Kumar Mangalam Birla, Vodafone Idea executives meet Cabinet SecretaryA committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba is looking into the health of the telecom industry. Vodafone Idea, which is making quarterly losses of roughly Rs 5,000 crore with debt of over Rs 99,000 crore, is believed to have also written again to the government, underlining the criticality of early relief measures.
Vodafone Idea, Airtel reject Jio’s contention on IUCMukesh Ambani-led Jio has maintained that if the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India postpones the scrapping of IUC from the planned January 2020 deadline, it would end up “subsidising two economically inefficient operators at the cost of users." The provision of such subsidies, Jio said, “is not within the domain of Trai’s functions.”
Telcos object to DoT’s proposal that may raise 5G costsCOAI, which represents Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and Reliance Jio Infocomm, has called on the government to scrap the proposal and take suitable steps to ensure that the Indian delegation participating at WRC-2019 supports the commercial deployment of 5G mobile services in the 26 GHz band.
Jio’s new tariff plans with extra IUC to push up ARPUReliance Jio throws in extra IUC minutes after scrapping two low-value prepaid packs of Rs 19 & Rs 52. Experts see more tinkering with prepaid base packs on cards. Jio on Monday unveiled four new tariff plans loaded with 1,000 off-net IUC minutes.
Voda Idea seeks deferring of zero-IUC regime"There's a need to extend the applicable date, and zero termination charge should not be applicable from January 1, 2020, as mobile termination is a cost-based charge, and can never be zero,” Voda Idea said in its submission to Trai.
ITU to debate telcos' usage of 5G bandISRO has backed a proposal from the telecom department to slash transmission capability of mobile base stations operating in the 26 GHz spectrum band. ISRO wants zero interference from 5G mobile networks using the same airwaves in future.
Airtel urges Trai to postpone scrapping of IUC“The (London-based) GSMA too has predicted that 12-13% of customers will continue to use 2G handsets till 2025,” Airtel said in its submissions to the Trai, which had sought comments on a proposal to defer the introduction of a zero IUC regime.
Jio won’t bill broadband users for a month at leastUsers who had signed up for JioFiber trials, continue to get the services for free. Now, Jio won’t be able to charge customers for home broadband services for at least another month as it is migrating to an integrated billing system that is yet to stabilise.