Indian telcos urge government not to allow enterprises to run 5G networks

The government of India is still evaluating if enterprises will be allowed to have their own 5G infrastructure The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has told the Government of India that local carriers will not have incentives to deploy 5G networks if authorities allowed...

India considers use of power infrastructure for 5G small cells deployments

The Goverment of India is expected to initiate the 5G auctions in June India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) may use infrastructure owned by power distributors for the deployment of 5G small cells nationwide, according to Indian press reports. As part of the initiative, the government will...

India’s state-run telco BSNL to launch 4G, 5G NSA in August: Report

BSNL aims to launch its 5G SA network in India in the third quarter of 2023 India’s state-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) expects to launch commercial 4G services as well as its 5G network in Non-Standalone (NSA) mode in August, local newspaper The...

India expects initial 5G launches to occur in August 2022: Report

The government of India expects local operators to launch 5G service in some parts of the country by mid-August 2022, local newspaper Business Standard reported. According to the report, a source with knowledge of the matter said that a limited 5G launch is possible by...

Indian regulator unlikely to lower 5G spectrum reserve price: Report

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) may not change the existing reserve price of spectrum in the 3.3-3.6 GHz band for the launch of commercial 5G services in the country, Indian newspaper The Economic Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the...

Covid-19 pandemic could delay 5G launch in India: Bharti Airtel

The Covid-19 pandemic would potentially delay the launch of 5G technology in India, Gopal Vittal, CEO of Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel said during a press conference. India has been struggling for several months with a national wave of COVID-19 infections that has overwhelmed hospitals...

India authorizes 5G trials with four vendors

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has authorized local carriers to carry out trials of 5G technology in the country. In a statement, DoT said that the permits were given to Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea and MTNL, which will carry out these 5G...

India’s DoT likely to ask regulator to lower price of 5G spectrum: Report

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is expected to ask the country’s telecoms regulator to lower the minimum price for the auction of 5G airwaves, Indian newspaper Mint reported, citing an official with knowledge of the matter. Local carriers have been insisting that the floor price...

Airtel to submit new requests for 5G trials without Chinese vendors: Report

Airtel to trial 5G tech from Nokia and Ericsson Indian operator Bharti Airtel is preparing to submit new applications for 5G trials with European vendors Nokia and Ericsson for circles or cities where it previously requested permits to partner with Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE, Indian newspaper The Economic Times reported. According to...

Telcos may be asked to pay up for underreporting revenues

The Telecom Ministry will ask for nearly $300 million from Tata Teleservices, Vodafone, Reliance Communications, Airtel and Idea Cellular for underreporting revenues, India's Press Trust of India has reported, quoting unidentified sources.

Telecom panel blocks ban on 3G roaming deals

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal of India has allowed some mobile operators to continue offering 3G services in areas for which they don't have licenses until Jan. 9.

New players to be charged for spectrum beyond 4.4 megahertz

The new telecom operators have argued that since the established players have already cornered maximum spectrum and subscriber bases, the new players should be given more concessions in view of the limited market.

Reports of illegal towers worry Indian ITC panel

While referring to media reports that nearly 3,000 mobile towers operating in India's capital of Delhi were set up without the required approvals, the parliamentary standing committee on information technology expressed serious doubts over the efficacy of the telecom authority's vigilance and monitoring mechanism.

TEMA express concern to Prime Minister about DoT’s defiance

The Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA) Friday, in a communication to the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, raised the issue of defiance by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

BSNL moves to surrender BWA spectrum

India's telecom department has given its 'in principle' nod to state-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. to surrender the broadband wireless access spectrum allotted to it.

Indian PM to DoT: Reduce security risk from telecom gear imports

The Indian prime minister's office has recently sought an update from the Department of Telecom about the steps taken to tackle the security issues arising from the importing of telecom equipment.

India’s government committed to growth of telecom sector, PM says

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reassured the telecom industry today that his government is fully committed to sustaining growth, creativity and enterprise in a "vitally important" sector of the country's economy.

TRAI recommends eligibility conditions for additional spectrum

In case of spectrum allocation beyond 4.4 MHz and up to 6.2 MHz to GSM operators, the service provider should have covered at least 50% of the district headquarters or any other town in lieu thereof, according to Indian telecom regulator's recommendations for assignment of additional spectrum.

DoT panel rejects TRAI’s M&A recommendations

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's recommendation of a 60% market share cap on merger and acquisitions has been turned down by a standing committee of the Department of Telecommunications.

India Telecom Tracker: Nov. 28, 2011

India's top telecom bureaucrat, R Chandrashekhar, Monday said the Telecom Commission expects to conclude discussions on TRAI's proposal on 2G spectrum pricing and M&As in the telecom sector within a week.

Reality Check: Annual review of the Indian telecom sector

The telecom sector over the last few months and year, has seen many controversies - most of them a result of public policy ambiguities.

Telecom CEO’s seek PM’s intervention on 3G roaming issue

Top executives of three leading telecom companies in India have now written to the Indian Prime Minister over the issue of the controversial 3G roaming deals.

Telcos must help ensure network security in India, DoT says

In a recent draft of security policy, the Department of Telecom asks telecom operators in India to play a role in ensuring the security of the country's telecom networks.

Concerns over roaming arrangements in 3G networks

India's present 3G roaming provisions have far-reaching security implications, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

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