced the integration of its mobile apps -- DND 2.0 and MyCall – with e-governance platform, UMANG to help consumers access multiple government services easily. UMANG or `unified mobile application for new-age governance’ has been developed by National e-Governance division of the ministry of electronics & IT (MeitY)....read more
Telecom News TRAI chief RS Sharma defends pesky calls rules, says has mandate to save customers
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsAmid adisquiet in the industry over new unsolicited commercial communication norms, TRAI has asserted that it operated within its mandate to tighten rules for curbing pesky calls and messages, a menace which goes beyond harassment into the realm of defrauding customers....read more
Telecom News Bharti Airtel shareholders approve merger with Tata Tele Maharashtra
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsShareholders of Bharti Airtel Friday approved the merger of the mobile business of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) with the company. The "proposed scheme of arrangement between Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited and Bharti Airtel Limited and their respective shareholders and creditors" was approved with over 99 per cent votes, the company said in a BSE filing....read more
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Telecom News Delhi gets free Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband under ''smart city'' project
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsParts of the national capital will now enjoy free Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a slew of "smart city" projects on Monday. During the inauguration at the Charkha Park in Connaught Place, Singh said that the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), by successfully launching the smart city initiative,...read more
Telecom News Vivo looking to expand smartphone manufacturing facility in Greater Noida
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsChina''s Vivo is looking to expand its smartphone manufacturing facility in Greater Noida further to create more production capacity, a move that will give its local production a big push in its bid to bolster its position in an intensely competitive smartphone market. Nipun Marya, director of brand strategy at Vivo India said "We had invested around Rs 100 crore in November 2016, then till March 2018, we have invested over Rs 200 crore...read more
Telecom News Tecno Mobile launches 2 camera-centric budget smartphones in India
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsExpanding its camera-centric portfolio, Hong Kong-based Transsion Holdings'' subsidiary Tecno Mobile on Monday launched two budget smartphones in India. The "Camon iACE" and "Camon iSKY 2" smartphones are priced at Rs 6,799 and Rs 7,499, respectively,...read more
Telecom News Govt announces mega investment and connectivity programme for north-eastern states
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe government on Saturday announced a mega investment and connectivity programme for the north-eastern states, entailing inflow of nearly Rs 10,000 crore through over 400 programmes expected to be rolled out in the next four years. IT and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the investments relate to enhancing the telecom infrastructure in the state,...read more
Telecom News RCom and its subsidiaries replenishes bank guarantees of Rs. 774 cr to DoT
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsReliance Communications (RCom) and its subsidiaries have replenished bank guarantees (BGs) aggregating Rs. 774 crore with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), thereby ensuring that the department does not cancel its licenses and spectrum. The payment to DoT was done four weeks ahead of telecom tribunal''s deadline of September 10....read more
Telecom News Industry requires US$100-bn investment to meet 5G targets
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe 5G Leadership Summit 2018, organized by Konnect Worldwide Business Media Pvt Ltd, culminated here with over 150+ delegates discussing India’s readiness to usher 5G and the technological sea-change expected with its implementation. A panel of distinguished speakers led by Chief Guest Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India...read more
Telecom News BSNL to introduce Wi-Fi services in 82 villages
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has firmed up its plan to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to 82 more villages of the district by the end of the current fiscal. The telecom major has so far provided Wi-Fi services in 18 villages. Also, the new 82 villages will get Wi-Fi connectivity with 4G speed. Moreover, BSNL has already connected 607 village panchayats in the district with Optical Fibre Cable (OBC)....read more
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95%+of the products delivered today by iVOOMi is made in India
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Mr. Ashwin Bhandari
CEO, iVOOMi India

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 NewsRCom and its subsidiaries replenishes bank guarantees of Rs. 774 cr to DoT
Reliance Communications (RCom) and its subsidiaries have replenished bank guarantees (BGs) aggregating Rs. 774 crore with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), thereby ensuring that the department does not cancel its licenses and spectrum. The payment to DoT was done four weeks ahead of telecom tribunal''s deadline of September 10....read more
Policy & Regulation
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsCAG raps Power Grid for inadequacies in pricing methodology in telecom business
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) today rapped state-run transmission utility Power Grid Corporation for inadequacies in pricing methodology followed by it and lack of transparency in offering discounts for its telecom business. "Diversification into telecom business by the Company was commendable...read more
Technology
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsReliance Jio to start registration for GigaFiber broadband services from tomorrow
The largest 4G network in India, Reliance Jio is set to start the registration process for its GigaFiber broadband services from tomorrow. The fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service is pitched as an all-in-one solution offering a host of services including broadband, IPTV, landline, virtual reality gaming and more. Do note that the registration is merely an expression of interest for the services....read more

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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsVivo looking to expand smartphone manufacturing facility in Greater Noida
China''s Vivo is looking to expand its smartphone manufacturing facility in Greater Noida further to create more production capacity, a move that will give its local production a big push in its bid to bolster its position in an intensely competitive smartphone market. Nipun Marya, director of brand strategy at Vivo India said "We had invested around Rs 100 crore in November 2016, then till March 2018, we have invested over Rs 200 crore...read more
People Movement
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