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Is India’s internet economy also slowing?

September 15, 2019

From biscuits to cars, India’s economic slowdown has already hit many sectors. Is the slowdown spreading to the lone bright spot: the internet economy? Rising smartphone penetration and the growth of Reliance Jio, which slashed data prices and disrupted the sector over the past few years, led to a phenomenal surge in India’s internet economy […]

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Indian telecom industry may contribute 8.2% to GDP by 2020 by leveraging 5G

July 7, 2019

The telecom industry’s contribution to GDP is estimated to reach 8.2% by 2020, by when industry players are slated to also leverage 5G technologies to connect with global markets and ring in a fully networked, knowledge and services economy, the Economic Survey 2018-19 said Thursday. The Modi government plans to make India 5G-ready by 2020, […]

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India expects Rs 50,519.8 crore from telecom sector, up 28% on year

July 7, 2019

The government expects a 28% increase in non-auction revenue at Rs 50,519.8 crore in the fiscal year 2019-20 from the telecom sector against Rs 39,245 crore earned in the previous fiscal year ended March 31, according to budget documents. The government earns revenue in the form of mainly licence fees and spectrum usage charges (SUC) […]

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5G Spectrum Prices in India: TRAI Said to Be Unlikely to Review Base Price

July 7, 2019

The Digitial Communications Commission (DCC) in its last meeting on June 13 decided to refer the spectrum proposals back to the regulator for a review and clarification on many aspects, including a relook at the base price. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) may not go ahead with any reduction in 5G spectrum prices […]

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New BSNL broadband plans offer up to 3GB data per day, unlimited free calls

July 7, 2019

BSNL is not in great shape at the moment financially but the telecom operator isn’t giving up the fight to gain more customers. Yesterday, the monthly report on telecom market share suggested that BSNL is the only operator apart from Jio to gain new subscribers at a time when everyone is losing subscribers like water. […]

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5G in India a $1 trillion opportunity

February 17, 2019
5G in India a $1 trillion opportunity

The economic impact of 5G is estimated to be over one trillion dollars for India, which is aggressively positioning itself to be at the forefront of the new age technologies, PTI reported quoting Communications Minister Manoj Sinha. Vowing that India will “not miss the 5G bus”, the minister outlined the country’s strides in telecom over […]

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India expects USD 5. 8 bln revenue from telecom sector in 2019-20

February 3, 2019
India expects USD 5. 8 bln revenue from telecom sector in 2019-20

The government expects marginal growth in revenue from telecom sector at Rs 41,519.76 crore (USD 5. 8 bln ) in 2019-20, as per data published in the budget document. Union Budget 2019/Budget 2019: The government expects marginal growth in revenue from telecom sector at Rs 41,519.76 crore in 2019-20, as per data published in the […]

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Telecom dept’s budget allocation reduced as sector faces financial crunch

February 3, 2019
Telecom dept’s budget allocation reduced as sector faces financial crunch

The telecommunications department’s allocation in financial year 2019-20 has been revised downward to Rs 8740.11 crore, as mobile service providers are expected to contribute less in the form of spectrum usage charges and other levies that are calculated on the adjusted gross revenue of telecom firms. The charges also include funds raised via spectrum auction […]

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Cost of telecom services in India “possibly the lowest in the world

February 3, 2019
Cost of telecom services in India “possibly the lowest in the world

While the income tax declaration was understandably the highlight factor of interim budget 2019-2020, acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had a bunch of interesting observations about the Indian mobile phone and telecom industries. Standing in for Arun Jaitley and stating a landmark budget that effectively contributes well to the Indian youth and middle class, Goyal […]

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