Donald Trump raises secure 5G networks in meeting with PM Modi
At a special press briefing with Indian industrialists at the US embassy in New Delhi, Trump said, "During our visit we discussed the importance of a secure 5G wireless network & the need for this emerging technology to be a tool for freedom, progress, prosperity, not to do anything with where it could be even conceived as a conduit for suppression and censorship."
India should consider local manufacturing of telecom equipment: Country’s top cybersecurity official
“We should give a licence fee to them (H...
For Vodafone Idea vendors, Rs 4,000 cr dues are at stake
The deadline for AGR payment looms large over not just telecom operators, but also a...
Airtel, Vodafone Idea keep an eye on coronavirus disruption in China
The telcos are keeping a close watch on the scale of the epidemic as they have only a few months back-up inventory for tackling exigencies, industry insiders said. Experts said potential supply chain disruptions would impact Vodafone Idea and Airtel that source a portion of their network gear needs from Chinese OEMs such as Huawei and ZTE.
Nokia, Ericsson, ZTE, UTStarcom receive part of their outstanding from BSNL
BSNL has paid the outstanding dues worth Rs 150 crore each to Nokia and ZTE, according to a source. BSNL is also set to release Rs 22 crore to Swedish Ericsson and Rs 50 crore to UTStarcom through circle offices towards supplies for the Phase-V GSM expansion initiative.
ZTE open to lab for cybersecurity in India
Huawei and rival ZTE to a lesser extent have come under global scrutiny after the United States raised security concerns regarding 5G equipment, given their perceived proximity to the Chinese government. The US has asked its allies to ban 5G gear from Huawei. Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia have acquiesced.
Telcos' dues, penalties to weigh heavily on vendors, tower cos
Bharti Infratel, Indus Towers and American Tower Corp (ATC) are bracing for a possible hit on their tower tenancies, because of the financial strain on customers Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea from the thousands of crores they need to pay the government.
Airtel, Jio, Voda Idea submit applications for 5G trials; Huawei partners with 2 telcos
Last month, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said the government will allocate airwaves to all telecom service providers for conducting trials of super-fast speed 5G network. India will not bar any equipment suppliers in the upcoming trials for 5G.
DoT to use 5G trials to evaluate security vulnerabilities, then decide on Chinese vendors for roll outs
This is the first time that India, caught in a diplomatic and economic tussle between the US and China, has taken an official stance permittng the Chiniese firms. It boosts the Chinese company’s hopes of playing a part in the deployment of the next generation technology in India despite US objections. Huawei is said to be at least a year ahead of its rivals in 5G technology development.
Govt lets 5G waves roll, asks cos to submit bids for trial in 10 days
Telecom operators must apply afresh within the next 10 days for 5G spectrum trials and airwaves will be allotted upon approval of their applications.
DoT meets telecom operators, vendors to discuss 5G trials
The meeting on Tuesday, chaired by Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash, lasted for over an hour. An official with one of the telcos said that all operators attended the meeting. A Huawei executive declined to comment on the proceedings. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the government will allocate airwaves to all telecom service providers.
Debt-laden Vodafone Idea may have put expansion plans on hold
Vodafone Idea may have put its fresh 4G expansion and modernisation plans on hold to conserve money.
Coronavirus: LG, ZTE withdraw from MWC, others may follow
While LG has become the first major South Korean company to give MWC 2020 a miss, others may soon follow suit, considering the threat that the virus poses, according to industry watchers. Telecom industry insiders said that the withdrawal of LG and ZTE from MWC is a significant development. However, they added that it remains to be seen if they would have a cascading effect on the show.
Foreign vendors give an ultimatum to BSNL to clear Rs 3000 crore in dues by December 31; may stop support
Foreign gear vendors have said they will abandon the debt-laden PSU if its dues are not cleared by Dec 31.
Gear vendors panic over Vodafone Idea situation; Huawei, ZTE, Nokia exposure goes up with new wireline contracts
Although Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and ZTE haven’t officially reached out to VIL seeking their dues, they are closely watching the evolving situation, which may adversely affect their respective India revenue streams, already stressed due to lower spending on network expansion and upgrades this year, executives of vendor companies said.
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