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7% drop in telecom revenues in 2018-19: Government



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New Delhi, Dec 12 : The revenue from the telecom sector to the government has seen a seven per cent drop in fiscal 2019, Rajya Sabha was told on Thursday.

The Communications Ministry said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha: “As per the information available with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the Adjusted Gross Revenue for the telecom service sector stood at Rs 1,44,681 crore in 2018-19 as against Rs 1,55,680 crore in 2017-18, thereby showing a decrease of 7.06 per cent.

“The decline in the Adjusted Gross Revenue is not sufficient to conclude below cost pricing by the telecom service providers.”

The Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) has come down from Rs 124.85 in 2017-18 to Rs 71.39 in March 2019, the reply said.

In another reply, Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Department of Telecom has held a number of meetings with the Telecom Service Providers in the recent past, regarding the issues faced by the Telecom Sector.

A Committee of Secretaries (CoS) chaired by Cabinet Secretary also considered issues related to the Telecom Sector.

Based on the recommendations of the CoS, the Government has permitted deferment of the payment of the spectrum auction instalments due for 2020-21 and 2021-22 for mitigating the financial stress being faced by the telecom Services Sector, whereby, Department of Telecommunications will give an option to the Telecom Service Providers to defer payment of the spectrum auction instalments due for 2020-21 and 2021-22, either for one or both years.

These deferred amounts will be spread equally over the remaining instalments to be paid by Telecom Service Providers, without any increase in the existing time period specified for making the instalment payments.

Interest as stipulated while auctioning of the concerned spectrum will, however, be charged so that Net present value (NPV) of the payable amount is protected.

As per the current policy, the Telecom Service Providers will continue to securitise the next payable annual instalment by a Financial Bank Guarantee (FBG) of an amount equivalent to the instalment, Prasad said.


Vodafone Idea should either recapitalize or go to IBC: Rajeev Chandrasekhar




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New Delhi, Feb 15 : Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Saturday that Vodafone Idea should either recapitalize or follow the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (INC).

“The solution is straight forward — Vodafone-Idea either recapitalizes or follows Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code resolution with creditors and looks for new investors like other bankruptcies, Chandrashekhar said while commenting on the Supreme Court hearing on the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) of telecom operators.

“After Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code law has been implemented by the Modi government, the only path for companies and creditors is resolution/insolvency,” said Chandrasekhar who is also a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee which is looking into the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.

The Supreme Court on Friday came down heavily on both telecom companies and the telecom department (DoT) over non-payment of AGR dues amounting to Rs 1.47 lakh crore.

Commenting on the SC ruling, former telecom entrepreneur and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, “I agree telecom sector has made things difficult…But a solution has to be proper and not knee-jerk.”

Commenting on Vodafone Idea , Rajeev Chandrasekhar said: “Vodafone Idea is very valuable company — with assets, spectrum, and customers. Creditors must be pro-active and ensure it is a going concern, and then look at promoter’s interests. Vodafone Idea if referred to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code can be solved with minimum prejudice to creditors”.

“Telcos have very little basis to argue against AGR ruling. It is a decades old and substantive dispute that they have kept kicking down the road. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, there is no way of avoiding it,” he said.

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Galaxy S20 consumes 600MB per minute while recording 8K videos




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San Francisco, Feb 15: South Korean tech giant Samsung has revealed that recording 8K footages on the recently launched Galaxy S20 smartphone would occupy about a considerable 600MB per minute.

According to the company a five-minute-long recorded video in 8K would consume nearly 3GB of the onboard storage space, The Verge reported recently.

The smartphone is available with up to 512GB of internal memory and supports up to 1TB microSD cards, a maximum total combined storage of 1.5TB.

Additionally, as per report, the maximum recording time is restricted to just five minutes and videos can be recorded at only 24fps (frames per second), which means, one can not shoot at higher rates such as 30fps or 60fps.

For comparison, a Galaxy S10 Plus recording 4K video consumes a maximum of 350MB/s per minute.

S20 and S20+ have a triple camera system at the rear with main 64MP camera and a 10MP selfie shooter while S20 Ultra has main 108MP camera and 40MP front camera.

The S20 Ultra takes things a step further with the option to shift dynamically between a high resolution 108MP mode and a 12MP mode, thanks to “nona-binning” technology which combines nine pixels into one at the sensor level.

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Alleged Google Pixel 5 XL image leaks with unique camera setup




Google Pixel 5 XL

San Francisco, Feb 15: It may have been just a few months since Google launched its Pixel 4 smartphones, but a new image has leaked that shows the purported Pixel 5 XL with a unique-looking design language.

The phone is reported to keep the same texture finished on both the frames and the rear glass, both matte/soft touch. It would be a good idea to go with such a design since Apple and Samsung (Google’s biggest competitors) have square/rectangular camera setups, GSMArena reported on Saturday quoting Front Page Tech.

However, the leaked image is one of three prototype renders, thus, meaning that the render we are seeing may not see the light of the day as the Google Pixel 5 smartphone.

The YouTuber showed the back of the Pixel 5 in his leak.

It looks monstrous, yes, but it ultimately won’t matter what Google does with the camera module as long as the Pixel 5 takes better photos than ever, according to BGR.

Earlier in October, Google announced the newly-launched Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones will not be available in India.

In a statement, the company said it has decided not to make Pixel 4 duo available in the country.

The Google Pixel 4 has a radar sensor, dubbed Project Soli during development, and now called Motion Sense.

This allows the smartphone to support air gestures – so you can wave your hands at your phone to execute certain actions. This works on 60GHz spectrum and that was said to be the reason why the company didn’t launch the phones in India.

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