NEW DELHI: With just one week left for them to pay over Rs 88,600 crore in past dues, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are left with last legal remedy of filing a curative petition but such petitions are rarely admitted by the Supreme Court, analysts have said. The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed review petitions filed by telecom companies against its October 24, 2019 order that asked for inclusion of non-telecom revenues for calculating statutory dues such as license fee and spectrum usage charge. Dues, which total to Rs 1.47 lakh crore for 15 telecom companies including Airtel and Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL), as per the October order, have to be paid by January 23. This January 23 deadline for payment may not apply to non-telecom companies which too have been asked to pay substantial amounts in past dues, Kotak Institutional Equities said in a note. "From a legal standpoint, the only option available to the telcos now is a curative petition," it said. The rules around curative … [Read more...] about Telecom dues: Curative petitions rarely admitted, say analysts
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Rogers Communications Inc said on Wednesday it has started rolling out the fifth-generation (5G) telecoms network in some Canadian cities, becoming the country's first cellphone provider to offer the super-fast telecom services. Rogers, one of Canada's largest wireless carriers, will launch first in downtown Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, before expanding into over 20 more markets by the end of the year, in advance of 5G-enabled devices becoming available this year, the statement added. "5G is the biggest technological evolution since the launch of wireless in Canada. We are making the right investments, building the right partnerships and deploying the right technology to bring Canadians the very best of 5G," said Joe Natale, chief executive of Rogers Communications. The 5G networks will have speeds fast enough to download a movie to a smartphone in seconds, while allowing businesses to run 'smart' factories using connected robots, devices and sensors. Rogers has … [Read more...] about Rogers Communications becomes first carrier in Canada to launch 5G
Oct. 23, 2019: Huawei launches the Mate X foldable phone in China and celebrates hitting 200 million phone shipments two months sooner than it did last year. Also, the company's cybersecurity chief says it'd be easier to bribe telecom staff than build backdoors into networks. … [Read more...] about Huawei ban: Full timeline as US presses Britain to block Huawei from its 5G network.
Kolkata: Bharti Airtel has urged the telecom regulator to postpone the scrapping of interconnection usage charges by at least three years from the planned January 2020 deadline, saying traffic symmetry between networks has not been achieved and over 400 million mobile users continue to use 2G networks, people close to the regulator said. “The (London-based) GSMA too has predicted that 12-13% of customers will continue to use 2G handsets till 2025,” Airtel said in its submissions to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, which had sought comments on a proposal to defer the introduction of a zero interconnection usage charges regime. “Traffic from the 4G-only operator continues to be on the higher side, both in terms of absolute magnitude and percentage,” Airtel said, adding that this indicated “traffic symmetry has not been achieved.” Reliance Jio Infocomm, which operates India’s only nationwide 4G network, has opposed the move to defer … [Read more...] about This Airtel’s demand is ‘bad news’ for Reliance Jio users
Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet senior conservative lawmakers on Thursday to resolve a dispute in her own party over whether to bar China's Huawei from the country's 5G network rollout, party sources said. Merkel's conservatives are divided on whether to support a proposal by their Social Democrat junior coalition partners that, if approved, would effectively shut out the Chinese technology giant from the network. Handelsblatt business daily was first to report on Wednesday the planned meeting between Merkel and senior conservative lawmakers. Merkel's right-left government, under pressure from the United States to bar Huawei, wants to toughen up technical certification and scrutiny of telecoms equipment suppliers, without excluding any specific country or vendor. Social Democrat (SPD) lawmakers last year backed an internal proposal that stipulates that vendors from countries without "constitutional supervision" must be excluded. The SPD maintains it wants to reach a common … [Read more...] about Merkel to seek end to Huawei dispute in her own party: Sources