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Centre to pay MTNL's bond interest by Wednesday, says DoT officials

With this date having been passed, the government now has to step in and deposit the necessary funds in the designated trust and retention account at least three days before the due date

Centre to pay MTNL's bond interest by Wednesday, says DoT officials
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 10:49 PM IST

Telecom dept invites proposals on 'Quantum Standardisation, Testing Labs'

The Department of Telecom has invited research proposals on 'Quantum Standardisation and Testing Labs' from Indian academic institutions or research and development institutions, an official release said on Sunday. The goal is to drive research and development in quantum technologies, ensuring the interoperability, reliability, and security of quantum communication systems. These labs will serve as innovation hubs, uniting quantum technology developers, testing equipment manufacturers, and academic researchers to explore and harness the full potential of quantum technologies for the benefit of all citizens. "The initiative aligns with the Prime Minister's vision for 'Jai Anushandhan', aiming to support research and development in telecom products and technologies that directly enhance the lives of Indian citizens," the release said. It underlines efforts towards making India self-reliant in quantum technologies and setting global benchmarks in this cutting-edge field. "The effort

Telecom dept invites proposals on 'Quantum Standardisation, Testing Labs'
Updated On : 07 Jul 2024 | 4:24 PM IST

New telecom law to come into effect from June 26: What are the changes?

The Telecommunications Act of 2023 was approved by both Houses during the Winter Session in December last year and received presidential assent in the same month

New telecom law to come into effect from June 26: What are the changes?
Updated On : 24 Jun 2024 | 4:22 PM IST

Telecom subscriber base crosses 1.2 billion mark in April; Jio tops chart

The telecom subscriber base in the country has crossed the 1.2 billion user mark for the second time, with Reliance Jio leading the chart in terms of new additions and the total customer base, according to a sector regulator Trai's report. According to Trai's monthly subscriber report, the total telecom subscriber base increased by 0.16 per cent to 1,201.22 million at the end of April from 1,199.28 million in March 2024. The total subscriber base crossed the 1.2 billion mark in May 2017, and touched a record of 1.21 billion in July 2017. Wireless subscribers continue to dominate the total subscriber base, with 1,165.49 million during the reported month. Reliance Jio led the growth in the wireless segment by adding 2.68 million net new subscribers, taking its total customer base to 472.42 million. It was followed by Bharti Airtel, which added 752 thousand customers, thereby its subscriber base growing to 267.57 million in April 2024. The huge loss of 1.23 million subscribers by ...

Telecom subscriber base crosses 1.2 billion mark in April; Jio tops chart
Updated On : 19 Jun 2024 | 11:46 PM IST

Indus Towers Q4 results: PAT rises 32% to Rs 1,853 cr, revenue up 6.5%

Telecom infrastructure company Indus Towers on Tuesday reported around a 32 per cent jump in its consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 2024. It had registered a net profit of Rs 1,399.1 crore a year ago, as per the company's regulatory filing. The company's consolidated revenue from operations grew 6.5 per cent to Rs 7,193.2 crore during the reported quarter against Rs 6,752.9 crore in the March 2023 quarter. For the year ended March 31, 2024, Indus Towers posted close to a three-fold jump in consolidated profit to Rs 6,036.2 crore from Rs 2,040 crore at the end of the financial year (FY) 2023. The annual revenue from operations of Indus Towers remained almost flat at Rs 28,600.6 crore during the reported fiscal compared to Rs 28,381.8 crore in FY23. "The network expansion by a major customer and increase in our market share helped us deliver record tower additions, surpassing the milestone of 2,00,000 towers. On the financial front, we were pleased to see ste

Indus Towers Q4 results: PAT rises 32% to Rs 1,853 cr, revenue up 6.5%
Updated On : 30 Apr 2024 | 11:50 PM IST

Porting requests at 8-month low; Voda biggest loser among major providers

In Feb 2024, subscribers made nearly 12 mn portability requests, lowest since June 2023

Porting requests at 8-month low; Voda biggest loser among major providers
Updated On : 16 Apr 2024 | 10:37 PM IST

