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  • Telcos urge TRAI to decide on setting floor for data tariffs soon, pick up other pending matters: Report Oct 27, 2020 11:25 AM IST

    Telcos urge TRAI to decide on setting floor for data tariffs soon, pick up other pending matters: Report

    The request for setting floor price was made in early 2020 after the Supreme Court’s judgement on the AGR case

  • Bharti Airtel rolls out cloud-based communications platform for business; tunes into $1-billion market Oct 26, 2020 12:47 PM IST

    Bharti Airtel rolls out cloud-based communications platform for business; tunes into $1-billion market

    A cloud-based omni-channel communications platform, Airtel IQ, aims to enable brands to deepen engagement with customers through timely and secure communication, a company statement said, terming the move as a "game changer" for the fast-evolving Indian enterprise communication segment.

  • Jio-Qualcomm 5G | An indigenous solution is a good option for those wary of China Oct 23, 2020 11:30 AM IST

    Jio-Qualcomm 5G | An indigenous solution is a good option for those wary of China

    The move by Reliance Jio to develop an indigenous 5G solution has not only put the Indian R&D ecosystem at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies development around the world, but also spurred the innovation spirit among other ecosystem players

  • Weekly Tactical Pick | Airtel valuation looks reasonable Oct 23, 2020 09:27 AM IST

    Weekly Tactical Pick | Airtel valuation looks reasonable

    Correction in Airtel's stock price offers high margin of safety to investors

  • Jio-Qualcomm 5G tech deal is bad news for China Oct 22, 2020 12:00 PM IST

    Jio-Qualcomm 5G tech deal is bad news for China

    The agreement marks a significant step forward in India’s advance towards becoming the pivot around which global developments on 5G take place

  • Verizon signs up Microsoft, Nokia to help clients build private 5G networks Oct 20, 2020 08:30 AM IST

    Verizon signs up Microsoft, Nokia to help clients build private 5G networks

    Private 5G networks remove the need for businesses to jostle for speed with others on a public network and help enable data-intensive applications that use computer vision, augmented reality and machine learning to increase productivity.

  • Investment for all-India 5G rollout seen at Rs 1.3-2.3 lakh crore: Report Oct 19, 2020 07:44 PM IST

    Investment for all-India 5G rollout seen at Rs 1.3-2.3 lakh crore: Report

    The total capital expenditure or capex requirement when it comes to 5G rollout for Mumbai alone is seen at Rs 10,000 crore, and Rs 8,700 crore for Delhi, the report said.

  • US dangles financial carrot to push developing countries away from Chinese tech Oct 19, 2020 01:49 PM IST

    US dangles financial carrot to push developing countries away from Chinese tech

    The US terms the alternatives “safer” and “with fewer strings attached.”

  • Active users' tally: Reliance Jio gains 2.5 million subscribers in July as Airtel, VIL slip Oct 18, 2020 11:53 AM IST

    Active users' tally: Reliance Jio gains 2.5 million subscribers in July as Airtel, VIL slip

    Although industry's overall wireless subscribers rose nearly 3.5 million in July -- the first month of such gains since February -- the total `active subscribers'' count in July actually fell 2.1 million, as per TRAI data.

  • Centre mandates all ministries, public departments, CPSUs to use BSNL, MTNL services Oct 14, 2020 12:20 PM IST

    Centre mandates all ministries, public departments, CPSUs to use BSNL, MTNL services

    "The government of India has, inter-alia, approved the mandatory utilisation of capacities of BSNL and MTNL by all ministries/departments of government of India, CPSEs, central autonomous bodies,” a memorandum issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said.

  • Vodafone Idea ropes in IBM for 'big data' platform Oct 13, 2020 03:45 PM IST

    Vodafone Idea ropes in IBM for 'big data' platform

    The move translates into key business and technology benefits such as "significant cost reduction" and streamlining operational complexity, as Vodafone Idea chases new revenue streams and opportunities backed by a future-ready network to leverage the transformational power of 5G going forward, a joint release said.

  • Telecom ARPU poised for 'structural uptrend' via tariff hike, high data usage post COVID-19: Report Oct 12, 2020 05:37 PM IST

    Telecom ARPU poised for 'structural uptrend' via tariff hike, high data usage post COVID-19: Report

    The note by JM Financial titled `A tale of supremacy, defence and survival’ said with consolidation of India’s telecom industry largely complete, the wireless industry’s revenue is expected to double to about Rs 2,60,000 crore by 2024-25 as ARPU hike looks "inevitable".

