A look at top cues from the domestic and international markets that could have a bearing on D-Street today.
Vodafone India has got into a collaboration with Intex and Lava. The telco is offering new voice plans and cashback with 2G feature phones
Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea are likely to hold onto a minority stake, while KKR-CPPIB could be the majority controlling stakeholders of this venture.
Only three operators -- Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and state-run BSNL -- reported subscriber additions in the month, while eight other operators including Idea Cellular and Vodafone, saw a decline.
The two companies will also collaborate on an on-going basis to evolve standards for 5G and advanced technologies like network functions virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT), Bharti Airtel said in a statement.
While Mukesh Ambani-led Jio has announced plans to offer Internet-enabled feature phone for a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500, Airtel is placing its bet on a full-fledged smartphone as it believes people would be ready to shell out a little more to get a loaded handset.
You may not be able to use your SIM cards after February 2018, in case it is not linked to Aadhaar. The government is planning to deactivate the unlinked SIM cards from next year.
Four key areas discussed comprised recommendations of the inter-ministerial panel for the sector, TRAI’s recommendations on free data, expansion of telecom coverage and the roadmap for BharatNet.
This leads to the government losing out Rs12,229.24 crore as payment from spectrum usage charges and interest. These charges are computed by using telecom companies’ revenue as the base. On the basis of this report government has once again appointed special auditors to check irregularities in telecom company’s accounts.
At present, a company can hold 50 percent spectrum in a particular band and there is an overall cap on holding 33 percent spectrum.
A 5G network is expected to offer faster speeds, more capacity and shorter response times while supporting uses ranging from self-driving cars to remote surgeries. Telecom companies and their suppliers consider it to be a multibillion-dollar revenue opportunity.
The job cuts would concern central and support functions within Alcatel-Lucent International and Nokia Solutions Networks France, which employ a combined 4,200 people in the country, a Nokia spokeswoman told Reuters in an e-mail.
The telecom major in a strongly worded letter alleged that Reliance Jio mislead the regulator and public that incumbent operators have gained to the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore in last five years.
The revised rate is likely to be 6 paise per minute as it would be easier to move to the zero-IUC regime later on
The state-owned telecom firm BSNL expects to start field trial of 5G services by the end of this financial year, company's chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava said.
IUC is currently charged at 14 paise per minute. The Telecom Commission has recommended cutting IUC by half with immediate effect to around 7 and 8 paise.
In no market in the world do the incumbents change the rule of the game but nor does a challenger set the rules in a manner Reliance did.
The order paves the way for TRAI to pass its order in this matter, which is likely to be announced over the weekend.
The new telecom policy (NTP) will include a package to boost domestic manufacturing of equipment to cut dependence on imports and create local jobs, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said today.
The inter-ministerial group too has recommended reduction in licence fee and spectrum usage charges under the new telecom policy.
In a statement here, the COAI said the 5G India Forum "will contribute to national policy on 5G along with Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and build consensus among all the entities involved, including private and government".
Market leader Samsung is open to other operators offering data on its mobiles presently given only by Jio, an official of the company said.
The Telecom Commission will consider the panel's report in its meeting on September 8, DoT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.
This is the first time a tax demand on the Hong Kong firm is being raised. So far, the Indian government had been pursuing the tax from Vodafone