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Postby Thakur_B » 25 Feb 2020 19:33

arvin wrote:https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/telecom-news/vodafone-idea-can-exit-only-after-nclt-okays-registrar-of-companies-records-deal/articleshow/74275440.cms

KOLKATA: Vodafone Idea (VIL) will not be able to cash out of the Bharti Infratel-Indus Towers merged entity early enough to generate money to help pay off a bigger part of its huge adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues by March 17, the deadline set by the Supreme Court. This was stated by industry executives and analysts.


With Vodafone Idea share at near junk levels, would it be a good idea to sink some spare cash just in case the company manages to stay afloat?

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Postby chetak » 25 Feb 2020 19:58

Thakur_B wrote:
arvin wrote:https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/telecom-news/vodafone-idea-can-exit-only-after-nclt-okays-registrar-of-companies-records-deal/articleshow/74275440.cms



With Vodafone Idea share at near junk levels, would it be a good idea to sink some spare cash just in case the company manages to stay afloat?


but it looks like vodafone was quite OK with misappropriating the Indian Govt's share of the money it collected from the Indian public and is now crying wolf when it was caught by the CAG and rogered by the SC.

BSNL is shedding it's deadwood and can be a viable alternative in case vodafone goes down the crapper.

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Postby chetak » 28 Feb 2020 13:52

vodafone's demands 8) (per the economic times)

It looks like India is merely another colonial venture for them.

maybe the queen will oblige and issue a royal decree.

absolutely no explanation on how and why vodafone robbed the GoI blind of revenues already collected from the customer by this company but slyly chose to keep it all instead of rightfully crediting it to the Govt.

The company has sought 18 years time to clear the dues, the same dues it stole from the GoI. In any other country, the CEOs would have been jugged and the keys would have been thrown away



Vodafone Idea has demanded fixing minimum tariffs for mobile data at Rs 35 per GB, around 7-8 times of current prices, and for calls at 6 paise per minute along with monthly charges from April 1 to enable it pay statutory dues and make its business sustainable.

The loss-making telco is under pressure to clear adjusted gross revenue dues of more than Rs 50,000 crore to comply with a Supreme Court order. The company has sought 18 years time to clear the dues, including a three-year moratorium on payment of interest and penalty, according to official sources.

"There are number of demands that Vodafone Idea has put across the government for its survival. The company wants minimum price of data should be fixed at Rs 35 per gigabyte and minimum monthly connection charge at Rs 50 from April 1, 2020. These are tough demands which is a problem for government to fulfil," an official told on the condition of anonymity.

Current mobile internet prices are in the range of Rs 4-5 per GB.

According to the source, Voda Idea wants minimum price of outgoing calls should be fixed at 6 paise per minute.

The demand to raise call and internet rates from Vodafone Idea comes within three months of company raising prices by up to 50 per cent.

"According to the company, increase in mobile call and data rates will help it generate revenue to the same level as Vodafone and Idea individually generated in 2015-16. The company has said that it will take three years to get to that level after tariff hike hence it has sought three-year moratorium for payment of AGR dues," the source said.

A Vodafone Idea spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

The government levies licence fee and spectrum usage charge based on revenue earned by telecom companies.

Telecom companies and government had entered into a dispute over ascertaining revenue calculation. The Supreme Court upheld government method of calculating the revenues and ordered telecom operators to clear all dues by January 23, 2020.

The cumulative liability on telecom operators was estimated at around Rs 1.47 lakh crore by the Department of Telecom in July 2019.

Vodafone has paid Rs 3,500 crore out of Rs 53,000 crore calculated by the DoT.

The company has written to the telecom department expressing its inability to pay full AGR dues unless the government takes urgent measures, including allowing staggered payment, reduction in levies and implementation of floor prices in the crisis-ridden sector.

Warning that it is "not in a sound financial state", Vodafone Idea said the company would be in a position to meet its liabilities only if the government initiates steps including allowing set offs for GST credit accumulated so far, and permitting staggered mechanism for payment of balance amount of interest, penalty, and interest on penalty.

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Postby Vips » 28 Feb 2020 18:59

In other words it wants Price fixing, gouging and sometimes down the line cartelization to be allowed and approved by the government. :rotfl:

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Postby chetak » 28 Feb 2020 20:33

Vips wrote:In other words it wants Price fixing, gouging and sometimes down the line cartelization to be allowed and approved by the government. :rotfl:


in other words, right from the robert clive school of colonial management syllabus.

very possible in professor white vaisty's and asst prof fat vaisty's management classes. (for a price, of course)

free guided tour of tihar included as part of the lived experience of white vaisty and fat vaisty.

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Postby chetak » 01 Mar 2020 12:47

Airtel pays additional Rs 8,004 cr towards adjusted gross revenue dues to the department of telecom. It had paid Rs.10000/- Cr. on 17th Feb 2020



Only Kumar Mangalam Birla chaired Vodafone Idea Ltd is crying

after the others have started paying, vodafone simply does not have a leg to stand on.

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Postby chetak » 02 Mar 2020 12:43

some juicy tidbits about how foreign telecom (and many other) gora owned companies operate in India.

As rapacious as the goras were during the colonial era they adapted while dealing with dictatorial regimes in africa and used the very same techniques were used in India too by companies like Uninor and britshit owned outfits who depended on a paid/soldout/presstitute/pliable Indian media to "sell us their version of the truth".

Journalist says US newspaper offered USD 1500 for reporting on Delhi riots on religious lines, reveals about other such ‘news plants’



Journalist says US newspaper offered USD 1500 for reporting on Delhi riots on religious lines, reveals about other such ‘news plants’

Calling out Indian journalists who sell their souls for a few hundred dollars, he said that he was offered huge amount for writing on the people who died in Delhi riots on religious lines.

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MARCH 1, 2020

The Pioneer Journalist J Gopikrishnan

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Senior journalist J Gopikrishnan, associated with The Pioneer, on Saturday took to Twitter to reveal how a US-based newspaper publication offered him USD 1,500 for a 1,000 word article to report on how many died on religion basis in Delhi’s anti-Hindu riots which coincided with the visit of US President Donald Trump.

Why i am angry? A US Newspaper today asked me write on Delhi Riots asking how many died on Religion basis in connection with Trump’s visit. Rate was $1500 for 1000 words….My Reply was : Your President Trump rightly call you as Presstitutes @#$%^&* @#$%^ https://t.co/DIdQBusN5a

— J Gopikrishnan (@jgopikrishnan70) February 29, 2020


Referring to US-based leftist media as ‘rascals’ and ‘crooks’, Gopikrishnan said that these media houses see everything with negative perspective. Calling out Indian journalists who sell their souls for a few hundred dollars, he said that he was offered huge amount for writing on the people who died in Delhi riots on religious lines.

