India’s telelcom sector: A revolution in true sense

There was no way this would have happened if liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation had not been aggressively chased by consecutive governments. Telecom sector was among the first few sectors to be reformed, and one which transformed dramatically as it was gradually deregularised. In the last 25 years, as the government loosened control, India’s teledensity jumped from 0.8% in 1990 to 83.32%, as on April 2016. This means that in the pre-reforms era less than one person per 100 persons was using telecom services. Today, that has shot up to more than 83 persons per 100 people. Source

There was no way this would have happened if liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation had not been aggressively chased by consecutive governments. Telecom sector was among the first few sectors to be reformed, and one which transformed dramatically as it was gradually deregularised. In the last 25 years, as the government loosened control, India’s teledensity jumped from 0.8% in 1990 to 83.32%, as on April 2016. This means that in the pre-reforms era less than one person per 100 persons was using telecom services. Today, that has shot up to more than 83 persons per 100 people. Source

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India’s wireless tele-density reaches 74.55%: Trai

India’s tele-density reached 76.55%, with the total subscriber base reaching 957.61 million that includes 569.56 million in urban and 388.05 million in rural regions, data on the sector regulator’s website showed. The number of telephone subscribers in India showed “a monthly growth rate of 0.61%,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in its report.The wireless subscriber base grew 0.6% to touch 930.20 million at the end of September, or a tele-density of 74.55%, while the wireline subscriber base declined from 27.52 million August to 27.41 million at the end of September, giving it a tele-density of 2.20%, the regulator said. SOURCE:

India’s tele-density reached 76.55%, with the total subscriber base reaching 957.61 million that includes 569.56 million in urban and 388.05 million in rural regions, data on the sector regulator’s website showed. The number of telephone subscribers in India showed “a monthly growth rate of 0.61%,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in its report.The wireless subscriber base grew 0.6% to touch 930.20 million at the end of September, or a tele-density of 74.55%, while the wireline subscriber base declined from 27.52 million August to 27.41 million at the end of September, giving it a tele-density of 2.20%, the regulator said. SOURCE:

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60 million households in India now have Internet access: ITU

New data released today by ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services. ICT Facts & Figures 2016 shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of Internet users, with 2.5 billion users compared with one billion in developed countries.But Internet penetration rates tell a different story, with 81% in developed countries, compared with 40% in developing countries and 15% in the Least Developed Countries. SOURCE:

New data released today by ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services. ICT Facts & Figures 2016 shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of Internet users, with 2.5 billion users compared with one billion in developed countries.But Internet penetration rates tell a different story, with 81% in developed countries, compared with 40% in developing countries and 15% in the Least Developed Countries. SOURCE:

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20 years on: India’s cyber cafes disappearing as pocket internet takes over

Aamir Khurso sits at the front desk of his cyber café, watching the rain. On the wall behind him is a black and white printout asking customers to present their ID cards. There aren’t too many customers, just a few youngsters peering into bulky, old CRT monitors inside small white cubicles. A musty smell pervades the place. “Few people come here. I wonder if it’s time to shut down this place,” says the 37-year-old owner of Firefox Internet Cafe in east Delhi. “A decade ago, there used to be a waiting period to use the internet.” Cyber cafes symbolised India’s nascent internet revolution and introduced a generation to the World Wide Web. The first one, named simply CyberCafe, opened at Mumbai’s Leela hotel in 1996, a year after VSNL brought the internet to India. Soon after, Delhi got its first, Cyber Club, at the ITC Maurya hotel. Both no longer exist. SOURCE:

Aamir Khurso sits at the front desk of his cyber café, watching the rain. On the wall behind him is a black and white printout asking customers to present their ID cards. There aren’t too many customers, just a few youngsters peering into bulky, old CRT monitors inside small white cubicles. A musty smell pervades the place. “Few people come here. I wonder if it’s time to shut down this place,” says the 37-year-old owner of Firefox Internet Cafe in east Delhi. “A decade ago, there used to be a waiting period to use the internet.” Cyber cafes symbolised India’s nascent internet revolution and introduced a generation to the World Wide Web. The first one, named simply CyberCafe, opened at Mumbai’s Leela hotel in 1996, a year after VSNL brought the internet to India. Soon after, Delhi got its first, Cyber Club, at the ITC Maurya hotel. Both no longer exist. SOURCE:

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Does India Need a Telecom Ombudsman? Trai Wants Your Opinion

Telecom regulator Trai on Thursday sought public opinion on setting up of an ombudsman in the sector, for speedy resolution of rising subscriber complaints over issues such as wrong billing and poor service quality. Mooting the creation of a telecom ombudsman to sort out customer complaints, Trai, in its latest consultation paper has also sought views on modalities such as legal framework, structure, funding and the type of complaints that should be handled by the sector ombudsman. SOURCE:

