Telecom Roundup: India should refrain from making its own technical standards (GSMA)

India should refrain from making its own technical standards: GSMA

“I would certainly not encourage India to develop standard that is just valid in India. Technical standards need to remain global and that is why we are keen we have very strong participation from Indian operators in to the GSMA,” GSMA’s Director General, Anne Bouverot.

In the draft for new National Telecom Policy, the government has proposed to promote the development of new standards and generation of Intellectual Property Rights to make India a leading nation in telecom standardisation, especially among Asia Pacific countries. [source]

Unitech Wireless, Sistema-Shyam slam TRAI for ruling out exit policy

Unitech Wireless, majority owned by Norway’s Telenor, and Sistema-Shyam, controlled by the Russian conglomerate Sistema, have both slammed telecom regulator TRAI for ruling out the need for an exit policy for mobile phone companies.

They have also opposed the regulator’s proposal that entry fee be treated as non-refundable and have told TRAI that the 1,658 crore they paid should be refunded or adjusted against the amount they will have to shell out, if they are successful in the upcoming 2G spectrum auctions. [source]

Telecom Service providers add 7.44 mn users in February

Telecom operators added 7.44 million mobile subscribers in February, taking the total telephone user base in the country to 943.49 million. The growth was led by Idea Cellular, which added 2.58 million new subscribers, taking the total mobile phone base in the country to 911.17 million in February. [source]

Viom Networks plans to run 30 pc of towers on alternate power resources

As part of its efforts to create a ‘green’mobile network and reduce carbon footprint, telecom infrastructure firm Viom Networks aims to run about 25-30 per cent of its towers on alternate resources in the next 2 years.
“We are targeting to run over 2,000 towers on solar power in the next two years. Our target is to run over 25-30 per cent on alternate energy sources in the same period,” Viom Networks President Umang Das said [source].

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