He further revealed how he was earlier offered USD 25,000 in cash in March 2012 by a Norway-based newspaper to write a pro-Uninor report when the 2G scam broke out.

Based on this Economic Times PAID report – Norway PM/President wrote to Indian PM Manmohan Singh – on how bad is Indian system to foreign companies. Presstitues play all games. Some time i feel – should have pocketed $25,000 and fooled Norway guys after landing India https://t.co/K76fx7wZ6v

— J Gopikrishnan (@jgopikrishnan70) February 29, 2020


He further revealed that after he refused to be a pen for hire, he saw the same story with same brief in Economic Times. Gopikrishnan added that based on this particular report in Economic Times, the then Norway leader wrote to then PM Dr Manmohan Singh on how bad the Indian system is to foreign companies.

Later during 2G trial-the price increased-offer was so big to adjust a prime witness to save an Accused.( I am not saying much on it as appeal is going in Delhi HC).Simply me and Prime Witness said : NO..But later they conquered Judge $ani. Hope Delhi HC Judge ensure Justice https://t.co/tAEy2iGfbW

— J Gopikrishnan (@jgopikrishnan70) February 29, 2020


He further revealed that back during the height of 2G scam investigation, a corporate house had offered Rs 10 crore cash. However, he turned down the offer innovatively by putting up a condition that he would rather take Rs 100 crore and take a picture of money being transferred and also pay 30% income tax after declaring the same in his return. Later, this Rs 10 crore price was even increased to ‘adjust’ the prime witness and save an accused, Gopikrishnan revealed in his tweets.

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Postby Vips » 10 Mar 2020 02:12

Reliance Jio develops in-house 5G tech to reduce costs.

Telecom service provider Reliance Jio has developed its own 5G and other technologies,to cut costs and reduce dependence on foreign vendors. The Mukesh Ambani-owned company has replaced Nokia's and Oracle's 4G voice technology with its own, a senior company executive said. The move is perhaps a global first, analysts said, where a mobile phone company has developed in-house technology to replace third-party equipment vendors. “We have now developed everything end-to-end around 5G technology,” a person in the know told ET.

“We are more scalable than these vendors and are fully automated since we have our own cloud-native platform. In 5G, we will totally be self-sufficient,” the executive said. Jio has designed its own hardware for the 5G technology, which could be made in India once 5G trials are successful. “We can give the design, layouts and board support packages to third-party manufacturers to have our gear made,” the executive said.

Having developed end-to-end 5G technology, Jio would be able to use it for security and surveillance using drones, industrial internet of things and digitisation in the agriculture sector. “Broadband and voice will be the baseline of our technology,” the executive added.

The telco has sought approval from the department of telecommunications to conduct 5G trials based on its own technology. It had recently given a separate presentation to DoT to explain the technology and possible use cases. “Our own technology will help us commercially as well as offer flexibility. We can customise use cases and tailor it to India-specific needs,” the executive said. Jio did not respond to ET's emailed queries.

The telco had previously applied to carry out 5G trials with European vendors Ericsson and Nokia, China’s Huawei and South Korean equipment vendor Samsung, which is its sole 4G radio vendor.

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Postby chetak » 18 Mar 2020 13:08

see how the last line has been cleverly hushed up by CNBCTV18...

"Do not appreciate Telecos' Action"...

publish the rest also....

Do not appreciate Teleco's Actions in planting fake news against SC Judgment...

Indian presstitutes, money talks and the BS walks.


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Postby chetak » 18 Mar 2020 13:12

Press Trust of India @PTI_News · 1h

Any future newspaper article hiding truth from public on telecom case will make MDs of telecos personally responsible: Supreme Court

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Postby chetak » 18 Mar 2020 13:26

this is a mighty pissed SC.

the manipulative shenanigans of the telcos and their paltu kuttas, the presstitute/soldout journos, congi politicos and darbari baboo(n)s lobby have all brought this sorry state to pass.

Having paid out peanuts to the govt, they declared virtuously and in unison that their self assessed AGR dues are cleared in full.

the SC has rightly delivered a swift judicial kick to their testimonials


SupremeCourt makes it clear in its order that there won't be any reassessment/ re-assessment of the AGR dues. All telecom companies will have to pay the dues with interest & penalty, as ordered in the main judgment.





"Telecom companies are very powerful and that is why they are influencing the newspapers to write stories everyday.
If we want, we can send the Managing Directors from the companies to jail", Justice Arun Mishra.

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Postby JTull » 18 Mar 2020 19:51

This is an executive function. SC is messing with the entire economy, without any accountability to public. If govt has a plan, then let them implement it. Otherwise, you'll have lot more Yes Banks!

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Postby Vips » 18 Mar 2020 20:34

Supreme court is right in cracking the whip. If all of its judgments can be challenged through paid propoganda, delaying tactics and all sort of lobbying then we might as well wind up our courts and have a free for all !!!!

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Postby arvin » 19 Mar 2020 12:03

Govt is doing a good job to prevent a monopoly. SC might be making noises about compliance but even they realize they have to tread a fine line.
RIL stAke sale is yet to be concluded.

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Postby Mollick.R » 11 Apr 2020 22:23

TRAI recommends making digital set-top-boxes interoperable
Last Updated : Apr 11, 2020 06:26 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has in its recommendations on April 11 said that all set-top-boxes (STBs) for digital TV broadcasting services in India must support technical interoperability in principle.

It further said that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B Ministry) may include a suitable clause or condition in the permission for registration or rules mandating all DPO to facilitate interoperability for STBs procured by customers from the open market.

To bridge the technical and commercial constraints to universal STB, TRAI said interoperability shall be applicable within the DTH segment and within the cable segment respectively.

It said the Ministry may notify their conditions or amendments as per the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995 or through any other appropriate mechanism, and the ETSI TS 103 605 standards.

The paper also suggested the setup of a Coordination and Implementation Committee by the I&B Ministry having members Meity, TRAI, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and representatives of TV manufacturers. This committee may steer implementation and ensure adoption in a time-bound manner.

It prescribed that a six month period may be given to DTH operators and MSOs to adopt DVB CI Plus 2.0 standards (with USB CAM) as per the ETSI TS 103 605 standards from the date of I&B Ministry notifications.

“I&B Ministry may also coordinate with BIS so that suitable amendments are brought within this time frame,” it said.

As per the TRAI notification, specifications must also mandate TV manufacturers to provide all-digital television sets with minimum one open interface port based on DVB CI Plus 2.0 standards permitting simple connection of USB CAM to allow reception of television signals. They must also provide the digital television sets with built-in tuners to enable reception of television content through both satellite and cable platforms.

