Both 5G spectrum and 700 MHz band auction may flop



Analysts at rating agency ICRA say the debt level of the telecom companies is very high and the ecosystem for the premium band is not in place.



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Diwali relief: Zee, Star, Colors drop prices



The move by these broadcasters comes close on the heels of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India announcing a review of its earlier tariff order, announced six months ago, which among others capped the prices for la carte channels.



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Jio users will now be charged for voice calls



Jio to charge users 6 paisa/min for voice calls made to rival phone networks. However, these charges are not applicable on calls made by Jio users to other Jio phones and to landline phones and calls made using WhatsApp, FaceTime and other such platforms.



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Death of India's telcos



‘In the headlong rush to 5G, pause to ponder: How much capital invested in 4G will be destroyed? What happens to the outstanding debt of Rs 4.3 trillion? If an auction is held, can the domestic banking industry fund the requirements? Would a hasty auction end up helping only deep pockets and move the industry to a monopoly?’ asks Rahul Khullar.



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Jio is India's top telecom revenue earner



The incumbents Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea recorded adjusted gross revenue of Rs 10,701.5 crore and Rs 9,808.92 crore, respectively, during the quarter.



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RIL may buy more cable firms to push JioFiber plans



Given the fragmented nature of the domestic cable TV market and the need for last-mile connectivity, RIL, said sources, would have to do more to achieve its target of reaching 20 million homes and 15 million business establishments with its broadband services across 1,600 towns in the next few years.



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