Telcos say private networks will kill 5G business caseThe companies have said that such a proposal, if accepted by the government, could potentially rob telcos of their future 5G enterprise revenues – estimated at around 40% of the total for 5G. Revenue loss to such an extent won’t justify capital expenditure in setting up 5G networks, they have argued.
Trai slashes base price of 33-36 GHz bands, 700 MHz bandsThe pricing recommendations were for spectrum with a 20 year tenure. "The reserve price of spectrum allocation in case of 30 years should be equal to 1.5 times the reserve price of spectrum allocation for 20 years for the respective band. ," Trai said in its recommendations.
5G spectrum pricing should be kept conducive to market conditions: COAIIn March 2021, the government went ahead with auction of spectrum in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz bands. A total of 2,308.80 MHz spectrum worth Rs 4 lakh crore at reserve price in different bands were put on the block, of which 855.60 MHz quantum was sold in the auction, resulting in total winning bids worth Rs 77,820.81 crore. No bids were received in 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands.
BSNL signs Rs 550 crore order to TCS-led consortium for deploying 4G network gearTelecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had informed Parliament on Wednesday that an indigenous 4G telecom network will soon be rolled out across India with the BSNL planning to install about 1.12 lakh towers throughout the country. The minister had said that BSNL is in the process of ordering 6,000 towers immediately and then 6,000 more and finally 1 lakh to be installed all over the country for the 4G network.
Trai calls on DoT, I&B to speed up decisions on recommendations“Over the last few years, Trai has sent several recommendations to DoT and MIB on important issues concerning growth of telecoms and broadcasting & cable services, but many are still pending decision / implementation…if decisions are not taken in a reasonable time-frame, the recommendations lose their relevance,” the regulator said in its FY21 annual report.
5G: This is the street furniture fee DoT is proposingThe fee is likely to be in the range of Rs 200-300 per street light or electricity pole and would depend on the location-urban or rural areas, the official said. The objective is to use various spaces in municipality buildings, post offices, bus, and railway stations for deployment of infrastructure which is critical to the success and adoption of 5G on a large scale.
Jio's active user base has increased at the cost of Vodafone Idea: AnalystsMukesh Ambani-led Jio’s active user market share has widened by a whopping 345 basis points (bps) to 36.6% since January 2021 while Vodafone Idea’s has plunged by an almost identical 346 bps to 22.7%, an analysis of latest telco subscriber data collated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) shows.
Govt may give telcos an option to defer annual AGR payments by four yearsAs per the annual compliance report the government needs to submit to the Supreme Court each year, DoT will also inform that because of the deferral in payment timelines, bank guarantees (BGs) would also be returned to the carriers, a senior government official told ET. The DoT will also inform the court of its decision to return all BGs to telcos, since the AGR payment against which the BGs were held has been secured.
Telcos should withdraw COVID pre-call announcements, caller tunes: GovtIn a circular dated March 29, DoT referred to the instructions that were issued for implementation of corona pre-call announcements and caller tunes to the operators. Accordingly, the telecom service providers have been asked to withdraw all the corona pre-call announcements and caller tunes issued by DoT from time to time.
5G spectrum pricing and other recommendations to come out in the next 7-10 days: Trai Telecom regulator Trai's much-awaited recommendations on 5G spectrum pricing and other modalities will come out in the next 7-10 days, a senior official said on Tuesday. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) secretary V Raghunandan told PTI that the spectrum reference given to the regulator spanned multiple bands and thereby involved detailed and exhaustive deliberations.
Airtel acquires a 4.7% stake in Indus Towers from Vodafone Group for about Rs 2,388 croreIndus Towers, formerly Bharti Infratel, provides passive telecom infrastructure. It owns, deploys and manages telecom towers and communication structures for various mobile phone service operators. The company's portfolio of over 1,84,748 telecom towers makes it one of the largest tower infrastructure providers in the country having a presence in all 22 telecom circles.