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COAI does u-turn, says no need for more spectrum to tackle Covid-led demand

The comments come on the back of an ET report which cited government officials as saying that mobile internet usage increase is not as high as what the telcos were claiming them to be. Telcos had sought additional airwaves to cater to the surge in demand.

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  • According to the latest report, Jio pipped its nearest rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone who recorded an average download speed of 8 mbps in February.

    Market experts don’t expect the government to net more than Rs 40,000 crore due to financial constraints of telcos and high price of the 5G band as well as the 700 MHz band, which can also be used for 5G in future. DoT itself is currently pre-occupied with the AGR issue, including reconciliation of telco payments with its own calculations.

    National Conference (NC) president and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday ...

    In the resolution plan mentioned in National Company Law Tribunal on Monday, this realisation of Rs 6,600 crore will happen when UVARCL manages to sell Aircel’s assets. There will be no upfront payment made to the lenders but they will get zero optionally convertible debentures spread over a period of five years.

    According to the data published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Bharti Airtel network had average 4G download speed of 7.9 mbps, Vodafone 7.6 mbps and Idea 6.5 mbps. The average speed is computed by Trai based on the data it collects across India with the help of its MySpeed application on a real-time basis.

    "While we see a fast adoption of 5G across geographies globally, we do recognise the phenomenal boost that 4G has given towards enabling broadband connectivity for Indian consumers. 4G will stay relevant for quite sometime," Rajen Vagadia, vice-president and president, Qualcomm India, said.

    Brokerage CLSA said Jio’s 28-day and 84-day prepaid plans, offering 1.5 GB of data a day are 20% and 7% cheaper than Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea’s latest comparable offerings. Centrum backed the view, saying Jio’s plans across price-points remained the most attractive despite material increases in the tariff plans.

    The country’s mobile user base is set to fall for the first time in eight years this calendar with many people likely to give up their second or third connections due to rising cost of ownership.

    The US has been pressuring its allies and friendly countries, including India, to bar Huawei from 5G deployments, flagging security concerns and citing the company’s alleged proximity to the Chinese government. China has on its part warned India of economic consequences if Huawei was excluded from 5G development and deployments.

    A seven-member Group of Ministers has been constituted to fast-track & oversee implementation of the plan.

    The government is opposed to offering the 26 GHz spectrum band for 5G operations. COAI also said the Supreme Court's definition of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) was a misstep for the industry.

    In case no help comes on the AGR front, any hope that Voda Idea has will evaporate pretty quickly.

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