Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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Huawei says awaiting approval from DoT for 5G trials

NEW DELHI: Chinese gear maker Huawei said that it is awaiting approval from the telecom department for conducting 5G trials in the country, having made a joint submission with private telecom operators before the authority in December last year.Responding to media reports that Huawei could be barred from 5G field trials, Jay Chen, chief executive…
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BSNL allays Niti Aayog’s ‘fears’ on 4G rollout

NEW DELHI: State-controlled telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has clarified to the department of telecom (DoT) on ‘apprehensions’ raised by the national policy think tank Niti Aayog, on raising preferential equity infusion for the rollout of much-awaited fourth-generation or 4G technology-based services.“We have already responded to the DoT on concerns raised by…
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Chinese Huawei involved in stealing Apple trade secrets: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese tech giant Huawei has been involved in "a pattern of dubious tactics" to steal technology from its rivals, particularly Apple's China-based suppliers, The Information has claimed.While the theft of trade secrets is nothing new among technology firms, the new allegations against Huawei represent "a more brazen and elaborate system of seeking out…
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Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea raise international roaming tariff by up to 25%

MUMBAI: Subscribers of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea travelling abroad will have to pay more as India’s two older mobile phone companies have increased their international roaming (IR) prices by as much as 20%, in a step to boost revenue and margins.The latest pricing moves by the two telecom operators come soon after they unveiled…
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Internet data firms stirring up Aadhaar privacy debate, suspects Trai chief

New Delhi: Internet companies that have built their businesses using public data are likely to have created privacy threat debate around the country's unique digital ID Aadhaar, Trai Chairman R S Sharma said on Monday. "My suspicion, I will have to prove that, but based on circumstantial evidence, we think that many of data companies…
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Centre needs to plug PMA policy loopholes: Tejas Networks’ Sanjay Nayak

The Narendra Modi government should fix loopholes in the Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy as it still lacks full implementation and India should focus on design-led manufacturing, says homegrown gear maker Tejas Networks chief executive Sanjay Nayak. In an interaction with ETTelecom’s Muntazir Abbas, Nayak said that must increase the spending on optical networking infrastructure…
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5G trials: Telcos seek financial support, backhaul spectrum, duty-free gear

NEW DELHI: Incumbent telecom service providers have demanded comprehensive support from the government including financial aid, backhaul spectrum, and duty-free telecom gear in order to kickstart fifth-generation or 5G technology-based field trials.In a letter dated February 7, to the department of telecom (DoT), seen by ETT, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said that…
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DoT meeting today to speed up 5G spectrum allocation policy

Kolkata: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has convened a meeting Monday to explore ways to speed up the pending 5G spectrum allocation policy, clear the air on all bands to be available for 5G commercial deployments and also get a fix on budgetary support required by telcos rolling out such ultra-high speed mobile broadband networks.Stanford…
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Government assures BSNL staff, urges to call off strike

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government Sunday assured the agitating employees of the state-run telecom operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to address their pending demands as well as initiate steps to revive the telco.The All India Unions and Associations of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (AUAB) has called for a three-day…
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TSDSI vs telcos & gear vendors: Dispute over local 5G standard to delay service...

A 5G sign is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files NEW DELHI: A dispute has broken out between India’s telecom standards body and the private industry, including telecom operators, equipment vendors and chipmakers over the development of local standards for 5G, which some fear could delay roll…
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No yet apprised of government’s decision on telecom ombudsman: TRAI to DoT

New Delhi: Regulator TRAI has written to the telecom department that it has not yet been apprised of the government's decision on the proposed grievance redressal mechanism or ombudsman for the telecom sector despite a reminder, and that the position on the same should be conveyed to it. In the letter addressed to Telecom Secretary…
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BSNL starts survey for mobile towers deployment along India-China border

Guwahati: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has started a survey for installing mobile towers along the highly sensitive India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh.The installation of mobile towers is expected to better the connectivity in the area.BSNL's Chief General Manager (CGM) for Assam Circle, Sanddep Govil, said this on Friday while addressing a press conference and…
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SBI approaches big 4 auditors to appoint resolution professional for RCom

New Delhi: State Bank of India (SBI), one of the major lenders to Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications (RCom), has approached some of the Big Four audit firms and consultants to identify and select a resolution professional (RP) to manage insolvency proceedings of the telecom company. EY and a previously appointed resolution professional for RCom are…
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Ericsson won’t accept settlement from RCom without SC direction

Mumbai: Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson will not accept any settlement offer by Reliance Communications (RCom), unless directed by the Supreme Court, people familiar with the matter said. The stance comes post the debt-laden telco’s offer to make payments using income tax refunds to the company.“RCom lawyers had said they are willing to give Rs…
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5G trials: Free spectrum allocation hits policy roadblock

NEW DELHI: Government-backed field trials of fifth generation cellular mobile communications technology appear to have hit a snag even before their start.The wireless planning wing of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that free spectrum for 5G trials can be allocated only for 90 days, citing current rules. But mobile phone operators and equipment…
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Government mulling interoperability for public Wi-Fi network: Sundararajan

New Delhi: The government is considering a proposal to enable interoperability for public Wi-Fi network, which will translate into a seamless connectivity experience for users, a top Department of Telecom official said Friday. Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said 3.7 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots have been deployed by the industry - against the stated commitment of rolling…
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Seizing on Huawei’s troubles, Samsung bets big on network gear

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics is pouring resources into its telecom network equipment business, aiming to capitalise on the security fears hobbling China's Huawei, according to company officials and other industry executives.Those efforts include moving high-performing managers and numerous employees to the network division from its handset unit, two Samsung sources said.Potential customers are taking notice of…
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SC sacks two court staffers over mix-up in Ambani appearance order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has sacked two court officials responsible for a mix-up in posting an order directing Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani to personally appear in a contempt of court case. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi dismissed court master Manav Sharma and assistant registrar Tapan Kumar Chakraborty on Thursday after they uploaded…
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Telcos ask DoT to defer deadline to test gear imports

Kolkata: India’s top mobile service providers have asked the department of telecommunications (DoT) to defer the April 1 deadline for mandatory testing and certification of imported network equipment due to a paucity of labs to undertake such in-country screening.They are likely to urge DoT and its technical wing, the telecom engineering centre (TEC), to instruct…
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DoT floats Cabinet note on Voda Idea’s FDI proposal ahead of Rs 25,000 cr...

New Delhi: The telecom department has floated a cabinet note on proposed foreign fund infusion plans by India's largest telecom operator Vodafone Idea Ltd, which is planning up to Rs 25,000 crore rights issue, according to a source. A telecom department official privy to the development said that the proposal is likely to be taken…