Telecom Ministry

  • TRAI may get power to penalise the service provider 30-06-2013 04:35 PM

    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 25-06-2013 02:45 PM

    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...
  • Govt approves amendments to licences of Airtel, Voda, Idea 11-06-2013 11:10 PM

    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 and Idea Cellular...
  • 2G scam: A Raja was given a chance to be heard, says Chacko 22-04-2013 07:20 PM

    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 22-04-2013 07:13 PM

    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...
  • Intend to have another 2G auction before March 2013: Sibal 16-11-2012 03:01 PM

    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 09-05-2012 11:42 AM

    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...
  • 2G case: Raja accuses former telecom secretary 17-04-2012 08:21 PM

    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,...
  • Centre seeks more time for 2G spectrum auction 01-03-2012 08:15 PM

    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...
  • 3G: DoT questions TDSAT jurisdiction on telcos plea 03-01-2012 12:56 PM

    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...
  • RCom, Bharti face fine for violating norms 20-12-2011 11:16 AM

    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 06-12-2011 01:10 PM

    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 08-11-2011 04:24 PM

    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...
  • DoT expects 2G spectrum allocation in 2-3 months 23-10-2011 05:53 PM

    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 but there are two...
  • GoM listened to Maran on 2G: Manmohan Singh 28-09-2011 07:25 AM

    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 09-02-2011 03:27 PM

    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 17-11-2010 09:32 AM

    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...
  • Anil Ambani says special auditor biased 15-10-2009 03:30 PM

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  • No kids, pregnant women in cellphone ads: Govt 18-06-2008 09:26 AM

    Dubai: South Africa’s Vernon Philander played a pivotal role in South Africa’s 51-run win over England at Lord’s this week with seven wickets, and has now jumped to second place in the ICC Test bowler rankings, his highest ranking. Philander had figures of 2 for 48 and five for 30...