Presently the STBs deployed in the Cable TV networks are non-interoperable, i.e. the same STB cannot be used interchangeably across the different service providers. The recommendations have been placed on TRAI's website www.trai.gov.in

The regulator had on November 11, 2019 sought stakeholder response on the proposal after issuing a suo-moto consultation paper on ‘Interoperability of Set Top Box’. An open house discussion was conducted on January 29, 2020.

“TRAI has been engaging with the stakeholders for quite some time for introducing STB interoperability. Affordability of STB remains an important criterion and any suggested solution should not cause undue increase in price of STB. Ensuring proper content security, strong anti-piracy features and flexibility while keeping the STB costs reasonable are the main challenges for achieving STB interoperability,” it added.

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/trai-recommends-making-digital-set-top-boxes-interoperable-5134751.html

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Postby Mollick.R » 11 Apr 2020 22:32

Vips wrote:Supreme court is right in cracking the whip. If all of its judgments can be challenged through paid propoganda, delaying tactics and all sort of lobbying then we might as well wind up our courts and have a free for all !!!!


wish they have shown same level of enthusiasm and swift judgement while dealing with powerful Amrikii pharma companies and rejected many of their dubious patient extensions as well as allowed few more mandatory IP sharing with Indian Pharma companies under WTO for public health cause.

If im not wrong they did it only once then after then after they developed cold feet. May be khan hold the B@lls of Meee l@ard$ threatened with repercussions on education & carriers of their children / DILs/SILs.

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Postby Vips » 10 Jul 2020 22:55

At all costs, bar Chinese 5G entry into Indian telecom. Else, live under Beijing’s domination.

India’s strategic digital pushback against Chinese investments and apps has encouraged like-minded countries like the US, and some in Europe, to follow suit. Now it’s time to lasso the biggest Chinese domination tool – 5G, the umbrella under which apps, investments and soon governments could operate.

This new technology from China should not be looked at in isolation, as simply the purchase of telecom technology equipment, and part of India-China trade. It should be viewed in conjunction with China’s four heavens: BRI, the ambitious Digital Silk Route plan, Made in China 2025 and Chinese Standards 2035. Using its formidable AI base, 5G is the mother lode that enables the efficient gathering of global data from around the world, which will give cost efficiency to products listed in China 2025 and help China set global standards.

What’s now perceived by global manufacturers as standards “in China for China” will eventually be “by China for the world”. Visualise a four-tier cake – the bottom tier is BRI, the top tier is Chinese Standards 2035 and in between are the Digital Silk Route and Made in China 2025. 5G is the enabler for all, the infrastructural trunk or cake stand on which the cake sits.

Each global 5G network sale from China is one additional leg added to the cake stand, supporting and strengthening the multi-tier cake. Without strong legs supporting the cake stand, the four-tier cake will fall to the floor. The repercussions will be twofold: Externally for China’s global economic dominance and loss of bargaining power, while internally it could lead to internal strife and discontent, degrading the social contract of “the better life” for ordinary Chinese.

For a strategic, societal and demographic wave of change is under way in China. The country’s robust economic growth has meant rising wages and loss of the title China has held for so long, “the factory of the world”, over which the sun has begun to set. Deglobalisation – Covid-19 is the unexpected eclipse during the sunset – has seen China’s growth sink to an estimated 1% in 2020, the lowest in decades.

In return for continued authoritarian rule, the Chinese public wants better standards of living. This social contract is currently intact, but threatened. Premier Li Keqiang said at a press briefing last month, “There are 600 million impoverished Chinese who live on a monthly income of $161 and they need to be lifted out of poverty.” Higher wages plus an ageing demographic are putting a strain on China’s healthcare systems and budget.

The strongest leg of the cake-stand which holds the four-tier cake has already been weakened with the US and Japan looking at non-Chinese network equipment suppliers for 5G. European countries like the UK have announced they are relooking at the 5G contracts with Chinese equipment vendors given security vulnerabilities. Vietnam has developed its own version of 5G. The General Court, the second highest court in the EU, overturned the EC’s 2016 decision to block the takeover of O2 by a competitor, paving the way for consolidation of industries across the Union.

In the US, the China-US trade war and now a potential Chinese 5G boycott may change the fortune of debt-laden US telecom companies, which may get spectrum reserved for the defence sector to become competitive and avoid Chinese 5G installations.

In this scenario, China will do everything in its capacity to bring India to the table for 5G negotiations – via direct and indirect border skirmishes, drone attacks on oil installations on the west coast of India, cyberattacks, non-tariff barriers, misuse of Chinese social media apps, cutting off supplies of API. China will aggressively sue all Indian telecoms for reneging on contracts for current 4G upgradation and future 5G contracts if any, assuming jurisdiction clauses in these contracts are outside in a neutral country. A bailout package to pay the hefty fines, if imposed on Indian telecoms for reneging on contracts, will have to be funded by the government.

An already beleaguered Indian telecom sector will have to brace for more economic pain as equipment from non-Chinese companies is more expensive. But it can be incentivised by subsidies and tax breaks for patent development in India, enabling it to move from the current hardware-dependent networks to ones that will be software-centric with negligible dependency on the underlying hardware.

Imports from EU 5G equipment manufacturers will be the only option left on the table. The silver lining here is the long pending India-EU FTA will get oxygenated. It’s important for India to play an active role in the formation of the proposed D10 club by the UK administration, which consists of the G7 nations alongside South Korea and Australia. The D10 club is being created for channelling investments into existing telecom companies within the 10 member states, and creating alternative suppliers of 5G equipment and other technologies to avoid relying on China.

Could India eventually contribute to the birth cry of democracy and rule of law in China? What the WTO couldn’t achieve, the potential boycott of Chinese 5G equipment from a majority of G20 countries could well accomplish, if the deprived 600 million of China take to the streets. In that case, it’s Advantage India.
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Tech Mahindra- ITI to make 5G tech in India.

ITI Limited, a public sector undertaking (PSU) manufacturing telecom and defence equipment and information technology service provider Tech Mahindra, a have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in the areas of 4G & 5G smart networks, Smart Cities and Health Care services.

ITI and Tech Mahindra will collaborate to create “Make in India" stack as part of this MoU for the upcoming 4G & 5G opportunities in India. A large part of Tech Mahindra's business involves providing software solutions for telecom companies.

ITI Limited, will produce the 4G technology upgradeable to 5G Radio access network and related equipment in line with government’s initiative of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. Tech Mahindra will be responsible for providing the software intellectual property, implementation and integration services, operations and maintenance services. Indian companies have been quite vocal lately about reducing their dependence Chinese imports and replace it with domestic alternatives. China accounts for around 14 % of India’s total imports, and major items in the import basket being components for smartphones and automobile, telecom equipment, plastic and metallic goods, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and other chemicals.

