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TRAI issues directive on transparent marketing, disclosure of tariffs

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Friday issued two directions on disclosure and marketing of telecom tariffs. The direction on disclosure requires that within two weeks, telecom operators make terms and conditions for their tariffs accessible on their website and mobile application. The second direction goes into detail on what specific disclosures should be made to consumers reviewing such plans. In its order, TRAI said that “consumers may be facing [a] situation of lack of informat...
Tags: Travel, News, Tariffs, Telecom, Trai, Indian Premier League, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India


Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame

Telecom kit maker points finger in the general direction of Middle Kingdom's complicated supply chain Hardware video encoders from multiple suppliers contain several critical security bugs that allow a remote unauthenticated miscreant to run arbitrary code on the equipment.…
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TRAI recommends status quo on OTT regulation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Monday concluded its consultation on regulation of OTT services such as messaging apps by recommending that no changes be made to the existing framework. This essentially means that as far as TRAI is concerned, OTT regulation is not something it will assert itself on. This recommendation — that essentially nothing change — amounts to a rejection of telecom operators’ arguments that apps like WhatsApp provide a service that resembles what telcos provid...
Tags: Travel, News, Telecom, Trai, Jio, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, BSNL, Mahesh Uppal, OTT regulation


Vodafone Idea finishes integration, rebrands as Vi

Vodafone Idea has finished integrating their networks and have rebranded as Vi (pronounced “we”), the company announced in a virtual press conference on Monday. With this, the separation between the Vodafone and Idea brands seems to have ended, with the Vi brand taking over. Both Idea Cellular and Vodafone India’s websites now redirect to the Vi site. Credit: Vodafone Idea Vodafone Idea, or Vi as it now wants us to call it, has a long climb ahead of it. It has been losing subscribers rapidly, ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, News, Supreme Court, Vodafone, Telecom, Airtel, Idea, Vi, Jio, Vodafone India, Vodafone Idea, AGR, Vodafone Idea merger, Vodafone Idea Vodafone Idea


Airtel and Jio are renaming data caps and misleading consumers

When Jio announced “truly unlimited” wireline broadband, many naive people — myself among them — were quick to assume that words had meaning, that telecom operators respected the basic reality of language, and that this would be big for competition in the broadband industry. Then again, the devil is always in the fine print. Both Airtel and Jio, in their respective terms & conditions, say that these “unlimited” high-speed plans actually have a data limit of 3.3 terabytes. Gizbot was among the pu...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, US, Broadband, Netflix, Comcast, Vodafone, Telecom, Airtel, Titanium, Amazon Prime Video, You Broadband, Jio, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Jio Jio


TRAI issues consultation on updating telecom metering regulations

TRAI on Tuesday issued a consultation paper on the metering of telecom services. Metering and billing, which are key to how telecom subscribers’ usage is measured and charged, is regulated under the Quality of Service (Code of Practice for Metering and Billing Accuracy) Regulations, 2006, which was last amended in 2013. The consultation looks at how, 14 years after the regulations were first published, they can be improved to have better accountability and audit trails. Here are a summary of the...
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TRAI looks at redefining broadband in wide-ranging consultation paper

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on August 20 put out a consultation paper where it signaled that it was considering a change in the definition of broadband. Such a redefinition would be significant, as the current benchmark is a measly 512 kilobits per second, which is ten times lower than Bangladesh’s, and fifty times lower than the US’s. The redefinition would also prevent fixed line broadband providers from slowing their customers’ speeds to a crawl if they hit their data caps or Fa...
Tags: Travel, News, India, US, Broadband, Regulation, Telecom, Bangladesh, Trai, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Local Cable Operators


Bharti Infratel decides to proceed with Indus Towers merger; Vodafone Idea’s cash consideration at Rs 4,000 crore

Telecom infrastructure company Bharti Infratel has decided to proceed with its imminent, but long delayed, merger with Indus Towers, the company said in a on Tuesday. Infratel will be a majority shareholder in the merged entity with an expected stake of 68.6%, and UK-based Vodafone Group will hold 28.2%. Vodafone Idea, meanwhile, will cash out its 11.15% shareholding in Indus Towers for an estimated Rs 4,000 crore, Bharti Infratel said. To secure this payment obligation, Vodafone Idea and Voda...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, UK, News, Supreme Court, China, Vodafone, Telecom, Mergers & Acquisitions, Idea, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Group, Competition Commission of India, Bharti Infratel, Telecom Operators, Indus Towers


In setback for Vodafone Idea, Supreme Court permits staggered AGR payments: Reports

