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Telcos should support roll out of public Wi-Fi hotspots: Niti Aayog
Telcos should support roll out of public Wi-Fi hotspots: Niti Aayog

Telecom operators need to support rollout of public wi-fi hotspots to gain edge in technology space, Niti Ayog Special Secretary Yaduvendra Mathur said Friday. "TSPs (telecom service providers) ...also need to support this move (roll out of public wifi). If you do not allow for hotspot roll out then we will be again behind the curve," Mathur said at a Broadband India Forum event. To push proliferation of wi-fi hotspots, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had recommended that a new set of players to be called Pubic Data Office Aggregator (PDOA) should be allowed to resell Internet services through yesteryear PCO type

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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 Telecom Regulator to seek views on net neutrality compliance soon
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will soon come out with a new round of consultation on the compliance of net neutrality and identification of critical applications that could be exempted under the laid principles around a free Internet. “Consultation paper on how to monitor net neutrality is almost ready, and we are coming up with it soon on issues which the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has flagged, including applications that can be exempted,” Trai chairman RS Sharma...read more
Telecom News Sterlite Tech revamps leadership by making four new appointments
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsGlobal data network solutions company Sterlite Tech has revamped its leadership by making four new appointments for the roles of CTO, head of data science, chief human resource officer and head of technology transformation. The company in an official release on Thursday said that it has appointed Jitendra Balakrishnan, as chief technology officer for optical communications. Balakrishnan will drive the technology growth engine for Sterlite Tech’s optical communications products business, the company said....read more
Telecom News Foreign investors likely to pump in Rs 18,000 crore in Vodafone Idea rights issue
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsForeign investors are likely to invest around Rs 18,000 crore in the rights issue of Vodafone Idea, which includes a major chunk from promoter Vodafone Group, sources said. The company's Rs 25,000 crore rights issue will open on April 10. "Vodafone Idea had approached government for FDI approval. The proposal has received clearance from Cabinet. It is expected that Rs 18,000 crore during the rights issue will come from foreign sources," an official said....read more
Telecom News AITUC condemns 'deliberate' attempts to wind up BSNL
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) Saturday alleged that a deliberate attempt is being made to wind up BSNL and a bleak picture of its financial health has been painted. The trade union in a statement said that a deliberate leak seems to be doing the rounds of the media, painting a bleak picture of the financial health of BSNL. It further said that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was ''unable to pay'' recently even the salaries of the employees for two months, and it is made to look as if overstaffing...read more
Telecom News BSNL employee union opposes VRS, seeks 4G spectrum for telco revival
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe BSNL Employees Union Thursday opposed the government''s proposal to implement a voluntary retirement scheme, alleging that it is a strategy to reduce the PSU''s workforce before handing it over to a private player. The union in a statement alleged step-motherly attitude of the government towards BSNL as the company has not been allocated 4G spectrum required for the its business growth. It said that telecom minister Manoj Sinha had given assurance in January 2018 that BSNL would be allotted spectrum for 4G services but it is pending till date....read more
Telecom News Telecom Regulator begins consultation to review terms, conditions for OSP registration
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has floated a consultation paper seeking to upgrade the regulatory structure around registration of other service providers (OSPs), offering services such as tele-banking, tele-medicine, tele-education, ecommerce, call centre, and other IT-enabled services. Through the paper issued Friday, the regulator has sought industry views on multiple aspects - from the validity of such registration to the charges, connectivity, interconnectivity aspects and even security conditions....read more
Telecom News Reliance Jio's subscriber base touches 1.16 crore in Punjab
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsReliance Jio Wednesday said its subscriber base has touched 1.16 crore in Punjab within two-and-a-half years of commencement of its operations. The company said it has become the market leader in Punjab with a subscriber base of 1.16 crore as of January 31, 2019. "Jio added 3.25 lakh customers in January and attained the highest customer market share (CMS) in Punjab, as per the latest telecom subscription data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for January 2019," a company statement said here....read more
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Telecom News Bharti Infratel MD D S Rawat not keen on top job post-merger with Indus
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsBharti Infratel’s managing director D S Rawat is not keen to take on the top job of the combined tower entity created post-merger with Indus Towers. “Managing director D.S Rawat has informed the board of directors Wednesday that post-merger of Bharti Infratel and Indus, he would not like to be considered for the role of MD & CEO of the merged entity,” but would like to continue within the Bharti Group in a senior role,” the country’s sole listed tower company said in an exchange filing....read more
Telecom News Airtel and Cisco announce strategic alliance to bring advanced connectivity solutions to enterprise and SMB customers
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsBharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, and Cisco today announced an alliance to offer advanced networking and connectivity solutions to enterprise and SMB customers in India. India, which is the fastest growing major economy in the world, is seeing strong growth in demand for next-generation connectivity solutions. As businesses tap digitization for enhanced agility and growth, this partnership will leverage Airtel’s deep customer relationships and network...read more
Telecom News RJio consolidates its news content apps to launch JioNews app & website
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsMukesh Ambani-driven Reliance Jio has launched a digital product ‘JioNews’ in the form of a mobile application as well as web-based service (jionews.com), the company said in an official release on Thursday. JioNews is a consolidated offering of JioXpressNews, JioMags and JioNewsPaper with additional offering of live TV and videos. All existing users of these apps will be migrated to JioNews and Jio users will have premium access to all the features of the JioNews app....read more
Telecom News RailTel turns 1600 railway stations into RailWire Wi-Fi zone
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsRailWire Wi-Fi by RailTel is now live at 1600 railway stations across the country, with Santacruz railway station in Mumbai becoming the 1600th station to become a RailWire Wi-Fi zone, the Western Railway said Wednesday. RailTel Corporation, a "Mini Ratna (category-I)" PSU, is one of the largest neutral telecom infrastructure providers in the country owning a pan-India optic fibre network on exclusive Right of Way (ROW) along Railway track....read more
Telecom News Airtel selects Ericsson for VoLTE expansion
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsEricsson has been selected by Bharti Airtel (Airtel), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, to expand its VoLTE (voice over LTE) services in India. This agreement will result in deployment of the Ericsson Cloud VoLTE solution, an industrialized solution to deliver VoLTE services onto a customer data center. The solution enables high-definition voice (HD voice) and provides modern communication services experiences across many types of devices, over LTE, Wi-Fi, and future 5G access....read more
Telecom News Broadband India Forum asks Telecom regulator to do fresh valuation drill for spectrum pricing
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsBroadband India Forum, an association of the telecom network and broadcasters has questioned the TRAI methodology of calculating reserve price for spectrum, alleging this has resulted in spectrum prices being unreasonably higher than global price lines. The assocation in a letter to the TRAI chairman R.S. Sharma has said "TRAI Methodology of calculating Reserve Price does not rely much on fresh valuation"....read more
Telecom News RCom's Punit Garg resigns, to remain as non-executive director
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsReliance Communications (RCom) said Friday that Punit Garg, executive director of the telecom company, has resigned from his position. However, Garg will remain on the board of RCom as a non-executive director. “We wish to inform you that ...Punit Garg, Executive Director of the company, has ceased to be the Executive Director of the Company with effect from April 5, 2019,” said the Anil Ambani owned telco in a regulatory filing on Friday. “...Punit Garg will continue on the Board of the Company as Non-Executive Director of the Company,” added the operator....read more
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Kirusa’s newly launched InstaVoice ReachMe app provides unique telephony experience for users
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Founder, Chairman and CEO of Kirusa

