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User: sandman1965 Topic: Telecom
Category: Spectrum
Last updated: Dec 24 2018 22:44 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Is Reliance Jio's 5G plan realistic? 23.12.2020 Rediff: Business
Surajeet Das Gupta explains why Mukesh Ambani's target is by no means impossible.
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Most Indians keen to buy 5G ready phones 22.12.2020 Rediff: Business
Around 83 per cent people in a survey in India shared that 5G is one of the factors they consider while buying a new phone and nearly three in every five existing premium smartphone users are looking to upgrade their device to the next generation technology, according to a report released by Cybermedia Research. According to the survey, 81 per cent respondents prefer Oppo for 5G smartphone and 79 per cent opted for Samsung. The global survey conducted in India, China and West Europe found that 5G users, where the service is available, have experienced better video calls, faster downloads and ability to stream ultra high definition videos and satisfaction level from 5G services is around 80 per cent.
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Sunil Mittal's $2 bn gamble on space 18.12.2020 Rediff: Business
Bharti Global is planning to put up more satellites and has set a stiff deadline to launch commercial Internet services by October in the UK, Alaska, northern Russia and northern Europe.
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Cabinet approves next round of spectrum auction 16.12.2020 Rediff: Business
According to Jio, spectrum worth Rs 3.92 lakh crore is lying unused with the DoT for auction.
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Centre’s scheme for mobile coverage 10.12.2020 The Assam Tribune
Centre’s scheme for mobile coverage
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Ambani hints at 5G rollout in second half of 2021 8.12.2020 The Assam Tribune
Ambani hints at 5G rollout in second half of 2021
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'India needs FDI and foreign innovation, but...' 8.12.2020 Rediff: Business
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said foreign investments and innovations are welcome but at the same time, the government is focussed on promoting Indian innovation as well as keen on the country's safety and security. Speaking at the India Mobile Congress 2020, the IT and Telecom Minister said that IT and communications sectors have registered over 7 per cent growth and received one of the highest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) even during the challenging time of COVID-19.
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Ambani may roll out 5G services in second half of 2021 8.12.2020 Rediff: Business
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday hinted at rolling out 5G telecom services in the second half of 2021 and said policy steps are needed to accelerate the early rollout of ultra-high-speed 5G services that are affordable and available everywhere. Ambani, whose four-year-old telecom venture Jio has captured the No.1 spot offering free voice calling and data at dirt-cheap rates, also pitched for developing hardware manufacturing in India, saying the nation cannot rely on imports in such a critical area. 5G is the 5th generation mobile network that enables connecting virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices. India, he said, is today among the best digitally connected nations in the world.
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'Sebi has given go ahead for RailTel IPO' 30.11.2020 Rediff: Business
'We have filed our draft red herring prospectus for a floating IPO for a net offer size of 86.6 million shares.'
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2G case: HC upholds appointment of SPP, ASG 24.11.2020 Rediff: News
The high court's order came on a plea by acquitted individual and Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd director Asif Balwa that the CBI has not placed on record the mandatory authority under the provisions of the CrPC.
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2G case: HC dismisses pleas of A Raja 23.11.2020 Rediff: News
Justice Brijesh Sethi held that the 2018 amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to Section 13 (1)(d) would not come to the rescue of the acquitted accused in this appeal.
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BSNL to start telecom services in Mumbai, Delhi 20.11.2020 Rediff: Business
BSNL will start providing telecom services, both wireless and fixed line, in Mumbai and Delhi on behalf of MTNL from January 1 on a pilot basis for five to six months.
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Telcos want level-playing field with satellite cos 18.11.2020 Rediff: Business
The move comes a few days after billionaire businessman Elon Musk tweeted that his Starlink internet services would be available in India as soon as it gets regulatory approvals next year. Musk's Starlink, which plans to have a constellation of 40,000 low-orbit satellites, recently started offering high-speed internet in the US as part of its beta launch phase.
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How Bharti Airtel is fighting back against Jio 2.11.2020 Rediff: Business
Analysts say that Jio's substantial slowing down in net additions is possibly because the company has dramatically reduced its bundled 4G feature phone offering, which contributed an average 30-40 per cent of its net additions.
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Bharti Airtel to stay away from 5G auctions 29.10.2020 Rediff: Business
Airtel CEO said, the 5G ecosystem is yet to develop in India and the prices are very high. Telecom companies including Vodafone Idea (VI) and Reliance Jio have also said that the current prices are exorbitant.
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A new battle rages on between Jio and Airtel 20.10.2020 Rediff: Business
While only 78.15 per cent of Jio's total subscriber base was active, Airtel boasts of 98.14 per cent active customers.
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Airtel, Vi bat for tariff hike; Jio is sitting tight 12.10.2020 Rediff: Business
Vodafone and Bharti have pointed out that, for data, their revenue realisation should be at Rs 30-35 per GB for them to cover their costs as opposed to the current figure of over Rs 11 per GB. But Jio has suggested a gradual increase to Rs 15 per GB and then maybe to Rs 20 per GB after six to nine months.
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'Jio to help India lead 4th industrial revolution' 8.10.2020 Rediff: Business
Having missed most of the first three industrial revolutions, India has its chance to lead the fourth industrial revolution through a convergence of its IT prowess, ultra-high-speed internet connectivity and affordable smart devices, billionaire Mukesh Ambani said on Thursday. The richest Indian, who heads the nation's most valuable company Reliance Industries, said his group's telecom and digital unit Jio was conceived to provide the key ingredients needed to lead the fourth industrial revolution.
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Trai's Vaghela knows how to take tough calls 8.10.2020 Rediff: Business
Vagela could not have reached this position if Narendra Modi, who'd known him from his chief minister days, had not backed the choice.
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CBI, ED's appeals in 2G scam case to be heard daily 29.9.2020 Rediff: Business
The Delhi high court on Tuesday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate's pleas seeking an early hearing into the appeals challenging the acquittal of former telecom minister A Raja and others in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
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