User: sandman1965 Topic: Telecom
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Telcos blowing billions, but not on Net speed 18.11.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
Five years ago, a firm started an optic fibre broadband service in a gated community of Delhi. It offered a 20 Mbps plan to 80 subscribers. Gradually, the company failed to maintain the advertised speed as its subscription base grew more than a hundred per cent. A technical executive of the firm said, "We have nearly 200 connections on the same infrastructure. Most consumers do not know what speed they have purchased." Debt-ridden telcos are blowing billions on marketing and tariff plans in a rush to protect subscription base in a highly competitive market, but improving Internet experience for end users through investment in infrastructure is not their priority. Domestic rating agency ICRA has said falling investment in capital expenditure has hurt service quality. Former VSNL CMD BK Syngal said, "Yes, it's poor infrastructure. No systematic study of traffic management has been carried out to see where clogging is and where investment is required. In such a situation, you will continue to suffer poor ...
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Cabinet approves deputation of Group ‘A’ officers of Department .of Telecommunications (DoT) and other Ministries, with Telecommunication and Information Technology background, to Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) 16.11.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for deputation of Group ‘A’ officers of Department .of Telecommunications (DoT) and other Ministries, with Telecommunication and Information Technology background
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Vodafone pre-tax profit plunges 39% in H1; industry suffers massive Rs 4087 crore loss in Q2 14.11.2017 DNA: Top News
 Vodafone India today reported a steep 39.2% plunge in pre-tax profit at Rs 4,075 crore for the six months to September, joining its peers who have cumulatively lost Rs 4,087 crore in the second quarter alone, exposing the deep scars in the once-sunshine segment. The second largest telco squarely blamed the poor set of numbers -- it also reported a 15.8% fall in revenue at Rs 19,002 crore -- to the "continuing price war driven by Jio and other incumbents, seasonality, higher GST rate and the continuous capital investments". The deep-pocketed Jio has been offering data almost free for a year now, while it charges nothing for voice, forcing the incumbents to make matching offers. The next quarter will be worse for the old players as in a blow to them, regulator Trai had from October 1 steeply reduced the ICU charges from 14 to just 6 paise. The impact of this decision will come into the books from the third quarter. And the deep scars that the Jio-led competition has left in its wake was clear when ...
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SC refuses urgent hearing 27.10.2017 The Assam Tribune
SC refuses urgent hearing
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(TCIL Pays Dividend for the Year 2016-17) 26.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Shri A. Seshagiri Rao, Chairman & Managing Director, Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) presented a dividend cheque of Rs. 70.82 Million to Hon’ble Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications (I/c) in presence of Secretary, Telecom.
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Process for linking Aadhaar with mobile number simplified by DoT 26.10.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has recommended simplification of the process of linking Aadhaar with registered mobile numbers. The proposal will make the service available at the doorsteps of subscribers. The new measures include reverification via three ways — one time password (OTP) , app-based linking, and Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) facility. These new methods will help subscribers get their mobile number linked to Aadhaar without visiting the stores of telecom service providers, Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday. According to new guidelines, telecom operators will provide an online mechanism for people to request such services and schedule a visit to complete the process based on availability. DoT has also recommended for reverification at their own houses for senior citizens and people with disability and chronic illness. Subscribers can verify or reverify their mobile numbers from anywhere in the country irrespective of which service area their ...
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Anil Ambani hangs up on 2G services 25.10.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
After putting a brake on its direct-to-home (DTH) business, Reliance Communications plans to shut down its 2G mobile business by the end of November this year, while continuing to operate its 4G services through existing tie-ups with Reliance Jio. Anil Ambani-owned RCom, reeling under high debt of Rs 45,000 crore, has been struggling to keep its business afloat. A merger with Aircel was called off due to regulatory issues, though the merger of Sistema Shyam's wireless business got an approval from the Department of Telecommunications on Monday. In communications sent to all of its channel partners, RCom said it will shut down its GSM business by November 30. All pending claims of distributors will be settled down and all customers will get a porting code. The company will shut down its DTH business -- Reliance Big TV -- once its licence expires on November 21 and shift users to a different platform. RCom executive director Gurdeep Singh is learnt to have informed employees that the company has reached a ...