Telecom regulator Trai on Thursday sought public opinion on setting up of an ombudsman in the sector, for speedy resolution of rising subscriber complaints over issues such as wrong billing and poor service quality. Mooting the creation of a telecom ombudsman to sort out customer complaints, Trai, in its latest consultation paper has also sought views on modalities such as legal framework, structure, funding and the type of complaints that should be handled by the sector ombudsman. SOURCE:

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Total telephone subscription dipped in May: Telecom regulator

Hit by lower subscriptions in urban areas, the total number of telephone users in India declined from 1,059.29 million at the end of April 2016 to 1,058.03 million at the end of May 2016, showing a monthly fall in growth rate of 0.12%, official data published by the sector regulator showed here on Friday. The urban subscription declined from 607.21 million at the end of April to 604.98 million at the end of May whereas the rural subscription increased from 452.08 million to 453.05 million during the same period. SOURCE:

Hit by lower subscriptions in urban areas, the total number of telephone users in India declined from 1,059.29 million at the end of April 2016 to 1,058.03 million at the end of May 2016, showing a monthly fall in growth rate of 0.12%, official data published by the sector regulator showed here on Friday. The urban subscription declined from 607.21 million at the end of April to 604.98 million at the end of May whereas the rural subscription increased from 452.08 million to 453.05 million during the same period. SOURCE:

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Call drop a black spot in Indian telecom story: Telecom Minister

The telecom story in India, generally speaking, has been a “success story” the vexed issue of “call drop” has hit it like a black spot, new Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha told parliament on Wednesday Replying to supplementary questions from members during question hour in Lok Sabha, Sinha, who was recently given independent charge of the crucial ministry, however asserted that the “black spot will be removed certainly”. SOURCE:

The telecom story in India, generally speaking, has been a “success story” the vexed issue of “call drop” has hit it like a black spot, new Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha told parliament on Wednesday Replying to supplementary questions from members during question hour in Lok Sabha, Sinha, who was recently given independent charge of the crucial ministry, however asserted that the “black spot will be removed certainly”. SOURCE:

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Telecom operators to shell out Rs. 1 lakh cr. for spectrum : Crisil

India’s telecom operators are likely to fork out about Rs.1 trillion (Rs.1 lakh crore) to buy spectrum at the upcoming auctions, according to Crisil. The rating agency added that of this, nearly 75 per cent would be spent by private telecom operators. “Our view is based on an analysis of circle-wise market position and spectrum holdings of operators, the trends and stupendous growth projected in data usage, and the likely competitive scenario,” it said in a press statement. Source

India’s telecom operators are likely to fork out about Rs.1 trillion (Rs.1 lakh crore) to buy spectrum at the upcoming auctions, according to Crisil. The rating agency added that of this, nearly 75 per cent would be spent by private telecom operators. “Our view is based on an analysis of circle-wise market position and spectrum holdings of operators, the trends and stupendous growth projected in data usage, and the likely competitive scenario,” it said in a press statement. Source

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Telecom operators to invest Rs 20,000 crore to counter call drop menace

Telecom operators have installed 48,000 towers in the last 45 days, out of 60,000 towers they promised to install in 100 days at a meeting held in June. Telecom operators on Monday assured the government that they would install 1 lakh new towers in the next 12 months, entailing an investment of Rs 20,000 crore, to rein in the call drop menace and give a fillip to the Digital India campaign. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha told reporters after a meeting with the CEOs of leading telcos such as Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone India and Relaince Jio that they have committed to a one-year plan. Source

Telecom operators have installed 48,000 towers in the last 45 days, out of 60,000 towers they promised to install in 100 days at a meeting held in June. Telecom operators on Monday assured the government that they would install 1 lakh new towers in the next 12 months, entailing an investment of Rs 20,000 crore, to rein in the call drop menace and give a fillip to the Digital India campaign. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha told reporters after a meeting with the CEOs of leading telcos such as Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone India and Relaince Jio that they have committed to a one-year plan. Source

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Telecom panel for minimum 3 per cent spectrum usage charge

The inter-ministerial Telecom Commission on Monday reiterated its stand on using the weighted average method to compute the spectrum usage charge (SUC) in addition to introducing proposal for a 3 per cent floor rate for the weighted average calculation, a senior government official said. In its previous meeting on June 7, the panel had cleared a proposal to use weighted average formula for calculating SUC based on the total spectrum holding, for all bands allocated to telecom operators. For the auctions proposed to be held later this year, the SUC will be imposed at 3 per cent of a company’s adjusted gross revenue (AGR). Source

The inter-ministerial Telecom Commission on Monday reiterated its stand on using the weighted average method to compute the spectrum usage charge (SUC) in addition to introducing proposal for a 3 per cent floor rate for the weighted average calculation, a senior government official said. In its previous meeting on June 7, the panel had cleared a proposal to use weighted average formula for calculating SUC based on the total spectrum holding, for all bands allocated to telecom operators. For the auctions proposed to be held later this year, the SUC will be imposed at 3 per cent of a company’s adjusted gross revenue (AGR). Source

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