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  • EGoM to decide on one-time 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 month-end 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...
  • DoT mulling to set up pan-India secure network January 8, 2012

    New Delhi: In an effort to provide secure Internet environment in the country, DoT is mulling to set-up a pan-India secure network with an estimated cost of Rs 450 crore, providing a fool-proof infrastructure for telecom and internet communication exclusively for government use. "To develop and deploy a pan-India 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 roll-out 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 2-3 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 2-3 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...
  • 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...
  • 2G: No clean chit to Maran, CBI tells SC September 8, 2011

    New Delhi: Refuting media reports, which suggested that Dayanidhi Maran has been given a clean chit in the 2G case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the role of the former Union minister is still under investigation. In fact the CBI told the apex...
  • Relief from pesky calls, SMSes from Sept 27 September 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Millions of telecom subscribers (mobile and landline) will finally get relief from unwanted calls and SMSes from September 27. All those subscribers who have registered with the National Customer Preference Registry (earlier known as 'Do Not Call Registry') would get relief from all commercial communications, the Telecom Regulatory...
  • DoT to approach Cabinet for hiving off VSNL land August 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Armed with the Telecom Commission's recommendation to hive-off 773 acres of surplus land with Tata Communications (formerly VSNL), the DoT will soon approach Cabinet for a formal nod to start the process. "A Cabinet note on VSNL land hive-off has been prepared and the matter will be sent to...
  • Raja forced BSNL to ink deal with Swan: CBI July 22, 2011

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced more evidence of corruption against former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G scam probe on Friday. CBI told the court that Raja used Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to favour Swan Telecom. CBI said Raja forced BSNL to sign a deal with...
  • 2G: CBI questions role of NDA telecom ministers July 10, 2011

    New Delhi: The BJP is now dragged into the 2G spectrum scam net. CBI's preliminary enquiry report indicts the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan for causing losses to the exchequer and favouring private companies, as telecom minister. The UPA government's been facing the heat over the 2G scam but it seems...
  • TC to consider one-time charge for extra spectrum July 3, 2011

    New Delhi: Amid differences in the industry over major issues, including charges for extra spectrum held by incumbent operators and other related matters, the Telecom Commission, the decision-making arm of the DoT, will meet this week to consider the report of an internal committee. According to sources, the internal committee has...