This partnership intends to jointly build a framework that will provide solutions of the upcoming wireless technologies to different telecom service providers in the country and also address business opportunities globally.

R M Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, ITI Limited,said, “The initiative is to build local competence by synergising the offerings of ITI & Tech Mahindra to create a next generation wireless stack that will help India to become self‐sufficient in the area of telecommunications."

ITI with state of the art facilities and capabilities for manufacturing Telecom equipment plans to manufacture the eNodeB and 5G new radio products in the different plants using Tech Mahindra software and wireless technologies. 5G New Radio is a new radio access technology (RAT) to be the global standard for the air interface of 5G networks. eNodeB is the hardware that is connected to the mobile phone network that communicates directly wirelessly with mobile handsets, like a base transceiver station in GSM networks.

The partnership will not only help to reduce dependency on import of Telecom equipment from foreign countries but also address the concerns in building a strategic network for defense communication, said ITI in a statement. “Through this partnership we commit ourselves to the Government’s initiative of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat."

Sujit Baksi, Head APAC Business & President Corporate Affairs, Tech Mahindra, said, “Tech Mahindra will bring state of the art platform technologies and software capabilities and ITI will use its world class manufacturing facilities and expertise to build wireless solution for next generations."

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Postby chetak » 12 Jul 2020 13:01

CHINESE CHECKERS


CHINESE CHECKERS

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July 11, 2020

How China penetrated into India’s Telecom sector? Who were all behind this Chinese incursion?

Now after the violent clashes with India and China leading to death of soldiers, “Boycott Chinese Goods” clarion got momentum. How practical this is a big question. Recently, Department of Telecom (DoT) on July 1, 2020 directed PSUs BSNL and MTNL to avoid Chinese equipments from 4G network upgrading process. The DoT officials also said that private telecom operators would also direct- ed to stop using Chinese equipments. Being a Journalist covered so many telecom scams and murky tales in the telecom sector, this newsflash has taken me to the history of Chinese entry in the Indian telecom sector.

Many Chinese products entered Indian market from mid 70s like cycles, automobile parts etc due to its low price and its more finishing touches compared to the then Indian products. Then came entry in pharmacy sector and hardware machinery sector and then in computers. But entry in telecom sector by 2007 (not individual mobile phones but in telecom networks) was controversial due to the inbuilt software (spywares) became problematic on country’s security point of view. But these concerns were gone to wind due to the corrupt political leadership, bureaucracy and many unscrupulous private telecom operators who just interested in money making, ignoring the security concerns.

Flashback: India’s mobile phone sector witnessed a total change when Dhirubhai Ambani landed in Telecom sector by giving mobile phone and connection for just Rs.500 in mid 2002. That time Reliance mobile phone operations were headed by elder son Mukesh Ambani and later went to Anil Ambani after family partition in 2006. All the mobile phones given to pubic with just Rs.500 with connection were fully imported from China. Indian public that time paying around Rs.9,000 to Rs.15,000 average for a mobile phone with exorbitant call charges were overnight rallying in queue before Reliance shops to get a mobile phone and connection for Rs.500. After getting connection, Reliance used to charge the price of the mobile phone in installments along with monthly bill, which ultimately lead to lot of displeasure from customers on the hidden pricing. “Kar lo duniya mutti mein” was the Reliance advertisement for this package with smiling Dhirubhai Ambani’s photo. Actually, these Chinese phones were not durable ones like European, Korean and Japanese makes. But due to low pricing large number of public preferred Chinese due to its cheap price.

This great magic of pumping cheap Chinese phones by Reliance outsmarted other European mobile companies like Nokia, Siemens, Erickson, Motorola and Korean brand Samsung and Japanese brands like Sony, Mitsubishi along with other mobile operators like Airtel, Idea, Essar etc. So soon all the mobile operators were also forced to go for low cost Chinese phones while giving connection.


“Many Chinese products entered Indian market from mid 70s like cycles, automobile parts etc due to its low price and its more finishing touches compared to the then Indian products.”

Here come the typical Indian problems. Why India never thought of manufacturing mobile phone in India? Answer is simple. Our system is always slow in decision making process and we started manufacturing mobile phones only in 2005 by inviting Nokia to start a manufacturing unit in Chennai and within few years we created hell to them by taxation issues, leading to shut the shop. India allowed mobile phones in 1994, started mobile phone manufacturing only in 2005. That is 11 years later, allowing other countries to pump their phones here. That is India’s policy making whoever rule the country. Thankfully now Korean brand Samsung and Apple iPhones started manufacturing facility in India in 2018 and many firms have started mobile phone and accessories business. Still we have to go long way in archaic taxation to boost this sector.

Problem in Chinese mobile phones and silence of Indian authorities:
Meanwhile by 2006, so many Chinese phones started manufacturing and assembling in India. There were fake Indian brands also like Micromax etc. They were just importing raw material and just assembling or importing with Indian names from China. But there was a problem in Chinese phones. These mobile phones, with internet connectivity and little known funny brand names, were sold at anything between Rs 3,000 and Rs 6,000 when established companies like Nokia, Sony- Ericsson, and Motorola were selling handsets between Rs 15,000 and Rs 25,000. Why the Chinese were allowed to sell handsets at such throw-away price remains mystery. Within three years, by 2009, more than five crore Chinese mobile phones were sold in Indian market. By 2009, Indian authorities found out that these phones were illegal because they were violating basic security norms.

This is the blatant violation: In 2003, in order to track mobile phones, the International Telecom Union (ITU), had insisted that all manufacturers provide a unique number for each mobile set called the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. Every mobile user can get this 15-17 digit IMEI number by pressing *#06# on his or her handset. According to the ITU, service providers must not provide connection to a mobile phone without this IMEI number because this number helps security agencies track a subscriber.

The question is: Why did the Commerce Ministry under Kamal Nath and his deputy Jairam Ramesh, back in 2006, allow illegal Chinese mobile phones, that clearly violated international standards, into the Indian market? Why Telecom Ministry that time headed by Dayanidhi Maran and A.Raja gave connection to these Chinese mobiles without IMEI number? Woken up in 2010 with a rude shock, Indian intelligence agencies, in a rather delayed intervention, alerted the Department of Telecom which then ordered service providers to dis- connect all service to Chinese mobile phones operating without the IMEI number. The damage, however, had been done with more five crores unaccounted for Chinese handsets already out in the market. And more than RS.25,000 crore had flown to China by this. All these mobile phones without IMEI numbers gone to dustbin.