In a somewhat mixed result for Vodafone Idea, the Supreme Court has allowed telecom operators to pay their Adjusted Gross Revenue dues over the next ten years, Mint and the Economic Times report. The government had earlier asked that the Supreme Court allow these dues to be paid over a period of 20 years. The ruling reportedly requires telecom operators to pay 10% of their dues by the end of March 2021, with all dues being due in 2031. Motilal Oswal’s Hemang Jani said that Vodafone Idea “should ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Vodafone, Telecom, Airtel, Economic Times, Jio, NCLT, Vodafone Idea, National Company Law Tribunal, AGR, Vodafone Idea Supreme Court, Vodafone Idea the Supreme Court, Motilal Oswal, Hemang Jani


JioFiber announces plans without data caps or FUPs

JioFiber on Monday announced fixed line broadband plans without data caps at some of the lowest prices in the market. Starting at Rs 399 plus GST per month for 30Mbps, the pricier plans also include subscriptions to OTT services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, ZEE5, Voot, SunNxt, Hoichoi, and JioCinema. The plans go up to 300Mbps without a data cap at Rs 1,499 a month plus GST. Large broadband ISPs have generally avoided providing truly unlimited plans like this at such prices. At lau...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Broadband, Telecom, Airtel, Reliance, Ott, Netflix Amazon, Jio, JioFiber, Fair Usage Policy, Hathway Airtel


Hotstar to violate Net Neutrality in Indonesia after supporting it in India

In 2015, Star had some harsh words for differential pricing, a practice where different websites and apps would be priced differently by internet providers and telecom operators. “Differential pricing from TSPs will open the door to unholy alliances between TSPs [telecom service providers] and content providers to play the role of gatekeepers for both consumers as well as other content providers,” Star said (emphasis theirs). “The most likely scenario is that bigger websites, applications or pla...
Tags: Travel, News, Net Neutrality, Indonesia, India, Disney, Star, Telecom, Trai, Bob Iger, Jio, Telkomsel, Hotstar, Star India, Ajit Mohan, Disney Hotstar


DGCA issues draft rules to allow in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity over 3,000 metres

In-flight internet services should be available only over Wi-Fi and only when a flight reaches an altitude of 3000 metres, India’s civil aviation regulator DGCA has proposed in new for the use of mobile phones, laptops etc., during flight. Flights can offer internet services over Wi-Fi, and only flights approved by the DGCA will be allowed to offer this service as per the draft rules. The service should be made available only when portable electronic devices (PED), such as phones, laptops, and...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, India, Telecom, Dot, Trai, Wi Fi, DGCA, Department of Telecommunications, In Flight connectivity


Airtel to apply for 5G trials without Chinese equipment makers: Reports

Airtel will be applying to run 5G trials without Chinese vendors like Huawei and ZTE, PTI and the Economic Times reported. This comes as the government targets Chinese investments and companies in India in the wake of the Indo–Chinese border skirmishes. 5G spectrum has not yet been allotted to operators, and trials can only start when this happens. PTI quoted an anonymous government source as saying that Airtel was already going to submit a “backup” application for trials with Nokia and Ericsson...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, India, Nokia, US, Vodafone, Telecom, Huawei, Ericsson, Airtel, 5g, Reliance, Economic Times, PTI, Jio


DE-CIX India SVP Sudhir Kunder on India’s internet exchange ecosystem

Internet exchanges, or IXs, are where content providers and internet service providers meet, to exchange data and peer. They’re among the main reasons why fixed line broadband connections cost so little for the same amount of data as a mobile network. We spoke to Sudhir Kunder, Senior Vice President – National Sales at DE-CIX India, formerly the Mumbai Internet Exchange, about their expansion to ten data centres in the country, and the state of the exchange ecosystem in India. Below is a lightly...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Telecom, Delhi, Mumbai, Bombay, Chennai, Mt Everest, GPON, ST Telemedia, BSNL, STT, Mumbai Internet Exchange, NIXI, Netflixes


Anil Kumar Jain appointed as the new CEO of NIXI

We missed this earlier: Anil Kumar Jain has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Internet Exchange of India (NICI). According to the Beijing-headquartered Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Association, Jain was appointed with effect from July 31, and has spent 36 years in telecommunications roles in the government, including at BSNL and the Department of Telecommunications. He had been on the board of NIXI as recently as the financial year 2017–18, according to the exch...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, India, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Telecom, Jain, Ahmedabad, Google Facebook, Guwahati, BSNL, NIXI, Sanjay Goel, Internet exchanges, Anil Kumar Jain


