DoT defers deadline for testing telecom equipment again

Source: LiveMint.com, Jan 15, 2019

New Delhi: The department of telecommunications (DoT) has once again pushed back the deadline to begin domestic testing and certification of telecom equipment amid industry concerns on the lack of adequate testing infrastructure in the country.

The new date has not been notified yet.

Aiming to beef up security and preparedness against cyberattacks and spying, DoT, which has been toying with the proposal for four years, said it wanted telecom equipment imported or sold in India to undergo mandatory testing and get certified by local authorized agencies from 1 October 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

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India’s handset industry may go past the 300-mn unit mark in 2019

Source: Business Standard, Jan 05, 2019

New Delhi: Living up to its reputation of making records, the Indian handset industry may add another feature to its cap in 2019.

The local market, bustling with new entrants and frequent launches, is expected to go past the 300-million-unit mark this year.

The feat, if achieved, would help India run close the annual 400-million plus Chinese market, which is the biggest in the world.

India, which has second position in the global mobile handsets market, is projected to grow to 302 million units this year, according to analyst firm TechArc. Read the rest of this entry »

DoT plans to set up network of satellites to bolster telecom services

Source: Business Standard, Jan 03, 2019

New Delhi: The telecom department is in discussion with the space department to set up a network of satellite for communication services across the country, an official source said Thursday.

“DoT is working to set-up network of low earth orbit (LEO) satellite and medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite for telecom services. The entire expenses will be borne by the telecom ministry. Discussion in this regard has already started with Department of Space,” the source told PTI.

Indian Space Research Organisation has launched 35 communications satellites till date, of which four satellites – GSAT 6A, GSAT 29, GSAT 11 and GSAT 7A were launched in 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

Telecom in 2019: Connect, Create, Innovate

Source: LiveMint.com, Jan 01, 2018

The convergence of information, ubiquitous connectivity and technology heralds a new India that is marked by societal and entrepreneurial transformation. Advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), M2M (machine to machine), IoT (Internet of Things) and analytics will most certainly bring India closer to realizing its dream of creating a $1 trillion digital economy by 2022.

KPMG, along with India Mobile Congress, in its recently released report titled New Digital Horizon: Connect, Create And Innovate, highlights the finding of a KPMG Technology Innovations Lab survey, which ranks India as third in the tech leadership charts for countries showing most promise for disruptive technological breakthroughs that will have a global impact. The survey ranked IoT, followed by AI and robotics, as the leading game changers in ushering the digital revolution and highlighted media and entertainment, followed by automotive, retail, FS and education, as likely sectors that are going to be disrupted the most.

As we see technology traversing through different industries, the telecom sector providing global connectivity has a huge role to play. Yet, it has so far not been able to reap benefits from this growth. To ensure that they remain the epicentre of the growth, telcos will have to reinvent their business models beyond connectivity to take on a role of a platform where new technologies converge to create industry-specific solutions. Read the rest of this entry »

DoT may ease spectrum trading rules in relief to telcos

Source: LiveMint.com, Dec 21, 2018

New Delhi: The Department of Telecom is considering easing spectrum trading rules as part of steps suggested by a committee to resolve financial stress in the sector, Union minister Manoj Sinha said Friday.

An inter-ministerial group (IMG) formed to recommend measures to resolve financial stress in the telecom sector had suggested that the DoT may issue appropriate clarification that only the gain or profit arising from the trade of spectrum shall constitute as part of revenue for the purpose of calculation of AGR.

“The Telecom Commission directed that the Department may obtain legal opinion whether such an amendment can be made to the guidelines. A legal opinion was sought and as per legal advice, TRAI recommendations were obtained. The matter was then referred to the Ministry of Finance and comments were obtained. The case is presently under examination in the Department,” Sinha informed the Rajya Sabha. Read the rest of this entry »

DoT plans to be ready for 5G spectrum auction by August next year

Source: Business Standard, Dec 18, 2018

New Delhi: The department of telecommunications (DoT) has set for itself an ambitious target of completing the procedure for auctioning 5G spectrum by August next year.

Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop done with states and union territories, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on Monday: “We expect to complete due process by July-August 2019. I cannot say whether spectrum auction will happen by then, but we will be ready after the second half of 2020.” It did not mean the whole country would be in 5G but it would be available in certain pockets, she said.

The DoT secretary added while the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had given preliminary recommendations on the proposed auction, the working committee at the DoT was looking at the details. A separate task force on 5G has given a broader set of (spectrum) bands they can work on.

Telcos, however, say the target is ambitious, considering the fact that the industry is reeling from a debt of Rs 7.6 trillion on average gross revenues of only Rs 2.5 trillion and an Ebidta (earnings before interest, depreciation, taxation and amortisartion) margin of 20-22 per cent. Read the rest of this entry »

Govt notifies rules for in-flight, maritime mobile phone services

Source: LiveMint.com, Dec 17, 2018

New Delhi:People will soon be able to make calls and access internet through their phones during air travel and ship voyage within Indian territory as the government has notified rules for providing such services.

Indian and foreign airlines and shipping companies operating in the country can provide in-flight and maritime voice and data services in partnership with a valid Indian telecom licence holder.

“These rules may be called the Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules, 2018. They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette,” the notification dated December 14 said.

The in-flight and maritime connectivity (IFMC) can be provided using telecom networks on ground as well as using satellites.

The services can be provided by a valid telecom licence holder in India through domestic and foreign satellites having permission of the Department of Space, it said. Read the rest of this entry »