Telecom sector Current Affairs - 2020

5G steering committee headed by AJ Paulraj submits its report to DoT

The 5G steering committee chaired by Stanford University’s Professor Emeritus AJ Paulraj submitted its recommendations to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). It gave wide-ranging recommendations to drive India’s 5G adoption entailing areas like spectrum policy, regulatory policy, standards and education. Background The committee was set up by Government in September 2017 to suggest a road Read More…

Wings: BSNL launches India’s first internet telephony service

State-run telecom firm BSNL through its mobile app ‘Wings’ launched India’s first internet telephony service. Through this app, BSNL customers will be able to make calls to any phone number, domestic or international. Before this service, phone calls on mobile apps were possible within users of particular app (such as Whatsapp, Duo etc) and not Read More…

Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards: Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali ties up with BSNL

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali has tied up with state owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to launch Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards. With this, India’s most trusted Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) brand has entered in to telecom sector after gaining popularity in the consumer goods market Key Facts Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards can be recharged for Read More…

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Cabinet approves USOF scheme for Meghalaya under CTDP

Union Cabinet has approved implementation of Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP) Project for North Eastern Region (NER) in Meghalaya to improve mobile services. The project has provision of 2G and 4G mobile coverage in identified uncovered areas of Meghalaya and seamless mobile coverage along National Highways in state. It will be funded by Universal Service Read More…

Cabinet approves proposal to set up 4072 towers in Left Wing Extremism Areas

Union Cabinet has approved Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA’s) proposal of setting up 4,072 mobile towers to improve telecom connectivity network in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Areas. This network would be used by security personnel deployed in LWE affected areas. Key Facts These towers will be set up at cost of Rs. 7,330 crore in Read More…