August 2nd, 2021 1:38 PM 1 COMMENTS

5G Spectrum Base Price Might be Revised

The pricing of 5G airwaves set by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been opposed by the telecom operators since the beginning. All the major telcos operating in India have shown their concern around the exorbitant pricing of the available spectrum. Since 5G is on the cliff, the Department of Telecommunications is planning to hold 5G auctions by seeking a revised base price from the telco regulator for the 3300-3750... Read More

July 26th, 2021 12:11 PM 2 COMMENTS

RCom Lenders Very Close to Huge Loss

Reliance Communications, the bankrupt Anil Ambani company, might soon see its telecom license getting cancelled. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is set to cancel the telecom license of RCom because the telco has failed to pay the statutory dues. According to a Business Standard report, the bankrupt telco would be served with a show-cause notice before its telecom license is cancelled. For the unaware, RCom’s telecom license is expiring on... Read More

July 26th, 2021 11:47 AM 0 COMMENTS

5G Spectrum Pricing the Key Thing for India

India might not see the true potential of 5G if the spectrum pricing is not fair. In simple words, if the spectrum pricing is way more than what telcos can afford, they won’t buy it. Telecom operators in India have already expressed that if they don’t get the necessary 5G spectrum at a fair price, they will not buy it from the government and go ahead with rolling out 5G... Read More

July 20th, 2021 11:51 AM 0 COMMENTS

DoT and Police Launch Project to Reduce Mobile Thefts

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Delhi Police have together launched the ‘Central Equipment Identity Register’ project. This project will help the authorities in tracing, blocking, and reporting IEMI numbers of stolen electronic devices. According to a PTI report, the project is currently launched in Maharashtra and Delhi. With the new project, the concerned authorities will be able to take quick actions and also notify the telecom service providers... Read More

July 19th, 2021 5:00 PM 18 COMMENTS

AGR Case: SC Won’t Allow Recalculation of Dues, Vodafone Idea In a Bad Place

The Supreme Court has today said that it wouldn’t allow re-computation or re-calculation of the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues. However, if there’s any rectification that needs to be done, it might be allowed (this didn’t come directly from the SC). It is worth noting that the apex court had said that it wouldn’t allow reassessment of the dues; however, it didn’t say that if any errors are there, the... Read More

July 14th, 2021 11:19 AM 0 COMMENTS

BSNL Will Pay 1% SUC to Government for Satellite Services

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will have to pay a percentage of its adjusted gross revenue (AGR) towards the spectrum usage charges (SUC) to the government for providing satellite-based services. As per a PTI report, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked the state-run telco to pay 1% SUC for offering services based on satellite communications. At present, the state-run telco offers satellite-based communication services to several shipping companies, government... Read More

July 13th, 2021 8:01 PM 1 COMMENTS

Telecom Equipment Providers Exceed DoT Expectations in PLI Investment

The central government’s Production Linked Incentive scheme is touted to be one of the propellors of production of telecom equipment in the country in the coming years. In an environment where the Chinese telecom manufacturers are looked at with raised eyebrows and the European ones are considered too costly given the industry’s current situation, domestic production seems to be the way out. This is the reason why DoT invited proposals... Read More

July 13th, 2021 6:23 PM 1 COMMENTS

BSNL Employees’ Unions Seek Withdrawal of Officers Posted From DoT

All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) has raked up the issue of “excess officers” who are on deputation from the DoT and asked for their recall, as the company is finding it difficult to pay its own staff salary. A withdrawal of these officers would help the company save Rs 100 crore per year, while Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association (SNEA), which also raised the same demand earlier, had sought... Read More

July 9th, 2021 1:53 PM 2 COMMENTS

5G Spectrum Auctions in India to be Delayed Further

Everyone in the Indian telecom industry is waiting for the 5G spectrum auctions to take place. The auctions have been delayed enough, but it looks like they will be delayed even further. The Indian Navy, which holds 100 MHz of the 5G spectrum does not want to vacate it anytime soon. This comes via a Business Standard report which mentions that the Indian Navy doesn’t want to vacate its 100... Read More

July 9th, 2021 8:30 AM 0 COMMENTS

Telecom Ministry Gets New Head, Here are the Challenges That Lay Ahead for Him

On Thursday, news of the new cabinet reshuffle filled the newspapers and the internet, with one of the most powerful offices in the country being handed over to relatively lesser-known people. Among these is also Ashwini Vaishnav, a 1994 batch IAS officer who has taken the reins of the telecom ministry from the previous office-bearer, Ravi Shankar Prasad. Vaishnav joins the office at a time when a lot of responsibilities... Read More

July 8th, 2021 8:30 AM 12 COMMENTS

Telecom Watchdog Wants Government to Reject VIL’s Request to Defer Rs 8,292 Crore Due Payment

Telecom Watchdog, a consumer forum and a non-governmental organisation, has urged the Government to reject beleaguered operator Vodafone Idea Ltd’s (VIL) request for more time to pay dues of Rs 8,292 crore. The not-for-profit organisation has termed VIL’s request for one-year deferment to pay the dues as “illegal”, even as it called for a forensic audit of the firm’s last 10 years’ accounts. On its part, VIL had sought to... Read More

July 5th, 2021 5:00 AM 3 COMMENTS

Relief to Telcos Will be Good for Govt and Consumers Also

The telecom industry has become a bloodbath and is no field for new players now. Even seasoned companies are finding it hard to hold their ground in the extremely competitive environment that has grown to severe heights in the last few months. The falling data rates, the expectations of the shareholders and the customers alike have to be managed, and the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the worries by quite... Read More

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