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Telecom operators to halt 5G services in high-frequency bands in vicinity of airports
India

Telecom operators to halt 5G services in high-frequency bands in vicinity of airports

Based on buffer and safety zone details provided by the aviation ministry, the DoT has asked telecom operators not to install 5G base stations in the 3.3-3.6 Ghz band in the area of 2.1 kilometres from both ends of the runway and 910 meters from the centre line of the runway of Indian airports

Jio 5G services extended across Delhi NCR; Here’s how to activate 5G on your mobile
Business

Jio 5G services extended across Delhi NCR; Here’s how to activate 5G on your mobile

Users having a Jio sim card will only be able to access the 5G network only if their smartphones have already received the 5G-supportive software update

Airtel announces launch of 5G service in 8 cities
India

Airtel announces launch of 5G service in 8 cities

Bharti Airtel has become the first company to launch 5G services in the country. Airtel 5G services will be available at existing 4G rates and a new tariff for 5G will be announced after some time

Firstpost Podcast: The 5G era
India

Firstpost Podcast: The 5G era

How will 5G benefit you? Tune in

Auctions for 5G spectrum enter fifth day; 24th round of bidding underway
Business

Auctions for 5G spectrum enter fifth day; 24th round of bidding underway

Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that about 71 per cent of the total spectrum put on the block has been provisionally sold so far, and termed it a good response

5G auction today: What’s up for sale? Which companies are in the race?
Business

5G auction today: What’s up for sale? Which companies are in the race?

India’s 5G auction starts today and four companies are bidding: Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. The fourth contender is Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, whose entry came as a surprise

Bharti Airtel allots 1.2% equity shares to Google for Rs 5,224 crore
Business

Bharti Airtel allots 1.2% equity shares to Google for Rs 5,224 crore

The allotment is part of Google's commitment to invest USD 1 billion with Airtel, which included equity investment in the company worth USD 700 million, about Rs 5,224 crore, Airtel said in a regulatory filing

Adani Group to plan surprise entry into telecom spectrum race; to face Ambani’s Jio, Mittal’s Airtel
India

Adani Group to plan surprise entry into telecom spectrum race; to face Ambani’s Jio, Mittal’s Airtel

Applications for participating in the 26 July auction of airwaves, including those capable of providing fifth-generation or 5G telecom services such as ultra-high-speed internet connectivity, closed on Friday with at least four applications

Singapore-based Singtel to sell stake in Bharti Airtel to Sunil Mittal family
World

Singapore-based Singtel to sell stake in Bharti Airtel to Sunil Mittal family

Singtel's effective stake in Bharti Airtel is 31.7 per cent. It holds a 49.44 per cent stake in Mittal family owned firm Bharti Telecom. Bharti Telecom holds a 35.85 per cent in Bharti Airtel.

Jio, Airtel in position to buy pan-India spectrum, uncertainty on VIL bid: Report
India

Jio, Airtel in position to buy pan-India spectrum, uncertainty on VIL bid: Report

Research analysts at BofA were of the view that Vodafone Idea (VIL)management has focused on top core circles and the company may selectively bid in their core 3G and 4G circles

Google invests $1 billion in Airtel, takes 1.28% stake; will focus on affordable smartphones
Business

Google invests $1 billion in Airtel, takes 1.28% stake; will focus on affordable smartphones

This will be the second such investment by Google in India. In July 2020, it invested $4.5 billion for a 7.73 per cent stake in billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Jio Platforms

Market update: Sensex and Nifty slump amid weak global cues; here are some stocks to watch
Business

Market update: Sensex and Nifty slump amid weak global cues; here are some stocks to watch

At 11: 45 am, Sensex was down by 1.34 percent to 59,414.73 while Nifty slumped 1.30 percent to 17,692.40

Reliance Jio prepaid plans to be hiked by up to 20% from 1 Dec, check details here
Business

Reliance Jio prepaid plans to be hiked by up to 20% from 1 Dec, check details here

These plans will provide the best value in the industry. Upholding the Jio promise of providing the best-quality service at the lowest price globally, Jio customers will continue to be the biggest beneficiaries, Jio said

Bharti Airtel collects over Rs 5,200 crore from first tranche of payment in rights issue
Business

Bharti Airtel collects over Rs 5,200 crore from first tranche of payment in rights issue

Bharti Airtel's about Rs 21,000 crore rights issue had opened on 5 October and closed on 21 October and was oversubscribed

Market cap of four of top-10 most-valued cos jumps Rs 65,464 cr; Airtel, SBI lead gainers
Business

Market cap of four of top-10 most-valued cos jumps Rs 65,464 cr; Airtel, SBI lead gainers

During the last week, BSE jumped 710 points or 1.21 percent, while market benchmark Sensex scaled the 59,000-mark for the first time

Airtel's Sunil Bharti Mittal vows to bring telecom industry together; talks to VI's Nick Read, will reach out to Ambani
India

Airtel's Sunil Bharti Mittal vows to bring telecom industry together; talks to VI's Nick Read, will reach out to Ambani

Mittal also said that rather than being fierce competitors, time has come for all the telcos — Jio and VI included — to close ranks and work together as 'team India'

Cabinet approves four-year moratorium on payment of all govt dues by telecom companies
Business

Cabinet approves four-year moratorium on payment of all govt dues by telecom companies

Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that 100 percent FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in telecom via the automatic route was also approved by the Cabinet

Airtel's fund-raising plans give power to go extra mile, tap large opportunities, says Sunil Mittal
India

Airtel's fund-raising plans give power to go extra mile, tap large opportunities, says Sunil Mittal

The telecom czar further estimated that the industry's ARPUs (Average Revenue Per User) would reach Rs 200 per user per month by the end of the current financial year

Airtel and Qualcomm collaborate for 5G push in India, to enable 5G Fixed Wireless Access and other use cases
News & Analysis

Airtel and Qualcomm collaborate for 5G push in India, to enable 5G Fixed Wireless Access and other use cases

Airtel recently became India's the first telco to demonstrate 5G over a live commercial network in Hyderabad city.

Delhi HC asks TRAI to ensure strict implementation of regulation to curb unsolicited commercial calls
News & Analysis

Delhi HC asks TRAI to ensure strict implementation of regulation to curb unsolicited commercial calls

The HC also directed telcos to ensure they strictly comply with the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preferences Regulations (TCCCPR) 2018 issued by Trai.