Entry of Chinese equipments in Indian telecom networks:
Allowing Chinese companies into India’s telecom networks by 2007 was the worst. The political leadership, corrupt officials and certain uncouth mobile phone operating Corporates were behind this. It is intriguing that despite repeated alerts from the Government’s intelligence and technical units, Chinese telecom giants Huawei and Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE) were allowed into the Indian telecom sector by 2007. That time India’s Telecom Minister was none other than controversial A.Raja. No need to say further on this.

“This is the blatant violation: In 2003, in order to track mobile phones, the International Telecom Union (ITU), had insisted that all manufacturers provide a unique number for each mobile set called the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.”

According to Indian telecom engineers familiar with the case, Huawei’s first presentation to the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) for empanelling them as vendors, after they had crossed certain “political barriers,” sowed the first seeds of doubt. They say, “Huawei engineers boasted about having the unique advantage of a Remote Access Servicing System. When asked to explain, they said that their equipment, in case of any faults, can be repaired or serviced from their headquarters in China. Our engineers, out of curiosity, asked what kind of technology this was and how could they repair equipment installed in India by sitting in China.”

“It is still a mystery as to how, back in 2007, Huawei was entertained in India, when all knew that the company is headed by officers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China and that it was founded in 1987 by Brigadier Ren Zhengfei and other ex-PLA officers. In fact, much before R&AW and Intelligence Bureau raised an alarm over this company’s presence here, the credentials of Huawei were questioned by junior telecom officials at the Sanchar Bhawan.”

Clearly unconvinced, India’s tele- com engineers decided to probe further. “When we consulted our technical counterparts in the security agencies, they also found something fishy in this technology. Back then, the entire world was researching to decode the method behind this Chinese technology. Within days we found out that the company was installing some bugging software or chip in its equipment which enables the company’s Chinese headquarters to enter into our network without our knowledge,” say India’s smart telecom engineers. Despite the obvious serious- ness of this alert, it was not entertained either by the DoT bureaucrats or their political masters; worse, those who raised these concerns were asked to keep quiet.

It soon became apparent that Chinese brokers had slowly but surely be- gun to dominate the power corridors in India, virtually kicking out existing European giants like Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens etc. It is an open secret now that most Chinese brokers in India are Hawala agents operating in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai and whose instant and speedy delivery of strategies alongside their ability to please the bureaucracy and politicians outwitted the tactics employed by the European vendors. Fact is all gave kickbacks because India is big market. But Chinese give it smarter and faster ways.

Following Huawei, Indian authorities allowed yet another Chinese company, the ZTE, into the telecom sector in 2008. By that time Anil Ambani’s Reliance was mainly using ZTE and helping them to lobby in India. This company, founded in 1985, is a listed company in the Shanghai Stock Exchange and is a strategic partner to many Chinese defense establishments. In fact, a major stake in this company is still controlled by Chinese Government units connected with defense and aerospace. Between the two of them these telecom giants managed to corner plenty of business in the Indian telecom sector.

“Huawei bagged several contracts in the BSNL’s southern networks, amounting to more than Rs 2000 crore during tainted A.Raja’s tenure. As R&AW and IB were putting pressures against Chinese equipments due to inbuilt spywares, the Indian political leadership came with a great compromise deal.”

Huawei bagged several contracts in the BSNL’s southern networks, amounting to more than Rs 2000 crore during tainted A.Raja’s tenure. As R&AW and IB were putting pressures against Chinese equipments due to inbuilt spy- wares, the Indian political leadership came with a great compromise deal. The deal was don’t use Chinese equipments in North Indian telecom networks and decided to use in South Indian telecom networks. What an Idea!!!!

Given the stiff competition and the Chinese vendors’ cheap pricing policy, private mobile operators too started getting drawn to these companies. It is a well-known fact that the Chinese Government reimburses losses, in the form of subsidy, in several ways, to their companies for bagging international contracts. Things went largely undisturbed till Indian intelligence agencies alerted in 2010 by their American and British counterparts about the exact nature of the bugging software/chip hidden in-side the Chinese telecom equipment.

“The bugging software or chip is now widely known as the Manchurian Micro Chip. This is an advanced, spy software developed by Chinese hackers with the help of the Call-Home Technology. As soon as anyone installs a Chinese equipment, it is reported to its master server in China. That means, at any given time they can infiltrate our network and jam it as and when they wish to. The technology also helps them enter our network and access sensitive data. Still, it took months for our Government to take action and ban them,” say telecom engineers.

The first official international alarm against Chinese telecom operators was sounded in September 2009 by the Australian intelligence agency, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) that officially started investigations into Chinese telecom equipment installed in their country. Following investigations, Huawei was promptly asked to replace all Chinese engineers in Australia and the ASIO ordered the insulation of their network by de-bugging the devilish Manchurian Micro Chip. Predictably, amid allegations pouring thick and fast against this bugging software, Chinese diplomats chose to term the entire matter, “American pulp fiction”. Playing the aggrieved party, they said investigations on Chinese cyber infiltrations worldwide amounted to denial of a level playing field.

Back in India, the Telecom Ministry’s plan to grant a Rs 36,000 crore GSM line tender to Huawei in 2010 was cancelled by the Prime Minister’s Office after security agencies confirmed the presence of bugging software in their equipment. In a shocking move, however, the Telecom Ministry then under A.Raja, advocating Huawei’s cause, said that while border areas can be avoided, the company must be allowed access to the rest of the country. Fortunately, on the intervention of the Central Vigilance Commission and the Advisor to Prime Minister Sam Pitroda, cancellation of the entire tendering procedure was ordered. Then Huawei and ZTE used Indian media with tall claims about “huge investments and huge employment” they plan in India.

“The first official international alarm against Chinese telecom operators was sounded in September 2009 by the Australian intelligence agency, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) that officially started investigations into Chinese telecom equipment installed in their country.”

In ‘The Pioneer’ newspaper on May 16, 2010, I wrote a full page article on this incident. The article was based on the mid 2010 fight between then Home Minister P Chidambaram and Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh on Chinese entry on India’s telecom networks. Jairam Ramesh was caught in a controversy for supporting Chinese companies and later Chidambaram flexed muscles and I feel after flexing muscles Chidambaram must have satisfied with Chinese after getting his pound of flesh in the battle. Those days Huawei and ZTE representatives and Chinese diplomats were always seen in the Home Ministry’s office corridors waiting for Chidambaram. Later ‘Mogambo khush hua.’ And Indian media too kept silence as Chinese telecom companies’ advertisements were pumped.

