DEPARTMENT OF TELECOM

  • Airtel to get show cause notice from DoT for hiding caller identity in MP July 8, 2014

    The Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to seek legal opinion for issuing a show cause notice to Airtel on charges of hiding caller identity in Madhya Pradesh service area in January, 2011 posing a security threat. Earlier in October, 2011, the DoT had imposed Rs 50 crore fine on Airtel....
  • Delhi books highest telegrams as 160yearold service ends July 15, 2013

    New Delhi: People across India thronged to telegraph offices to experience the thrill of booking a telegram for one last time as the curtains came down Sunday night on a 160yearold service. Some 20,000 telegrams were booked on Sunday, of them 2,200 from Delhi followed by Kerala with 1,867, a source...
  • Telegram was incurring losses for more than a decade: SD Saxena July 15, 2013

    Would it have been possible for BSNL to continue the telegram service in a small, token manner with an aim to preserve a heritage rather than putting a total stop to it? What happens to all the employees who were engaged in providing the service? BSNL's former director of Finance...
  • Vodafone offers DOT Rs 4,000 crore for licence extension July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: India's second largest telecom player, Vodafone India, has offered to pay the department of telecom (DoT) Rs.4,000 crore for retaining 2G spectrum in three circles Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata as its licence is expiring in Delhi in 2014. According to informed sources, Vodafone wrote to the DoT:...
  • DoT likely to slap Rs 650 cr demand notice on Airtel May 29, 2013

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom is likely to slap a demand notice of Rs 650 crore on Bharti Airtel for allegedly violating licence norms on subscriber local dialing (SLD) services. "DoT this week has approved imposition of demand notices of financial penalty of Rs 500 crore and Rs 100 crore...
  • BSNL, MTNL may enter into cable TV, broadcasting May 9, 2013

    New Delhi: A Group of Ministers is expected to consider a DoT proposal on Thursday that may clear the way for stateowned telecom firms, BSNL and MTNL, to venture into cable TV and broadcasting services to help infuse life into the loss making companies. The Department of Telecom (DoT) is learnt...
  • 3G: SC asks DoT not to take coercive steps against Airtel April 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to refrain from taking any "coercive steps" against Bharti Airtel, accused of illegally providing intracircle roaming facilities in seven circles where it did not have the licences for the 3G spectrum. The apex court also asked the parties to maintain...
  • Kapil Sibal approves Rs 104 crore penalty on Vodafone April 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal is learnt to have approved a recommendation by two internal committees of the Department of Telecom (DoT) for imposing a fine of about Rs 104 crore on Vodafone for allegedly violating the licence conditions on routing of calls. "It was approved on March 23,"...
  • 2G spectrum auction: SSTL bids for 8 circles March 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Lone bidder Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) on Monday bid for eight circles in the 2G spectrum auction for CDMA services. The second round of auction is underway and it is expected that it will end by the third round, which could be the shortest online sale of radiowaves...
  • Last date for spectrum auction application Feb 25 February 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has extended last date of application for spectrum auction to February 25. In an announcement on Wednesday evening, DoT made amendments to its notice inviting application in which it announced new dates in the schedule for auction. In the previous schedule, last date for...
  • SC extends deadline for operators to continue 2G service January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed telecom operators whose licences were cancelled by its February 2, 2012 order to continue their services till February 4, 2013. An apex court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice KS Radhakrishnan passed the order on a Department of Telecommunications (DoT) application...
  • DoT asks Airtel, Vodafone to pay Rs 3800 cr as onetime fee January 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Department of Telecommunications in its demand notice has asked telecom majors Airtel and Vodafone to pay around Rs 3,800 crore as onetime spectrum fee during this month. According to sources, DoT has given Airtel the option of paying Rs 1,758.07 crore this month as first installment from the...
  • EGoM likely to discuss spectrum auction details January 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The Empowered Group of Ministers on telecom is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss modalities about the spectrum sale due this fiscal. The EGoM, headed by Finance P Chidambaram, will discuss the auction plan prepared by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) after Cabinet approved the sale of...
  • 2G scam: Witness says 4 counters set up for LoIs December 11, 2012

    New Delhi: A former top Department of Telecom official on Tuesday told a Delhi court trying the 2G case that four counters were set up for distribution of letters of intent to eligible telecom firms on January 10, 2008 as only four directors were available in the Access Service Cell...
  • 'Raja did not consult to send letter to PM' December 10, 2012

