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Department of Telecom set to oppose sale of Aircel, RCom spectrum unless AGR dues paid
If not the telcos, then their buyer or recipient of the airwaves under the insolvency proceedings – UV Asset Restructuring Company (UVARCL) in the case of both Aircel and RCom – should be held liable for statutory dues such as adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues, officials said.
Neutrality must for platforms, app stores and devices, says outgoing Trai chief
Trai chairman termed net neutrality as a "new frontier" that ...
Department of Telecommunications yet to take call on upfront payment for 4G spectrum sale
The Department of Telecommunications is preparing a...
Broadband services to reach in all villages by 2022: MoS Telecom, IT Sanjay Dhotre
The national mission aims to accelerate the growth of digital infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, and provide affordable and universal access of broadband to 1.3 billion Indians.
More than 44% of BSNL's mobile network equipment sourced from ZTE, 9% from Huawei
While replying to a question on the market share of Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei in India, Minister of State for Communications Sanjay Dhotre said that the government maintains no data of Chinese telecom gear makers.
DoT to seek legal view on payment of first AGR portion amid varying interpretations of SC order
Telcos say apex court meant 10% of total AGR dues, but DoT says SC implied 10% of dues minus payments already made by the telecom companies.
Telcos to move DoT to stop adoption of India-specific 5G standards, say costs will jump by 40%
Telcos are set to write to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to urge that India aligns with the rest of the world and adopts the global 5G network standard already approved by the International Telecom Union (ITU) to leverage global 5G ecosystem benefits to ensure cost-effective rollouts and availability of 5G devices at affordable rates.
Trai backs forming cloud service providers for light touch regulation
“The first industry body may be set up by DoT as a non-profit body under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in a three-step process,” the telecom regulatory authority of India (trai) said in its recommendations to the department of telecommunication (DoT) issued Monday.
Telecom department forecasts 70 per cent shortfall in revenues from communications
Govt won’t get payments from spectrum auctioned earlier because stressed telcos were granted a two-year moratorium to ease strain on cash flow.
10-yr time for staggered AGR payment: What does the SC order mean for telecom sector?
The Supreme Court Tuesday granted 10 years to telecom firms such as Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel for paying the Adjusted Gross Revenue (A...
AGR clarity may lead to more investment in telecom sector: Anshu Prakash
"I am happy that the AGR issue is now settled. In this certainty, the court orders are very clear that telcos know very well what is to be paid and the timeframe. And the government is also clear. We are hopeful that this clarity, this finality, this closure of the issue will now lead to more investments in the telecom sector," telecom secretary Anshu Prakash said at the ETTelecom Digital Telco Virtual Summit 2020.
Telecom bankruptcies worth $6 billion left hanging as ministries argue over airwaves
Any uncertainty about lenders’ rights over the key assets of operators could also discourage lending or bank guarantees to Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Vodafone Idea Ltd.
Telcos consider filing curative petition, the next move after Supreme Court's AGR verdict
People with knowledge of the matter said that the view is that one or separate curative petitions, rather than a review, may work better as errors in computing the AGR dues may need to be corrected. But no final decision has yet been taken on the next step.
Affected telcos believe have already paid over 10% of total AGR dues, next payment due March 2022
This comes on the back of Tuesday's AGR judgement wherein the Supreme Court gave a 10-year window for telcos to pay their balance AGR dues of over Rs 1.4 lakh crore, beginning with an upfront 10% of total dues by March 31, 2021, and the rest in 10 annual instalments ending March, 2031.
Auctioning E, V band spectrum will deny consumers broadband connectivity benefits: BIF to Govt
"Any auctioning of E and V bands would deny...consumers and the nation at large with the benefits of broadband connectivity and economic growth...go against the concerned Trai recommendations...go against international best practices," Broadband India Forum (BIF) President T V Ramachandran said in the letter.