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National Digital Communications Policy 2018

5th May 2018

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India Regulation

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), India has announced its draft policy for the Indian telecom sector. The key points in this policy are -

  • The new policy aims to be a ‘Digital Communications Policy’ and not just a ‘Telecom Policy’ – This reflects a more wider and inclusive scope for this policy.
  • The policy aims to ensure 50 Mbps broadband access for every citizen –with key development institutes to get at least 100 Mbps by 2022.
  • The Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to be used to ensure complete coverage and connectivity
  • Heavy focus on ‘fiberisation’ –The policy envisages infrastructure sharing between public, local and private entities to ensure better utilization and reach of fiber in municipalities, rural areas and highways
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Connectivity and the Internet of Things.

10th March 2018

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The Internet of Things is changing to change the way businesses conduct their operations. The revolution has already begun! IoT Connections will soon outnumber the number of mobile phones in use worldwide. Trillions of dollars of value will be unlocked. Businesses across industries will adopt IoT and fundamentally change the way they operate.

The Internet Of Things or IoT refers to connecting several thousand or even several million devices to each other and to applications over a network to ensure various objectives like security, monitoring, automation, reducing human efforts, alerts and proactive maintenance, location tracking etc. It is an ecosystem of connected physical objects –which communicate, and are accessible through the internet. The devices could be a sensor, a wearable, a camera, or anything else with an IP address and connectivity. The devices are designed to function autonomously, and send data back to a controlling application. The application in-turn analyses the data and may direct the device to take actions.

Plintron is already the partner of choice for several IoT operations, across multiple countries. Plintron’s eSIM4Things solution, offered along with a portfolio of devices, IoT platform, global connectivity and SIM cards - is well equipped to cater to the requirements of all IoT deployments, irrespective of industry vertical and use cases.

Markets & Markets expects the Global IoT market size at -

  • $130bn as of 2015
  • $157bn as of 2016
  • To reach $457bn by 2020
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Overview of MVNO Market in Brazil

17th December 2017

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Brazil Porto Seguro, Correios, Veek, Gospelcel, Virgin Mobile, Magazine Luiza Market

Brazil is one of the largest mobile telecom markets in Latin America, and the total mobile services revenue is approximately US$ 20 billion.

The Regulatory authority in Brazil (Anatel) offers two types of MVNO licenses Authorized and Accredited.

  • Authorized – Authorized MVNO is a Telecommunication Service Provider authorized by Anatel, which is expected to use existing structure and frequencies, and to provide services in regions not explored by hosting operators. They have customer ownership and are subject to taxation directly
  • Accredited - Accredited MVNOs work as an operator representative with a contract homologated by Anatel, using existing networks, number ranges and interconnections. They are exempt from state taxation and are able to retain their customers if they upgrade to become an authorized MVNO
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Business Models for MVNOs

10th November 2017

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The Mobile Virtual Network Operators are classified on the basis of how the value chain is structured between the host telecom operator (the MNO), the MVNO and the MVNA or MVNE, if present.

There are three main business models. They are-

  • Branded Reseller
  • Full MVNO
  • Light MVNO
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Achieving Mobile Connectivity Goals through the Universal Service Obligation Fund

30th October 2017

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USA, India Regulation

Persisting Gap in universal mobile coverage

Globally the MVNO industry plays a key role in ensuring that mobile services remain affordable even to the poorest sections of the society and to customers in unconnected areas. MVNOs are usually able to serve customers at lower costs, compared to the MNOs, and it is often possible for VNOs to profitably acquire and serve customers even in remote areas, or who remain unconnected today, because they are unable to afford to purchase Talktime and data.

As of 31st July 2017 – As per Telecom Subscription Data in India

Total Urban Wireless Telephone Subscribers (m) 682.69
Urban Teledensity 682.69
Total Rural Wireless Telephone Subscribers (m) 504.10
Rural Teledensity 57.0%
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50 Days of “Roam Like At Home” regime in the European Economic Area

7th October 2017

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European,Economic Area Telenor, O2 Germany Regulation

In 2013, The European Telecommunication Commission proposed to abolish all roaming charges within the European Economic Area (EEA) and abolish roaming charges. This was decided to be implemented in a phased manner.

From May 2016 – a maximum surcharge for roaming services was imposed (which may be levied by the operators in addition to domestic charges.) This replaced the earlier system of price caps. From June 2017 - the roaming surcharges were completely removed and all operators were asked to subject to “Roam Like At Home” (RLAH) tariffs – i.e the charges for Voice calling, SMS and Data while roaming were exactly the same as levied while at home. To curb abuse and excessive cross-border usage of SIMs – a fair usage policy was mandated.

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Discussions on revision of Interconnection and termination charges in India

16th September 2017

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India Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular Regulation

Currently all telecom operators in India pay each other 14 paise (around 0.2 US cents) for all inter operator mobile to mobile calls. This was fixed by the Indian regulator ‘TRAI’ post consultation with operators.

The latest entrant to the Indian telecom industry – Reliance Jio- has been pushing for movement to a “bill-and-keep” regime, and abolishing of interconnection charges (“IUC.”) Reliance Jio alleges that the other incumbent operators have been levying unfairly high interconnection charges on it, and on each other. It claims that all the operators have seen sharp increase in call volumes and traffic, and hence it is time for India to move to a zero interconnection charges regime.

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Mexican Supreme Court ruling Asymmetric Interconnection Charges on Dominant Operator ‘Telcel’

27th August 2017

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Mexico Telcel, Telefonica, Red Compartida Regulation

In 2014, the Mexican government under President Enrique Pena Nieto passed a new Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law (called the “TBL”) with the goal of increasing competition in the telecommunications (and broadcasting) sectors. The “TBL” was widely viewed as a measure to curb the dominant position of Telcel - Mexico’s incumbent telecommunications player with a market share of more than 60%.

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