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User: sandman1965 Topic: Telecom
Category: Regulatory
Last updated: Dec 21 2018 12:46 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Airtel again pips Jio in mobile customer addition 24.12.2020 Rediff: Business
India's telecom subscriber base grew to over 1.17 billion in October with Bharti Airtel maintaining its leadership in mobile subscriber addition that accounts for over 98 per cent of total connections in the country, according to the monthly report released by sector regulator Trai on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive month when Airtel added highest number of subscribers. In September, it had regained the leadership position in subscriber addition after a gap of four years. The Sunil Bharti Mittal-led company added 3.67 million new customers in October, taking its total wireless customer base to 330.28 million in October 2020, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai) report said.
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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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Is India's 5G dream in trouble? 21.12.2020 Rediff: Business
Nivedita Mookerji explains why a timely rollout of 5G may not be easy in India.
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Telecom equipment from China to face fresh curbs 16.12.2020 Rediff: Business
Telecom equipment from China may face fresh curbs after the Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to secure telecom infrastructure by designating a "trusted source" for the purchase of equipment by service providers. Briefing reporters after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Law, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector has been framed keeping in mind the national security.
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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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Farmers' ire: Jio accuses Airtel, VI 15.12.2020 Rediff: Business
The latest telecom war kicked off after some pictures surfaced, showing Airtel banners among agitating farmers. According to the Jio camp, it was a giveaway that farmers were being enticed to port their phone numbers.
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Vodafone Idea hikes tariff as it struggles to pay dues 2.12.2020 Rediff: Business
The latest move, even if it is symbolic, is the first rate hike after the one announced end of 2019.
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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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Prefix '0' for all landline to mobile calls from January 15 26.11.2020 The Assam Tribune
Prefix '0' for all landline to mobile calls from January 15
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Prefix '0' for landline to mobile calls from Jan 15 26.11.2020 Rediff: Business
From January 15, callers will have to dial numbers with prefix '0' for making calls from landline to mobile phone. Announcing the decision, the communications ministry said the move would free up sufficient numbering resources for future use, and nearly 2,539 million numbering series are expected to be generated as a result. There will be no change with respect to dialling numbers for fixed-to fixed, mobile-to-fixed, and mobile-to-mobile calls.
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From Jan 1, prefix '0' for landline to mobile calls 24.11.2020 Rediff: Business
Callers will soon be required to add '0' prefix for making calls from landlines to mobile phones in the country, with the telecom department asking telcos to make necessary arrangements by January 1 to implement the new system. The department has accepted sectoral regulator Trai's recommendation for having the '0' prefix for such calls, a move that will create sufficient numbering space for telecom services. The Department of Telecom (DoT) in a circular on `modification of dialling pattern from fixed line numbers to cellular mobile numbers' said in order to ensure adequate numbering resources for fixed line and mobile services, Trai's recommendations dated May 29, 2020 have been accepted by the Department.
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WFH rules simplified! More jobs for small town India 23.11.2020 Rediff: GetAhead
Tier-II and tier-III towns have a reason to rejoice.
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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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State-based SMEs have competitive advantage globally: Experts 6.11.2020 The Assam Tribune
State-based SMEs have competitive advantage globally: Experts
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Centre forms panel to review guidelines on TRP 5.11.2020 Rediff: News
The four-member committee will be headed by Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi S Vempati. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said the present guidelines issued by it in 2014 on Television Rating agencies in India were notified after detailed deliberations by the Parliamentary Committee, Committee on Television Rating Points (TRP) constituted by the ministry and recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority etc.
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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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Centre orders ministries, PSUs to use MTNL/BSNL 14.10.2020 Rediff: Business
The central government has mandated all ministries, public departments and public sector units to use the telecom services of State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).
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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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