Govt panel starts work on proposed 5G blueprint

download (4).jpgSource:, Apr 20, 2018

New Delhi: A high-level panel constituted by the government to work out a roadmap for 5G rollout held its third meeting on Thursday, and is now working on drafting interim reports on the proposed 5G blueprint, a person familiar with the matter said.

The forum, chaired by the telecom secretary, will hold its next meeting in mid-June, a government official familiar with the development said. “The third meeting of the 5G forum was held on Thursday and the interim reports can be expected shortly. The next meeting is likely to be held on 14 June,” the person said.

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Idea’s proposal seeking 100 pc FDI under consideration of DIPP

download (2).jpgSource: The Economic Times, Apr 22, 2018

NEW DELHI: Idea Cellular Ltd’s proposal to allow up to 100 per cent foreign direct investment in the company is under consideration of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), an official said.

The proposal assumes significance against the backdrop of pending merger of Idea Cellular Ltd and Vodafone India to form the country’s largest telecom operator.

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DoT to asks Vodafone, Idea to clear dues worth Rs 19,000 crore before merger

download (2)KOLKATA | NEW DELHI: The telecom department (DoT) is likely to shortly ask Vodafone India and Idea Cellular to collectively pay nearly $3 billion (Rs 18,870 crore approx) of dues relating to a mix of pending licence fees, spectrum usage charges (SUC) and one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) as a pre-condition for clearing their mega merger, three people aware of the matter said.
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Govt levies 10% import duty on key smartphone parts to push Make in India

download (2).jpgSource: Business Standard, Apr 02, 2018

New Delhi: India has imposed a 10 per cent tax on imports of key smartphone components including populated printed circuit boards, which are at the heart of smartphones, according to a government document.

The government’s move on Monday confirmed a Reuters report from last week that the country was exploring new duties on the imports of populated printed circuit boards that include components such as processors, memory and wireless chips.

A 10 per cent customs tax was also imposed on the imports of camera modules for phones and connectors.

The move, part of a phased manufacturing plan for lifting local production of mobile devices, is aimed at boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship ‘Make In India’ drive to turn the country into a manufacturing hub, like neighbouring China.


Next wave of growth in mobile internet from rural India: Study

Source: Business Standard, Apr 02, 2018

New Delhi: The next wave of growth in mobile internet users is going to come from rural areas, where mobile data penetration is as low as 18 per cent. However, rural areas also saw growth of a little over 15 per cent in mobile internet last year, with 57 per cent users being under the age of 25 years.

A report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Kantar IMRB says with 59 per cent penetration, urban India is expected to see a slowdown. Rural India is clearly the next area of growth. Overall, mobile internet users are estimated to reach 478 million by this June, of which urban users will be around 291 million and rural users 187 million. Mobile internet users increased by 17.2 per cent from December 2016 to reach 456 million in December 2017.

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India is now world’s second largest mobile phone producer: ICA

Source:, Apr 01, 2018

New Delhi:India is now the second largest mobile phone producer in the world after China, as per information shared by Indian Cellular Association with telecom minister Manoj Sinha and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“We are happy to inform you that with the strenuous and calibrated efforts of government of India, ICA and FTTF, India has now emerged as the second largest producer of mobile handset by volume,” ICA national president Pankaj Mohindroo said in a letter to both the union ministers on 28 March.

ICA referred to data available from market research firm IHS, China’s National Bureau of Statistics and Vietnam General Statistics Office. According to data shared by ICA, India accounted for 11% of global mobile production in 2017 compared to 3% in 2014.

India replaced Vietnam to become second largest producer of mobile phones in 2017. With the rise in mobile phone production, imports of the devices in the country also reduced to less than half in 2017-18.

“We are also happy to inform you that our completely build units as percentage of domestic market has now come down from 78% (2014-15) to 18% (2017-18),” Mohindroo said.The fast track task force, a body under Ministry of Electronics and IT, has set target to achieve around 500 million mobile phone production in India by 2019, with value estimated to be around $46 billion.

The FTTF, which has members from industry and government, has set target to create $8 billion component manufacturing as result of growth in mobile phone production and create 1.5 million direct and indirect jobs by 2019.

The body has set the target to export 120 million mobile phone units with an estimated value of $1.5 million by the end of next year. “As long as we bring the right focus on exports, we will be able to achieve these numbers,” Mohindroo said.


India to be ready with 5G roadmap by June

download (1).jpgSource: The Economic Times, Mar 27, 2018

New Delhi: India wants to take a lead position in adopting 5G technology and will prepare the road map for it by June, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said today.

She called upon industry, academia and startups to do their bit to help India become a “frontrunner” in 5th-generation wireless system which enables higher speed mobile broadband, mission-critical services and massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployment.

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