The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) on Saturday launched Gati Shakti Sanchar Portal to facilitate easy rollout of 5G services in the country.
The department also urged the telecom regulator to reserve 5G spectrum for state-owned BSNL and exclude the telco from the upcoming auction.
TRAI recommended price cut by nearly 39% as against the previously fixed price
An official said the lowering the base price of 5G spectrum is not in the purview of DoT but with the cabinet.
The regulator body said it is a bid to boost digital financial inclusion and protect the interests of ordinary feature phone users.
Government has planned to conduct an auction of 5G in 2022, informed the minister of state for communications Devusinh Chauhan in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
The US along with its key allies, including the European Union and the UK, have decided to disconnect key sanctioned Russian banks from the SWIFT in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
The subscribers will be given the option to choose the connection they want to retain and deactivate the rest of the connections, according to the order issued on December 7.
Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Wednesday announced that it has successfully conducted India’s first 5G trial in the 700 MHz band in partnership with Nokia.
“DoT gave an extension for 5G trials for a period of six months as requested by the operators. This move goes well for everyone,” a telecom executive told TNIE.
Vodafone Idea is currently conducting six-month 5G trials with telecom gear makers Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT.
The Cabinet has approved the inclusion of only revenues earned from telecom services in the adjusted gross revenue and removal of penalty on dues to be paid to the government prospectively.
Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is slated to brief the media shortly on decisions taken by the Union Cabinet at its meeting held on Wednesday.
The tax department felt Vodafone's deal with CGP Investments was designed to avoid capital gain tax in India and imposed a tax demand, which was rejected by the Supreme Court in 2012.