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Govt appoints Anshu Prakash as new telecom secretary
Govt appoints Anshu Prakash as new telecom secretary

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) Wednesday cleared the appointment of Anshu Prakash as the new secretary in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), replacing incumbent Aruna Sundararajan, a Kerala cadre 1982-batch IAS officer, who is retiring on July 31 after a two-year stint. Prakash, a 1986-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre has been currently working as an additional secretary in the telecom department.

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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 Vodafone Idea partners with Amdocs for multi-year smart operations services for postpaid segment
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsAmdocs, a leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies, today announced that Vodafone Idea Ltd. (VIL) has selected Amdocs to consolidate the merged entity’s postpaid operations for retail and enterprise customers across mobile and fixed-line services. As part of the new multi-year agreement, Idea postpaid customers will be migrated to Amdocs Service Monetization Software Suite, which has been supporting Vodafone postpaid customers...read more
Telecom News BSNL reviews outsourced functions to save cost; faces Rs 800 cr revenue-expense gap
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsCash-strapped BSNL has started an exercise to ''streamline'' outsourced functions for saving up to Rs 200 crore annually, and also hopes to rationalise power bills to derive 15 per cent cost savings, a top official said on Tuesday. BSNL Chairman and Managing Director PK Purwar told that the public sector undertaking faces a gap of about Rs 800 crore between its monthly revenue and expenses (operational expenditure and wages), so "challenges will remain". Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has been in the grip of severe liquidity crunch, and recently delayed payment...read more
Telecom News Employees union seek Centre’s soft loans to revive crisis-affected BSNL
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsAn employees’ union on Monday demanded that the Centre sanction soft loans to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to revive it. Addressing reporters at the Trichy Press Club on Monday, All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Executives’ Association (AIBSNLEA) general secretary S Sivakumar said there was a planned false propaganda going on to defame the image of BSNL. “Our debts are way lower than the debts of our rival private telecommunication service providers. BSNL’s crisis can be fixed by infusing soft loans and revival package...read more
Telecom News Telcos’ no to bidding as Trai turns down DoT plea to reduce base price for 5G spectrum auction
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsThe Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has turned down the department of telecom’s (DoT) plea to reduce the base price for 5G spectrum auction across 22 circles, while the cellular service providers, who had been bleeding profusely owing to Reliance Jio onslaught and competitive pricing, would stay away from the bidding to be held later this year, said the director-general of the industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Rajan K Mathews....read more
Telecom News Anritsu strengthens leadership for 5G NR Protocol Conformance Tests in Global Certification Forum
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsAnritsu Corporation is pleased to announce that the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has approved the highest number of 5G New Radio (NR) Protocol Conformance tests on the 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR at their CAG#59 meeting in July. As a result, the Anritsu ME7834NR has become the test platform that provides the best test coverage in the industry. The tests are defined by 3GPP TS 38.523 and have been validated on multiple Sub-6 GHz Frequency Range 1(FR1),...read more
Telecom News Airtel, Vodafone Idea may have limited participation in 5G spectrum auction
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsIndia''s reserve price of USD 70 million per MHz is "expensive", and will force Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel to participate in 5G spectrum auctions in a "limited" way, global rating agency Fitch said on Monday. The comments come weeks after nearly all the telcos had expressed their concerns on the spectrum pricing. "The Telecom Regulatory Authority of Indias (TRAI) 5G spectrum price for...read more
Telecom News Make India hub of telecom equipment manufacturing: Prasad to telcos
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday exhorted the sector to make India a hub for telecom equipment manufacturing. Prasad said that India is on its way to become a global power with march of technology and asked the telecom industry to focus on innovation around 5G technology to create products with India specific patents. He said that India generates huge amount of data and has a potential to emerge as global hub for data analysis, data innovation and data refinery while prioritising privacy....read more
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Telecom News Huawei launches new distributed operating system, HarmonyOS
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsAt the Huawei Developer Conference today, Huawei launched HarmonyOS – a new microkernel-based, distributed operating system designed to deliver a cohesive user experience across all devices and scenarios. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei''s Consumer Business Group, explained the company''s thoughts behind developing this new OS. "We''re entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios. To support this, we felt it was important to have an operating system...read more
Telecom News Karbonn Mobiles launches new ‘Made in India’, ‘Made for India’ range of feature-packed phones to celebrate the Independence month
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsWith a strong focus on promoting the country’s indigenous products, leading homegrown brand, ‘Karbonn Mobiles’ has launched a new series of feature-loaded phones to celebrate India’s Independence month. The ‘Make in India’ and ‘Made for India’ range of KX phones offer best-in-class features to consumers, at affordable prices. The four new models KX3, KX25, KX26 & KX27 are priced between INR 700 to INR 1000 and would be available in the Indian market from August 2019....read more
Telecom News Coolpad plans to release its first 5G-ready smartphones in Indian market
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsCoolpad announced its plans of releasing its first 5G-ready smartphones in the Indian market. In an official release, Coolpad said that it has been investing in the new-age 5G technology since 2012 and has filled more than 800 patents related to the technology. Coolpad further plans to invest USD 500 million in India in the next five years. It is not clear as to when exactly Coolpad plans to release a 5G device, but the company stressed that as soon as the Indian smartphone network is ready, it will launch its first set of 5G smartphones....read more
Telecom News 11,000 hotspots to provide free Wi-Fi across Delhi soon
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsIn a major step to provide free Wi-Fi to residents of the capital, the expenditure finance committee (EFC) of Delhi government gave its approval to the project on Friday. The proposal is likely to be put before Delhi cabinet on Friday, following which the public works department will float tenders to invite telecom companies to provide this facility. A source said the EFC has approved the ‘hotspot’ model to provide free internet to Delhiites. Delhi government is likely to set up about 11,000 hotspots across the city where residents will be able to access the internet....read more
Telecom News Huawei CBG plans retail presence in tier-2 and 3 cities in 3 years
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsHuawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), the company''s smartphone selling vertical, plans to expand its retail reach to tier-2 and -3 cities in three years, a top company official said on Thursday. The company claims to have presence across 800 retail stores in metros at present. "Our current focus is to expand our presence in India market and reach where consumers are. We have just started expanding offline presence in metros and then we will go to tier-2 and tier-3 cities in three years,"...read more
Telecom News Huawei launches its first phone Y9 Prime 2019 with 16MP pop-up selfie camera
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsOn Thursday, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei launched its first phone with a pop-up selfie camera, Y9 Prime 2019, in India for Rs 15,990. While the device would be available for Amazon Prime customers starting August 7, for regular customers the product would be available on Amazon starting from August 8, the company said. "Our first-ever pop-up selfie camera will redefine the way people take selfies, making it a true Pop-up King. Added to this, the large full view screen makes it the ideal device for immersive entertainment,...read more
Telecom News Bug in Truecaller affects UPI payments feature
Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelecom NewsA bug on mobile directory app Truecaller, which has over 100 million active users in India, has affected UPI-based digital payments feature on the platform. The bug was automatically enrolling Truecaller user in the country to use unified payments interface (UPI) payment feature on the app. Truecaller apologised for failing to deliver quality standard in the app and said it has discontinued the version which was hit by the bug but "for the users already affected, the new version with the fix will be available shortly"....read more
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Kirusa’s newly launched InstaVoice ReachMe app provides unique telephony experience for users
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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

