India’s telecom regulator on Tuesday more than halved the so-called interconnection usage charge (IUC) to six paise with effect from October 1 and abolished it all together for all local calls starting January 1, 2020, dealing a big blow to older telcos and a potential boost to newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. Analysts had estimated […]

5G is not the future. It is the present, says a survey commissioned by Ixia and conducted by Dimensional Research. It polled nearly 300 senior-level executives at enterprises and service providers worldwide, with over 1,000 staff, about their 5G adoption plans. Nearly every company surveyed plans to adopt 5G, with two out of three evaluating […]

Telecom Regulator TRAI is actively considering a proposal to completely phase out the controversial 14 paise interconnect usage charge (IUC) beginning with a sharp 50% cut to 7 paise, sources told ET Now. Sources say the regulator is analysing the impact of first cutting the IUC to 7 paise, then to 3 paise and then […]

Announcement of Reliance Jio’s JioPhone has shifted the handset market’s focus back on low-end phones at a time when it was steadily moving towards higher-value products. A number of handset makers now are gearing up with an army of 4G-enabled low-end feature and smartphones. This trend, however, is in sharp contrast with the way the […]

Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance is planning a new project in West Bengal and expects its investment in existing projects in telecom and retail in the state may touch even Rs 20,000 crore in the near future. “We have invested Rs 15000 crore in our current projects in Jio (telecom), retail in West Bengal and are continuing […]

National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Monday passed an order allowing the Aircel-Reliance Communications merger and also the Brookfield Towers sale to proceed. According to sources, the tribunal overruled objections of Bharti Infratel, GTL and Ericsson. NCLT also allowed Reliance CommunicationsBSE 16.14 % (RCOM) tower arm 51 per cent stake sale to Brookfield for Rs […]

Competition regulator approved the proposed merger between Vodafone India and Kumar Mangalam Birla-owned Idea Cellular on Monday, a key step in paving way for creation of India’s largest telecom company by subscribers. Idea Cellular confirmed the Competition Commission of India’s approval to the merger under sub section (1) of section 31 of the Competition Act.“The […]

Department of Telecom (DoT) has created an investment facilitation centre for a sector which is under severe financial stress with debt of nearly Rs5 lakh crore and falling returns. According to a notice on the department’s website Tuesday, K.K. Sahara, Director (IP) and Manish Shukla, ADET (IP), will be in charge of the cell.This move […]

Government has put no bar on satellite phone services segment and any entity can start operations in the country, according to Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha. “There is no ban for anyone. It is open for all. If anyone is interested they can come,” Sinha told PTI. However, the service provider will require to set-up satellite […]

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Monday said it has infused more than Rs 30,000 crore in the last two years on boosting its network infrastructure. “… We have invested over Rs 300 billion over the past 2 years in adding new base stations and modernising our network infrastructure,” Bharti Airtel said in its ‘India Sustainability […]

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