The outbreak of coronavirus is impacting industries and businesses across the world. It has virtually brought the world economy to a standstill with millions of people placed under lockdown and global supply chains thrown into disarray. As the pandemic rages on, manufacturing of smartphones and telecom equipment has taken a hit. Meanwhile, in the face of lockdowns, retail stores are being shut down across the world. As unfortunate as this global medical emergency is, there are few silver linings too. As the work-from-home concept becomes the new norm, all major remote conferencing service providers are witnessing increasing uptake of their solutions. Further, the coronavirus outbreak is compelling traditionally less digitally inclined organisations to ramp up their digital infrastructure. Meanwhile, digital media consumption through social media, online gaming and OTT video streaming platforms is peaking as more people get homebound.

tele.net is tracking key developments, both positive and negative, relating to COVID-19’s impact on the telecom sector. We bring to you our coverage…

Government announces three schemes with  incentive worth Rs 480 billion to boost electronics production

BSNL vendors seek intervention of telecom and finance minister to clear wages of 200,000 employees

Nokia, Ericsson continue production of critical telecom gear at Pune and Chennai facilities; Huawei, ZTE claim to have enough inventory

Nationwide lockdown likely to have less impact on Reliance Jio, says Motilal Oswal report

No additional spectrum required to maintain stability and quality of networks, says COAI

AIMRA seeks waiver of interest on loans for three months

Maintaining telecom networks critical as data consumption surges to 30 per cent, says TAIPA; Urges states to align policy with RoW rules

Integrated command and control centres across 45 smart cities turned into COVID-19 war rooms

Google launches India-specific website on COVID-19

Telecom issues related to running of emergency services to be taken on priority, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

ICEA urges government to allow online sales of mobiles, PCs as essential services amid lockdown

TRAI allows six-week extension to telcos for regulatory filings; asks telcos to extend prepaid validity amid lockdown

Government launches Corona Kavach app to track COVID-19 risk; Karnataka, Tamil Nadu monitoring quarantined people through app

RBI moratorium on loan repayments likely to offer short term respite; telcos to opt for EMI moratorium, tariff to remain stable, says COAI

COAI, TAIPA ask Delhi Municipal Corporation to de-seal mobile towers; TAIPA says will ensure reliable telecom services amid lockdown

Web browsing and social media engagement has increased by 70 per cent and 61 per cent, respectively, says report

Oppo and Realme extend warranty period for various products and services

 

DoT asks telcos to provide additional spectrum requirements to WPC as data demand surges amid lockdown

DoT extends compliance and audit deadline for telcos till March 31; telcos seek suspension till lockdown end

Airtel launches tool powered by Apollo Hospitals to help users identify COVID-19 symptoms and risk

MTNL offers one month free access to corporate servers for enabling work from home

Telcos request mobile phone users to use internet data responsibly

Vodafone Idea undertaking steps to ensure operational continuity and connectivity amid COVID-19 crisis

Handset manufacturers stare at a production loss of upto Rs 150 billion amid lockdown; deferring GST filings provides no relief says industry

Streaming platforms suspend HD, ultra-HD services until April 14, bitrate no higher than 480p on cellular networks

DoT asks states to designate nodal officer for telecom to provide assistance to service providers

ITU launches global platform to help protect telecommunication networks during the COVID-19 crisis

Foxconn  and Wistron Corporation suspend production at India plants

OTT platforms to reduce streaming bitrates to mitigate network congestion

Airtel, Jio set to benefit from work-from-home trend, says BoFA report

Telcos seek extension from DoT to provide bank guarantees, COAI urges the department to bring telecom under essential services

DoT asks States to facilitate uninterrupted operation of critical communications networks

Google cancels the Google I/O developers conference; launches a Covid-19 dedicated search portal

 

Telcos request DoT and TRAI to allow users free access to critical sites

 

Reliance Jio along with parent RIL takes key measures to combat coronavirus outbreak

 

Xiaomi, Lenovo-Motorola and Lava temporarily suspend production in India

 

Slight increase in fixed broadband download speeds in India, mobile download speeds remain flat during COVID-19 outbreak, says Ookla

 

Airtel takes key measures to ensure connectivity as load on networks grow

 

Samsung, Oppo, Vivo suspend smartphone production at Noida facility

 

ONE GigaFiber enables work from home with “Double speed- Unlimited GBs” offer

Government launches WhatsApp chatbot ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ to address queries around COVID-19 outbreak

COAI urges TRAI to hold online open house discussion on the floor price issue

DoT relaxes norms for OSPs till April 30, 2020 to enable IT and ITeS companies to work from home

BSNL and Reliance Jio take key initiatives to offer better connectivity to users amidst growing coronavirus concerns

Apple shuts down retail stores worldwide until March 27 due to Covid-19 outbreak

Telcos to enhance service efficiency to enable people to work from home in the aftermath of Covid-19 outbreak

Tech giants work towards combating coronavirus pandemic

Mobile phone manufacturing to be impacted in the aftermath of Covid-19, says ICEA

DoT directs telcos to put coronavirus awareness message as ringing tone to create awareness

GSMA calls off Mobile World Congress 2020 citing Coronavirus concerns