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  • Cyclone Nisarga: DoT holds meeting with telcos to assess arrangements Jun 02, 2020 07:45 PM IST

    Cyclone Nisarga: DoT holds meeting with telcos to assess arrangements

    "All our infrastructure provider (IP) members have taken necessary steps to ensure connectivity 24/7 in the areas which are likely to be affected by the cyclone and all the background arrangements like additional DG sets, battery banks, spare parts, stocking of diesel are taken care of," T R Dua, Director-General, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), said in a statement.

  • COAI urges DoT to extend timelines for minimum roll-out obligation by 6-9 months May 03, 2020 01:05 PM IST

    COAI urges DoT to extend timelines for minimum roll-out obligation by 6-9 months

    The industry body said it would be unfair if the telecom operators were to suffer from any of stipulated penalties "for a situation that can at best be described as Force Majeure."

  • COAI to approach states for opening retail recharge points to facilitate feature phone users Apr 17, 2020 04:30 PM IST

    COAI to approach states for opening retail recharge points to facilitate feature phone users

    COAI said it will be writing to all states now for permission to restart retail recharge points along with requisite passes for movement of people who will man these centres.

  • Police in some states harassing telecom personnel on duty in lockdown: COAI Mar 27, 2020 02:30 PM IST

    Police in some states harassing telecom personnel on duty in lockdown: COAI

    The government has kept telecom services in the list of essential services in order to support work from home during the lockdown period.

  • COAI asks Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, others to take steps to ease network pressure Mar 23, 2020 10:00 AM IST

    COAI asks Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, others to take steps to ease network pressure

    In a letter to Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash, COAI has said, "Due to lockdown/ quarantine measures in various parts of the country, a sudden surge in demand for online video streaming is also expected to rise substantially."

  • COAI urges TRAI to consider online open house discussion on 'pressing' floor price issue Mar 22, 2020 11:19 AM IST

    COAI urges TRAI to consider online open house discussion on 'pressing' floor price issue

    Sources close to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), however, felt that such a solution may not be practical given that an issue as important as floor price of tariffs, needs to be widely-debated especially with consumer participation at an appropriate time, and not be turned into a hurried and limited exercise.

  • DoT holds meeting as industry seeks movement of essential staff, other waivers for biz continuity Mar 20, 2020 09:00 PM IST

    DoT holds meeting as industry seeks movement of essential staff, other waivers for biz continuity

    The industry has urged DoT to issue directions to states that telecom be treated under essential services and, accordingly, staff and engineers have access to network operations centres, data centres and other critical sites in the event of any lockdown.

  • Floor rates needed for mobile data services, current scenario justifies TRAI's intervention: COAI Mar 03, 2020 10:32 PM IST

    Floor rates needed for mobile data services, current scenario justifies TRAI's intervention: COAI

    The COAI has said that fixation of a floor price, despite the recent hike in tariffs, is the way forward to guarantee minimum revenue for the telcos to ensure the viability and orderly growth of the sector.

  • COAI rings alarm bells; asks govt to ease terms for AGR dues' payment, cut in licence fee Feb 27, 2020 12:47 PM IST

    COAI rings alarm bells; asks govt to ease terms for AGR dues' payment, cut in licence fee

    "Banks are currently unwilling to take any risk with respect to the telecom sector and are constantly asking telecom service providers to reduce their exposures by refusing to issue new bank guarantees or even to renew bank guarantees," COAI Director General, Rajan Mathews said in a letter to Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash.

  • No substantial relief visible for telecom sector in Budget: COAI Feb 01, 2020 04:05 PM IST

    No substantial relief visible for telecom sector in Budget: COAI

    "From what we have seen so far, there appears to be no substantial relief for the telecom sector. Of course, we are waiting to see the details," Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) Director General Rajan Mathews told PTI.

  • COAI urges govt to offer telcos 10-15 years for dues settlement Jan 30, 2020 04:01 PM IST

    COAI urges govt to offer telcos 10-15 years for dues settlement

    This formula of easier payment schedule to meet statutory obligations would offer the much-needed reprieve to telcos such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, whose combined liabilities after the recent SC verdict run into billions of dollars, according to the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI).

  • COAI raises AGR issue, seeks cut in levies at meeting with FM Dec 20, 2019 02:35 PM IST

    COAI raises AGR issue, seeks cut in levies at meeting with FM

    The industry has also asked the government to create an infrastructure bank that will raise tax-free bonds, the proceeds of which can be used to lend to the companies at lower rates, Rajan Mathews, Director General of Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) said after a pre-budget meeting with the FM.

