The company is learnt to have already closed CDMA service in some of the circles.
Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd today reported widening of net loss in the second quarter ended September 30, 2016 to Rs 468.13 crore on higher finance cost and amortisation expenses.
The telecom regulator is exploring the idea of formulating new rules to protect consumers affected by spectrum trading deals or licence expiry, learns CNBC-TV18.
The world's top smartphone maker ranks well behind peers such as Nokia Corp, Huawei Technologies Co and Ericsson in the networks business, after backing CDMA and WiMax wireless technologies that never caught on globally.
Anil Ambani's Reliance Communication has offered its CDMA customers 10GB 4G data. But the CDMA service may shut down in a few months.
"India has grown to around 400 million Internet users. If we take Trai numbers then it is somewhere close to 332 million. As per service providers, they were telling me that up to date it is 402 million. We were to have 500 million users by 2017, I feel it will happen this year itself," Prasad said while launching Digital Desh Drive 2.
"RCoM has informed DoT that it will be upgrading its network from CDMA to LTE (4G) technology using the liberalised 800 Mhz spectrum. It will roll out LTE services progressively in these service areas from May 4," an official source told PTI.
With the shutdown of 900 spectrum operations in 5 circles, total base stations for Reliance Communication came down by 12 percent. In addition Reliance Communication has entered into active infra sharing with 4G entrant Jio, which allows it to offer 4G services without investing much capex, says the broking firm.
BSNL has earmarked capital expenditure of Rs 7,317 crore for 2016-17, while Bharat Broadband Network Limited, which is implementing the national optical fibre network, has investment plans of Rs 9,418.67 crore for the next fiscal
As per the test report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) today, none of telecom operators showed improvement in call drops in Mumbai, Pune and Bhubaneswar. The regulator conducted drive tests during December-January period
The Cellular Operators Association of India, a body of GSM and CDMA mobile service providers, on Friday said that the government should take steps to vacate the unused spectrum lying with various agencies under it.
The combined gross revenue of operators was at Rs 58,385 crore in the same period of 2013, according to the TRAI's performance indicator report.
The DoT though failed to implement TRAI's recommendations to levy spectrum usage charge for the combined total of spectrum allocated in different technologies (GSM and CDMA) in specific bands without any reason on record.
In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Gurdeep Singh, CEO, Consumer Business, Reliance Communications, says he sees tariffs increasing and expects revenue per minute to firm up.
Prashant Singhal of EY fails to understand why the DoT committee has finalised reserve price higher than the one recommended by Trai. This move will only increase the pressure on telcos, he says.
The commission has finalised a base price of Rs 3,646 crore per Mhz for CDMA band, nearly 17 percent higher than the price suggested by TRAI.
Last month Trai recommended a base price of Rs 3,104 crore per megahertz, which was already 15 percent higher than the price that regulator suggested in February this year.
Under the agreement, Ericsson would take over the responsibility for field maintenance, network operations and operational planning of Reliance Communications' 2G, CDMA and 3G mobile networks. However, the financial details of the deal were not disclosed in the statement.
Spectrum auction for mobile services is expected to start from February 23, a few days later than suggested by a ministerial group, according to official sources.
The regulator on February 22 recommended a base price of Rs 2,685 crore per megahertz for CDMA airwaves which, AUSPI said, is 47 percent higher than the minimum price earlierapproved by the Empowered Group of Ministers on Telecom, and 80 percent higher than the base price of 1800 Mhz - generally known as 2G spectrum.
The government had received Rs 30,754 crore of bids for the 1800 MHz band and bids totalling Rs 21,935 crore for the 900 MHz band at the end of the fourth day.
Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission had in October given in-principle approval to spectrum trading and it was cleared by the Empowered Group of Ministers. Trai was then asked to provide detailed guidelines for trading.
The new clause now reads that the company acquiring spectrum in the forthcoming auction "shall provide details of the technology proposed to be deployed for operation...within one month of obtaining the license, if the technology happens to be other than GSM/WCDMA (3G)/LTE (4G)".
Interested entities or people can give their comments on the consultation paper by January 15 and counter comments by January 22.
The regulator has imposed maximum penalty of Rs 14.5 lakh on state-run telecom company BSNL for failing to meet 13 quality of service parameters. Rs 3 lakh penalty has beeb imposed on Idea Cellular, Rs 2 lakh each Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, Rs 1.5 lakh each on Uninor and Vodafone