Spectrum

  • Cut-off 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 cut-off 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,...
  • 2G Spectrum auction ends, government receives bids worth over Rs 60,000 crore February 13, 2014

    The government has received bids worth over Rs 60,000 crore from the telecom spectrum auction which ended on 10th day on Thursday. The auction for 900 Mhz and 1800 Mhz bands saw strong contest for the radiowaves among eight telecom companies, with the bidding stretching to 68 rounds. "Spectrum auction has...
  • SC refuses to review verdict barring HC from hearing 2G case February 12, 2014

    The Supreme Court has refused to review its verdict by which it had barred the Delhi High Court from hearing the matters arising out of the 2G spectrum scam and for framing guidelines in a court-monitored probe. "We have gone through the review petitions and the connected papers. We see no...
  • 3G spectrum auction after new government takes charge: Trai February 11, 2014

    The 3G spectrum in 2100 Mhz band should be made available by June and be auctioned immediately after the new government takes charge, Trai Chairman Rahul Khullar said on Tuesday. "You should be planning now what you are going to do in next 3-4 years from now. One is get 2100...
  • Spectrum auction begins, government expects to collect at least Rs 11,000 crore February 3, 2014

    The third round of spectrum auction started on Monday with eight telecom companies in fray, from which the government expects to garner at least Rs 11,300 crore. "The auction started at 9 am today," an official source said. The Department of Telecom has put on block around 385 MHz of radiowaves in...
  • Reliance enters 2G race, telecoms firms fall on spectrum worries January 16, 2014

    Shares of India's leading mobile carriers slump on concerns over possible high bidding prices at a spectrum auction next month after eight companies applied to bid, signalling much stronger competition than expected. Reliance Industries, which bought pan-India 4G telecoms permits three years ago, has also applied to bid in the auction...
  • Airtel, Vodafone, RJIL, 5 others apply for spectrum auction January 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and a surprise entrant Reliance Industries are among the 8 telecom operators that have applied for bidding in the next month's spectrum auction through which the government is expecting at least Rs 11,300 crore. Tata Teleservices, Idea Cellular and Anil Ambani Group's Reliance Communications were the...
  • Government plans to finalise spectrum charges before auction January 15, 2014

    The government expects to finalise the issue of annual spectrum charges, over which telecom operators have locked horns, before the auction of airwaves scheduled to start on February 3. "...all will be resolved before auction," Telecom Secretary M F Farooqui told reporters on the sidelines of the Telecom Sector Skill...
  • Enforcement Directorate likely to file chargesheet against Kanimozhi, A Raja January 13, 2014

    The Enforcement Directorate is expected to soon file a charge sheet against DMK leader Kanimozhi and former Telecom Minister A Raja for alleged money laundering in the 2G spectrum case. The Attorney General's office has vetted and sent back the agency's charge sheet in this regard to the Law Ministry recently...
  • DoT defers spectrum auction to February 3 December 29, 2013

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom has postponed the next spectrum auction to February 3 from January 23 amid pending issues, including spectrum usage charges, and a demand from operators seeking more time. The DoT also deferred the issue of clarifications to queries raised by potential bidders at the...
  • TRAI delays mobile phone spectrum auction to Feb 3 December 28, 2013

    India's planned mobile phone spectrum auction will start on February 3, the government said on Saturday, delaying the bidding by 10 days from the original schedule. The telecommunications ministry will auction airwaves in the 900 and 1800 megahertz frequency bands in the auction, which is crucial for leading carriers Bharti Airtel...
  • 2G probe: Complaint against Sahara chief maintainable, says SC December 9, 2013

    New Delhi: In a troubles for Sahara chief Subrata Roy, the Supreme Court on Monday said that the complaint against him and two others of interfering with probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam is maintainable. The apex court also issued notice to Roy and two others asking why investigation...
  • EGoM to discuss spectrum auction, M&A policy today November 22, 2013

    The Empowered Group of Ministers on telecom, headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, is likely to discuss on Friday the details of the third round of spectrum auction as well as M&A guidelines for the sector. "All issues related to spectrum auction which includes its views on base price, schedule of...
  • Vodafone offers to pay Rs 4,000 cr for extension of licences November 19, 2013

    Nation's second largest telecom firm Vodafone India has offered to pay Rs 4,000 crore and a spectrum usage charge of 3 per cent for extension of permits for Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata service areas for 20 years. At Rs 4,000 crore, Vodafone is offering about one fourth of TRAI's suggested price...
  • Hope whosoever comes to power will manage country well, says Indra Nooyi November 11, 2013

    PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, on Monday, hoped that whosoever comes to power after the next elections will manage the country well so that India clocks a consistent 7-8 per cent economic growth. "Our hope is that whosoever is in power, manages this country consistently for all the potential the...
  • 2G accused rakes up Gauhati HC order to seek stay on trial November 8, 2013

    The 2G spectrum scam accused, on Friday, sought a stay on the proceedings of the case in a Delhi court in the wake of the ruling of the Gauhati High Court holding as "unconstitutional" the setting up of the CBI. The accused, including former Telecom Minister and DMK leader A Raja...
  • JPC report on 2G to be submitted to Speaker today October 29, 2013

    New Delhi: The controversial JPC report, which had given a clean chit to the Prime Minister in 2G spectrum allocation scam, will be submitted to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday. ...
  • 2G case: 12 accused seeks exemption from appeareance before Chennai CMM October 23, 2013

    A Delhi court on Wednesday allowed the plea of 12 out of 17 accused in the 2G spectrum scam case seeking extemption from personal appearenace before a Chennai judge who will record the statement of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal as a witness in the case. Those accused, who...
  • Radia tapes: Will offer full cooperation in any inquiry, says Tata Motors October 20, 2013

    New Delhi: As the Supreme Court has asked the CBI to probe corporates and tax officials in Niira Radia's tapes, the Tata Motors on Sunday said that it will offer full cooperation in any inquiry. However, it has denied commenting any specifics saying the matter is a sub-judice. Favours allegedly shown...
  • Spectrum auction at lower base prices will start by end of 2013: Sibal October 18, 2013

    The next round of spectrum auction is expected by the end of this year with lower reserve prices compared to the ones fixed by the government in the previous round, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said on Friday. "Next set of auctions which are going to take place, we are looking by...
  • Jayalalithaa demands rollback of railway fares October 6, 2013

    Chennai: Describing the revision of railway fares as unjustifiable, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday said the latest proposal would put an additional financial burden of about Rs 1,150 crore on the people and demanded its immediate 'rollback'. The Railways has decided to increase the passenger fare and freight tariff...
  • Radia tapes not restricted to 2G spectrum alone, says SC October 4, 2013

    Scrutiny of the tapped conversations of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with influential people has revealed that they were not restricted to 2G spectrum alone and "throw light on different" spheres including, recruitment of members in Railway Board, the Supreme Court said on Friday. The apex court, which perused the confidential...
  • Spectrum auction expected in January, revenue target at Rs 11,000 crore September 24, 2013

    The Department of Telecom is likely to conduct the third round of spectrum auction by January and expects to garner a minimum revenue of about Rs 11,000 crore this fiscal, a top official said. Replying to a query on expected time-line for the next round of spectrum auction, Telecom Secretary MF...
  • Government eyes Rs 11,000 crore revenue through spectrum auction September 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom is likely to conduct the third round of spectrum auction by January 2014 and expects to garner a minimum revenue of about Rs 11,000 crore this fiscal, a top official said. Replying to a query on expected time-line for the next round of spectrum auction,...