  • Tariff hike good for customers, to boost govt revenue, create jobs: COAI Dec 03, 2019 08:31 AM IST

    Tariff hike good for customers, to boost govt revenue, create jobs: COAI

    Telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have announced to raise mobile calls and internet prices for prepaid customers by to 50 per cent from December 3, while Reliance Jio has said it will roll out new plans with 40 per cent higher rates on December 6.

  • Telecom woes | COAI seeks reprieve from Centre, asks for moratorium & interest rate reduction Nov 19, 2019 02:17 PM IST

    Telecom woes | COAI seeks reprieve from Centre, asks for moratorium & interest rate reduction

    The industry would need a 20 percent increase in average revenue per user (ARPU) to regain its financial footing, Rajan Mathews, Director General of COAI, said

  • Telcos bailout will be Supreme Court’s contempt; will set bad precedent: Jio to Ravi Shankar Prasad Nov 03, 2019 11:43 AM IST

    Telcos bailout will be Supreme Court’s contempt; will set bad precedent: Jio to Ravi Shankar Prasad

    SC had earlier upheld DoT's contention that non-telecom revenues should be part of the annual Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) -- a percentage of which is paid to the government as statutory dues

  • Jio lashes out at COAI for not taking its views into consideration Oct 30, 2019 05:50 PM IST

    Jio lashes out at COAI for not taking its views into consideration

    Jio expressed its dismay at the reasons behind the tearing hurry in sending the letter to the government and the justification given for the same when a senior Jio official asked for an explanation.

  • Govt promise of spectrum price reforms big relief for industry: COAI Oct 14, 2019 03:55 PM IST

    Govt promise of spectrum price reforms big relief for industry: COAI

    Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) Director General Rajan Mathews told PTI that if there is adequate spectrum and the price is right, "operators will be interested to see if it makes sense to participate in upcoming auctions".

  • Spectrum sale: DoT may push deadline for bid submission by auctioneers; to tweak norms Sep 18, 2019 05:30 PM IST

    Spectrum sale: DoT may push deadline for bid submission by auctioneers; to tweak norms

    Ahead of the fresh deadline, the DoT will issue clarifications and changes to the Request for Proposal or the bid document and give "fair time" to the interested agencies to place their bids.

  • Telcos reluctant to bid for 5G spectrum on concerns of high prices, low quantum: COAI Sep 17, 2019 04:42 PM IST

    Telcos reluctant to bid for 5G spectrum on concerns of high prices, low quantum: COAI

    Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) Director-General Rajan Mathews said there could be some takers for 4G spectrum in the auctions, which the government hopes to conduct in the current financial year.

  • Ensure equitable work, no monopoly under access coverage scheme: COAI Aug 18, 2019 12:10 PM IST

    Ensure equitable work, no monopoly under access coverage scheme: COAI

    In a letter addressed to the new Telecom Secretary, COAI has pledged industry's full support in collaborating with the government to take forward the initiative of accelerating mobile connectivity in villages.

  • DCC may decide on 5G spectrum auction, mobile network in Naxal-hit areas Jun 12, 2019 06:23 PM IST

    DCC may decide on 5G spectrum auction, mobile network in Naxal-hit areas

    The DCC may discuss revised estimates for rolling out 4,072 mobile towers in 10 Naxal-affected states.

  • COAI urges govt to clear the air on Huawei telecom gear Jun 06, 2019 06:20 PM IST

    COAI urges govt to clear the air on Huawei telecom gear

    India, however, is yet to take a call on whether it intends to place curbs on Huawei or allow the Chinese telecom equipment maker to participate in the upcoming 5G trials, that are scheduled to commence in 100 days.

  • Planned base price of India's 5G spectrum too high: COAI Jun 04, 2019 06:35 PM IST

    Planned base price of India's 5G spectrum too high: COAI

    The proposed auction price will be a "serious impediment" to the uptake of 5G in India, said Rajan Mathews, director general of lobby group Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

  • Price of 5G spectrum in India 30-40% higher than global rates: COAI Jun 04, 2019 04:40 PM IST

    Price of 5G spectrum in India 30-40% higher than global rates: COAI

    The new Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also set a deadline of 100 days for starting the 5G trials in the country.

  • COAI urges new govt to ease telecom sector's financial woes, review spectrum prices May 26, 2019 12:13 PM IST

    COAI urges new govt to ease telecom sector's financial woes, review spectrum prices

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led BJP to a landslide victory for a second term in office, while the Congress suffered a serious setback in the Lok Sabha polls.

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