5G trials slated to start by September; Chinese firms to be excluded: Report

The Department of Telecommunications is planning to start authorising 5G trials in India starting in September, CNBC-TV18 reported. If started, trials would last for six months before 5G spectrum is actually auctioned to telecom operators. The government is reportedly excluding Chinese gear makers from participating in the trials, in line with the international policy being pushed by the US government, and also consistent with the Indian government’s hostile stance towards Chinese businesses in ...
Tags: Travel, News, China, India, Nokia, US, Samsung, Bloomberg, Vodafone, Telecom, Ericsson, Airtel, 5g, Cnbc, Jio, Department of Telecommunications


Andaman & Nicobar islands get 400Gbps undersea cable link to Chennai

The Andaman & Nicobar islands now have a 400Gbps undersea cable link, the Chennai-Andaman Nicobar Island (CANI) system, that massively increases the internet bandwidth available to the archipelago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday. The 2,300 kilometers of cable were laid between Chennai and Port Blair, and then between Port Blair and Havelock, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat, according to a press release by the government. So far, Anda...
Tags: Travel, News, Narendra Modi, Telecom, Airtel, Chennai, Jio, Port Blair, Andaman Nicobar, Nicobar Islands, Cani, Optical Fibre Connectivity, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chennai Andaman Nicobar Island, Rangat


How old 14 of the world's richest people were when they first became billionaires

Not all billionaires join the three comma club at the same age. Bill Gates may be richer than Mark Zuckerberg, but the Facebook CEO became a billionaire when he was nearly a decade younger. Oprah Winfrey became a billionaire at age 49. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Bill Gates became a billionaire in 1987 at 31, he was the youngest person to ever join the three comma club. In 2008, Mark Zuckerberg took that title when he reached billionaire status at 23.  But not all...
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Vodafone Idea net loss at ₹25,460 crore, ARPU slips by 5.8% QoQ to ₹114

Vodafone Idea lost 11.3 million subscribers in the first quarter of financial year 2020–21, and had a net loss of ₹25,460 crores, as it made provisions to pay the AGR dues. Revenue stood at ₹10,659.3 crore, down 9.3% QoQ, and down 5.4% YoY. Airtel revenues for the same quarter stood at ₹24,419.2 crore (down 0.9% QoQ, up 16.1% YoY). Jio revenues for the same quarter stood at ₹19,513 crore, up 4.7% QoQ and 33.7% YoY. ARPU for the quarter declined 5.8% to ₹114 from ₹121 in the previous quarter,...
Tags: Travel, News, Telecom, Earnings, Airtel, EBITDA, Jio, Vodafone Idea, AGR, Earnings Jun20, Airtel ARPU, YoY Data


US announces effort to get Chinese apps, telcos out of US smartphones and networks

The US State Department on Wednesday announced a wide expansion of their Clean Networks effort that aim at reducing China’s internet presence in the US. Some of the new efforts announced are already in action in some way or the other, but the “clean store” and “clean apps” initiatives are the most notable, aiming to get Chinese apps out of American mobile app marketplaces, and popular US apps out of Chinese app marketplaces. “PRC [Chinese] apps threaten our privacy, proliferate viruses, and spre...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Microsoft, China, US, Federal Communications Commission, Alibaba, Telecom, Chinese communist party, Department Of Justice, Huawei, 5g, Trump, China Telecom


TRAI grills Vodafone Idea and Airtel further on priority 4G plans

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on July 31 sent further questions to Airtel and Vodafone Idea on their priority 4G plans. The Economic Times first reported the fresh questionnaires. These plans, Vodafone RedX and Airtel Platinum, the telecom operators claim, give users who pay more higher speeds. TRAI initially tried halting these plans altogether but the TDSAT lifted the regulator’s order staying them, saying that it would be possible to investigate the plans without stopping them. Ji...
Tags: Travel, News, Vodafone, Telecom, Delhi, Airtel, Trai, Economic Times, Aren, Maharashtra, Jio, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Medianama, Vodafone Idea, TRAI TRAI, Airtel Platinum


US insists on ‘clean’ 5G networks without Chinese hardware

“Countries need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software won’t threaten national security, economic security, privacy, intellectual property, or human rights,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. The US has been pushing countries around the world to abandon Chinese 5G vendors like Huawei and ZTE, and calls networks like Jio that don’t use such equipment “clean telcos”. “Clean Path” for 5G near US missions On top of this, the US announced a “5G Clean Path” in April that would effe...
Tags: Travel, News, China, India, US, United States, Telecom, Huawei, New Delhi, Airtel, 5g, State, Department of State, Jio, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Jio data traffic grows 30.2% YoY in Q1 2021, ARPU at Rs 140