    New Delhi: A former senior official of the Department of Telecom on Monday told a Delhi court trying the 2G case that erstwhile Telecom Minister A Raja had "not consulted" him during preparation of the letter sent to the Prime Minister on December 26, 2007. "I have been shown letter dated...
  • DoT issues guidelines for spectrum auction September 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Telecom companies whose licences have been cancelled by the Supreme Court will have to pay one time, nonrefundable entry fee Rs 1 crore for unified licences for each service area, said the guidelines issued by the DoT for the spectrum auction beginning November 12. "Entry fee (nonrefundable) Rs 1...
  • Spectrum auction to start from Nov 12: DoT August 28, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom on Tuesday issued an 'information memorandum' containing details of spectrum auction which will start from November 12. Earlier, the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the time for completing the auction of spectrum by January 11, 2013, from earlier deadline of August 31. According to the...
  • NE exodus: Govt asks DoT to act against websites August 21, 2012

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the Department of Telecom to initiate penal action against social media websites like Twitter as they have refused to take off offensive posts against Indians from the Northeast. According to sources, the Department of Telecom is likely to act against as many...
  • Decision on spectrum pricing unlikely today July 20, 2012

    New Delhi: Ahead of the scheduled meeting of EGoM on telecom on Friday, GSM industry body COAI wrote to the panel's head, Home Minister P Chidambaram, that the new model being considered to fix spectrum base price will lead to hike in tariffs. "By changing the payment model to lower upfront...
  • 2G: Cabinet approves Presidential Reference to SC April 10, 2012

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday agreed to issue a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court on the apex court's order cancelling 122 2G telecom licences. "The proposal for Presidential reference has been cleared," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said after the meeting of the Cabinet. The Department of Telecom feels...
  • Provide info on mobile Internet users: DoT February 24, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked telecom operators Idea Cellular and Vodafone to provide Intelligence Bureau (IB) identification of subscribers using Internet on their mobile phones. DoT officials said instructions have been issued to Idea and Vodafone to provide the requisite information to IB at the earliest. The security...
  • Etisalat to halt India operations? February 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Etilasat has reportedly decided to halt its India operations after the 2G telecom licences to its joint venture, Etisalat DB (of DB Realty) were cancelled by the Supreme Court on February 2. The decision is bound to impact existing customers who will have 30days time to transfer to...
  • BlackBerry will allow Govt to intercept messages February 20, 2012

    New Delhi: After much controversy, BlackBerry has finally set up its server in Mumbai following intense pressure from the government to provide a mechanism for lawful interception of its messenger services and Nokia has been asked to follow suit. During a highlevel meeting at the Union Home Ministry recently, officials of...
  • New telecom policy likely to be cleared by April February 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom has chalked out a timetable for implementation of new telecom policy NTP2011 according to which it would be cleared by the end of April this year. The draft Cabinet note of new telecom policy, which is envisaged to bring in transparency and clarity...
  • DoT may not allow spectrum sharing by 3G operators January 30, 2012

    New Delhi: After their 3G roaming agreements being termed as "illegal" by DoT, telecom firms may be in for another shock now with the government deciding against allowing spectrum sharing in this segment. Spectrum sharing was expected to be part of the National Telecom Policy2011 and the operators were looking...
  • Telco chiefs meet Sibal to discuss spectrum pricing January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: For the second time in as many months, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday met chiefs of leading operators, including Sunil Bharti Mittal, Anil Ambani and Vodafone's Marten Pieters, to discuss various contentious issues such as spectrum pricing, allocation and onetime fee. "All the operators conveyed their views on...
  • CBI to soon file another chargesheet in 2G case December 1, 2011

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may soon file a chargesheet against some officials of Loop Telecom and Department of Telecom for alleged misrepresentation of facts about the crossholding of shares by oil major Essar in the telecom venture in the grant of 2G spectrum allocation case. Both the...
  • 'No penalty on telcos till proper procedure evolved' November 28, 2011

    New Delhi: No more penalties will be levied on telecom operators till reasonable procedure is evolved, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has said, a move that will give big relief to the industry. "I have passed an order that no fine will be imposed henceforth till such a time we evolve reasonable...
  • 35 telecom licenses to be terminated by March November 18, 2011

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom (DoT) on Friday said it is in the process of issuing notices to telecom companies pertaining to 35 licenses that failed to meet rollout obligation. "We are in the process of issuing notices to 35 licenses," R Chandrashekhar, Secretary, DoT, said on the sidelines of...
  • BSNL may get subsidy to meet its operational costs October 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Lossmaking BSNL may get financial compensation for maintaining unremunerative services, like its offerings in rural areas as part of the Universal Service Obligation, or would be allowed to take a commercial decision to continue or exit from such services. "...if BSNL is being asked (by DoT) to maintain an...