Reliance Jio recently announced that it will be charging an additional 6 paise per minute for calls made by its users to any non-Jio mobile number.
Purwar said the Rs 850-crore pay-out would be given before Diwali “from our own resources on accruals”
In March 2018, the government had enhanced the number of annual installments for spectrum payment from the earlier 10 years to 16 years, a move aimed at providing relief to the debt-laden telecom sector.
In response, Vodafone tweeted, "Hi! This is a temporary issue and we are working on it. You will be able to use our services as soon as it is resolved."
Jio alleged that any deferment of sunset clause for inter-operator termination charges will end up rewarding "designed defaulters" who have deliberately stayed away from new and efficient technologies.
Speaking at the India Mobile Congress 2019, Prasad said the government was aware and alive to problems and challenges being faced by the industry.
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".
Bharti Enterprises Vice Chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal while speaking at India Mobile Congress 2019 said 75 percent of cost of deploying optical fibre in the country for high speed broadband is the fees charged by local authorities.
Speaking at the India Mobile Congress 2019, Prasad said the government was aware and alive to some problems and challenges being faced by the industry.
Stating that India's broadband user base of 600 million is second only to China, Birla said artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics will drive the next wave of digital growth.
"This year we can say we are ready to switch the production from 4G to 5G when it becomes operational in this country. We will produce in India, for India," Ericsson Head South East Asia, Oceania and India, Nunzio Mirtillo said at the India Mobile Congress 2019.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), under the United Nations, will hold a conference next month in Egypt to finalise use of 26 GHz band for 5G services. It will start deliberation for the same this month.
From time to time, the watchdog commissions studies through independent agencies to gather qualitative as well as quantitative information and insights from market participants and assess the state of competition in a given sector.
Dismissing rumours about the state-owned operator's closure, heads of both Calcutta Telephones that looks after the Kolkata circle and the West Bengal telecom circle said deployment of 4G equipment is progressing at a rapid pace.
The new tariff, which came into effect on October 10, will not be applicable until the user’s existing plan expires.
The IUC regime is an incentive for incumbents to keep providing outdated 2G services and avoid shifting to full VoLTE 4G networks
The underlying basis of scrapping interconnect usage charges (IUC) was the maximisation of consumer welfare in a sustained manner and adoption of more efficient technologies that are vital for orderly growth of the telecom services sector in India.
The company remains confident that it will also be given permission to participate in 5G trials in India, Huawei stated.
Scrapping IUC would incentivise technological evolution, preserve competition and ultimately benefit consumers.
The employees have also planned lunch-hour protests and want to know what the government is doing to revive the two companies.
Jio has promised that this charge will go away as soon as TRAI implements zero IUC
It is time India’s telecom regulator takes a stand to stick to its decisions, deferring it only raises doubts
If Digital India must be more than just a slogan, the telecom regulator and the government should keep their word. By doing so they will be sending the message that they are pro-consumer, pro-technology and anti-subsidy for those who don’t deserve it.
Interconnect Usage Charge is the cost paid by one mobile telecom operator to another, when its customers make outgoing mobile calls to the other operator’s customers.
5G will enable higher productivity with connected devices and will be a vehicle for an optimized, personalized digital banking experience in the coming years.