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TRAI asks access providers to file tariffs online only from Jan 1
TRAI asks access providers to file tariffs online only from Jan 1

Telecom regulator Trai Thursday directed all access service providers to file tariffs online only from January 1, effectively doing away with the requirement of physical submission of tariff offers. "And whereas considering all the aspects, the Authority has decided that there shall not be any requirement of filing physical copy of tariffs and the same shall not be considered for the purpose of tariff filing except for ISD tariffs and international roaming tariffs, electronic filing of which will be enabled in next phase," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in a statement.

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Telecom NewsReduce the IUC: Use pure LRIC methods to calculate interconnection charges
B K Syngal, Former CMD, VSNL

The telecom regulatory authority of India or TRAI has started the exercise of reviewing interconnection usage charge (IUC). There is always a dispute between incumbent and new operators on interconnection charges. Incumbent operators want high IUC as they have been around for a longer time and, thus, have more number of subscribers, while new operators want low IUC........read more
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Telecom News No green signal from Telecom Dept. for Trai’s Rs 3,000-cr fine on Airtel, Vodafone Idea
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsTrai''s Rs 3,050-crore penalty recommendation on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular over interconnect (IUC) provision to Reliance Jio has not got a green signal from a high-powered committee of the telecom ministry, which has raised questions over the regulator''s authority to raise such a financial penalty. The matter is now expected to be taken up with the inter-ministerial telecom commission, which is the highest decision-making body on telecom matters, sources told TOI. The committee of the department of telecom (DoT) failed to arrive at a conclusion on Trai''s recommendations,...read more
Telecom News Tejas Networks sets up Center of Excellence for next generation telecom technologies in Kerala
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsTejas Networks said it is establishing a Center of Excellence (CoE) for next-generation telecom technologies in Kerala. The CoE is being set up in partnership with the state government in the new Integrated Startup Complex in Kochi. As part of the partnership, Tejas Networks also proposed to set up an advanced networking testbed for cutting-edge technologies such as terabit-scale optical communications, gigabit-scale broadband access, 5G and software-defined networking....read more
Telecom News 'Microwave spectrum allocated to Jio, MTS as per norms'
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe department of telecom allocated microwave spectrum to Reliance Jio in 2015 and then to Sistema Shyam Teleservices without auction provisionally and in compliance with rules, highly placed government sources said in response to CAG allegations of wrongdoing. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report tabled in Parliament last week said microwave access (MWA) spectrum was allocated to a telecom operator in 2015 on first-come-first-served (FCFS) basis in contravention to the recommendations of a DoT-constituted committee,...read more
Telecom News Spectrum allocation done through auction: Prasad on CAG''s observation on anomalies
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsUnion minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday said every spectrum was allocated through auction during his tenure as telecom minister and will look into the anomalies pointed out by the CAG in spectrum allocation of 2015. "Every spectrum was allocated through auction," Prasad said on sidelines on an NIC event when asked about the shortcomings found by CAG in 2015 spectrum allocation. When specifically asked that issue raised by the Comptroller and the Auditor General (CAG) pertains to microwave access spectrum, Prasad said "I will look into it"....read more
Telecom News India needs to adopt middle path on data protection: NITI Aayog
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsNITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar on Wednesday made a case for adopting a middle path with regard to data protection, saying "data nationalism" may be the anti-thesis of global growth. He said access to data is crucial for achieving faster growth which is now being driven by the digital economy. Speaking at the ''Raisina Dialogue 2019'' here, Kumar said, "I think there is a midway, that will make for digital cooperation as opposed to data protection."...read more
Telecom News All major telcos fail to meet service quality norms in Jun-Sep 2018
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsAll major telecom operators failed to comply with the quality of service benchmark during June-September 2018, according to a Trai report. Call drops were higher on Idea Cellular and Vodafone networks in some of the telecom circles during the period, the report showed. Idea breached call norms in Madhya Pradesh, UP West, while Vodafone network failed to meet criteria in UP East and UP West telecom circles. Call drops on Idea network due to fault in mobile tower or sites were beyond the quality benchmark in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and North East....read more
Telecom News Govt spending on telecom infrastructure increased to Rs 60,000 crores
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe Narendra Modi-led NDA government''s spending on telecom infrastructure has been increased to six-fold to Rs 60,000 for the 2014-19 period, and it had taken various industry-friendly initiatives, according to a year-end review by the Ministry of Communications. "There is a six-fold increase in government spending on telecommunications infrastructure and services in the country from Rs. 9,900 crores between 2009-14, to Rs. 60,000 crores (actual and planned) between 2014-19," the statement issued by the ministry Wednesday said....read more
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Telecom News Avaya appoints Sanjay Pai as regional sales director for India market
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe US-based communications and collaboration company Avaya Holdings Thursday appointed Sanjay Pai, as the regional sales director for the India market. Sanjay will be reporting to Vishal Agrawal, Managing Director, Avaya, India & SAARC, and will be responsible for leading the north and east markets for Avaya India, it said in a statement. “He has a proven track record of driving tangible growth for customers and partners in the unified communications and contact centre space,” Agrawal said....read more
Telecom News Honor 10 Lite with dewnotch display, AI selfie camera launched at Rs 13,999
