SPECTRUM

  • Spectrum auction for 4 bands to start on Wednesday 1 hour 12 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Department of Telecom will start the biggest ever auction of 2G and 3G spectrum on Wednesday wherein 8 firms will bid to acquire radiowaves in four bands, which may fetch the government over Rs 82,000 crore. The government plans to sell 380.75 MHz of spectrum in three bands...
  • Finance Ministry proposes levy of tax on all government services Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry on Monday proposed the levy of service tax on all services provided by the government and an enabling provision has been proposed in the Finance Bill in this regard. Although the list of services which will incur the service tax has not been decided, telecom and...
  • Telecom tariffs to go down as TRAI cuts call connect charge February 23, 2015

    New Delhi:In a bid to boost fixed line phone connections in the country, telecom regulator TRAI removed charges that a landline service provider has to pay to the other service providers for transmitting its customers'phone calls - a move that is likely to lead to lower tariffs. Now, calls made from...
  • Budget 2015: Spectrum allocation should be made more transparent, says Videocon Telecom CEO February 20, 2015

    One of the foremost recommendations to the Hon'bl Finance Minister will be to make true greater airways availability through spectrum sharing and trading that will help in optimum utilisation of this most scarce and sought after resource 'spectrum'. Spectrum allocation should be made more transparent and focused resources should be...
  • Additional spectrum case: 2G court to hear arguments from March 4 February 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The special 2G court would start hearing from next month arguments on framing of charges in the 2002 additional spectrum allocation case, in which CBI has chargesheeted former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms. Special CBI Judge OP Saini fixed the matter for March 4 to...
  • Airtel, Vodafone and two others apply for spectrum auction February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Four telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Uninor and Aircel have submitted applications for participating in the upcoming spectrum auction, scheduled to start from March 4. Monday is the last day to submit the applications. Most of the spectrum being put up for the auction is presently held by Airtel,...
  • Here's why your mobile phone bills may go up February 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Auction of telecom spectrum due on March 4 may burn a hole in the pockets of the operators and may increase call and data charges, experts have opined. "This will be a very big and interesting auction. Operators whose licences are expiring will be bidding hard to secure their...
  • Supreme Court recalls order refusing to quash summon order against Dayanidhi Maran February 6, 2015

    New Delhi: In a surprise development, the Supreme Court on Friday recalled its orders refusing to quash summon orders against former Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi. The summon orders were issued by by a CBI court in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The apex court's order came after Additional Solicitor General...
  • India postpones mobile spectrum auction to March 4 January 28, 2015

    New Delhi: The government has postponed the auction of mobile phone spectrum through which it is expected to raise $10 billion until March 4, according to a government notice on Tuesday. The auction was slated to start on February 25. The last date of submission of applications by Indian mobile operators has...
  • Spectrum auction for 2G, 3G networks to start from February 25 January 10, 2015

    New Delhi: The next round of spectrum auction for 2G and 3G networks will be held from February 25, through which the government targets to garner at least Rs 64,840 crore. A notification was issued by the Department of Telecom in this regard late Friday night. The spectrum auction will be held...
  • SC quashes summon orders to Airtel CMD Bharti Mittal, two others in 2G case January 9, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday morning quashed the summon orders passed by trial court to Airtel CMD Bharti Mittal, Essar's Ravi Kant Ruia and former Vodafone MD Aseem Ghosh 2G spectrum allocation scam. Setting aside the trial court order the apex court observed that the trial court had wrongly...
  • Will abide by Supreme Court order in 2G scam, says CBI Director Ranjit Sinha November 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Beleaguered CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Thursday said that he will abide by the Supreme Court order directing him to recuse from the 2G telecom scam probe and denied having named any officer as mole before the apex court. Sinha, who had to face Supreme Court's ire on...
  • Cartoon of the day: SC kicks CBI Director Ranjit Sinha out of 2G scam probe November 20, 2014

    In a huge blow to the CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked him to withdraw himself from overseeing the investigation into the 2G scam case. A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu has said that prima facie it appears that allegations levelled against Sinha were...
  • Huge blow to CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, SC kicks him out of 2G scam probe November 20, 2014

