DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • Public WiFi in urban areas part of DoT action plan for Modi government May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom has included providing WiFi services in urban areas in the action plan being prepared for the next government headed by Narendra Modi. The DoT has mentioned "WiFi facilities in public places in urban areas and commercial centres" in its agenda for new regime and said...
  • Government decides to tighten process of accessing phone call record November 19, 2013

    Tightening the process of obtaining telephone call data records (CDRs), the Centre has decided that an officer no less than the rank of Superintendent of Police or above will be authorised to seek such details from telecom operators. The move comes days after three Delhi Police personnel and as many private...
  • 'Uncertainty will be resolved, spectrum will be auctioned' March 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday expressed confidence that the present uncertainty in the telecom sector will be resolved and spectrum will be auctioned. "For the present there is lot of uncertainty about auction but I am sure that this uncertainty will be resolved and spectrum will be...
  • Spectrum auction base price too high in India: Vodafone CEO February 27, 2013

    Barcelona: Vodafone, which has not applied for taking part in spectrum auction in March, on Tuesday said the reserve price set is too high and the company cannot afford to pay in India where there is uncertainty about airwaves and revenues are low. "The problem is that in India there...
  • Rates of Internet and broadband services may go up February 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Industry body ISPAI today said that rates of internet and broadband services may go up under new licenses framework due to high entry fee proposed by Department of Telecommunications (DoT). DoT has proposed to charge onetime entry of Rs 15 crore for a national...
  • DoT orders blocking of 73 URLs with content critical of IIPM: Report February 15, 2013

    New Delhi: The news of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) reportedly asking Internet service providers to block access to 78 URLs from India had the Indian cyberspace abuzz. According to a DoT directive dated February 14, 2013, addressed to all Internet service licensees, accessed by MediaNama, a website that covers...
  • Manufacturers have to phase out old phones by Aug 2013 August 27, 2012

    A copy of a note by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to mobile phone manufacturers, which was reviewed by Mint, gives the manufacturers a year more before their handsets that are not in line with the new radiation norms are phased out. This is the latest in an ongoing attempt...
  • 'Radiation from mobile towers affecting widelife' August 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Environment Ministry feels radiation emitted by mobile towers has ill effects on wildlife, especially birds and bees, and has asked the Department of Telecommunication not to permit such structures within onekm radius of each other. In an advisory, the Ministry has said that there is an "urgent need" to...
  • Govt wants 2G auction in Nov, to move SC August 7, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunications will move the Supreme Court to push the deadline for 2G auction to November. The Supreme Court had earlier set an August 31 deadline. The decision to move court was taken in the EGoM headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday. "Auctioneer has given...
  • Telecom companies' 3G roaming pact illegal: TDSAT July 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) looking into the 3G roaming mobile services on Tuesday gave a split verdict in the case with its chairman directing the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to send out fresh notices to telecom operators while another judge ruling that the pact...
  • Resolve BlackBerry issue soon: Parl Panel April 1, 2012

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has pulled up Department of Telecommunication for delay in resolving the BlackBerry phone issue on concerns that security agencies are unable to get messages transmitted from it in a readable format. "The (Standing) Committee observe that inspite of the security agencies expressing serious concern over the...
  • DoT writes to TRAI on spectrum pricing issue October 10, 2011

    New Delhi: The Telecom Ministry has sought clarifications on various points made by regulator TRAI on 'Spectrum Management and Licensing Framework' which will form the basis for spectrum allocation. DoT has found variations in the points made by TRAI during course of its communication with the regulator on the issue of...
  • Ensure infrastructure to intercept 3G calls: Home Ministry August 11, 2010

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry has asked the Department of Telecommunication to ensure service providers upgrade infrastructure to intercept calls and SMS of all third generation (3G) mobile services or else stop using the latest technology. In a letter, the MHA has asked DoT to direct staterun BSNL and MTNL, which...
  • Day 2: 3G bids rise up, touches Rs 40.85 bn April 11, 2010

    New Delhi: Bids rose on the second day of India's multibillion dollar thirdgeneration (3G) auction, with one provisional winning bid for national cover touching Rs 40.85 billion ($922 million), or about a 17 per cent premium to the base price, government data showed. A total of 10 rounds of bidding had...
  • A Raja's spectrum of controversies grows bigger October 27, 2009

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister A Raja continues to stay connected with controversy and corruption charges. On Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was forced to comment on the controversy involving Raja. I don't want to comment on Cabinet matters or what happens in the Cabinet in public. It is not proper...
  • National Wipes: Big news from across India August 1, 2008

    New Delhi: DGP of Himachal Pradesh Ashwini Kumar has taken over as the new chief of the CBI. Jammu remained shut for the eighth consecutive day on Thursday over demands that land be restored to the Amarnath Shrine Board. The Supreme Court has ordered the Department of Telecommunication to terminate...
  • Idea seeks clarity from DoT on demerged licence transfer July 18, 2008

    New Delhi: According to sources at the Department of Telecommunication, Idea Cellular, a part of Aditya Birla Group, on Friday wrote to it seeking clarity on transfer of demerged licence to other promoters. Idea Cellular had acquired 41 per cent stake in the BK Modiowned Spice Communication in the beginning of...
  • Govt plans to keep track of Blackberry emails March 11, 2008

    New Delhi: The government is planning to bring emails sent from the Blackberry handsets under its security cover. Reports say the Home Ministry has asked the Department of Telecommunications to work out the modalities for lawful interception of such emails. Unlike emails sent from computers, emails sent from Blackberry cannot be...
  • Good news: Mobile tarrifs set to fall big time November 15, 2007

    New Delhi: There is good news for cellphone users. Mobile tariffs are set to tumble as a result of new players' entry in this space. Mobile tariffs in India are already among the lowest in the world. They are likely to fall by as much as 50 per cent when new...