Trai wants district, state level data to boost quality of telecom services

QoS has remained a priority for the regulator, with Trai Chairperson Anil Kumar Lahoti naming call drops as a key area of his focus after taking charge in January

Trai wants district, state level data to boost quality of telecom services
Updated On : 02 Apr 2024 | 5:52 PM IST

Growing interest: FMCG, telcos on foreign portfolio investors hot list

Analysts said large part of the flows into the FMCG sector were due to the block deal in ITC, where the British American Tobacco (BAT) sold a 3.5 per cent stake for around Rs 17,000 crore

Growing interest: FMCG, telcos on foreign portfolio investors hot list
Updated On : 22 Mar 2024 | 12:43 AM IST

DoT imposes Rs 4 lakh fine on Airtel for violation of verification norms

The Department of Telecom has imposed a penalty of around Rs 4 lakh on Bharti Airtel for violation of subscriber verification norms in Delhi and Bihar circles. According to a regulatory filing by Bharti Airtel, the Department of Telecommunications, Delhi circle, has issued a notice imposing a penalty of Rs 2.55 lakh for alleged violation of subscriber verification norms. The Delhi circle has issued notice for "alleged violation of terms and conditions with respect to subscriber verification norms under the Licence Agreement, pursuant to Sample CAF Audit conducted by DoT for January 2023", the filing said. The department's Bihar circle has given a notice to the company, imposing a Rs 1.46 lakh fine for "alleged violation of subscriber verification norms", Bharti Airtel said in a separate filing. For Bihar circle, the notice has been issued "pursuant to Sample CAF Audit conducted by DoT for January 2024", the filing said. The company has, however, contested the penalty levied by DoT

DoT imposes Rs 4 lakh fine on Airtel for violation of verification norms
Updated On : 21 Mar 2024 | 9:12 PM IST

Spectrum auction for eight bands to start from 20 May 2024: DoT notice

The upcoming spectrum auction will start from May 20, according to the notice inviting application released by the Department of Telecom on Friday. Government will auction eight spectrum bands for mobile phone services at a base price of Rs 96,317.65 crore. Spectrum which is held by certain companies undergoing insolvency processes as well as frequencies expiring this year will also be put on auction.

Spectrum auction for eight bands to start from 20 May 2024: DoT notice
Updated On : 08 Mar 2024 | 4:30 PM IST

Geopolitical convergence on terrestrial broadcasting

Both ATSC 3.0 for BPS in the US and D2M in India have the potential to deliver communications of national importance during crises and disasters independent of satellite systems and cellular telephony

Geopolitical convergence on terrestrial broadcasting
Updated On : 29 Feb 2024 | 12:44 AM IST

Telcos made Rs 10,000 crore extra capex to support large apps: COAI

Telecom operators are estimated to have spent an additional Rs 10,000 crore in 2022-23 to support traffic generated by large entertainment and communication apps, according to an estimate of telecom industry body COAI. Cellular Operators Association of India, Director General, SP Kochhar told PTI that the infrastructure support provided by telecom operators to top 4-5 apps large traffic generator apps also corresponds to their revenue growth and in the absence of fair share norms for large apps, the government has lost about Rs 800 crore revenue in 2023 alone. He said that the industry body has submitted a white paper to the Ministry of Finance in this regard in January. "The additional capex required to provide the infrastructure to carry the LTG-related data traffic for the year 2023 alone amounts to around Rs 10,000 crore. Accordingly, the proposed fair share to TSPs on the amount would have resulted in enhancing AGR-related licence fees and USOF levies (combined 8 per cent of A

Telcos made Rs 10,000 crore extra capex to support large apps: COAI
Updated On : 29 Feb 2024 | 12:01 AM IST

Tarun Chhabra to replace Sanjay Malik as Nokia India country manager

Finnish IT and tech firm Nokia on Tuesday announced the appointment of Tarun Chhabra as its country manager in India with effect from April 1, 2024. He will replace Sanjay Malik who retires on March 31, 2024. "Tarun Chhabra will continue in his role of Head of Mobile Networks Market India in addition to assuming India Country Manager responsibilities," the company said in a statement. "India is such an important market for Nokia and I believe that, in this new role, I will be able to help our customers to benefit from Nokia's leading technology across our portfolio, at a time when technology is playing a vital role than ever before in the lives of organizations, companies, individuals and societies," Chhabra said.

