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Vi s conducting 5G trials on government allocated 5G spectrum in Pune (Maharashtra) and Gandhinagar (Gujarat).

Vodafone Idea says achieved peak 5G speed of over 3.7 Gbps in Pune trials

Sep 19, 2021

Vodafone Idea also claimed to have achieved peak download speed of up to 1.5 Gbps in 3.5 Ghz band 5G trial network in Gandhinagar and Pune.

The Union Cabinet recently approved a blockbuster relief package for the stressed telecom sector that includes a four-year break for companies from paying statutory dues, permission to share scarce airwaves. (Photo: PTI)

4-yr Moratorium on telecom dues allows time to transform, repair: Deloitte India

Sep 19, 2021

The reforms send out a strong message to the global community, and are expected to bolster the confidence of investors and lenders in the telecom sector, said Peeyush Vaish, Partner and Telecom Sector Leader, Deloitte India

Airtel

Airtel hikes prices of plans offering Disney+Hotstar subscription.

Sep 17, 2021

Price rise in prepaid and Broadband plans came after the changes made by the entertainment app.

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal

Sunil Mittal suggests tarrifs must go up; calls for improvement in GST, licence fee

Sep 16, 2021

Telecom reforms will spur growth, and have paved the way for all players to come together and work as a team to unleash India's telecom dream, Mittal said

The rationalisation of AGR will also result in significant savings for the telcos as they will no longer be required to pay AGR on non-telecom revenues in future

Telecom reforms a big boost but no respite from fee on existing spectrum income

Sep 15, 2021

As per ratings agency ICRA, the four-year moratorium is likely to provide a breather of Rs 14,000 crore to the industry. It will also increase the survival chances of Vodafone Idea, which has the highest AGR dues

"We do not intend to stop," Vaishnaw said underlining the government's firm resolve to push ahead with reforms.

Govt likely to conduct 5G spectrum auction in February next year: Telecom Minister

Sep 15, 2021

Vaishnaw said the telecom reforms package cleared by the Cabinet is adequate for the survival of existing players, and added that with more reforms, that are in the pipeline, "more players should come".

Cabinet has announced key decisions for the telecom sector

Cabinet approves relief package for telecom sector; Vodafone Idea, Airtel to benefit

Sep 15, 2021

Main highlights of the relief package are expected to be a four-year moratorium on the AGR dues. It could also allow telcos to surrender spectrums that have not been used

Sources said the telecom department has been actively pushing for the relief measures for the sector, and is hopeful that the proposals will be taken up for consideration in coming 1-2 weeks

No decision on telecom relief package in Cabinet meet

Sep 09, 2021

The telecom sector has been keenly watching out for the relief package, which sources said could include redefinition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) to exclude non-telecom items, cut in levies such as Spectrum Usage Charges and easier terms and conditions for surrendering radiowaves to the government

The regulator says the move will provide an impetus for the growth of fixed-line broadband across the country

Trai's suggestion to waive RoW charges for 5 years to significantly reduce network rollout cost: COAI

Sep 06, 2021

Trai says the Centre should simultaneously ensure that during these five years, RoW charges for laying common ducts and posts shall be exempted for the central government departments and agencies as well

The PLI scheme will provide incentives for manufacturing of network equipment, routers, broadband transmission equipment, 5G equipment and consumer premise devices, among others.

PLI scheme for telecom sector: Govt to approve proposals of 33 companies

Sep 06, 2021

The scheme aims to boost local production of telecom equipment, reduce dependency on imports and make India a global manufacturing hub by incentivising companies making in India.

TRAI asks telcos to only offer tariffs reported with the regulator

TRAI bars telcos from offering differential prices for portability customers

Sep 03, 2021

It asked telcos to only offer tariffs that have been reported to TRAI. The regulator stated that all tariffs must comply with “extant TRAI regulations/directions/orders"