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  • EGoM to decide on onetime spectrum fee today October 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The Empowered Group of Ministers led by Finance Minister P Chidambaram will be meeting on Monday on the Spectrum issue. It will be to taking a decision on charging telecom service providers for excess spectrum beyond contractual obligations. The EGOM in its last meeting on October 3 could not...
  • No mobile connection to foreign tourists for more than 3 months: Govt September 3, 2012

    New Delhi: As per guidelines that were made effective only recently, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked service providers to not provide mobile connections exceeding 3 months to foreign tourists in the country. The guidelines further instruct service providers that while issuing a SIM card to a foreign tourist,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • FIR against users who forge documents to get SIM cards August 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Retailers and franchisee selling mobile SIM cards will have to register police complaint against subscribers if they submit forged documents to get mobile connections. According to the guidelines issued by the telecom department on verification of new mobile subscribers, "In cases where forged documents...
  • 'DoT can ask mobile cos to end 3G roaming pacts' August 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The Law Ministry has opined that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) can ask mobile phone service providers to stop their present 3G roaming pacts. Additional Solicitor General AS Chandhiok in the opinion stated that the split verdict of sectoral tribunal TDSAT on the 3G roaming pacts does not constitute...
  • Spectrum auction bid submission till July 30 July 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom has extended the deadline by 10 days till monthend for submission of bids by potential auctioneers that will manage the spectrum auction. As per new dates, potential auctioneer will have to submit bid by July 30 instead of July 20, DoT said in a...
  • DoT to prepare set of reserve price of spectrum July 18, 2012

    New Delhi: The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Wednesday asked the Department of Telecom to prepare a matrix of reserve price of spectrum auction and its impact on tariffs and revenue to the government. According to sources, DoT has been asked to prepare a matrix of various levels of reserve...
  • 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...
  • DMK will stand by A Raja, says Karunanidhi May 15, 2012

    Chennai: Backing his party colleague A Raja, prime accused in 2G spectrum scam, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday expressed happiness over his securing bail. "All in DMK support Raja," Karunanidhi said, hours after a Delhi court granted bail to the former Union Telecom Minister. Talking to reporters at his Gopalapuram...
  • A Raja, the last accused in 2G scam to get bail May 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Two words bail granted and the celebrations began. Special Judge OP Saini's order was greeted with spontaneous applause by A Raja's supporters inside and outside the court. Going by the celebrations, it seems more like the former Telecom Minister has been acquitted rather than been granted bail. So...
  • 2G case: Raja accuses former telecom secretary April 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Tuesday accused his erstwhile Telecom Secretary DS Mathur in a Delhi court of deposing "falsely" against him under the fear of prosecution by the CBI in the 2G spectrum allocation case. DMK MP Raja, who is the prime accused in the case, alleged...
  • New telecom policy to be in place by May: Sibal April 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012 will be in place by May. "It (NTP) will be done in May. We have already said that," IT and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters on the sidelines of World IT Forum 2012. The Economic Survey...
  • 2G: DoT plans to start auction from December 20 March 12, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunications plans to start auction of 2G spectrum by December 20 and allocate spectrum to players in March next year. "We will need time at least till December 20 to start auction of spectrum. There are various processes before it and will have to stick to...
  • 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...
  • Govt invites applications for TRAI chief's post February 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom (DoT) has invited applications for TRAI Chairperson's post, which will fall vacant on the retirement of JS Sarma in May. The new telecom regulator will take over at a time when the industry will be bracing up for 2G spectrum auctions. TRAI has to issue...
  • TRAI report ruled out 2G auction: witness February 16, 2012

    New Delhi: A Department of Telecommunication (DoT) official on Thursday testified before a Delhi court, trying the 2G spectrum case, that the 2010 TRAI report said that it was not "feasible" to auction the spectrum. Deposing as a prosecution witness, Viresh Goel, DoT's Deputy Advisor (MN), told Special CBI Judge OP...
  • 2G: DoT may send licence termination letters February 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Following Supreme Court order that cancelled 122 2G licences terming them as illegal, the telecom ministry is likely to send letters to new operators for termination of their licences. This was discussed in the Department of Telecom's internal meeting to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court order and...
  • 2G: DoT examining legal implications of SC order February 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom will study the legal implications of the Supreme Court order cancelling 122 2G telecom licenses before deciding on the future course of action. "DoT has to first study legal implications of the order. It will require some time to understand and interpret the order before...
  • 2G case: Govt to use SC verdict to defend PC February 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The Congressled United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government has finalised its strategy to counter Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy's petition to investigate Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam in the Patiala House Court of Justice OP Saini. Taking a cue from Supreme Court's...
  • 2G: SC pulls up TRAI for "lopsided" methodology February 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for adopting a "lopsided" approach in recommending grant of 2G spectrum at 2001 prices and methodology which suffered from several deficiencies. "To say the least, the entire approach adopted by TRAI was lopsided and contrary...
  • 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...
  • 2G: DoT seeks a week to produce 'misplaced' file January 25, 2012

    New Delhi: A Delhi court, trying the 2G spectrum allocation case, on Wednesday ordered the Department of Telecom to trace a caserelated missing file within a week and produce the same before it. Special Judge OP Saini sought the file after DoT Under Secretary SP Sharma submitted that the file had...
  • 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...
  • DoT asked to refund penalties to new operators January 13, 2012

    New Delhi: In a major development, the telecom tribunal TDSAT on Friday set aside all penalties imposed by the Government on new telecom operators for delay in meeting roll out obligations of services. The TDSAT bench headed by Justice SB Sinha said that DoT did not follow "principals of natural justice"...
  • DoT mulling to set up panIndia secure network January 8, 2012

    New Delhi: In an effort to provide secure Internet environment in the country, DoT is mulling to setup a panIndia secure network with an estimated cost of Rs 450 crore, providing a foolproof infrastructure for telecom and internet communication exclusively for government use. "To develop and deploy a panIndia secure...
  • DoT likely to terminate 6 Idea Cellular licences January 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The Telecom Ministry is likely to terminate the licences of Idea Cellular in six circles, including Delhi, Karnataka and Punjab, and impose an additional Rs 300 crore penalty on the company for violating rollout obligations. "The Department of Telecom will soon send notice to...
  • 3G: DoT questions TDSAT jurisdiction on telcos plea January 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The telecom ministry on Tuesday questioned the jurisdiction of telecom tribunal TDSAT on entertaining the petitions of five telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, challenging the government's directive to stop 3G roaming agreements. Additional Solicitor General A S Chandiok appearing for the Department of Telecom (DoT) told the...
  • DoT expects 2G spectrum allocation in 23 months October 24, 2011

    New Delhi: The Telecom Department will start allocation of 2G spectrum to operators soon after its decision on pricing of radio waves and priority list, which it expects to finalise in next 23 months. "We will like certainly do it (spectrum allocation) as quickly as possible...
  • DoT may decide on spectrum pricing before Dec October 16, 2011

    New Delhi: The government is expected to take a final decision on the contentious issue of spectrum pricing before the announcement of the National Telecom Policy, 2011 in December, which will make telecom operators shell out money for the radio waves held by them beyond prescribed limit. "Spectrum pricing issue is...