Category: Editorial

November 2019

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on AGR has dealt a big blow to the incumbents’ already strained finances. During the quarter ended September 2019, Vodafone Idea reported losses of almost half a trillion rupees on account of...

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October 2019

In an unprecedented move, Reliance Jio has decided to recover IUC of Re 0.06 per minute from its users. This means, it is now charging users for making voice calls to other telco networks, reneging on its promise of a lifetime...

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September 2019

Ravi Shankar Prasad has announced that the spectrum sale is likely to take place towards the end of 2019 or early 2020. The government hopes and expects telecom operators to pick up 5G spectrum during this auction in order to...

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August 2019

In a key move that will pave the way for a conducive 5G ecosystem in India, DoT has recently issued guidelines for 5G trials across all available spectrum bands. Besides telcos, Indian entities that are involved in R&D and...

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July 2019

Recently, a group of ministers met to discuss a revival plan for the ailing state-run telcos, BSNL and MTNL. A slew of measures are being considered, including the monetisation of land and building assets, to fund their...

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June 2019

Ravi Shankar Prasad has taken charge as the new communications minister. Soon after assuming office, he spelt out the key areas that he and his ministry would focus on. These include broadband, digital inclusion, public Wi-Fi,...

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May 2019

Recently, a telecom ministry panel recommended spectrum allocation to telcos for conducting 5G network trials in India. As such, 5G pilot runs could begin June onwards. Spectrum will be made available to Airtel, Vodafone Idea...

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April 2019

As the sector steps into the new financial year, it is hoping for some stabilisation and pricing discipline to return. A recent report by Edelweiss suggests that telcos may finally be able to raise prices in the second half of...

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