Economic Times: Idea Cellular has received Unified Licenses for seven circles (read more)
Eventually, all telecom operators will have to switch to Unified Licenses, so it’s just a matter of time.
Zee Business: Airtel has raised ISD rates up to 80%, and Idea Cellular by 25%, citing increased costs due to fluctuations in the Rupee-Dollar rate. Read More
Mint: India plans 17.5% duty on wireless equipment to dissuade imports on equipment for 3G and 4G. This will lead to an increase in the price of imports, which would impact the cost of setup for telecom operators. This might be pitched as a means of encouraging the domestic telecom equipment manufacturing industry, but in the absence of domestic manufacturing of 3G and 4G equipment, it will only lead to higher taxes collected by the government from the telecom industry. Read More
TelecomLead: Spice will expand its AndroidLand stores to 50 outlets in 18 months, as the company focuses on retailing Android devices. It launched two Android branded retail experience stores earlier this month, one in Koramangala, Bangalore and the other at The Great India Place Mall, Noida, offering devices from Spice, Samsung, Sony, HTC,Lenovo, Xolo, Micromax, Karbonn, LG, among others. Read More (and this too, about the initially reported plans)
Financial Express: Kapil Sibal says that TDSAT seeking clarity on how the TRAI decided to reduce spectrum price by 60% is “just a procedural move”. Read More.
Economic Times: The Indian government will issue guidelines for sharing of spectrum before the next telecom auctions. Read More. Note that the M&A Guidelines are also expected.