UC cut: An aggressive Reliance Jio a big worry for Airtel, Idea

Source: Livemint.com, Sept 20, 2017

Mumbai: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has cut interconnection usage charges (IUC) levied by telecom firms by 57%, adding that termination rates will be abolished in early 2020. While a cut in IUC was widely anticipated, the announced cuts are ahead of what the Street had expected.

This is a big win for Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. Analysts at Kotak Institutional Equities estimate Jio’s net spend on account of IUC to be in the region of Rs7,000-7,500 crore annually. Large incumbents such as Bharti Airtel Ltd, obviously, stand to lose a large chunk of this revenue stream, which contributes about 14-18% of their operating profits.

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Telcos oppose Trai view of delicensing airwaves for M2M

Source: The Economic Times, Sept 07, 2017

KOLKATA: Mobile phone companies appear at odds with the sector regulator’s call to delicense 1 MHz of spectrum from 867-868 MHz frequencies and another six units from the 915-935 MHz range for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication services.

They also see no immediate need to delicense the ‘V band’, comprising airwaves in the 57-64 GHz range, for such services, as advocated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in its recommendations for M2M services made late Tuesday.

Unlike person-to-person communication, M2M technologies involve communication between two devices. It typically enables wired and wireless devices to talk to each other using sensors, and such applications can be deployed in new-age infrastructure projects such as smart cities, smart grids, smart homes, smart heath and smart transportation.
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Government to issue security standards for phone makers to control data theft

Source: The Economic Times, Aug 24, 2017

NEW DELHI: Concerned over theft of personal and financial data at the hands of mobile companies, especially the large number of Chinese firms, the government is set to mandate strict security and privacy guidelines and standards for device makers.

The cyber-security standards may be announced over the next few weeks and are aimed at protecting the data and information of mobile users. Also, they will look at controlling the clandestine movement of personal information of users to servers abroad, sources in the IT Ministry told TOI.

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Taking aim at China, India tightens power grid, telecom rules

download (3).jpgSource: The Economic Times, Aug 17, 2017

NEW DELHI: India is tightening the rules for businesses entering its power transmission sector and making stringent checks on both power and telecom equipment for malware – moves that government and industry officials say aim to check China’s advance into sensitive sectors.

Chinese firms such as Harbin Electric, Dongfang Electronics, Shanghai Electric and Sifang Automation either supply equipment or manage power distribution networks in 18 cities in India. Local firms have long lobbied against Chinese involvement in the power sector, raising security concerns and saying they get no reciprocal access to Chinese markets.

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India adds 43 million new mobile subscriptions in March quarter

images.jpgSource: LiveMint.com, Aug 10, 2017

Mobile subscriptions are growing exponentially year on year. According to Ericsson Mobility Report Q1, 2017, 107 million new mobile subscriptions were added in Q1 globally, taking the total to 7.6 billion. LTE subscriptions, i.e. a 4G mobile standard, continue to grow strongly, with 250 million new subscriptions added during Q1 2017, to reach a total of around 2.1 billion.

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India smartphone business growing at over 100%, says Amazon

index.jpgSource: Business Standard, Aug 08, 2017

New Delhi: Global e-commerce major Amazon expects further acceleration in its smartphones business in India that has been witnessing over 100 per cent growth.

Amazon, which is locked in an intense battle for market leadership with Flipkart in India, has so far seen 140 handset models being launched on its platform exclusively.”We have seen 100 per cent growth in our smartphone business. This is driven by strong uptake of premium products and demand from tier II and III cities,” Amazon India Category Leader (Consumer Electronics) Arun Srinivasan told PTI.

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Telecom sector received FDI worth over $9.79 bn from 2014-15: Govt

download (2).jpgSource: Business Standard, Aug 02, 2017

The country received foreign direct investment (FDI) of over $9.79 billion since 2014-15 in the telecom sector, Parliament was informed today.

As per the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), FDI equity inflows in telecom sector between financial years 2014-15 and 2016-17 and April-May 2017 totalled $9,790.40 million, MoS for Electronics and IT P P Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

The FDI inflow in 2014-15 was $2,894.94 million, $1,324.40 million (2015-16), $5,563.69 million (2016-17) and $7.36 million (April-May 2017), he added.

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