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Jio, Airtel, Vodafone Idea apply for participating in spectrum auction

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NEW DELHI: Telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea on Tuesday submitted applications to participate in the Rs 3.92 lakh crore spectrum auction scheduled to start from March 1, according to official sources.

This round of auction will be held for 2,251.25 Megahertz (MHz) in seven frequency bands — 700 Mhz, 800 Mhz, 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz 2100 Mhz, 2300 Mhz and 2500 Mhz — at a cumulative base price of Rs 3.92 lakh crore.

“Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea have submitted applications (for the spectrum auction),” an official source told PTI.

Bharti Airtel’s 12.4 MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band and 47 MHz in the 1800 MHz band, as well as Reliance Communications’ 44 MHz of spectrum in the 800 MHz band will come up for renewal.

Vodafone Idea needs to renew 6.2 MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band and 38.2 MHz in the 1800 MHz band.

Some experts were of the view that the loss making telecom company Vodafone Idea (VIL) may not participate in the auction for renewal of spectrum in some circles.

Telecom operators can get spectrum in the 900 megahertz band, being used for 4G services, in the upcoming auction for less than half the price in several circles compared to the amount paid by telecos in previous auctions.

The base price in the 800 Mhz band has been lowered because spectrum in this band remained unsold in 15 of the 19 circles that were put for auction in 2016. Bids were received only for radiowaves in Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan and UP East.

According to ICICI Securities, the final reserve price for 800 MHz spectrum in the upcoming auction is 18.5 per cent lower than the October 2016 auction price, which should benefit the relevant operators.

The base price of spectrum in 1800 Mhz band and 2300 Mhz band has been fixed 14.5 per cent and 17.5 per cent higher than the October 2016 base price, according to ICICI Securities.

The Department of Telecom has also increased base price of 700 Mhz in North East and Jammu and Kashmir circles to Rs 34 crore compared to Rs 30 crore recommended by the telecom regulator Trai.

Source: Press Trust of India 

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Nokia unveils new 5G core deployment services to give operators better capabilities

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NEW DELHI: Nokia has today announced the launch of its DelOps initiative, a new and innovative approach to managing the complexity of 5G core software delivery and operations, and a new suite of CI/CD Services to help communication service providers (CSPs) realize increased operational efficiencies and velocity of new services.

As a result of increased automation enabled by CI/CD services, CSPs can expect to see faster time to market with rapid iterations and increased flexibility through the entire lifecycle of 5G core network functions and services. With Nokia’s CI/CD services playing a critical role in 5G core deployments, these solutions have already been selected by five Tier 1 CSPs for upcoming rollouts, and discussions are ongoing with several other operators globally.

Nokia’s DelOps approach allows CSPs to harness the benefits of DevOps-style software development, yet also caters to the complexity and customization needs of the telecom industry by enabling the efficiencies of continuous integration and delivery. Nokia’s DelOps approach is flexible, scalable and agile, providing network reliability and reducing time to market for new products and services.

DelOps can support multiple domain environments, third-party software and hybrid cloud environments by initiating a separate integration process for each environment or platform with independent design, deploy, test and operate phases.

In combination with DelOps, Nokia’s new suite of CI/CD services reduces the complexity of the full lifecycle management of cloud-native 5G core applications. With three tailored segments for CSPs to choose from that accommodate existing CI/CD frameworks created by the operator, a third-party or by Nokia, operators have the flexibility to choose the solution that best fits their needs.

Dave Bolan, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group, said: “As we begin to enter the era of 5G Standalone Networks with 5G Core, CSPs will need to deliver new features and services in a more complex environment than ever before. With network slicing, multi-access edge computing, on-premises enterprise wireless networks, potentially all in a multi-cloud environment, CSPs are going to need solutions that simplify, while at the same time accelerate, bringing new services and features to the market. Nokia’s DelOps addresses this transition to make the complex simple.”

Fran Heeran, SVP & Head of Core Networks, Cloud and Network Services at Nokia, said: “Just as DevOps revolutionized the IT and web scale industries, DelOps opens a door to a new way of deploying and integrating new telecom solutions, and rapidly provides for efficient delivery into a wide range of environment types. Working in tandem with Nokia’s CI/CD services, CSPs will be able to innovate and deploy new services faster and more frequently without sacrificing network reliability.”

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India launches PLI scheme to become hub of global telecom manufacturing

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NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Telecom and Networking Products with a budgetary outlay of Rs. 12,195 crore.

The Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme intends to promote manufacture of Telecom and Networking Products in India and proposes a financial incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract investments in the target segments of telecom and networking products in order to encourage Make in India. The scheme will also encourage exports of telecom and networking products ‘Made in India’.

Support under the Scheme will be provided to companies/entities engaged in manufacturing of specified telecom and networking products in India. Eligibility will be further subject to achievement of a minimum threshold of cumulative incremental investment over a period of four years and incremental sales of manufactured goods net of taxes (as distinct from traded goods) over the Base Year 2019-2020. The cumulative investment can be made at one go, subject to annual cumulative threshold as prescribed for four years being met.

Globally Telecom and Networking Products exports represent an US$100 billion market opportunity, which can be exploited by India. With support under the scheme, India will augment capacities by attracting large investments from global players and at the same time encourage promising domestic champion companies to seize the emerging opportunities and become big players in the export market.

In continuation of “Atmanirbhar Bharat-Strategies for enhancing India’s Manufacturing capabilities and enhancing exports”, this scheme is part of the umbrella scheme approved by the cabinet in November 2020 for implementation of PLI under various Ministries/ Departments including Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

There will be a minimum investment threshold of Rs.10 crore for MSME with incentives from 7% to 4 % and Rs. 100 crore for others with incentives from 6% to 4 % over 5 year above Base Year. The applicants with higher investments than specified threshold under MSME and Non MSME categories will be selected through transparent process.

With this scheme, India will be well positioned as a global hub for manufacturing of Telecom and Networking Products. Incremental production around Rs. 2 Lakh crore is expected to be achieved over 5 years. India will improve its competitiveness in manufacturing with increased value addition.

It is expected that scheme will bring more than Rs. 3,000 crore investment and generate huge direct and indirect employments.

Through this policy, India will move towards self-reliance. By incentivizing large scale manufacturing in India, domestic value addition will increase gradually. Provision of higher incentive to MSME will encourage domestic telecom manufacturers to become part of the global supply chain.

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Anritsu launches new 5G RF regulatory test system ME7803NR solution

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NEW DELHI: Anritsu Corporation has announced the late-January start of sales of its new RF Regulatory Test System ME7803NR solution for regulatory compliance testing of 5G communications systems.

The newly developed RF Regulatory Test System ME7803NR uses the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A as a simulated 5G NR base station in combination with a spectrum analyzer and signal generator to implement ARIB/ETSI/FCC-compliant FR1 RF tests. In addition, the measurement efficiency and quality of 5G terminals are assured by the easy-to-operate GUI and built-in calibration function for improved reliability. It is a platform that can perform spurious tests and interference tests, which are difficult for customers to build their own test environment.

The ME7803NR makes it easy to evaluate whether the RF performance of 5G terminals meets regulatory requirements as well as simplifies evaluation of whether radio-waves are being used efficiently or not, helping 5G market penetration.

Anritsu expects its new ME7803NR to play an important role in deploying commercial 5G mobile network services by facilitating the spread of 5G terminals.

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