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DoT further simplifies the process for linking of Aadhaar with mobile number 25.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
In a bid to expedite compliance of telecom service providers with the Hon. Supreme Court's order dated 6th February regarding linking of Aadhaar card with mobile number and reverification process of mobile users, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued a comprehensive instruction on Wednesday.
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2G verdict date to be announced on November 7: All you must know about the scam 25.10.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
The Special CBI Court on Wednesday said that the date for the judgment in the 2G case will be announced on November 7. The court also issued production warrants to two accused Karim Morani and Sanjay Chandra for November 7 and asked all accused to be present on the date. The scam related to 2G spectrum allocation by then Telecom Minister A Raja in the UPA government. The CBI said Raja was biased in allocating 2G airwaves to certain operators causing huge loss to the exchequer.   Here's the timeline of the case that will show you how the scam unfolded a decade ago: May 2007: A Raja takes over as Telecom Minister. Aug 2007: Process of allotment of 2G Spectrum along with UAS Licences initiated by Department of Telecom (DoT). Sept 25, 2007: Telecom Ministry issues press note fixing deadline for application as October 1, 2007. Oct 1, 2007: DoT receives 575 applications by 46 firms. Nov 2, 2007: PM writes to Raja to ensure fair licence allocation and proper revision of fee. Raja writes to PM allegedly ...
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Vodafone moves Bombay High Court on IUC 13.10.2017 ET: Infotech
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) on September 19 decided to reduce IUC to 6 paise a minute from 14 paise, from October 1and also decided to scrap the charge from January 2020.
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Bharti Airtel acquires telecom business of Tatas 12.10.2017 Sify Finance
Bharti Airtel and Tata on Thursday announced that they have entered into an understanding to merge Consumer Mobile Businesses (CMB) of Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Limited (TTML) into Bharti Airtel.
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Trai extends deadlines for comments on Unsolicited Commercial Communication paper 11.10.2017 ET: Policy
Trai said it has now sought comments and counter-comments by November 9 and November 16 instead of the earlier October 12 and October 26 deadlines.
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Tech companies worry over getting caught in bureaucratic red-tapism 11.10.2017 ET: IETS
Trai has sought responses on required data protection regulations, user consent, data ownership, rights and responsibilities of data controller, government's possible authority and control, compliance and cross-border flow of data.
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Trai to meet telcos on international calling rates 10.10.2017 ET: Policy
TRAI may look to rationalize international calling rates to make it comparable to rates charged in other countries.
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Trai floats paper on public protection, disaster relief communication 9.10.2017 ET: Policy
The regulator suggested spectrum or network based broad models with three sub-categories for each – dedicated, commercial and hybrid – for PPDR in Indian conditions.
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Reliance Jio tops TRAI's 4G download speed test for August 9.10.2017 Sify Finance
Reliance Jio has topped the telecom regulator's 4G download speed test for the eighth consecutive month, official data showed on Monday.
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Critical telco-sector needs urgent govt help say experts 9.10.2017 Sify Finance
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Tata Teleservices prepares exit plan for staff 8.10.2017 ET: Jobs
Company executives and industry insiders said the debt-laden telecom company, which will shut its operations soon, had last month asked circle heads to leave by March 31, 2018.
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Idea Cellular tops Trai's 4G upload speed rankings in September 8.10.2017 ET: Infotech
The regulator last week had said it plans to strengthen the MySpeed app and would also make its evaluation method more transparent after consultation with operators.
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Trai to meet telcos on international termination rates 8.10.2017 ET: Policy
Trai will come out with a separate regulation on the international termination charges, currently pegged at 53 paise per minute, the official said.
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