The latest info
Now it is exposed that Anil Ambani’s Reliance was using full Chinese equipments and he had bagged Rs.15 billion dollar from Chinese Banks from 2008 to 2010. According to Chinese Banks’ cases (now with interest dues Chinese banks demand 18 billion dollar) filed before the London Court, this huge loan was given to install Chinese equipments in India’s telecom and power sectors.

According to Aid Data’s research paper on China’s Global Footprints, in May 2008, first Reliance Communications got 750 Million Dollar to purchase Chinese telecom equipment from Huawei. This loan was given by China Development Bank when Anil Ambani’s Telecom firm bagged the controversial GSM license in November 2007 with blessing of then Telecom Minister A.Raja and then Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

In December 2010, the Chinese Development Bank with other Chinese banks’ consortium funded a big loan of 1.93 Billion Dollars to Anil Ambani’s now-defunct Reliance Communications. This was used for short term refinancing and to buy controversial Chinese equipment from Huawei and ZTE, which was always objected to by India’s Intelligence Bureau. Though IB sleuths objected, Anil Ambani always managed to get clearances from Home Ministry and Telecom Ministry, who was always seen in all Ministers’ offices or homes including Prime Minister’s office or home on every Wednesdays during Congress led UPA regime.

Now Anil Ambani is bankrupt and still getting favours from BJP Government also. On May 23, 2020, the London Court ordered to pay immediately 717 million dollars in 21 days in the demands raised by Chinese banks. As per the London Court’s Order, Anil Ambani was supposed to pay this 717 million dollar (Rs. 5400 crore) by June 13, 2020. As per the information this payment is not yet paid. How bankrupt Anil Ambani going to pay all these huge dues is a multi-billion dollar question.

Now dear readers, what is the point in current propaganda of boycotting Chinese products? We have seen how our Intelligence agencies and telecom engineers’ warning were ignored by India’s political leadership, officials and certain Corporates. Now, the Department of Telecom directed PSUs BSNL and MTNL to avoid Chinese firms from telecom networks. The DoT officials say private telecom operators will also be directed to do so. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio, which has already pumped Millions Chinese phones in Indian market and other operators too. Sensing the atmosphere, Mukesh Ambani declared that Chinese equipments are not used in his networks. Now he is in the good book of United States by avoiding Chinese equipments from network, while dumping all low cost Chinese phones in India. Only time will tell on the changing market equations subject to changing geo-political equations and its ups and downs.

(J Gopikrishnan is a Journalist working with ‘The Pioneer’ newspaper, credited for reporting many telecom scams.)

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Postby Mollick.R » 13 Jul 2020 23:12

chetak wrote:CHINESE CHECKERS

CHINESE CHECKERS

OPINIONEXPRESS.IN
July 11, 2020

How China penetrated into India’s Telecom sector? Who were all behind this Chinese incursion?

Flashback: India’s mobile phone sector witnessed a total change when Dhirubhai Ambani landed in Telecom sector by giving mobile phone and connection for just Rs.500 in mid 2002. That time Reliance mobile phone operations were headed by elder son Mukesh Ambani and later went to Anil Ambani after family partition in 2006. All the mobile phones given to pubic with just Rs.500 with connection were fully imported from China. Indian public that time paying around Rs.9,000 to Rs.15,000 average for a mobile phone with exorbitant call charges were overnight rallying in queue before Reliance shops to get a mobile phone and connection for Rs.500. After getting connection, Reliance used to charge the price of the mobile phone in installments along with monthly bill, which ultimately lead to lot of displeasure from customers on the hidden pricing. “Kar lo duniya mutti mein” was the Reliance advertisement for this package with smiling Dhirubhai Ambani’s photo. Actually, these Chinese phones were not durable ones like European, Korean and Japanese makes. But due to low pricing large number of public preferred Chinese due to its cheap price.


The highlighted part is not fully correct. Few factual errors are there in the article (though article story theme is absolutely bang on target)

RIM (Reliance India Mobile// CDMA/WLL wireless in local loop) launched by Bada Ambani (& later on become part of Chota Ambani group) did imported mobile from China. But as far as i remember they were Made by SAMSUNG & LG (both are South Korean companies).
Later on they added Kyocera hand set in the offering. Kyocera mobile phones is also not a Chinese company & Kyocera Mobiles is a division of Kyocera Corporation a Japanese company HQed Kyoto, Japan.


This great magic of pumping cheap Chinese phones by Reliance outsmarted other European mobile companies like Nokia, Siemens, Erickson, Motorola and Korean brand Samsung and Japanese brands like Sony, Mitsubishi along with other mobile operators like Airtel, Idea, Essar etc. So soon all the mobile operators were also forced to go for low cost Chinese phones while giving connection.
(J Gopikrishnan is a Journalist working with ‘The Pioneer’ newspaper, credited for reporting many telecom scams.)


Till arrival of Micromax/Lava/Carbon (Indian sticker manufacturers and made in china phone importers) etc Chinese phone manufacturers were not dominating Indian market. The blame goes to arrogant western manufacturers like Nokia, Siemens, Erickson, Motorola too, who failed to get pricing right for Indian market & failed to lobby with GOI to get proper relaxation etc for domestic manufacturing of handsets for a large captive market like India.
Mitsubishi---- Never entered Indian mobile phone market even in a not so serious way too.

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Postby SRoy » 18 Jul 2020 03:44

No the blame does not goes to Nokia, Siemens, Ericsson and Motorola etc.

Their primary business was/is not even mobile phone manufacturing. All of the four are network OEMs. Siemens doesn't even count. They exited the entire gamut of communication business in 2006.

The blame goes to likes of Micromax/Lava/Carbon etc. They had a decent market share at one point. And what they were doing? Importing white labelled stuff, putting their own stickers and selling.

Yes, the article has got the timelines wrong.

Ericsson exited the mobile phone market in 2004/2005 (sold over to Sony).
Siemens sold off their handset business to BenQ in 2006 (I was still with Siemens Communications then.).
These Western players were not in the market when the Chinese makes started appearing in the India.

Nokia was a big/dominant player. They would have held off easily against Chinese brands if they decided to make a switch to Android early enough or had the Windows phone in shape in time. Nokia had the range of low ends and good flagship devices. Nokia had (and still has) brand loyalty.

What are we missing here?

Our desi brand didn't try to setup design and manufacturing while they had the time to do so.

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Postby kvraghav » 20 Jul 2020 19:35

I think the biggest blame lies with Micromax. They just made money when Indians trusted them and they are only to blame for the state they are in today. Micromax is the one who showed the way to Chinese to plunder the Indian mobile market. Our companies are all just the local kirana shop model just on a larger scale. Its a shame that with so many tech graduates, our most valued company is RIL which as i said is under the kirana shop model of undercutting competition with whatever way possible, till the shop is running, make money, invest in land and enjoy. This is because we have a very poor VC funding infra and most of them who is there, mainly wants to fleece the original idea people.

