Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Tik Tok ban: Internet Freedom Foundation writes to MeitY, terms bans disproportionate

NEW DELHI: The Internet Freedom Foundation said on Wednesday that it had written a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) calling app bans disproportionate and said there is an urgent need to commence a policy dialogue and indicate a way forward to ensure the benefits of digital tools and technologies can…
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Explainer: How 5G drove moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business.The entire drama played out as the mobile phone industry prepares to shift to a technology called 5G. Echoing complaints from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple had…
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Taxes on telecom similar to non-essential items like liquor, cigarette: Vodafone Idea CEO

A hotel employee clears a table after Vodafone Group and Idea Cellular news conference in Mumbai, March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files NEW DELHI:The telecom sector is being taxed like non-essential items such as liquor and cigarette, instead of being treated as a critical infrastructure, according to Vodafone Idea. "We have got customs duty at 23…
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See no challenge in payment of April salaries to staff: MTNL CMD

New Delhi: Crisis-ridden MTNL, whose revival package is in the works, has exuded confidence that it would not face any challenge in payment of April salaries to its 22,000 employees, as it plans to tap internal accruals and available cash. The comment assumes significance as distressed telecom PSUs Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Bharat…
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Airtel’s download speeds fastest, Jio records highest 4G availability: OpenSignal

NEW DELHI: Sunil Mittal-driven Bharti Airtel has exhibited fastest download speeds of 8.7 Mbps and best video experience across all telecom circles in India, while Reliance Jio has grown its 4G availability to 97.5%, up from 96.7% previously, according to OpenSignal’s latest mobile network experience report.Airtel widened the gap on its rivals by increasing its…
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BSNL may lease out Rs 50,000 crore worth of fibre assets to turn a...

NEW DELHI: State-controlled Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is considering to lease out its vast fibre base in the absence of any monetary support from the Narendra Modi-led government, to further fund the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), future spectrum buyouts as well as regularise capital expenses.BSNL chairman Anupam Shrivastava, however, confirmed the move and without…
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Apple and Qualcomm bury the hatchet in royalties battle royal

San Francisco: Apple and American microchip manufacturer Qualcomm said Tuesday they have agreed to "dismiss all litigation" against each other worldwide in what had been a sprawling battle over royalty payments.The last-minute settlement cut short a courtroom clash between the tech giants just as it was getting underway in California. For two years, the companies…
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Airtel to challenge DoT demand of Rs 8.2k cr guarantee for Tata Tele deal

Mumbai: Bharti Airtel will soon move the appellate tribunal, challenging the telecom department’s demand of Rs 8,200 crore in bank guarantees as a condition for giving its final nod to the merger of the consumer mobility business of Tata Teleservices with itself. “Airtel will appeal in the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against…
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Kavin Mittal’s Hike eyes mergers and acquisitions for its ‘unbundle’ strategy

NEW DELHI: Home-bred app Hike, which counts Softbank, Tencent, and Foxconn as investors, is looking for merger and acquisitions to execute its new strategy ‘unbundle’ its main app into three standalone apps messaging, gaming and news and video. It has rolled out its first standalone messaging app on Tuesday.“We are open for M&A for our…
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Telecom tariffs to rise in FY20 2nd half: Edelweiss

Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Telecom index was trading 0.59 per cent down at 1014.12 pm. New Delhi: Prices of telecom services are likely to rise in the second half of the current financial year (2019-20), an Edelweiss report said on Tuesday.The probability of a price hike can be attributed to the fact that the penetration…
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Huawei cautions delay in spectrum allotment for trials could hurt India 5G ambitions

Chinese telecoms gear maker Huawei Technologies has warned that India’s 5G ambitions could hit an air pocket if adequate compatible spectrum is not made available swiftly by the government to the telecom industry for conducting trials to hasten deployment of these much discussed ultra-fast wireless broadband networks.“India with its sizeable young and population, hungry for…
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Telcos offering services below cost; tariffs have to go up: Balesh Sharma, Vodafone Idea

Vodafone Idea has ruled out any chances of the telecom industry moving towards a duopoly saying that a three player market is optimum and any more shrinkage will not benefit anyone. The largest telco is in its last leg of integration but has already chalked out its next set of growth opportunities. Speaking to ET’s…
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Vodafone Idea to soon announce music, fintech partnerships: CEO

NEW DELHI: Vodafone Idea Limited. (VIL) said that it will soon announce new partnerships in music and fintech space, and is looking to form new partnerships in areas of video, assisted retail and e-commerce to drive revenue growth and data consumption on its network in the country.“Adjacencies is another growth area. A lot of industries…
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Samsung sold 2 million A-series handsets in 40 days; garners $500 mn

People pass by an advertisement of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S10+ smartphone at its shop in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2019. Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its operating profit for the last quarter likely fell more than 60% from a year earlier amid falling memory chip prices and slowing demand for display panels.Photo/Ahn Young-joon)…
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Amazon India mulling increasing affordability schemes for premium smartphones

NEW DELHI: Amazon is working towards making premium (above Rs 25000) smartphones more affordable for the Indian customers as the company looks to grow and improve its customer footprint in the smartphone category amidst its constant bid to tap new smartphone brands.To make the smartphones more affordable, the e-commerce giant has plans of increasing affordability…
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Vodafone Idea promoters may subscribe to shares worth Rs 20,000 cr in rights issue

NEW DELHI: Vodafone Idea Limited. (VIL) has said that its promoter shareholders -- Vodafone group and Aditya Birla Group-- will participate for an amount of up to Rs 20,000 crore in the Rights Issue, instead of the previously announced amount of up to Rs 18,250 crore.The company said in a filing to stock exchanges the…
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Foxconn chief hints reduced role, will remain chairman

Terry Gou, founder and chairman of Foxconn, attends a forum on industrial internet at the fifth World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo TAIPEI: Foxconn boss Terry Gou hinted Monday he would soon step back from frontline operations while remaining at the helm of the major Apple…
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Vodafone Idea rules out possibility of duopoly; CEO expects pricing to improve

Vodafone Idea Ltd. (VIL) has ruled out the possibility of the telecom industry moving towards a duopoly, saying the authorities have made it clear that they will ensure the current industry structure of three private players is maintained, which will also be in the interest of consumers.“They (policy makers) have very clearly said so. It…