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Ericsson sees $27bn revenue from 5G for India, but at a cost

Ericsson sees $27bn revenue from 5G for India, but at a cost

Rediff.com18 Nov 2018

While everybody is talking about the vast potential of 5G, the uptake of such services in India depends on operators getting around 100 Mhz 5G spectrum. At the reserve price proposed by Trai, getting this spectrum will cost a telco around Rs 490 billion. Which amount could be difficult for operators to mop up, given the financial stress they are undergoing, says Kiran Rathee.

Samsung plans 5G field trials in India by Q1 of next year

Samsung plans 5G field trials in India by Q1 of next year

Rediff.com10 Nov 2018

Across the world, there are around 150 trials on 5G currently going on and India has lagged behind. The government has now formed a committee which will look exclusively at developing a model for conducting 5G field trials, reports Kiran Rathee.

Govt eyes Make in India push for electronics to curb forex outflow

Govt eyes Make in India push for electronics to curb forex outflow

Rediff.com22 Oct 2018

'The government expects demand for electronic products to reach $400 billion by 2023-24. This would be a huge foreign exchange outflow, which may further widen our trade deficit with other nations. Hence, the government plans to push local electronics manufacturing to cut down on their import bill.'

UIDAI clears the air on linking Aadhaar with bank accounts

UIDAI clears the air on linking Aadhaar with bank accounts

Rediff.com19 Oct 2018

The Aadhaar-enabled payment system, or AEPS, allows consumers who don't have smartphones or debit cards to perform basic banking transactions like cash deposit, cash withdrawal, intrabank or interbank fund transfer, balance enquiry and obtaining a mini statement through biometric authentication at micro-ATMs.

As India faces polls, Facebook says doesn't want site misused

As India faces polls, Facebook says doesn't want site misused

Rediff.com8 Oct 2018

Facebook has set up a task force that will have security specialists and content specialists, among others, who will try to understand all the possible forms of election-related abuse in the country.

Data protection: Candid views of Rishad Premji

Data protection: Candid views of Rishad Premji

Rediff.com19 Sep 2018

"Critical data which has to be resided in India is an important component that needs to be clarified, as this will be arguably uncovered on an ad hoc basis as we move forward."

How Jio is denting the profits of incumbent operators

How Jio is denting the profits of incumbent operators

Rediff.com3 Sep 2018

According to JP Morgan, it seems that Jio is willing to go for the jugular in chasing market share if this hurts some of its standing rivals like Vodafone and Idea to a point from where they find it difficult to fight back.

5G likely to be launched by 2020 in India

5G likely to be launched by 2020 in India

Rediff.com24 Aug 2018

The 5G road map pursued by India should not only move the country forward but also result in progress of weaker sections of society.

Jio continues to add maximum subscribers

Jio continues to add maximum subscribers

Rediff.com21 Aug 2018

The overall wireless subscriber base increased to 114 crore at the end of June

India Post Payments Bank launch by PM Modi on Aug 21 to be a grand affair

India Post Payments Bank launch by PM Modi on Aug 21 to be a grand affair

Rediff.com16 Aug 2018

According to sources, the postal bank will tie up with other banks and financial companies to offer products like loans, mutual funds, and insurance policies to its customers.

Modi to launch India Post Payments Bank on August 21

Modi to launch India Post Payments Bank on August 21

Rediff.com9 Aug 2018

The Department of Posts was one of the 11 entities to get the in-principle nod from the Reserve Bank of India in 2015 for setting up a payments bank.

Fake news: Govt may block mobile apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp

Fake news: Govt may block mobile apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp

Rediff.com7 Aug 2018

The government is also trying to curb child abuse and pornography and such platforms act as catalysts in these cases.

Airwaves of over Rs 5 trn may be sold for 5G auction

Airwaves of over Rs 5 trn may be sold for 5G auction

Rediff.com2 Aug 2018

If it happens, this would mean the largest spectrum auction in terms of amount with over 7,000 Mhz going up for sale across eight bands

Check fake news or face legal action: Govt buckles down on WhatsApp

Check fake news or face legal action: Govt buckles down on WhatsApp

Rediff.com20 Jul 2018

The California-based company has been facing flak recently after about a dozen people were beaten up based on incendiary messages being spread on the app through large groups.

COAI slams Trai's new draft rules on pesky calls and messages

COAI slams Trai's new draft rules on pesky calls and messages

Rediff.com18 Jul 2018

The new proposals will lead to complex processes and huge costs for telecom service providers, without any substantial benefits: COAI

Cisco initiates flexi timings for staff and saves $490 million!

Cisco initiates flexi timings for staff and saves $490 million!

Rediff.com16 Jul 2018

Firm offers this work option to 80% of its staff, saves $196mn on opex and garners $294 mn via building sales

DoT demand may delay Voda-Idea merger

DoT demand may delay Voda-Idea merger

Rediff.com26 Jun 2018

The two companies were earlier expecting to complete the merger formalities and regulatory approvals by June 30 and to start operating as one entity from July 1.

Why TCS is upset with the MEA

Why TCS is upset with the MEA

Rediff.com21 Jun 2018

The decision was in contravention of the provisions of the master services agreement signed between the company and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on October 13, 2008, says TCS

Airtel customer asks for 'Hindu representative'; Twitter erupts in anger

Airtel customer asks for 'Hindu representative'; Twitter erupts in anger

Rediff.com19 Jun 2018

It all began as one of its customers did not want a Muslim representative to resolve a problem. Rather, the customer wanted a Hindu representative to resolve the issue.

