February 2nd, 2015 5:40 AM 4 COMMENTS

Analysis: 7 key challenges faced by operators while implementing LTE

We all are eagerly waiting for the launch of 4G LTE services by Reliance Jio Infocom. Reliance Jio has acquired 2.3 GHz spectrum band for providing 4G services in 2010. Bharti Airtel is also facing problems in providing 4G services so as the other operators globally. LTE certainly stands out in terms of its technical superiority and spectral efficiency. However, being an evolving standard it poses some significant challenges ahead... Read More

January 27th, 2015 9:46 PM 1 COMMENTS

2G, 3G spectrum auction postpones to March 4 from February 25

The auction for 2G and 3G telecom spectrum will be deferred to March 4 from February 25 said Department of Telecommunications (DoT) today. Earlier, it was scheduled on February 25 for 2G and 3G networks , according to notification issued by the Department of Telecom (DoT).The last date for submission of applications is February 6, according to the timeline mentioned in the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA). "The reserve price approved... Read More

January 27th, 2015 5:45 AM 5 COMMENTS

DoT revises and issues fresh MSC Codes across various circles

DoT Licensing wing has finally given green signal for opening of number series 791 and 792 for Videocon services. According to the report Videocon, is planning to start its basic telephonic services in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, M.P and UP service areas. Attached below is the list of Licensee and revised MSC code for the respective service areas.  S.No Name of Licensee Name of LSA ACCESS MSC Codes to be allocated... Read More

January 25th, 2015 7:10 PM 11 COMMENTS

Hike introduces free voice calling feature in beta launch

Bharti SoftBank backed Hike messenger has introduced free voice calling feature as part of its beta launch. Users need to register for the beta program via the Hike app to start using voice call feature. Most messenger application in the market now offer voice calling and WhatsApp has already announced plans to introduce voice calling feature. Hike had recently bought US based Zip Phone, a free Voice calling company. This purchase has enabled Hike... Read More

January 24th, 2015 10:32 PM 6 COMMENTS

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence issues Rs. 427 crore demand notice to six operators

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has issued demand notices to six telecom operators including Vodafone India, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular to pay over Rs 427 crore for allegedly evading anti-dumping duty while importing digital transmission products from China and Israel. "Vodafone has been asked to pay Rs 333.34 crores, Bharti Airtel Rs 46.43 crores and Idea Rs 9.38 crores. Over and above the said amount, the telecom companies... Read More

January 20th, 2015 11:50 PM 0 COMMENTS

SCI rejects transfer plea of Department of Telecom on one time spectrum fee

The Supreme Court of India has rejected transfer plea of the Department of Telecom (DoT) with regards to the one time spectrum fee. However, a bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu dismissed as withdrawn the batch of government’s transfer pleas. "The telecom companies have filed petitions in different HCs “as a delaying tactic” and it is “nothing but an exercise of forum shopping in order to avoid the payment... Read More

January 11th, 2015 5:49 PM 5 COMMENTS

India rides on connectivity; adds more broadband and mobile device subscribers, BSNL leads in wired broadband

The total broadband subscriber base in India has increased from 79.21 million at the end of October 2014 to 82.22 million at the end of November 2014, there by showing a monthly growth of 3.79 %. “The top five service providers constituted 86.97 per cent market share of total broadband subscribers at the end of November 2014. These service providers were BSNL (18.70 million), Bharti Airtel (18.17 million), Vodafone (15.61... Read More

January 10th, 2015 5:14 AM 1 COMMENTS

New MSCs allocated to operators across different LSAs

New MSC codes have been allocated to Idea, Airtel, Vodafone, Telewings, Aircel and Tata Teleservices. The below mentioned MSC codes have been allocated to the respective operators. Below is the table that depicts which operator has been assigned S,No Licensee Name Name of LSA Access MSC codes to be allocated 1 Tata Teleservices Ltd. Kolkata 9147# 2 Aircel Ltd Delhi 83830,83836,83839,83840,83848,84330-84334 3 Aircel Ltd Mumbai 7899 4 Vodafone India Limited... Read More

January 6th, 2015 12:37 PM 15 COMMENTS

India targets more than Rs 80,000 cr revenues from 2G, 3G auctions

The 20-year licence for 900 MHz for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India for Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata circles lapsed, a month ago. But the same time, department of telecommunications (DoT) has approved to offer a 45-day extension (till January 14, 2015) to Bharti Airtel and Vodafone for migrating to new frequencies. So that users of the both telecom service providers will not impact till new licences are allotted. [caption id="attachment_45763" align="aligncenter" width="755"] 3G... Read More

January 2nd, 2015 3:00 PM 78 COMMENTS

Will Reliance Jio start its services by end of January ?

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) could be launching its much awaited 4G services in by end of this month (January). The services will be launched in Kolkata, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat circles. As we know, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has already assigned signalling point codes to Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd for launching its national long distance (NLD) and international long distance (ILD) services in Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka... Read More

December 25th, 2014 12:48 PM 17 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio Infocomm gets security clearance from DoT in its six circles

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given security clearances to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) to start its 4G services in six circles. After getting the security clearances, now RJIL will start services in Kolkata, Karnataka, Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat circles. However, DoT has asked the telecom operator to bridge the gaps in the lawful monitoring requirements and interception of data services, including those offered by Yahoo and... Read More

December 24th, 2014 1:29 PM 0 COMMENTS

COAI asks Department of Telecommunications to limit testing of imported telecom equipment

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has written a letter to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to conduct testing of imported telecom equipment on a sample basis rather than testing the entire shipment, as the latter would impede the supply of key network equipment. The industry telecom body has also requested for phased local screening of telecom network products as the country does not have the adequate infrastructure,” said COAI... Read More

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