Telecom Ministry

  • Cabinet may soon take up issue of mobile towers in naxal areas August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The crucial issue of installing mobile towers in nine naxal-affected states, which has been pending for long now, and strengthening of telecom connectivity in North Eastern states will be the next key matters of the Telecom Ministry before the Cabinet. "The Department of Telecom...
  • Aim to reach 100 pc rural tele-density in 3-4 years: Telecom Secretary July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Increasing telecom infrastructure at the village level and taking rural teledensity to 100 per cent will be the prime focus areas for Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg who took the charge on Thursday. "It will be prime objective to take broadband connectivity to village level, that is to increase telecom...
  • TRAI may get power to penalise the service provider June 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The government has mooted a proposal for giving powers to telecom and broadcasting sectors regulator TRAI to penalise service providers for failing to comply with rules and regulations. The Telecom Ministry in an ongoing inter-ministerial consultation has said that "jurisdiction to impose penalties through a transparent process for...
  • Govt approves Rs 650 crore penalty on Bharti Airtel June 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal is learnt to have approved levying of Rs 650 crore penalty on Bharti Airtel for violating roaming norms in 13 service areas between 2003 and 2005. "The Minister has approved penalty of Rs 650 crore on SLD (subscriber local dialing) matter," a Telecom Ministry official...
  • Govt approves amendments to licences of Airtel, Voda, Idea June 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Amendments to licence agreements of existing operators of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have been approved by the Telecom Ministry to harmonise them with spectrum auction rules of November 2012, sources said. "Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has approved amendments to the licences of Airtel, Vodafone...
  • 2G scam: A Raja was given a chance to be heard, says Chacko April 22, 2013

    JPC chairman PC Chacko has refuted the allegations made by former telecom minister A Raja saying the latter was given heard by the panel before the draft report was prepared. Raja has alleged that the JPC prepared its report without hearing him. ...
  • 2G scam: Raja attacks JPC, reiterates PM was kept in the loop April 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Hours after he reiterated his allegation that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was aware of all the decisions taken in connection with the allocation of 2G spectrum, former telecom minister A Raja on Monday attacked the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) for not allowing him to depose before it. The...
  • 2G spectrum auction: SSTL bids for 8 circles March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Lone bidder Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) on Monday bid for eight circles in the 2G spectrum auction for CDMA services. The second round of auction is underway and it is expected that it will end by the third round, which could be the shortest online sale of radiowaves...
  • Intend to have another 2G auction before March 2013: Sibal November 16, 2012

    New Delhi: After a dismal 2G spectrum auction, the government once again defended itself questioning the 2G scam loss figure quoted by CAG and also said that it intends to hold another auction before March 31, 2013. "The intent is to try and have another auction before 31st March. We...
  • Qualcomm gets 4G spectrum in India May 9, 2012

    New Delhi: India offered to grant 4G broadband spectrum to Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday, nearly two years after the US chipmaker paid $1 billion in an auction, but cut its spectrum usage period due to a delay in getting an internet service license. India typically grants radio airwaves for a period...
  • 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...
  • Centre seeks more time for 2G spectrum auction March 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Faced with a June 2 deadline when 122 licenses for 2G spectrum will stand quashed, Government on Thursday moved the Supreme Court stating that it will impact over 69 million mobile users as the auction process for radiowaves will take at least 400 days. The Telecom Ministry virtually sought...
  • 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...
  • RCom, Bharti face fine for violating norms December 20, 2011

    New Delhi: The Telecom Ministry may issue demand notices of Rs 55.67 lakh to RCom and Bharti Airtel for violating the licence agreement by registering new subscribers without proper verification in the Delhi service area. "The proper verification has not been carried out by the service providers at the time...
  • No censorship, only supervision of content: Sibal December 6, 2011

    New Delhi: A defensive Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday clarified that asking social media websites to screen alleged derogatory, defamatory and inflammatory content about religious figures and Indian leaders is not censorship. Sibal claimed that the Government is trying to supervise content on the Internet that can hurt religious...
  • 2G: Law Ministry comes to Swan, RCom's rescue November 8, 2011