Soon, banking boon for rural India

Soon, banking boon for rural India

Rediff.com17 Jun 2018

The Indian Post Payments Bank will be a boon to Indians who live in rural areas. India has 154,000 post offices, of which 139,000 are rural.

Vodafone, Idea merger likely to get DoT nod soon

Vodafone, Idea merger likely to get DoT nod soon

Rediff.com15 Jun 2018

Idea Cellular will have to furnish an undertaking that it will entertain all the liabilities whenever a final decision is taken by the courts

Another flop story in govt's kitty

Another flop story in govt's kitty

Rediff.com15 Jun 2018

Investment proposals under Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme take a hit as firms exit

Now, Jio takes its battle against Airtel to the cloud

Now, Jio takes its battle against Airtel to the cloud

Rediff.com13 Jun 2018

With intense competition in telecom sector, the two companies are rushing to diversify into other revenue streams, prominent among which are cloud services.

Before the mega merger, Idea may have to liberalise spectrum held by Voda

Before the mega merger, Idea may have to liberalise spectrum held by Voda

Rediff.com28 May 2018

Idea may have to shell out Rs 4,500 crore in cash

Prepaid battle won, Jio eyes post-paid war with Rs 199 plan

Prepaid battle won, Jio eyes post-paid war with Rs 199 plan

Rediff.com13 May 2018

Till now, Jio was primarily targeting the prepaid customer base, with only a few post-paid plans. Now, it is targeting post-paid customers, who usually spend over five times their prepaid counterparts and are more company-loyal.

IndiGo keen to offer Wi-Fi in the sky

IndiGo keen to offer Wi-Fi in the sky

Rediff.com9 May 2018

Bharti Airtel, the country's largest mobile operator, has already joined the global Seamless Alliance to provide in-flight connectivity.

Jio fails to dent market share of top 3 telcos

Jio fails to dent market share of top 3 telcos

Rediff.com7 May 2018

Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL increase subscriber share while Idea manages to retain

DoT may cut levies to boost telecom sector

DoT may cut levies to boost telecom sector

Rediff.com5 May 2018

As part of the national telecom policy, which is likely to be released next month, various levies and charges including SUC would be reviewed in line with the input tax credit available.

C Vijaykumar on HCL Tech's growth strategy and NexGen products

C Vijaykumar on HCL Tech's growth strategy and NexGen products

Rediff.com4 May 2018

HCL Technologies is betting big on next-generation services and products that are likely to contribute 40 per cent of its revenues in 2-3 years.

Jio's subscriber revenue rate highest in Q4

Jio's subscriber revenue rate highest in Q4

Rediff.com30 Apr 2018

The launch of services by Jio in September 2016 had disrupted the whole telecom sector, with operators matching low rates to maintain competitive edge

'Aadhaar is empowerment, not Big Brother'

'Aadhaar is empowerment, not Big Brother'

Rediff.com20 Apr 2018

In order for somebody to do Big Brother kind of a job, one has to collect lots of data. Aadhaar collects very minimal data whether at the time of enrollment or at the time of authentication.

Govt seeks RBI nod to launch India Post Payments bank

Govt seeks RBI nod to launch India Post Payments bank

Rediff.com18 Apr 2018

The IPPB, which is currently running pilot services in Raipur and Ranchi, needs a go-ahead from RBI for the software used for system integration

How AI will change India economy

How AI will change India economy

Rediff.com12 Apr 2018

The catch is the need for a supportive framework in place that allows free and fair use of such technology.

'India's IT system is safe and secure'

'India's IT system is safe and secure'

Rediff.com23 Mar 2018

'Information highways are getting stronger and being strengthened.' 'Occasionally, accidents could occur. But do you stop constructing highways because two motor cars collide?'

100% rural teledensity by 2020 remains a distant dream

100% rural teledensity by 2020 remains a distant dream

Rediff.com20 Mar 2018

Broadband connectivity to villages has been lagging, with delay in laying of an optical fibre network up to gram panchayats

Indian businesses are in serious need of security makeover

Indian businesses are in serious need of security makeover

Rediff.com15 Mar 2018

According to a survey despite the intensity and magnitude of attacks, Indian businesses are still not prepared to defend themselves against determined attackers

Why India will find it difficult to become a $1-trn digital economy

Why India will find it difficult to become a $1-trn digital economy

Rediff.com9 Mar 2018

The government needs to make the right policies and further execute them properly if it wants to move towards this goal

Who will gain the most from easier spectrum caps?

Who will gain the most from easier spectrum caps?

Rediff.com9 Mar 2018

According to a Deutsche Bank report, the Idea-Vodafone combine will have to pay a 30 per cent lower annual installment on spectrum due to the longer duration of the payment tenure.

Non-predatory rules: Jio is once again the gainer

Non-predatory rules: Jio is once again the gainer

Rediff.com21 Feb 2018

The Mukesh Ambani-owned company had complained to Trai about incumbents offering segmented offers to different customers

Erase our Aadhaar data: Meghalaya residents ask UIDAI

Erase our Aadhaar data: Meghalaya residents ask UIDAI

Rediff.com18 Feb 2018

In emails to the UIDAI, they have also asked for details about the organisations with whom their Aadhaar numbers had been shared.

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