The Mukesh Ambani-controlled telco is looking at a commercial rollout of Jio GigaFiber before Diwali (November 7), initially in the metros and about 80 top tier 1and 2 markets, a person with knowledge of the plan said.
A fall in AGR means lower government revenue because telecom companies pay their licence fee and spectrum usage charges based on AGR.
Last month, the Telecom Commission, the highest decision making wing in the DoT, had fully endorsed Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s recommendations – issued last November – underlining India’s stand in backing an open internet.
The BIF counts Facebook, Google, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Hughes, Intel and Huawei among its key members.
India should look at the overall contribution of global multinationals involved in the telecom equipment business and not restrict merely to manufacturing, said Ericsson India’s Nitin Bansal.
For 700 MHz, which was unsold at the previous auction, the authority proposed cutting the base price to Rs 6,568 crore a unit, Telcos feel the recommended prices are still high.
Defending its market share is going to be a tough battle due to its capex infusion constraints.
The sector regulator said such voice call-muting or `periods of silence’ is caused by “drop or loss of voice packets” on LTE networks.
Jio overtook Idea on the RMS front in the March quarter and had almost homed in on Vodafone India.
Naveen Kulkarni, telecom analyst at PhillipCapital, however, said that he was not convinced about the strong ARPU generation by Jio’s feature phone user base.
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