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Telecom Roundup: Re-auction of 700 MHz, IVRS code for call drops & more

Re-auctioning of 700 MHz spectrum

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will look to auction off unsold spectrum in 700 MHz band after it receives recommendation regarding pricing from TRAI, according to an ET report which quoted Telecom Secretary JS Deepak. The 2016 spectrum saw no takers in the prime 700 MHz and 900 MHz band. Telecom operators had earlier said that prices for 700 MHz and 900 MHz were set ‘too high’. It is not clear if TRAI might look at lowering prices for the re-auction.

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Toll-free IVRS for feedback on call drops

DoT launched a toll-free IVRS system last week to collect feedback on call quality levels directly from consumer via the short code 1955. The DoT notification issued last month instructed all telecom operators to make the short code available on an unrestricted basis i.e. calls and texts made to 1955 will be free of charge on both STD and local limits.  The short code is currently live in Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Goa, and will be extended to more cities in the coming days, according to this TelecomTalk report.

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BSNL to launch 4G services; Rs 144 Unlimited call pack

State owned telco BSNL is planning to launch 4G TLE services within 6 months time, an ET report quoted the company’s Managing Director Anupam Srivastava during an event.  “We are planning to procure LTE in the 2100 mhz band. Three companies have participated in the tenders. We should be able to roll out 4G in six months,” Shrivastava said.

A separate PTI report said that BSNL launched unlimited calling starting at Rs 144 for both prepaid postpaid customers. The plan will provide unlimited local and STD calls for a period of one month and will come with 300 MB of bundled data. Note that private telecom operators including Airtel, Idea and Vodafone recently launched unlimited calling packs after Reliance Jio extended its free data/calling offer up till March 2017.

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Snapdeal to start selling Reliance Jio SIM cards

Ecommerce portal Snapdeal will start delivering Jio SIM cards to “valuable customers of Snapdeal”, a spokesperson from the company told MediaNama. The development was first reported by TelecomTalk. Snapdeal’s premium customers will receive an email for the offer; upon clicking on it users will be taken to an external page to enter address, and other details. A Jio representative will deliver SIM cards to users while enrollment onto the network will only be possible using an Aadhaar card. This means that Snapdeal users without an Aadhaar card will not be able to avail the offer.

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