December 29th, 2020 9:22 PM 3 COMMENTS

COAI Strongly Condemns Farmers’ Protest of Disrupting Telecom Towers in Punjab

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) expressed its disappointment over farmers cutting power supply to Jio's towers in Punjab. The farmers are currently protesting against the government three farm laws. According to them, the new farm laws benefit the Mukesh Ambani, who also owns Reliance Jio. Because of this reason, farmers are disturbing the power supply of the telco's towers. COAI DG SP Kochhar said the firm respects people's... Read More

December 21st, 2020 9:24 AM 3 COMMENTS

ARPU Would Take Several Years to Reach Minimum Acceptable Level: COAI DG

Over the last few quarters, telecom operators saw a slight increase in Average Revenue per User (ARPU). As the country went into lockdown to combat COVID-19, the ARPU of telecom operators, especially Bharti Airtel, has been on the rise because of the high utilisation of telecom services by the customers. S.P. Kochhar, the Director General at Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), opined that the recent ARPU growth is 'not... Read More

December 16th, 2020 9:58 PM 24 COMMENTS

Next Round of Spectrum Auction in India to Take Place by March 2021, COAI Welcomes the Move

The Union Cabinet has approved the next spectrum auction and it will be held in India by March 2021, an official statement from the government said. The Cabinet has cleared the DoT's proposal in which the department stated the willingness to conduct spectrum auction by March 2021. The frequency bands- 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz, will be auctioned, and it... Read More

September 15th, 2020 11:50 AM 0 COMMENTS

Trai Recommendations on OTT Services Does Not Address Important Issues: COAI

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Monday said that the recommendations released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-Top (OTT) services does not address important issues. SP Kochhar, director general of COAI said that the consultation paper released by Trai in 2018, had raised several “important issues” such as “lawful interception of OTT services.” However, Kochhar said that the recommendations released by Trai... Read More

July 10th, 2020 3:24 PM 1 COMMENTS

Telcos Urge Trai to Charge SUC on Shared Spectrum Bands

Telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio, have urged the telecom regulator Trai that additional spectrum usage charge (SUC) of 0.5 % must only be applicable in shared spectrum bands rather than the entire spectrum band. Not only this, but the telcos have asked Trai to consider the necessity of SUC charge as the airwaves are purchased in auction by paying market prices. As reported by ET Telecom,... Read More

June 27th, 2020 8:14 PM 0 COMMENTS

Telecom Gear Source Code Review Will Be Questionable: Ericsson

The government of India earlier said that it might seek source code of every network equipment deployed in the country as a part of security assurance testing initiative. However, Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson addressed its concern and stated that the result of checking source code would be diplomatic and it will not be possible virtually to free the software from unknown vulnerabilities. As reported by ET Telecom, Ericsson wrote... Read More

June 26th, 2020 7:45 PM 1 COMMENTS

COAI Signs MoU with 5G-ACIA to Promote 5G Mobile Communications in India

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has signed a non-profitable MoU with 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) which is the working party of ZVEI to shape and promote 5G mobile communications in different vertical industries with a special focus on manufacturing and process industry. The partnership between COAI and 5G-ACIA will primarily focus on the 5G needs in the manufacturing and process industry. The MoU between... Read More

May 25th, 2020 6:43 PM 0 COMMENTS

Trai Must Fix Floor Price Soon to Revive Telecom Sector: COAI

Telecom operators have urged Trai to fasten up the process of fixing floor price as it will revive the telecom sector from financial burden and attract investments in future. Telecom operators are already under huge burden due to the AGR crisis and lockdown period. Due to multiple reasons, the ARPU of the telecom operators has taken a hit.  As reported by ET Telecom, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has... Read More

May 4th, 2020 1:01 PM 0 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Launches Digital Chatbot on WhatsApp for Customer Support and Assistance

Vodafone Idea has launched an AI-powered VIC for customer service and support assistant for its customers on WhatsApp. The service has been developed on the technology of ORISERVE, which is famous for making multi-language chatbots. The VIC offered by Vodafone Idea is also live on the official website of the company along with My Vodafone and My Idea Apps. With the service launched, Vodafone Idea has become the first telecom... Read More

April 21st, 2020 6:42 PM 2 COMMENTS

COAI Requests States to Open Retail Recharging Centres

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has requested the states to open retail recharging centres to aid telecom subscribers. Since telecom services fall under essential services, COAI has urged that people involved in the business of retail recharge centres should be provided with a pass to move out. Similarly, telecom subscribers must also be allowed to step out in a staggered manner to get their recharge done. Since the... Read More

April 14th, 2020 5:11 PM 1 COMMENTS

COAI Pushes for Reduction in License Fees While Industry Focused on Keeping Networks Up And Running

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Tuesday said that it has asked the government for a reduction in license fees (LF) and spectrum usage charges (SUC). COAI, the industry body representing operators like Vodafone Idea and Airtel, said that it has urged the government not to excise GST on license fees and SUC as they are not services. While COAI has put forward the requests to the government,... Read More

April 13th, 2020 2:21 PM 0 COMMENTS

Telecom Operations Might Fully Shut Down in Virus Hotspots

As the threat of COVID-19 is increasing drastically, the government of India has labelled various hotspots. These hotspots have been affected by the virus severely, and strict lockdown has been imposed in hotspots cities. Also, telecom operators who are trying to ensure seamless connectivity are not being allowed to operate in virus hotspot areas by the local authorities. Major telecom operators like Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have... Read More

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