Tarun Chhabra to replace Sanjay Malik as Nokia India country manager
Updated On : 20 Feb 2024 | 4:52 PM IST

Farmers' protest: Internet suspended in 7 districts of Haryana till Feb 19

The Haryana government on Saturday extended the ban on mobile internet and bulk SMS services in seven districts by two more days till February 19 in the wake of the farmers' agitation. The affected districts are Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa. The government had earlier extended the suspension of mobile internet on February 13 and 15. Protesting farmers have stayed put at Shambhu and Khanauri points on Punjab's border with Haryana for the fifth day after their 'Delhi Chalo' march to press the Centre for various demands, including a legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops, was stopped by security forces which led to clashes. Besides a legal guarantee of MSP, the farmers are demanding the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, pension for farmers and farm labourers, farm debt waiver, no hike in electricity tariff, withdrawal of police cases and "justice" for the victims of the 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence, ...

Farmers' protest: Internet suspended in 7 districts of Haryana till Feb 19
Updated On : 17 Feb 2024 | 11:09 PM IST

Ericsson expects decline in 5G demand from telcos despite Q4 earnings beat

After a few years of high demand for 5G equipment, buying by telecom providers slowed last year, prompting firms such as Ericsson and Nokia to lay off thousands of employees to save costs

Ericsson expects decline in 5G demand from telcos despite Q4 earnings beat
Updated On : 23 Jan 2024 | 4:24 PM IST

India set to export indigenously-developed 4G, 5G stacks in 2024: Officials

Indian technology has garnered global interest amid govt's aggressive marketing

India set to export indigenously-developed 4G, 5G stacks in 2024: Officials
Updated On : 21 Jan 2024 | 11:33 PM IST

Jio continues to remain country's strongest brand for 2024: Report

Jio, the telecom and digital arm of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance, continues to be the strongest Indian brand, ahead of likes of Life Insurance Corporation and State Bank of India, according to the latest report 'Global-500 2024' published by Brand Finance. Jio had topped India's strong brands in Brand Finance's 2023 rankings as well. In the 2024 ranking, Jio is placed at the 17th position among the world's strongest brands with a Brand Strength Index of 88.9 in the list led by WeChat, YouTube, Google, Deloitte, Coca Cola and Netflix. LIC is placed at the 23rd place on the list, followed by SBI at 24th rank. It is ahead of brands like EY, and Instagram. "Jio, a relatively new entrant in the telecommunications sector, emerges as the strongest brand with a notable 14 per cent increase in brand value to USD 6.1 billion, alongside a high brand strength index score of 89.0 and associated AAA brand rating," the report said. "Jio's meteoric rise in the telecom industry is benefiti

Jio continues to remain country's strongest brand for 2024: Report
Updated On : 17 Jan 2024 | 10:52 PM IST

Govt bats for direct-to-mobile technology, pilots in 19 cities soon

Govt keen to launch by 2025 technology that can allow multimedia content on smartphones without active internet

Govt bats for direct-to-mobile technology, pilots in 19 cities soon
Updated On : 16 Jan 2024 | 11:01 PM IST

Trai directs Jio, Airtel to clarify terms on unlimited 5G data offerings

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have both clarified that unlimited does not equate to infinity as data usage is restricted by speed and network

Trai directs Jio, Airtel to clarify terms on unlimited 5G data offerings
Updated On : 05 Dec 2023 | 3:00 PM IST

Centre to disburse Rs 400 cr to 20 firms under PLI scheme for telecom gear

All of these 20 companies, including Nokia and Jabil, have met their targets under the production-linked incentive scheme for manufacturing telecom goods

Centre to disburse Rs 400 cr to 20 firms under PLI scheme for telecom gear
Updated On : 09 Nov 2023 | 2:10 PM IST