  • Telcos still hopeful of reduction in spectrum price, doing regular follow-up on NDCP: COAI Oct 12, 2020 11:44 AM IST

    Telcos still hopeful of reduction in spectrum price, doing regular follow-up on NDCP: COAI

    The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) -- whose members include Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, etc -- is doing regular follow-up on promises made by the government in National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP), 2018, COAI Director General S P Kochhar told PTI.

  • Which sectors will do well and which won’t in the September quarter results season? Oct 12, 2020 11:18 AM IST

    Which sectors will do well and which won’t in the September quarter results season?

    The September quarter results will give a picture of the economy as it emerges from the pandemic and investors will look for cues on what to expect in the rest of FY21

  • The big 5G question before India Sep 30, 2020 09:49 AM IST

    The big 5G question before India

    A final decision on allowing Huawei to build India’s 5G networks remains an open one. The government’s position on Huawei has changed from initial divergence to pronounced caution. The government’s changed position is reflected in how it is viewing the issue with a security lens now

  • Vodafone Idea starts upgrading 3G users to 4G Sep 27, 2020 06:13 PM IST

    Vodafone Idea starts upgrading 3G users to 4G

    Further, the company said it is in the best position to upgrade 2G customers also to 4G, but it will continue with basic voice based services to its 2G subscribers.

  • This is what a potential ban on Chinese gear means for India's 5G Sep 26, 2020 05:39 PM IST

    This is what a potential ban on Chinese gear means for India's 5G

    China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE will be kept out of India’s plans to roll out its 5G telecom network.

  • 'Telcos need to pay 10% of total AGR dues by March 31 irrespective of payment made' Sep 21, 2020 05:13 PM IST

    'Telcos need to pay 10% of total AGR dues by March 31 irrespective of payment made'

    Operational telecom operators are expected to pay Rs 12,921 crore by March 31, of which close to 80 percent has to be paid by Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel.

  • Telcos to approach DoT against India-specific 5G standards citing cost concerns: Report Sep 16, 2020 09:47 AM IST

    Telcos to approach DoT against India-specific 5G standards citing cost concerns: Report

    Adoption of India-specific 5G radio interface technology is also likely to be opposed as it could impede interoperability

  • Not opportune time to suggest comprehensive regulatory framework for OTT services: TRAI Sep 14, 2020 05:42 PM IST

    Not opportune time to suggest comprehensive regulatory framework for OTT services: TRAI

    OTT services refer to applications and services that are accessible over the internet and ride on an operator's network. Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and Hike are some of the popular and widely-used OTT services.

  • Response on Vodafone Idea’s RedX plan within a week, says TRAI Chief Sep 14, 2020 09:38 AM IST

    Response on Vodafone Idea’s RedX plan within a week, says TRAI Chief

    TRAI chief RS Sharma also said that telcos are “free to increase tariffs” and TRAI would not interfere in the tariff plans at all.

  • Dues payment over 10 years not enough to aid Vodafone Idea; expect market gains for Airtel, Jio: Fitch Ratings Sep 08, 2020 03:13 PM IST

    Dues payment over 10 years not enough to aid Vodafone Idea; expect market gains for Airtel, Jio: Fitch Ratings

    It further said another tariff hike of at least 20 percent is probable in the next 12 months.

  • Staggered payment of AGR dues "a good outcome"; tariff hike must for sustainability, returns: Vodafone Idea Sep 07, 2020 01:49 PM IST

    Staggered payment of AGR dues "a good outcome"; tariff hike must for sustainability, returns: Vodafone Idea

    At a virtual briefing on Monday, Ravinder Takkar, MD and CEO, Vodafone Idea Limited said the company, in the past, had not shied from raising tariffs, which are under forbearance but insisted that the regulator and the government should take a call on fixing a minimum floor price.

  • AGR verdict puts Bharti Airtel back in focus, Vodafone Idea to struggle: Rusmik Oza Sep 02, 2020 08:26 AM IST

    AGR verdict puts Bharti Airtel back in focus, Vodafone Idea to struggle: Rusmik Oza

    The Supreme Court verdict is not as beneficial for Vodafone Idea as it is to Bharti Airtel. Vodafone was looking forward to a 20-year payment cycle which has now reduced to 10 years.

  • Supreme Court’s AGR ruling | All’s well that ends well Sep 01, 2020 02:01 PM IST

    Supreme Court’s AGR ruling | All’s well that ends well

    The Supreme Court has chosen to tread the middle path between ensuring that telecom companies pay up, while also trying to accommodate their legitimate concerns

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