User: sandman1965 Topic: Telecom
Category: Regulatory
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Cabinet clears Rs 1,250-cr subsidy for BSNL for rural phones 21.9.2016 ET: Policy
The BSNL subsidy support will be given from the Universal Service Obligation Fund for the rural connections installed prior to 1 April, 2002, he added.
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Bharti Airtel's Sunil Mittal calls on Trai Chairman R S Sharma 21.9.2016 ET: Policy
"PIOs (points of inter-connect) have already been issued and more points of inter-connect are being privided... 2,100 POIs have already been given and a demand note."
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Mittal's battle cry: Bring it on Jio, Airtel is here to stay! 21.9.2016 Rediff: Business
Sunil Bharti Mittal, bottom, left, says he is fond of Bill Gates' famous quote: "Success is a lousy teacher." Back from a long foreign business trip, the founder-chairman of Bharti Enterprises talks to Malini Bhupta and Kiran Rathee about the challenges posed by Reliance Jio and how he is determined to come out on top once again. Mittal says , today, Airtel is as ready as Jio in pure-play 4G operations.
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Points of interconnect won’t be an obstacle in Jio launch: Sunil Bharti Mittal 21.9.2016 ET: Infotech
'You cannot serve customers by the chairman of company driving the agenda. It is the people who will drive it and we have the best people.'
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Airtel chairman: All issues will be resolved with RJio in a few weeks 20.9.2016 DNA: Opinion
With telecom regulator TRAI taking a stern view of the ongoing spat between incumbents and new entrant Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal today offered an olive branch saying all issues will be resolved within a few weeks. "It (Point of Interconnect) was non existent (issue). Suddenly this has become unnecessarily a big issue. I have told my team and sent messages to Mukesh (Ambani) and his team. Let's ignore and resolve this. Every passing day and every passing week this will get resolved. I am not saying look out for 6 months or 1 year. Look out for few weeks and this will get settled," he said in first comments on the spat with Reliance Jio that made a big bang entry into the sector offering free voice calls and data at rock-bottom price. The sticking point between Jio and incumbent operators like Airtel has been providing points of interconnect (PoIs) which help users to complete calls on rival networks. Jio has accused Airtel and others of creating entry barriers by not ...
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NIA to use satellite images of attack site 20.9.2016 TOI: India
NIA sources said that irrespective of what the Army feels about JeM being the perpetrator of the attacks, NIA will conduct an independent investigation to confirm the information.
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Telcos shouldn’t oppose ombudsman for consumer disputes, say Trai officials 20.9.2016 ET: Policy
Trai hasn’t finalised its views on its ongoing consultation process under which it had sought comments on whether there is a need for an ombudsman.
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Trai extends feedback deadline on network quality paper 20.9.2016 ET: Policy
Trai had originally sought submissions by August 26 and September 2 respectively, and extended it to September 16 and September 23 on industry request.
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Spectrum auction: Telcos deposit Rs 14,653 crore as earnest money, RJio takes the lead 19.9.2016 DNA: Top News
Leading telecom operators have deposited Rs 14,653 crore as earnest money for the country's largest ever spectrum auction from October 1, with Reliance Jio alone submitting Rs 6,500 crore. As per the information released by the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) on Monday, with Rs 6,500, the Mukesh Ambani-led firm is eligible for placing bids in any of the 22 telecom circles in the country and in any spectrum band. Vodafone India has submitted EMD of Rs 2,740 crore, Idea Cellular Rs 2,000 crore and Bharti Airtel Rs 1,980 crore.These companies too are eligible for bidding in any circle. Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) is indicative of a company's strategy to bid in specific circles and spectrum bands. It gives them eligibility points with regard to those circles. Reliance Jio, as per the information, is the only company which has potential to buy spectrum in premium 700 Mhz at floor price in most of the circles as a pan-India bidder for 700 Mhz spectrum needs to have EMD of Rs 5,610 crore. This is the ...
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IUC: COAI approaches Trai, seeks deadline extension by 2 months 19.9.2016 ET: Policy
Mathews said COAI has sought the extension as the same team within telecom companies which are going to be involved in the spectrum bidding will also be involved in the IUC paper.
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Airtel, Vodafone, Jio submit call traffic details to Trai 19.9.2016 ET: Policy
The details submitted by the five operators pertain to call traffic patterns, it is unlikely to be directly relevant to the inter-connect dispute.
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Telecom operators warn against over regulating cloud 19.9.2016 ET: Policy
This view was also shared by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
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Reliance Jio blames Airtel for two crore call failures a day 18.9.2016 DNA: Top News
Terming Bharti Airtel's offered points of interconnection (PoI) as "substantially less" Reliance Jio on Sunday said an "alarming" two crore calls were failing everyday between the two networks. The comments come a day after Airtel said it will work towards releasing the PoIs "well ahead" of the contractual obligation. In a statement, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) welcomed the decision, but said "the quantum of PoIs proposed to be released by Airtel is substantially less than the requirement estimated based on transparent workings shared with Airtel." "Based on the current traffic flow between the two networks, the proposed augmentation by Airtel would still only suffice for less than one-fourth of the required interconnection capacity," it added. RJIL said it has been consistently highlighting the urgency of the requirement and impact on Quality of Service (QoS). "More than two crore calls are failing everyday between the two networks, which is far in excess of QoS parameters and of alarming ...
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Trai to initiate consultation on M2M communication, IoT soon 18.9.2016 ET: Infotech
Internet of Things, fuelled by machine-to-machine communication essentially refers to microprocessor and sensor fitted gadgets or 'things' within a network talking to each other.
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Big 3 telcos not allowing consumers to port: Jio 16.9.2016 Rediff: Business
Jio says it has completed mobile number portability testing and is certified MNP-compliant
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Vodafone to release more ports; RJio says not enough 15.9.2016 ET: Infotech
Vodafone is the third incumbent operator, after Idea Cellular and Airtel, that has agreed to increase inter-connection points for Reliance Jio.
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Vodafone to increase inter-connection capacity with Reliance Jio's network by three times 15.9.2016 DNA: Top News
 Telecom operator Vodafone India has decided to increase inter-connection capacity with Reliance Jio's network by three times but the new player said the number of ports promised to be released is substantially lower than what it actually needs. "Following guidance from Trai and clarifications from Jio regarding its commercial launch, Vodafone India has decided to increase the points of inter-connect (POIs) between the two operators by thrice and accordingly, increase the capacity to connect," Vodafone India said in a statement. Vodafone is the third incumbent operator, after Idea Cellular and Airtel, that has agreed to increase inter-connection points for Reliance Jio, after Telecom Regulatory Authority of India intervened in the matter. RJIL, however, countered the claim and said, "The quantum of POIs (Point of Interconnection) proposed to be released by Vodafone as per its press release is substantially less than the requirement estimated based on transparent workings shared with Vodafone." The Mukesh ...
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Jio seeks action against Big 3 telcos for violating MNP rules 15.9.2016 ET: Infotech
MNP could be the next contentious issue between the two sides after the telecom regulator last week resolved the issue of points of interconnect.
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Vodafone to triple points of interconnect with Reliance Jio 15.9.2016 ET: Infotech
The company’s statement comes within days of Airtel and Idea Cellular agreeing to augment the PoIs to Reliance Jio.
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Government working to address call drop issue: Manoj Sinha 13.9.2016 ET: Policy
"There is improvement to some extent in this direction... there will improvement further in days to come", he told newspersons here.
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