In the June quarter, when nationwide lockdowns were at their strictest, Jio’s data traffic grew to 14,200 petabytes, up 10.6% from the March quarter. This is in line with Airtel’s data increase, which grew by 8.6%. The company posted a net profit of Rs 2,520 crore, up 183% YoY and only 8.1% QoQ, on account of the pandemic. Revenue stood at Rs 19,513 crore, a 4.7% QoQ increase and a 33.7% YoY increase. Unlike Airtel and Vodafone Idea, Jio’s AGR dues are paid off, and this gives it a significant a...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Telecom, Earnings, Airtel, Arpu, EBITDA, Reliance Industries, Jio, Mukesh Ambani, AGR, Jio Platforms, Earnings Jun20, Vodafone Idea Jio, Rajan Mathews Google


Of 661.9 million broadband connections in India, most are in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu

India had 661.9 million wireless and wireline broadband connections at the end of December 2019, an increase of 6% over a three-month period, according to data published by the telecom regulator TRAI. Narrowband connections declined by 9% this quarter from 62.2 million connections as of September 2019. There are still 56.8 million narrowband connections in the country. TRAI defines internet connections with download speeds less than 512 kbps as narrowband, while connections with download speeds ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, India, Broadband, Policy, Telecom, Delhi, Mumbai, Trai, Tamil Nadu, North East, Assam, Bihar, Maharashtra, Jammu


BEL Ghaziabad Project Engineer Recruitment 2020

Recruitment of Project Engineers in BEL Ghaziabad 2020 Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a Navratna Public Sector Company and India’s premier Professional Electronics Company require Project Engineers for a fixed period for its SATCOM & Cellular Communication SBU, Ghaziabad, on a contract basis for a period of two years (may be extended up to a maximum of four years).  Application on prescribed format for these government job vacancies of  Project Engineer Recruitment in BEL... Please Click on t...
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Telcos to record bulk subscribers’ GPS locations: DoT order

The Department of Telecommunications on Monday ordered telecom operators to record the GPS coordinates of bulk subscribers who purchase ten or more connections simultaneously. This is on top of the half-yearly inspection of bulk subscribers required by DoT since 2012. For existing subscribers, the DoT order said, the GPS location has to be captured during these inspections. The order said that these new rules were based on feedback from security agencies. The department also told telcos to elimi...
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Ransomware Gang Demands $7.5 Million From Argentinian ISP

A ransomware gang has infected the internal network of Telecom Argentina, one of the country's largest internet service providers, and is now demanding $7.5 million as ransom to unlock encrypted files. From a report: The incident took place over the weekend, on Saturday, July 18, and is considered one of Argentina's biggest hacks. Sources inside the ISP said hackers caused extensive damage to the company's network after they managed to gain control over an internal Domain Admin, from where they ...
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Bangladesh bans zero rating of social media, ending Free Basics in the country

The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission on July 18 prohibited zero-rating of social media websites, online news portal bdnews24 reported. MediaNama obtained a copy of the order, available below. The move is a win for Net Neutrality in Bangladesh, but the regulator did not mention it as a factor in its decision — the BTRC said that providing social media for free was causing “unhealthy competition” and “used by dishonest persons to carry out unnecessary criminal activities”. Bangl...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Net Neutrality, India, Regulation, Malaysia, Telecom, Bangladesh, Norway, Sri Lanka, Airtel, Telenor, Axiata, Free Basics, Trai


Protecting 5G and IoT from foreign state interference

by Gautam Chikermane, Observer Research Foundation This text has been excerpted from the Observer Research Foundation with permission. Read the full paper here. The evolution from 0G to 5G has been a trajectory of technology as much as of applications and consumer empowerment. Based on a timeline provided by Firooz B. Saghezchi et al.,[2] the technology of telecommunications has generally advanced every four to 14 years: seven years from 1G to 2G, five years from 2G to 2.5G, four years from 2.5G...
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Vodafone Idea, Airtel’s “premium 4G” plans allowed to continue for the moment

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal in a dated Thursday stayed TRAI’s order pausing Vodafone Idea and Airtel’s “premium” 4G plans for subscribers who pay more. The TDSAT said that while TRAI was justified in seeking a review into how those plans worked, staying those plans was not required. The tribunal said in its order that after completing its review, TRAI was entitled to issue final orders “in accordance with law”. This essentially entitles TRAI to file the same order ag...
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