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsOn Tuesday, Huawei''s sub-brand Honor launched the Honor 10 Lite with its home-grown Kirin 710 processor and a dewnotch display in India at a starting price of Rs 13,999. The smartphone would be available in a configuration of 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM +64GB storage for Rs 17,999 in sapphire blue, sky blue and midnight black colours only on Flipkart. "Following our devotion in photography and design in the Lite series the Honor 10 Lite also sports a range of high-end features," Suhail Tariq, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said in a statement....read more
Telecom News Vivo India partners Cashify to allow exchange of old smartphones on Vivo’s in-house e-store
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsChinese handset maker Vivo has come up with an exchange program in India ‘Vivo Xchange’ as part of which the company will allow people to exchange their old phones and upgrade to a new Vivo smartphone on Vivo’s in-house e-store. For this, the company has partnered with online re-commerce brand Cashify.in. The upgrade program will let both existing Vivo customers and other smartphone users looking to buy a new Vivo smartphone to participate in the program. Moreover, Vivo is offering an additional Rs 1000 bump-up in exchange of old Vivo smartphones from January 16-19....read more
Telecom News Airtel becomes first operator to launches 4G services in islands
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsBharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, today announced the launch of its 4G services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Airtel is the first mobile operator to launch high speed data services on the archipelago, which is now connected to the digital superhighway. Airtel’s 4G services will enable local residents to enjoy digital services like HD quality video streaming, superfast downloads and uploads, high speeds internet browsing on Airtel’s state-of-the-art FDD 4G network....read more
Telecom News Microsoft to end 'Windows 7' support in 2020
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsEven though Microsoft ended mainstream support for "Windows 7" in January 2015, the software giant has now decided to put a final halt on the roll-out of free security patches also for the operating system (OS) next year. "After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running ''Windows 7''," the company wrote in a post on Monday. Even after Microsoft ends support for the older OS, users would still be able to operate on it but would not receive any security, software or feature updates....read more
Telecom News Vodafone introduces new annual plan, to offer 365GB data at Rs 1,499 for prepaid users
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsLeading telecom operator Vodafone has rolled out a new plan for its prepaid users. The company has introduced an yearly plan of Rs 1,499 which is valid for 365 days. This new plan from the service provider also include Vodafone Play subscription and unlimited national roaming facility. Under Rs 1,499, Vodafone offers unlimited national and local calling with 100 SMS per day. Along with this, users will also get 1GB data per day which means users will get the total data of 365GB. In case users will exhaust the 1GB data limit then users will be charged 50 paise per MB....read more
Telecom News Samsung to launch Galaxy ''M'' series on January 28, will be Amazon exclusive
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsOn Monday, Samsung India said it will launch the Galaxy 'M' series on January 28 that will be available on Amazon.in from March 5. India will be the first country to launch the new series smartphones, the company said in a statement. The 'M' series will also be available on Samsung's online store. The new range comes with powerful display, camera, battery and a processor -- helping the devices deliver power-packed performance for millennials....read more
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Kirusa’s newly launched InstaVoice ReachMe app provides unique telephony experience for users
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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsVivo India partners Cashify to allow exchange of old smartphones on Vivo’s in-house e-store
Chinese handset maker Vivo has come up with an exchange program in India ‘Vivo Xchange’ as part of which the company will allow people to exchange their old phones and upgrade to a new Vivo smartphone on Vivo’s in-house e-store. For this, the company has partnered with online re-commerce brand Cashify.in. The upgrade program will let both existing Vivo customers and other smartphone users looking to buy a new Vivo smartphone to participate in the program. Moreover, Vivo is offering an additional Rs 1000 bump-up in exchange of old Vivo smartphones from January 16-19....read more
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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsNo green signal from Telecom Dept. for Trai’s Rs 3,000-cr fine on Airtel, Vodafone Idea
Trai''s Rs 3,050-crore penalty recommendation on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular over interconnect (IUC) provision to Reliance Jio has not got a green signal from a high-powered committee of the telecom ministry, which has raised questions over the regulator''s authority to raise such a financial penalty. The matter is now expected to be taken up with the inter-ministerial telecom commission, which is the highest decision-making body on telecom matters, sources told TOI. The committee of the department of telecom (DoT) failed to arrive at a conclusion on Trai''s recommendations,...read more
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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTejas Networks sets up Center of Excellence for next generation telecom technologies in Kerala
Tejas Networks said it is establishing a Center of Excellence (CoE) for next-generation telecom technologies in Kerala. The CoE is being set up in partnership with the state government in the new Integrated Startup Complex in Kochi. As part of the partnership, Tejas Networks also proposed to set up an advanced networking testbed for cutting-edge technologies such as terabit-scale optical communications, gigabit-scale broadband access, 5G and software-defined networking....read more

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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsHonor 10 Lite with dewnotch display, AI selfie camera launched at Rs 13,999
On Tuesday, Huawei''s sub-brand Honor launched the Honor 10 Lite with its home-grown Kirin 710 processor and a dewnotch display in India at a starting price of Rs 13,999. The smartphone would be available in a configuration of 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM +64GB storage for Rs 17,999 in sapphire blue, sky blue and midnight black colours only on Flipkart. "Following our devotion in photography and design in the Lite series the Honor 10 Lite also sports a range of high-end features," Suhail Tariq, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said in a statement....read more
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TCS to set up World’s largest Corporate Learning Center in Thiruvananthapuram
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