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Telecom spectrum auction ends; government to get Rs 1.1 lakh crore

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In the latest telecom spectrum auction, government has raised a record Rs 1.10 lakh crore ($17.6 billion) from the sale of mobile phone airwaves, said Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday.

Government has received bids worth almost Rs 1.10 lakh crore ($17.6 billion), topping the Rs 1.06 lakh crore it raised in 2010 said Prasad.

Spectrum revenue is the key for government to plug its fiscal deficit. A quarter to a third of winning price needs to be paid initially by victorious bidders and rest by 2027.

Major chunks of the 20 years licenses on offer are expected to be bought by top operators of the country – Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Group Plc’s India unit and Idea Cellular Ltd, though government hasn’t disclosed winning bidder and region in which they had won spectrum.

In India’s mobile phone market bidding underscores the fierce competition and the operators’ big bet on the potential for mobile data in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market.

Reliance Industries is expected to spend big on airwaves as it looks to roll out pan-India 4G services, five years after buying its licensee .

 

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Saudi Arabia To Revoke Ban On Skype and WhatsApp Calls

Saudi arabia to remove ban on telecommunication like skype and whatsapp calls, but will keep monitoring it

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Saudi Arabia, September 22, 2017: Saudi Arabian government as part of economic reforms is to lift the ban on calls through networking apps Skype and WhatsApp, but will keep an eye on all the calls as stated by the government spokesperson.

The government in order to transform its economy that aids in enlargement of the business and broaden the economy to the low price of oil plans to provide access to other video and audio call services including Facebook messenger and Viber that fulfills the necessities of the regulation of the authorities.

The spokesperson of telecoms regulator of Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Adel Abu Hameed through, Arabiya TV said the idea behind imposing the regulation is to keep away the content that violated the laws of the region and also to keep intact the personal information of the user.

He also added that the apps, both local and global cannot be used in any way without being censored by CITC or monitoring.

The government although have not made it clear as to how they are going to undertake this regulation on end-to-end encryption apps like WhatsApp which do not allow anyone to read the customers’ messages event after the enforcement of the law.

Saudi Arabia banned the widely used services for internet communication from 2013 onwards stating them to be used by the activists against for the norms of the government. The government still keep a check on the restricted content such as gambling sites, pornography, and extremist material.

At the end of May 2017, Saudi Arabia blocked the access to the website of Al Jazeera after the country put an end to all the Qatar links over supporting terrorism and having ties with Iran.

ALSO READSaudi communication and IT authority blocked 68 Percent of 900,000 violated Internet Links in 2016.

However, it is believed that reversing the Saudi Arabian ban can adversely affect the three main telecom operators – Saudi Telecom Co (STC), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Zain Saudi of Saudi Arabia, which has been generating major revenue from international calls.

The Gulf Arab neighbours have also raised concerned about the security in the usage of internet communications.

Censorship over internet increased in Saudi Arabia after ‘Arab Spring’ uprising in 2011.The authorities also claim that they have been using the IP addresses to block around 400,000 websites that could harm the public interest.

– prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_desire

 

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Airtel offers iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at its Retail shops and Online in India

The users of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can enjoy 10GB free 4G/3G data per month for one year with any Airtel Infinity postpaid plan, the company said

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New Delhi, OCTOBER 7, 2016: Bharti Airtel on Friday announced that it will offer iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at its retail shops and online.

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The users of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can enjoy 10GB free 4G/3G data per month for one year with any Airtel Infinity postpaid plan, the company said.

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“We are delighted to roll out this exciting data offer for our users to allow them to get the most out of the amazing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus,” said Ajai Puri, Director Operations, India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel, in a statement.

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Airtel Infinity postpaid plans offer unlimited voice calling — local, STD, and on national roaming, along with bundled 4G/3G data, SMS and free subscription to Wynk Music and Wynk Movies. (IANS)

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Samsung phones on fire : Company recalls 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after battery explosions

President of Samsung mobiles recalls faulty handsets after reports of some Galaxy Note 7 pieces exploding

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  • Samsung says it is suspending sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone
  • Buyers reported that their phones caught fire or exploded while charging
  • Samsung said it has confirmed 35 such cases

SEOUL,Sept 05, 2016: Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung’s mobile business said that customers who already bought Note 7s will be able to swap them for new smartphones, regardless of the purchasing date.

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Samsung said it has sold more than 1 million Note 7 smartphones since the product’s launch and it is suspending sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after finding batteries of some of the gadgets exploded while they were charging.

The announcement comes just two weeks after Samsung launched its latest flagship smartphone.

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Some buyers reported their phones caught fire or exploded while charging, and Samsung said it had confirmed 35 such cases, caused by faulty batteries. (VOA)