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State-run telco BSNL partners with Japan's SoftBank, NTT to roll out 5G, IoT services

State-run telecom firm BSNL has inked a pact with Japan''s SoftBank and NTT Communications to roll out 5G and internet of things technology in India, a top official has said. "We have signed agreement with SoftBank and NTT Communications to roll out 5G and IoT products and services in India. Under the agreement, we will look at solution specially for the smart cities," said Anupam Shrivastava, BSNL chairman and managing director.

SC extends deadline by 3 months for completing probe in Aircel-Maxis deal case

The Supreme Court Thursday extended by three months the deadline given to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to complete the probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said the probe should be completed in three months. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED, said the agency needs some two-three months to complete the probe as it needs to confront some accused with several e-mails.

Telecom sector may soon be a monopoly: Anil Ambani

Reliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani said the telecom sector may eventually become a monopoly, having been “creatively destroyed,” and thanked elder brother Mukesh for his “support and guidance” in challenging times. At the company’s 14th annual general meeting, Ambani said some 20 lakh jobs had been lost to continuing hyper-competition. He said the “creative destruction” of the telecom industry, underlined by high cost

HFCL gets Rs 611 cr order from BSNL for broadband in Madhya Pradesh

Telecom equipment maker HFCL said Wednesday it has received advance purchase order worth Rs 611 crore from state-run BSNL for broadband connectivity in Madhya Pradesh. The contract is for survey, procurement, supply, trenching, laying, installation, testing and maintenance of optical fibre cable (OFC), accessories and GPON equipment in Madhya Pradesh under Centre''s BharatNet programme, HFCL said in a BSE filing.

Reliance Comm. to monetize enterprise, global undersea cable business: Anil Ambani

Reliance Communications’ (RCom) Chairman Anil Ambani said that the debt saddled operator has complete backing of its global and Indian lenders in its asset monetisation plan and will monetise its enterprise and GCX businesses. The operator’ asset monetisation deal is with Reliance Jio for fibre, spectrum, MCN, tower and some of its land parcels will go to Canadian asset management firm Brookfield for a total of about Rs 18,000 crore.

Ayla Networks announces partnership with Tata Elxsi to deliver IoT solutions for CSPs

On Monday, California-based Internet of Things (IoT) company Ayla Networks announced a strategic partnership with global technology and design services provider Tata Elxsi to help communications service providers (CSPs). The two companies will develop and deliver IoT solutions that enable CSPs to meet growing demands

Mobile operators ask UIDAI to defer Sept 15 deadline for face authentication rollout

Barely hours to go before the September 15 deadline comes into play, mobile operators have sought more time to implement the UIDAI-mandated face authentication feature, citing non-preparedness of biometric device makers. The operators under the ambit of Apex Advisory Council for Telecom in India (ACT) have said that the date of implementation of face authentication

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins meets PM, signs pact with BSNL, Niti Aayog

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his three-day visit to India and also signed agreements with state-run telecom firm BSNL and Niti Aayog. "Had a wonderful meeting with Mr Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco. We discussed various aspects relating to technology as well as innovation," Modi said in a tweet.

T-Mobile and Ericsson sign major $3.5 billion 5G agreement

Ericsson and T-Mobile today announced a multi-year, $3.5 billion contract to support T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network deployment. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide T-Mobile with the latest 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software compliant with 3GPP standards. Bridging from a nationwide LTE Advanced network to 5G, T-Mobile will leverage Ericsson’s market-leading 5G portfolio to expand existing LTE capacity needs while future-proofing the network.

Extramarks ties up with BSNL, takes lead in Digital Education

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Extramarks Education India Pvt. Ltd. (Extramarks), India’s leading digital education company, on Tuesday joined hands to provide high quality education throughout the country. The two companies will offer Extramarks’ internationally acclaimed education content and scientifically developed learning tools through BSNL’s state-of-the-art telecom network.

Bharti-Airtel enhances voice clarity, call stability

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Monday said it has upgraded its network infrastructure in Tamil Nadu to ensure better voice clarity and call stability. The company has further optimised the 3G network, which carries bulk of the voice traffic, by deploying network solutions and advanced software, a press release said here.

Samsung, Micromax, Oppo, Honor seek extension of mandatory testing deadline

Mobile handset firms including Samsung, Micromax, Oppo, Honor and Karbonn represented by The Mobile Association (TMA) Monday has sought extension of the mandatory device testing deadline, and believe that any hasty implementation would impact sales in upcoming Diwali season and would have impact on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Make in India program.

HC orders notice to TN govt on plea by BSNL on 'track rent'

The Madras High Court Thursday issued notice to the Tamil Nadu government on a petition moved by BSNL challenging a circular demanding annual "track rent" from the public sector firm for laying optical fibre cables along public roads. Admitting the plea, Justice R Mahadevan directed the Commissioner of Land Administration and the Revenue Department to file their reply by two weeks.

Bharti Infra to take annual hit of Rs 780 cr from Vodafone Idea exit

Telecom infrastructure firm Bharti Infratel said Wednesday its consolidated revenue, including that from Indus Towers, is expected to take around Rs 780 crore hit on annual basis, due to exit of Vodafone and Idea Cellular from co-located mobile towers. Following completion of Vodafone-Idea merger, the companies have served exit notices to Bharti Infratel and its subsidiary Indus Towers from 27,447 co-located mobile towers on consolidated basis.

Juniper Networks expands partnership with Ericsson to accelerate 5G transformation

Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced it has expanded its 18-year partnership with Ericsson, a global leader in mobile networks, to deliver a comprehensive end-to-end 5G solution leveraging each company’s complementary portfolios. Together, the companies are now offering service providers a complete 5G transport network solution

Airtel introduces new simplified combo recharge packs for its prepaid customers

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s leading mobile operator, today launched a new range of convenient combo prepaid recharge packs that are aimed at further simplifying its prepaid proposition. Customers can now get data, talk time, tariff and validity together in the same pack at affordable price points.

Vodafone and Idea completes merger to create India's largest telco with 408 mn active subscribers

On Friday, Aditya Birla Group said that Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have completed the merger to create the country’s largest telecom company with 408 million active subscribers and a revenue market share of 32.2%. “We wish to inform you that pursuant to filing of the NCLT orders with the relevant Registrars of Companies on 31st August, 2018

ZMI enters Indian Mobile Accessories market with Shyam Telecom Group

ZMI, a Xiaomi funded- ecosystem company, specializing in design and manufacturing of battery power banks, power adapters, projectors, IOT Cameras, smart mosquito repellent and charging cables for cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other mobile/smart devices. ZMI has partnered with Shyam Telecom group, its Indian partner to launch the full range of products for Indian consumers.

Bharti Airtel shareholders approve merger proposal with Tata Teleservices

Telecom major Bharti Airtel said its shareholders have approved the proposed merger between the company and Tata Teleservices as part of ongoing proceedings at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The special resolution to approve the proposed composite scheme of arrangement between Tata Teleservices, Bharti Airtel and Bharti Hexacom

RCom seeks nod to raise borrowing limits to Rs 50,000 crore

Debt-laden Reliance Communications has sought shareholders'' approval to enhance the company''s borrowing limits to up to Rs 50,000 crore to meet its capital requirements. The company said its annual general meeting is scheduled to be held on September 18, 2018 to consider various proposals, including revising borrowing limits, alterations to the Articles of Association of the company,