Jio Satellite Communications Limited (JSCL) in its counter-comment submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) toed the line of its sister concern Reliance Jio Infocomm to suggest auction as the best and legitimate method to allocate radiowaves frequencies. (Bloomberg) News 

Airtel Challenges Jio’s Satellite Unit’s Preference for Auctioning Process

While other players in the satellite communication industry, such as Bharti Airtel, have opposed it, Jio Satellite Communications is the sole company that has shown support for the auction of spectrum allocation. SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, has also proposed an auction model, but it is not intended to be an auction of frequencies, but bids as a percentage of annual revenue as a value payment for frequencies instead of pre-currency bids. Jio Satellite Communications Limited (JSCL) in its counter-comment to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) presented its…

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The 5G subscription in India is estimated to have reached about 10 million by 2022 end, and is seen accounting for about 57 per cent of mobile subscriptions in the country by the end of 2028, making it "the fastest growing" 5G region globally. News 

Report Predicts 57 Percent Of Mobile Subscriptions In India Will Be 5G By 2028

Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that India will have approximately 10 million 5G subscriptions by the end of 2022, and it is expected to represent 57% of mobile subscriptions in the country by the end of 2028. This makes India the world’s fastest-growing 5G region. With the launch of 5G services in October 2022, India’s largest 5G market will witness massive network deployments under its Digital India initiative, it noted. Despite geopolitical challenges and a macroeconomic slowdown in some markets, communications service providers worldwide continue to invest in 5G, the June…

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AST SpaceMobile recently completed a two-way voice call. Space 

4G Data Transmitted from Space to Regular Phone in Successful Satellite Test

AST SpaceMobile, in collaboration with AT&T, achieved a significant breakthrough earlier this year by connecting a standard Samsung Galaxy S22 to a low-Earth orbit satellite for a two-way voice call. This achievement was a significant milestone in satellite-based cellular communication. The company has now announced that it is one step closer to making this technology available to the general public. On Wednesday, AST shared that it recently conducted several tests in Hawaii, where its engineers saw download speeds of 10 Mbps from the company’s BlueWalker 3 satellite to unmodified phones…

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Through this portal, citizens can see how many SIM cards have been issued in their names and if there are any particular numbers, which they believe someone has taken by illegally using their identities, and then people can use the portal to block those numbers. Considering the massive response within such a short period of time, department of telecommunications officials believe that the portal has achieved Guinness World Records worthy numbers News 

Sanchar Saathi Portal Receives 1.8 Crore Visitors since May 16 Launch, Setting a New World Record?

Sanchar Saathi, a platform aimed at ensuring the safety of mobile phone users, has garnered an impressive visitor count of over 180 million since its launch on May 16. The Department of Telecommunications officials are of the opinion that the portal has achieved numbers worthy of a Guinness World Record, given the overwhelming response it has received in such a short span of time. “We would like to publish it in the Guinness Book of World Records because we believe that no government website or portal has received this kind…

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Three’s second attempt to join forces with a competitor still needs to clear major regulatory hurdles. News 

Vodafone and Three to Create UK’s Largest Mobile Network Through Merger

The UK’s two remaining standalone mobile networks, Vodafone and Three, have revealed plans to merge, according to an announcement. This move comes in a market that has witnessed significant consolidations in recent years, including Virgin Media’s merger with O2 and BT Group’s acquisition of EE. If the deal is approved by regulators, the new company formed by Vodafone and Three will become the largest mobile phone operator in the UK, with an estimated 27 million customers. “Three UK and Vodafone UK currently do not have the scale to earn their…

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The company is apparently talking with all of the major US carriers about a potential partnership. News 

Amazon May Be Offering Free Cell Phone Service to Prime Subscribers

Amazon is reportedly in discussions with several US-based carriers to provide a valuable benefit to its Prime subscribers: complimentary mobile phone service. Bloomberg reports that the company is exploring the possibility of offering low-cost or even free phone service, with a monthly fee of approximately $10, to its Prime customers. Amazon is said to be in talks with the three major US carriers, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, as well as the Dish Network. However, negotiations with AT&T appear to have stalled in recent weeks. It will likely take some time…

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5G networks have definitely helped with faster internet speeds on mobile while the fixed service is also getting an overhaul. News 

India’s mobile download speed will get a 5G boost in April this year

As 5G deployment accelerates thanks to Reliance Jio and Airtel, India climbed four places globally in terms of median mobile speeds globally in April, from 64th in March to 60th, a report released on Wednesday said. Median mobile download speeds in India rose from 33.30 Mbps in March to 36.35 Mbps in April, according to network intelligence and contact information service provider Ookla. Overall, India improved its global ranking for median fixed broadband speeds, rising from 84th in March to 83rd in April. The country’s performance on fixed median download…

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India has covered 600 districts with 5G services in less than 200 days, which is one of the fastest in the world, Union Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan said on Monday. News 

600 circles in India now have 5G services in less than 200 per day, says Union Minister Devusinh Chauhan

India has covered 600 areas with 5G services in less than 200 days, one of the fastest in the world, Union Communications Minister Devusinh Chauhan said on Monday. Addressing the second meeting of the G20 Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) here, he said that the central government’s public policies have essentially been inspired by the ‘Antyodaya’ vision and have been important for inclusive prosperity and development. “India has covered 600 districts with 5G in less than 200 days, one of the fastest in the world,” he said in an official…

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According to the details shared by the Department of Telecommunications, India’s 6G vision include a multi-platform next-generation network, standardisation, the ecosystem for devices and systems, R&D finance, innovation solutions and identification of the spectrum News 

Next Generation Networks, Speed 100 Times Faster than 5G, Standardization: What is Bharat 6G Vision?

Just five months after 5G was launched in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the next step for the industry with 6G at the new International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in New Delhi. He launched the 6G R&D testbed on March 22, unveiling the ‘Bharat 6G Vision’ document. The ITU is the United Nations agency specializing in information and communication technology (ICT), headquartered in Geneva. India signed a host country agreement with ITU in March 2022 to establish a regional office. In addition to India, the new office serves Bangladesh, Nepal,…

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