Kirusa, a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises. In an interaction with TelecomTiger, Dr. Inderpal Singh Mumick, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Kirusa talks about newly launched app, voice technology and future plans. Excerpts from his interview:.......read more

Corporate
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsBharti Infratel MD D S Rawat not keen on top job post-merger with Indus
Bharti Infratel’s managing director D S Rawat is not keen to take on the top job of the combined tower entity created post-merger with Indus Towers. “Managing director D.S Rawat has informed the board of directors Wednesday that post-merger of Bharti Infratel and Indus, he would not like to be considered for the role of MD & CEO of the merged entity,” but would like to continue within the Bharti Group in a senior role,” the country’s sole listed tower company said in an exchange filing....read more
Policy & Regulation
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom Regulator to seek views on net neutrality compliance soon
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will soon come out with a new round of consultation on the compliance of net neutrality and identification of critical applications that could be exempted under the laid principles around a free Internet. “Consultation paper on how to monitor net neutrality is almost ready, and we are coming up with it soon on issues which the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has flagged, including applications that can be exempted,” Trai chairman RS Sharma...read more
Technology
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsWipro and IIT Kharagpur partner for advanced research in 5G and AI
Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on high-impact, industry-focused applied research in the areas of 5G and AI. Research outcomes from this partnership will be leveraged by Wipro to develop solutions for its customers, across industry verticals. IIT Kharagpur will benefit from the commercialization of the joint research insights and...read more

Enterprise
Mobiles & Tabs
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsVoto announces the launch of its Smartphone VOTO V9
Voto Mobiles, the global high-tech organization engaged in development of the best quality, best price Smartphone launched, its latest model V9 recently. This new VOTO Smartphone represent the Indian youth especially in tier2 & tier3 cities through its combination of dynamic design and power-packed features. V9 has a mellow body with non-slip design. The back curvy design at its edges give you a great feel when your fingers pass over the sides.Grippe texture finish makes the device easy to grip without the fear of it falling out of the hand....read more
People Movement
TCS to set up World’s largest Corporate Learning Center in Thiruvananthapuram
With a total capacity to train 15,000 professionals at one time and 50,000 professionals annually...read more