    New Delhi: In what could be a major relief for Reliance and Swan telecom, the Law Ministry has trashed attempts by the Telecom Ministry to cancel the latter's licences. In fact the Union Law Minister, Salman Khurshid, has said that it is an attempt to trip the telecom operator. A Telecom Ministry...
  • 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...
  • GoM listened to Maran on 2G: Manmohan Singh September 28, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, speaking to reporters on board his plane on the way back from New York, admitted that the decision to keep the spectrum pricing issue from the purview of a Group of Ministers in 2006 was done on the word of former telecom minister Dayanidhi...
  • Telecom ministry opposed S-band deal in 2007 February 10, 2011

    New Delhi: The Telecom Ministry had opposed the S-band spectrum deal between Devas Multimedia and Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) commercial arm Antrix in 2007, two years before ISRO asked for a review. In an exclusive interview to Network18, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said ISRO had no power to allocate...
  • Kapil Sibal: UPA's man for all seasons November 17, 2010

    New Delhi: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal is fast emerging as the Congress's man for all seasons.He has just been handed over charge of the corruption tainted telecom ministry. It is one of the biggest challenge that Kapil Sibal is going to face with the controversial telecom portfolio.Sixty-two year old Sibal has...
  • Govt may penalise Reliance Comm: Minister December 10, 2009

    New Delhi: The Government may impose a penalty on Reliance Communications Ltd after examining a state audit report that found the No. 2 telecom firm under-reported revenue for two years, the Telecom Minister said on Thursday. A Raja told Parliament his ministry was studying the report submitted by a special auditor...
  • CBI raids his Ministry; Raja fights to keep his job October 24, 2009

    New Delhi: The alleged irregularity in allotting wireless radio spectrum to telecommunication firms, which is said to have caused a Rs 22,000-crore loss to the public exchequer, has led Opposition parties to demand the resignation of Communications Minister A Raja. The BJP has demanded that Raja be sacked after the Central...
  • CBI searches DoT offices; Raja says will not resign October 23, 2009

    New Delhi: The CBI onThursday searched some offices in Telecom Ministry to probe allegations of a multi-crore spectrum scam, but Minister A Raja ruled out resignation saying he had followed procedures and taken decisions in consultation with the Prime Minister. Hours after CBI officials visited Sanchar Bhawan to probe allegations of...
  • Anil Ambani says special auditor biased October 16, 2009

    New Delhi: Reliance Communications (RCom) Chairman Anil Ambani claimed the special audit report alleging overstatement of revenues and evasion of license fee by RCom was "biased". He also said corporate rivals were behind the "vicious campaign" against his company. Announcing that he would take up the issue with the Telecom Ministry,...
  • Forbes India: Risking a missed call September 16, 2009

    How much is too much? Do you factor in future trends or go with the current flow? The Telecom Ministry would have grappled with these questions when it fixed Rs 3,500 crore as the reserve auction price for each of the four pan-India spectrum licences for third-generation (3G) telecom services...
  • Former bureaucrat Runu Ghosh convicted for corruption May 12, 2009

    New Delhi: Thirteen years after the case began, Runu Ghosh, former deputy director general in the telecom ministry, was on Tuesday convicted by a city court for corruption during the tenure of former union minister Sukhram. Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge VK Maheshwari convicted 57-year-old Ghosh for amassing assets...
  • FIPB approvals will have their own route: A Raja November 26, 2008

    New Delhi: Network 18's Shereen Bhan spoke to telecom minister A Raja on the spectrum issue. This is what he had to say. Read on... Shereen Bhan: In the 3G auction, we find that the process for bidding will kickstart around December 8. It will be in two phases and it...
  • Tired of unsolicited calls? SC steps in to help July 31, 2008

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Union Government to cancel the licences of all telemarketing firms which have failed to get themselves registered with the Telecom Ministry, pledging not to make any unsolicited call to prospective customers. A Bench of Justice A K Mathur and Justice Dalveer Bhandari...
  • No kids, pregnant women in cellphone ads: Govt June 21, 2008

    New Delhi: The Telecom Ministry has drafted guidelines to ensure there are no advertisements featuring children or pregnant women using cellphones. Many studies on the health implications of using cellphones have often frightened the users, however, this time the mobile scare is for the manufacturers and service providers who have...