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Postby Mollick.R » 20 Jul 2020 20:13

SRoy wrote:No the blame does not goes to Nokia, Siemens, Ericsson and Motorola etc.

Their primary business was/is not even mobile phone manufacturing. All of the four are network OEMs. Siemens doesn't even count. They exited the entire gamut of communication business in 2006.

The blame goes to likes of Micromax/Lava/Carbon etc. They had a decent market share at one point. And what they were doing? Importing white labelled stuff, putting their own stickers and selling.

Yes, the article has got the timelines wrong.

Ericsson exited the mobile phone market in 2004/2005 (sold over to Sony).
Siemens sold off their handset business to BenQ in 2006 (I was still with Siemens Communications then.).
These Western players were not in the market when the Chinese makes started appearing in the India.

Nokia was a big/dominant player. They would have held off easily against Chinese brands if they decided to make a switch to Android early enough or had the Windows phone in shape in time. Nokia had the range of low ends and good flagship devices. Nokia had (and still has) brand loyalty.

What are we missing here?

Our desi brand didn't try to setup design and manufacturing while they had the time to do so.


Mollick.R wrote:Till arrival of Micromax/Lava/Carbon (Indian sticker manufacturers and made in china phone importers) etc Chinese phone manufacturers were not dominating Indian market.


@SRoy, sir I'm aware about complacency of So called desi manufacturers (read highlighted part of my post). Micromax etc were just putting stickers on mobiles made by Chinese OEMs.

& I'm equally aware that primary bread and butter business of those western companies are NW equipment segment. I also remember another two western companies not mentioned in the original article list Alcatel and Sagem (both of French origin before they were acquired/ re-organized by current owners). Point is that several western handset makers had necessary patient base and financial war chest to become a meaningful player in indian market. They did entered India & tried to capture Indian mobile handset market, albeit half-heartedly. But they all failed & quit.

I think they ignored committing fully to indian market due to low cost ,low margin (but mass scale) handset nature of India & it was not good for them to consider it a worthwhile market to focus. Only Samsung had shown commitment from early days and reaping the benefits now.

I see failures due to similar half-heartedly entry & wrong business model in auto sector. Where except Hyundai no other western or Japanese auto manufacturer is able to capture considerable Indian market share or dent Maruti Suzuki's business.

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Postby wig » 20 Jul 2020 22:21

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comme ... ead-115277

Mission 6G — time to lead- Our possibilities rest in technology that provides 1,000 times more bandwidth than 5G


The proposal here is to forge and lead the global research and development by providing anchorage in India. Time is right to build credible and sustaining partnerships with other leaders in telecommunications and computing technologies and join like-minded democracies to make 6G a reality.

Every disruption at the core has the seed of an audacious idea. We need to break free of scratching at the low end of the telecom value chain. The value will not be measured in terms of numbers of antennas, cellphone users, or data consumed and revenues generated but in the sheer magnificence of the applications, use cases and services that will drive the gig economy of tomorrow. Here are three representative examples.

Multi-function ubiquitous citizen devices: The 6G phone of the future will serve as a consumer-services node with sensors and artificial intelligence capabilities. Potentially, it will provide high-fidelity information on personal health indicators, micro-pollution and toxicity levels, quality of food, and at home, work and play an immersive interactive experience with devices, gadgets and systems. Potentially for India, this will see the emergence of simple, easy-to-wear-and-carry devices with a huge set of digital capabilities. This will help the paramedics, educators and agro-technicians to jumpstart the village ecosystems with little or limited need for on-site presence of doctors, professors and agro-experts.

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Centre considers cutting 5G prices to offer telcos relief from increased costs of China ban
By Devina Sengupta & Anandita Singh Mankotia, ET Bureau Last Updated: Jul 29, 2020, 08:20 AM IST

MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: The government may consider lowering the base price of 5G spectrum to compensate telcos if they have to shell out more for buying non-Chinese equipment.

Officials said the government was aware that keeping Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE away from India’s 5G market may push up network deployment costs and is thus open to reassessing the base prices suggested by the regulator to make it viable for operators.
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Experts said the absence of Huawei and ZTE would leave Indian telcos dependent on European vendors Ericsson and Nokia, besides South Korea’s Samsung. This would increase deployment costs by 15-20%, ultimately hurting retail and industrial customers.

The officials said the government is aware of the cost implications, especially as the two Chinese companies have historically offered the lowest rates for telecom equipment.


https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/77231032.cms

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Postby chetak » 30 Jul 2020 00:08

Mollick.R wrote:X-Post

Centre considers cutting 5G prices to offer telcos relief from increased costs of China ban
By Devina Sengupta & Anandita Singh Mankotia, ET Bureau Last Updated: Jul 29, 2020, 08:20 AM IST

MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: The government may consider lowering the base price of 5G spectrum to compensate telcos if they have to shell out more for buying non-Chinese equipment.

Officials said the government was aware that keeping Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE away from India’s 5G market may push up network deployment costs and is thus open to reassessing the base prices suggested by the regulator to make it viable for operators.
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Base rates too high
Experts said the absence of Huawei and ZTE would leave Indian telcos dependent on European vendors Ericsson and Nokia, besides South Korea’s Samsung. This would increase deployment costs by 15-20%, ultimately hurting retail and industrial customers.

The officials said the government is aware of the cost implications, especially as the two Chinese companies have historically offered the lowest rates for telecom equipment.


https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/77231032.cms


it all comes down to the aam aadmi, once again paying through his already profusely bleeding nose

Henry, Act 3 Scene 1

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our Indian aam aadmi dead.


with apologies to the bard

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Postby nachiket » 30 Jul 2020 00:12

chetak wrote:it all comes down to the aam aadmi, once again paying through his already profusely bleeding nose

Henry, Act 3 Scene 1

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our Indian aam aadmi dead.

So what would you suggest? It is going to cost if we want to leave out the Chinese. There is no way around it. Still better than having the whole telecom infra compromised from the start isn't it?

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Postby chetak » 30 Jul 2020 00:19

nachiket wrote:
chetak wrote:it all comes down to the aam aadmi, once again paying through his already profusely bleeding nose


So what would you suggest? It is going to cost if we want to leave out the Chinese. There is no way around it. Still better than having the whole telecom infra compromised from the start isn't it?


just stating a fact.

in the last year alone, without any discernable reason, but assuming that the court judgement on the AGR softened a few babooze hearts and also fattened their wallets, my telecom bills have more than doubled.

a 15-20 % "sanctioned" increase would become a licence to kill.

in any other country, the theft of publicly collected AGR/equivalent would have resulted in the CEOs being jugged, any where from 10-20 years

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Postby Mukesh.Kumar » 02 Aug 2020 12:55

X-Posting from Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread - June 2015

Mukesh.Kumar wrote:An interesting article on how the Internet is being carved up into different beings and what Jio means for the future of the internet.

