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Telecom hiring freeze over, sector set to increase 5% manpower by FY20-end

The telecom sector, which has lost over 100,000 employees in the last two years amid financial turmoil and consolidation, is set to turn a net hirer in FY20, with an expected 5% increase in manpower, executives said. They are looking to recruit from companies such as Microsoft, Google, Tata Consultancy Services, HCL Technologies, Ericsson and Nokia to help with network digitisation and preparing for 5G. Devina Sengupta reports. (Text: ET Bureau)

Rajiv Pratap Rudy counters Ravi Shankar Prasad's remark on free telecom services

Some opposition members said Rudy should be made the minister to improve the state of affairs. He was a minister of state in the previous Modi government.

Airtel prepays over Rs 22,000 crore of domestic loans

In the fiscal fourth quarter ended March 2019, Airtel’s net finance cost rose 30.2% sequentially and 38.4% on year, which continue to drag profitability.

Telecom sector set to turn net hirer in FY20

While some senior-level hiring took place at salary levels upward of Rs 1 cr, hiring has started for other grades too.

Private sector lost 15.41 million phones in Jan-March: DoT

Tele-density, which was 91.45% in the beginning of the quarter reduced to 90.10% by the end of the March 2019.

TRAI extends deadline for comments on interconnection paper

The last date for industry for comments is extended from June 27 to July 4 while deadline for counter comments is extended from July 11 to July 18.

DoT asks BSNL to put all capex on hold, stop tenders

The order has asked BSNL officers to put in abeyance advance purchase orders, and purchase orders of tenders that have been already finalised till further instruction.

​DoT may move SC against Airtel, Tata Tele merger

People aware of the thinking at the department said that DoT wants to safeguard its financial interests.

Market, operators not ready for 5G rollout: Report

The telecom companies would need at least Rs 1 lakh crore for laying out the infrastructure for 5G.

Ready to sign "no back door" pact with govt; others should also sign it: Huawei

Huawei's business engagement in India is under scrutiny by the government after the US restricted hardware as well as software supplies to it.

Telcos forced to hive off assets, share network to bear costs of fiberisation: Crisil

Telcos forced to hive off assets, share network to bear costs of fiberisation: Crisil

Telcos saddled under a debt of Rs 4.3 lakh crore as of March 2019 will need investments of up to Rs one lakh crore only in laying fibre networks over the next 2-3 years.

Trai seeks views on allotting 700 Mhz to railways; DoT says will cost govt over Rs 1 lakh crore

Trai seeks views on allotting 700 Mhz to railways; DoT says will cost govt over Rs 1 lakh crore

Trai has posed eight questions in a paper seeking stakeholder views on assigning premium 700 Mhz band spectrum to the Railways, and the methodology and pricing of such allotment.

India mobile subscriber base rises a tad in April, after a blip in March: Trai

India mobile subscriber base rises a tad in April, after a blip in March: Trai

Country’s overall number of mobile phone users had risen by more than 486,000 in April to reach 1.162 billion.

Do not have enough money to pay June salaries, says BSNL

Do not have enough money to pay June salaries, says BSNL

The public-sector company has sought government’s advice on the next “course of action”.

Jio seems to be going slow on content plans

Jio seems to be going slow on content plans

Management approval for many proposals is pending till funds are infused into the main business, according to over a dozen people within and outside the company who are familiar with the matter.

IBM sees opportunity in collaborating with telcos, media marketplace in India

IBM sees opportunity in collaborating with telcos, media marketplace in India

The US-based technology company is holding talks with Indian telcos to bring in technologies and expertise around digital engagement with artificial intelligence and au-tomation, enterprise modernisation, and hybrid cloud.

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