Telecommunications

Bharti Airtel on Monday announced the launch of its high-speed 5G services in Patna. Currently, 5G services are operational at Patna Sahib Gurudwara, Patna Railway Station, Dak Bunglow, Maurya Lok, Bailey Road, Boring Road, City Centre Mall, Patliputra Industrial Area and a few other select locations. Customers flying in and out of Patna can enjoy
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Telecom operators industry body Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) has written to the government to set-up a licensing and regulatory framework to charge a ‘usage fee’ from big Internet-based calling and messaging apps like WhatsApp, Signal, and Google Duo. In a letter to Telecom Secretary K Rajaraman last week, the Cellular Operators Association of
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Telecom regulator TRAI on Monday said that it is working on various technologies to detect pesky calls and messages along with a joint action plan with other regulators to curb financial frauds. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said that Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC) or pesky communication is a major source of inconvenience to
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India’s total mobile subscriber base fell by 3.6 million in September, with Vodafone Idea suffering a subscriber count decline even as larger rivals Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel added users month-on-month, according to telecom regulator’s data. India’s largest mobile operator Jio further cemented its position in the market, adding 7,20,000 wireless subscribers during September, while
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Mobile operators’ association COAI has urged the government for a cut in licence fee to 1 per cent, and sought waiver of customs duty on network equipment for 5G rollout. In its Budget wishlist submitted to the finance ministry, the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) has also pushed for abolition of the Universal Service
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Ericsson will invest millions of pounds in 6G mobile research in Britain, the network equipment maker said on Tuesday, working with universities on hardware security, AI and cognitive networks and quantum computing. The Swedish company, which supplies 5G gear to all four British mobile networks, said the 10-year initiative would help to drive the development
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The Broadband India Forum (BIF) has asserted that Over-The-Top (OTT) communications service should be excluded from the elements mentioned in the definition of telecommunication services, as the industry body gave its submissions on the draft telecom bill. BIF said many strong and substantive reasons sharply differentiate OTTs from telecommunications. “By bringing the OTTs under the
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Reliance Jio on Friday announced that it is the only operator to provide its 5G services — True-5G — across the Delhi-NCR region, including Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and other major locations. The telecom firm said it was rolling out the most-advanced True-5G network at a rapid pace and was covering major parts of
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Three Australian telecom companies have been ordered by a court to pay a collective AUD 33.5 million (roughly Rs. 180 crore) in penalties for making misleading claims about speed of some NBN Internet plans, the country’s competition regulator said on Friday. The Australian Federal Court has ordered Telstra to pay AUD 15 million (roughly Rs.
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Jio has launched True 5G services in Bengaluru and Hyderabad on Thursday, November 10. The update comes almost a month after the country’s largest telecom operator announced the beta launch of Jio True-5G services in select cities on the occasion of Dussehra. These cities were Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Varanasi. Later, Jio launched its 5G services at
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Telecom operator Jio has proposed to deposit Rs 3,720 crore in an escrow account to complete the acquisition of Reliance Infratel which is undergoing liquidation process. Billionaire Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani-run Jio placed the bid of Rs 3,720 crore in November 2019 to acquire tower and fibre asset of debt-ridden subsidiary of his younger brother Anil
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Starlink, the satellite Internet arm of SpaceX, headed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk who recently acquired Twitter, is about to start slowing some users down. The satellite Internet service provider has announced a new fair use policy, for users who are subscribed to Starlink for home Internet connectivity. Customers who exceed a monthly limit may
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Ukraine trusts Elon Musk to continue providing internet access through his SpaceX rocket company’s Starlink satellite system despite a wobble last month, but is also seeking additional providers, one of its deputy prime ministers said on Thursday. Mykhailo Fedorov, in Portugal for Europe’s largest tech conference, the Lisbon Web Summit, said Ukraine had discussed Starlink directly
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Debt-laden telecom operator Vodafone Idea reported a wider-than-expected loss for the second quarter on Thursday, hit by a continued decline in subscribers and higher expenses. The consolidated loss after tax widened to Rs. 7,596 crore for the three months ended September 30, from Rs. 7,132, a year ago. Analysts, on average, expected the company to
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to create a new space bureau to address the growing number of satellite launches and policy issues, agency chair Jessica Rosenworcel said. The FCC plans to restructure its International Bureau into a new Space Bureau and a standalone Office of International Affairs. “The satellite industry is growing at a
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All 5G enabled smartphones, except Apple’s iPhones, will start supporting Airtel 5G services by the middle of this month, a senior Bharti Airtel official said. During the company’s earnings call, Bharti Airtel Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Gopal Vittal said Apple will release the software update in the first week of November and all of
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