Telecom Watchdog wants govt to reject Vi plea for deferring payments

Vodafone Idea can raise funds through equity sale or promoters can infuse capital which can be used for clearing dues, non-profit entity Telecom Watchdog said in a letter to telecom minister while demanding rejection of the debt-ridden company’s request seeking more time to pay dues of Rs 8,292 crore.   Vodafone Idea (Vi) has approached … Read more

5G trials in India: DoT approves telcos’ applications for 5G trials; no Chinese tech for trials | India Business News

The Department of Telecom on Tuesday approved applications of telecom companies — Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and MTNL — for conducting 5G trials but none of them will be using technologies of Chinese entities. The list of telecom gear makers approved for trials include Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, C-DOT and Reliance Jio’s indigenously developed technologies. … Read more

Bharti Airtel steals a march on 5G rivals, conducts live testing of service

Exhibiting its 5G prowess, Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it had successfully conducted a live demonstration of 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city. The company said the full impact of the 5G experience would be available to Airtel customers when adequate spectrum is available and government approvals received. Gopal Vittal, managing … Read more

Spectrum auction: Cabinet approves next round of spectrum auction | India Business News

The Union Cabinet has approved the next round of spectrum auction, information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday. The minister said that the cabinet has approved relief for sugarcane farmers, improvement in electricity infrastructure in North Eastern states and the auction of spectrum. The Digital Communications Commission, the apex decision making body of … Read more

Telecom subscriber base falls to 116.3 crore in May; Jio, BSNL gain

Telecom consumer base in the country dipped to around 116.36 crore in May but service providers were able to narrow the loss of subscriber base to 57.6 lakh as compared to the previous month, according to data released by the sector regulator Trai on Wednesday. The telecom subscriber base had declined 85.3 lakh in April, … Read more

Why Vodafone Idea might survive?

Supreme Court has dealt a significant blow to the telecom sector’s hopes. Vodafone Idea is the most impacted one. Why should it survive?