    New Delhi: In a huge blow to the CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked him to withdraw himself from overseeing the investigation into the 2G scam case. A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu has said that prima facie it appears that allegations levelled against Sinha...
  • DoT for commencing spectrum auction from February 23 November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Spectrum auction for mobile services is expected to start from February 23, a few days later than suggested by a ministerial group, according to official sources. The inter-ministerial group, formed to work out modalities for the next round of auction, had suggested February...
  • 2G spectrum scam: Court issues non-bailable warrant against Kanimozhi November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: A special court on Monday issued non-bailable warrant against DMK MP Kanimozhi for her non-appearance before it in the 2G spectrum scam. Kanimozhi, along with the other accused in the corruption case walked out of jail on bail earlier this year on August 20. The court was hearing final arguments...
  • Jaitley asks CAG not to sensationalise its work to get into headlines October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday asked the CAG not to sensationalise its findings to get into headlines. "Auditor should be conscious of the fact that he is reviewing a decision that has already been taken. Have the fair procedures been followed? He doesn't have to sensationalise. He...
  • TRAI proposes 10 per cent hike in spectrum auction reserve price October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday recommended around 10 per cent hike in the reserve price for 1800 MHz band spectrum auction compared to the last winning price in the February 2014 sale. "In the 900 MHz band, only the spectrum held by them is available...
  • Prashant Bhushan need not identify the person who gave CBI chief's guest diary, SC told October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan need not reveal the whistleblower's identity who gave the guest entry diary of Central Bureau of Investigation Director Ranjit Sinha's residence, according to a report submitted by 2G spectrum scam Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. According to the report...
  • Spectrum sharing, trading guidelines by yearend: Ravi Shankar Prasad September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said that the guidelines for telecom spectrum trading and sharing will be in place by the end of the year. "Guidelines will be in place by end of year on spectrum trading and sharing," Prasad said at the press conference marking...
  • Manmohan Singh was following the previous government's policies, says Sandeep Dikshit September 12, 2014

    Manmohan Singh was following the previous government's policies, said Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit regarding the allegations made against the former prime minister by former CAG Sandeep Dikshit. ...
  • Former CAG Vinod Rai's charges put Manmohan Singh in the dock, BJP seeks answers September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is once again in the dock after exComptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai made stinging allegations against him in the 2G spectrum case, questioning his integrity as the PM. "Integrity is not just financial; it is intellectual integrity; it is professional integrity. You...
  • 2G case: SC asks CBI Director to file counteraffidavit September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ranjit Sinha to file a counteraffidavit against the allegations leveled against him by senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan in the 2G spectrum case. SC has adjourned the case till next Monday. Bhushan also submitted the original entry/guest diary...
  • Cutoff date changed to favour Unitech: CBI to A Raja July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Tuesday was grilled by the CBI before a Delhi court with the agency alleging that the decision to advance cutoff date for accepting the applications for grant of 2G spectrum licences was taken to "favour" Unitech, a charge refuted by him. "It is...
  • 2G scam: CBI seeks cancellation of bail to Shahid Balwa May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI in a Delhi court on Friday sought the cancellation of the bail granted to Swan Telecom Promoter Shahid Usman Balwa in the 2G spectrum allocation case, saying his conduct requires reconsideration and recall of the relief given to him earlier. The agency was responding to Balwa's plea...
  • 2G Scam: Shahid Balwa seeks withdrawal of statement given in court May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa on Monday moved a special court seeking its permission to withdraw the answers given by him earlier in response to the court's query in the ongoing trial in 2G spectrum allocation case. Balwa, who had on May 10 faced court's ire which had...
  • 2G scam: A Raja refuses to receive summons citing technicality May 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja on Monday refused to accept court summons in the 2G spectrum allocation case citing a technicality. He rejected the summons while his statement was being recorded in the case. Raja, accused in the 2G scam case, told the Enforcement Directorate officer that a...
  • 2G scam: Delhi court records statement of A Raja May 5, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday recorded statement of former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation case. Raja is an accused in the the 2G scam case. A total of 19 people have been named as accused in the case. Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate had filed...
  • 2G accused Dayanidhi Maran files nomination papers from Chennai Central April 5, 2014

    Chennai: The DMK candidate and former Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran filed his nomination papers for the Chennai Central Lok Sabha constituency in Chennai on Saturday. Dayanidhi Maran, a sitting MP from Chennai Central is fighting his third straight term. He is facing a five cornered contest in the constituency and...
  • Mobile phone tariffs likely to be hiked February 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Mobile phone tariffs are set to increase and freebies and discounts likely to be further brought down, leading mobile service providers made it clear on Sunday. The fresh spectrum purchases at the recent auction were being cited as one of the factors for the likely rise in tariffs. Marten Pieters,...