All stories by Kiran Rathee
Ericsson sees $27bn revenue from 5G for India, but at a costRediff.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 yearRediff.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 outflowRediff.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 accountsRediff.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 misusedRediff.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 PremjiRediff.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 operatorsRediff.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 IndiaRediff.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 subscribersRediff.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 affairRediff.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 21Rediff.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, WhatsAppRediff.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 auctionRediff.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 WhatsAppRediff.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 messagesRediff.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!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 mergerRediff.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 MEARediff.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 angerRediff.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 IndiaRediff.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 soonRediff.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 kittyRediff.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 cloudRediff.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 VodaRediff.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 planRediff.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 skyRediff.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 telcosRediff.com7 May 2018
Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL increase subscriber share while Idea manages to retain
DoT may cut levies to boost telecom sectorRediff.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 productsRediff.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 Q4Rediff.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'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 bankRediff.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 economyRediff.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'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 dreamRediff.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 makeoverRediff.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 economyRediff.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?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 gainerRediff.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 UIDAIRediff.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.