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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsVodafone Idea partners with Amdocs for multi-year smart operations services for postpaid segment
Amdocs, a leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies, today announced that Vodafone Idea Ltd. (VIL) has selected Amdocs to consolidate the merged entity’s postpaid operations for retail and enterprise customers across mobile and fixed-line services. As part of the new multi-year agreement, Idea postpaid customers will be migrated to Amdocs Service Monetization Software Suite, which has been supporting Vodafone postpaid customers...read more
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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsTelcos’ no to bidding as Trai turns down DoT plea to reduce base price for 5G spectrum auction
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has turned down the department of telecom’s (DoT) plea to reduce the base price for 5G spectrum auction across 22 circles, while the cellular service providers, who had been bleeding profusely owing to Reliance Jio onslaught and competitive pricing, would stay away from the bidding to be held later this year, said the director-general of the industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Rajan K Mathews....read more
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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsHuawei launches new distributed operating system, HarmonyOS
At the Huawei Developer Conference today, Huawei launched HarmonyOS – a new microkernel-based, distributed operating system designed to deliver a cohesive user experience across all devices and scenarios. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei''s Consumer Business Group, explained the company''s thoughts behind developing this new OS. "We''re entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios. To support this, we felt it was important to have an operating system...read more

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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsKarbonn Mobiles launches new ‘Made in India’, ‘Made for India’ range of feature-packed phones to celebrate the Independence month
With a strong focus on promoting the country’s indigenous products, leading homegrown brand, ‘Karbonn Mobiles’ has launched a new series of feature-loaded phones to celebrate India’s Independence month. The ‘Make in India’ and ‘Made for India’ range of KX phones offer best-in-class features to consumers, at affordable prices. The four new models KX3, KX25, KX26 & KX27 are priced between INR 700 to INR 1000 and would be available in the Indian market from August 2019....read more
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TCS to set up World’s largest Corporate Learning Center in Thiruvananthapuram
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