Qualcomm’s plans to be a 5G ecosystem enabler in India and participate in the development of country-specific 5G use cases comes at a time when sections in the government and also among India’s older telcos have often maintained that globally popular 5G use cases such as automated cars to robotics surgery won’t work in the India context.
“We firmly believe India needs a combination of all three spectrum band categories for 5G as it’s important to have a blend of capacity and coverage spectrum to unlock the full potential of this ultra-fast mobile broadband technology,” Durga Malladi, senior vice president & GM (4G & 5G) at the US chip maker’s R&D arm, Qualcomm Technologies, told ET.
New customers are now being billed, and old customers have been told to choose one pack or another.
Vodafone Idea shares closed nearly 2.5 per cent lower at Rs 5.89 on BSE Wednesday.
Airtel said it would disconnect BSNL customers if it didn't regard Airtel-Tata Tele as a merged entity.
Jio recently said it would raise tariffs, if directed by Trai, in a manner that does not hurt data consumption or growth in digital adoption. This was a day after Voda Idea and Airtel said they would raise tariffs next month. It has already started charging customers for outbound calls to other networks.
The International Telecom Union has dismissed a proposal of the Department of Telecommunications – pushed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) – to restrict transmission power of 5G mobile base stations, and has upheld the view of the telecom industry at the World Radio Communications-2019 conference in Egypt.
The tower companies could consider payment holidays for Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel for the first three-to-six months on new sites or do away with the lock-in period for new tenancies, industry officials said.
Jio is likely to be very careful about a tariff hike, as the pricing gap between it & others has narrowed.
Voda Idea has pegged its additional AGR liability at Rs 44,200 cr; dues that need to be paid in under 3 months.
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