India, Jio, and the Four Internets

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The authors thesis is that you cannot ignore geopolitics/ geoeconomics in the future of the internet. Already the world is split into at least four different zones of influence. This play around Jio is finalizing this and going to affect the future of telecom and IT industry.

One of the more pernicious mistruths surrounding the debate about TikTok is that this will potentially lead to the splintering of the Internet; this completely erases the history of China’s Great Firewall, started 23 years ago, which effectively cut China off from most Western services. That the U.S. may finally respond in kind is a reflection of reality, not the creation of a new one.

What is new is the increased splintering in the non-China Internet: the U.S. model is still the default for most of the world, but the European Union and India are increasingly pursuing their own paths.


The Indian Counterweight
It is increasingly impossible — or at least irresponsible — to evaluate the tech industry, in particular the largest players, without considering the geopolitical concerns at stake. With that in mind, I welcome Jio’s ambition. Not only is it unreasonable and disrespectful for the U.S. to expect India to be some sort of vassal state technologically speaking, it is actually a good thing to not only have a counterweight to China geographically, but also a counterweight amongst developing countries specifically. Jio is considering problem-spaces that U.S. tech companies are all too often ignorant of, which matters not simply for India but also for much of the rest of the world.

Still, Facebook, Google, Intel, Qualcomm, et al should proceed with their eyes wide-open: they are very much a means to an end for a company and a country that is on its own path. That is not to say these investments are not a good idea — I think they are — but India’s path is perhaps a more populist and nationalistic one than many Americans would prefer. Still, it is less antagonistic to Western liberalism than the Chinese Communist Party, and again, an important counterweight.

The only question left, then, is whither Europe, and frankly, the picture is not pretty:

The Four Internets

What differs Europe’s Internet from the U.S., Chinese, or Indian visions is, well, the lack of vision. Doing nothing more than continually saying “no” leads to a pale imitation of the status quo, where money matters more than innovation.

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Postby chetak » 02 Aug 2020 19:16

one wonders as to how many "training videos" were made by the hans of the energetic and repeated “cultural investigations” performed by these Telecom officials during their training junkets........... and "presented" to these Telecom officials by chinese "cultural ambassadors" before their departure home :mrgreen:


Telecom officials ignored agencies, went on China study tours

Abhinandan Mishra
August 2, 2020,

New Delhi: Officials from the Department of Telecom (DoT) ignored the concerns voiced by security agencies about Chinese telecom companies, and kept going on “training” courses to Shanghai, China until as recently as November 2019. The “study” tours were sponsored by the East China Institute of Telecommunications, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).

These training courses/fellowships also involved spending time with executives from Huawei and learning “vital” issues related to 5G from them.

CAICT is a think-tank which was founded in 1957 and is under the control of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China.


These training courses are often described as “junkets” by veteran ministry officials and are used by the sponsoring organisations and companies to influence policymakers in giving them a favourable response in their home country.

One such training tour-cum-fellowship was organised in November 2019 in which officials from the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, were taken to Shanghai for a 10-day tour. The training course was on “Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics” and was open only to those under the age of 45 years.

Those who played a key role in shortlisting the people who would come to Shanghai included Yonghong Zhao, Director General, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and Guolei Cai, Deputy Director, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

The guests were put up at the posh Juss Hengshan Hotel in Shanghai.

A similar 10-day training course took place in November 2018, and included two days of “cultural investigation” in Shanghai, a two-day training course that was organised on “application of financial risk control based on big data” by Alibaba and a two-day course organised by Huawei that dealt with “Experiment: Big Data Analytics and Applications in Fire Control” and “Experiment: Application of Public Security Based on Big Data”.

“Everyone knows the real intention behind organising these junkets. Rather than blaming anyone who might have gone on these ‘study tours’, the blame lies with the top officials of the ministry who allowed their junior employees to go there despite Chinese telecom firms being under intense scrutiny in the last few years,” an official with an intelligence agency said.

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Postby Mollick.R » 10 Aug 2020 22:14

Inauguration was done today morning, posting this news report as it has better information compared to any of today's news report.

PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate 2300-km undersea cable project to boost connectivity to Andaman & Nicobar Islands on August 10
Updated: Aug 07, 2020, 16:25 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 2300-km undersea Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) project connecting Chennai and Port Blair on Monday (August 10, 2020). The PM will launch and dedicate to the nation the project which will boost connectivity to Andaman & Nicobar through video conferencing.

The submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) will also connect Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep (Havelock), Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat. This project will enable the delivery of faster and more reliable mobile and landline telecom services to Andaman & Nicobar Islands, at par with other parts of India.

The Prime Minister had laid the foundation stone of this project on December 30, 2018, at Port Blair. About 2300 Kms of Submarine OFC cable has been laid at a cost of about Rs 1224 Crore, and the project has been completed in time.
This cable will boost the digital connectivity of the islands with the mainland and increase internet connection to nearly three to four times the existing capacity. After this project, it will get a data speed of 400 gigabytes (GB) per second.

Once inaugurated, the submarine OFC link will deliver bandwidth of 2 x 200 Gigabits per second (Gbps) between Chennai and Port Blair, and 2 x 100 Gbps between Port Blair and the other islands.

The project is funded by the Government of India through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) under the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) executed this project while Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) is the Technical Consultants.

After the lunch of this project, the internet bills in Andaman and Nicobar will also come down substantially. At present, the residents of the islands pay exorbitant prices for an internet connection.


https://zeenews.india.com/india/pm-narendra-modi-to-inaugurate-2300-km-undersea-cable-project-to-boost-connectivity-to-andaman-nicobar-islands-on-august-10-2301296.html

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Postby Mollick.R » 10 Aug 2020 22:25

Chennai and Port Blair undersea Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) project is executed by NEC on EPC basis.

Posting press release by NEC in the year 2018.

New Delhi, India and Tokyo, Japan, July 12, 2018 – Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a Government of India Enterprise, and NEC Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. (NECTI) announced today that a purchase order has been placed by BSNL for NECTI to design, engineer, supply, install, test and implement an optical submarine cable system connecting Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N Islands). NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701), the parent company of NECTI, will manufacture the optical submarine cable and provide technical assistance during the turnkey implementation.

https://www.nec.com/en/press/201807/global_20180712_02.html


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