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    Telecom sector's most awaited event - spectrum auction to start today, first time in five years

    The telecom sector's most awaited event - spectrum auction - starts later today when the three operators - Reliance Jio , Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea will bid for 4G airwaves that will, in Reliance Jio's case, help to continue offering services without any disruption, and for all telcos, boost their network capacities and support expansion plans in a bid to get more data customers.

    Jio’s new bundled offers may not hit Airtel: Analysts

    The new JioPhone offers won’t change the sector’s competitive dynamics as the minimum upfront commitment of Rs 1,499 (including device) is more than double what a 2G user, typically, spends upfront on a device and the initial recharge.

    Telecom spectrum auction starts today. Here is what to expect

    It would be interesting to see how much bandwidth the government would be able to sell, given the existing debt burden of over Rs 8 lakh crore for the industry and sufficient quantity of airwaves already held by the likes of Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

    Expected by October, 5G 'Test Bed' to boost telecom technology

    With the launch of 5G test beds, the Ministry said it will be in the category of the US, the UK, European Union, Sweden, Finland, Thailand, China, Japan and South Korea which are among some of the countries that have announced the launch of 5G.

    Reliance, Google, Facebook, Infibeam's NUE bid: What does this mean?

    Experts say that a successful bid for NUE is set to add to the company's plans to make further inroads into the buoyant digital space. Mukesh Ambani led Jio has managed to raise funds from some of the largest global investors for India's growth story.

    Huawei, reeling from US sanctions, plans foray into e-vehicles

    Huawei has started internally designing the EVs and approaching suppliers at home, with the aim of officially launching the project as early as this year, three of the sources said.

    Airtel Digital to buy 10% in Tata Group's Ferbine for bigger finance play

    Airtel, which already runs a payments bank and hopes to become a small finance bank in future, expects the transaction to buy stake in Ferbine to be completed on or before March 5, 2021.

    Airtel says 5G will enable high-speed broadband for rural India, various industries

    Raman said that 5G may not be relevant to the utilities industry as many use cases are not currently bandwidth intensive or require ultra low latency. “...however, utilities can actually evolve a device ecosystem. And then they can say that we can work with 5G.”

    Local R&D, fast growing China market to bring down India 5G device prices, say top handset companies

    During the panel discussion on the 5G smartphone ecosystem, Sunil Raina, president at Lava International said that 5G devices are coming into the Indian market much faster despite the network unavailability due to the fast ecosystem shift in the Chinese market.

    Telcos to also come under regulatory scrutiny of revised intermediary rules

    "We are studying the regulations…the telcos with value added services will come under the OTT regulations," said a senior executive in one of the three telcos. Another senior executive at a second operator confirmed the same, adding their legal teams are still going through the revised intermediary guidelines under Section 79 of the Information Technology Act, announced Thursday.

    Jio unveils twin JioPhone-2021 offers to attract feature phone users

    Jio unveils twin JioPhone-2021 offers to attract feature phone users

    Jio claimed its latest JioPhone 2021 offer is at least 2.5 times cheaper than similar offerings by its nearest rivals, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

    India doesn't have any 'negative attitude' towards company: Huawei

    India doesn't have any 'negative attitude' towards company: Huawei

    “Until now, they (Indian government) have no negative attitude or decision to block Huawei for 5G,” Jay Chen, Huawei’s Asia Pacific vice president, said during a virtual session of Mobile World Congress 2021.

    Xiaomi signs manufacturing pacts with DBG Technology and BYD India

    Xiaomi signs manufacturing pacts with DBG Technology and BYD India

    “Our India factories are not even fully geared up to meet local demand… Given supply constraints and Covid-19 still being there, I don’t think it will be realistic for us to believe that at least in the next few months or next few quarters, we will be able to export significantly,” Xiaomi India MD Manu Jain told ET.

    OpenRAN can open doors to new 5G world: Rakuten CTO

    OpenRAN can open doors to new 5G world: Rakuten CTO

    OpenRAN enables hardware and software to be disaggregated, unlike conventional radio gears, allowing technology products from different suppliers to co-exist with various software providers.

    Telcos seek adequate and affordable 5G spectrum supply across bands

    Telcos seek adequate and affordable 5G spectrum supply across bands

    Speaking at ET Telecom 5G Congress, 2021 held virtually on Thursday, the executives urged the government to hasten 5G field trials to pave the way for commercial deployments of the fast mobile broadband technology. They also reiterated their call for early cuts in the hefty telecom levies to ease continuing financial stress in the debt-laden telecom sector.

    5G deployment in mmWave band to deliver $150 billion of additional GDP for India: London-based GSMA

    5G deployment in mmWave band to deliver $150 billion of additional GDP for India: London-based GSMA

    "We estimate that millimeter wave enabled 5G will deliver $150 billion in additional GDP for India," Laurent Bodusseau, senior director - Spectrum & Regulatory Affairs at GSMA said.

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