TELECOM POLICY

  • Panel asked to submit report on spectrum allocation soon April 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has asked a committee, which is examining the conditions for allocation of spectrum to different entities, to submit its report soon. The Minister approved a note for expansion of the committee on April 1, 2013 and asked the panel to submit its report in...
  • Huawei to open global R&D centre in India June 25, 2012

    Shanghai: Despite uncertainties in the telecom sector, Chinese equipment maker Huawei will invest $2 billion over the next four years in India as it looks to aggressively market consumer devices and set up global R&D centre in the country. The company, which clocked $1.5 billion in revenues from India in 201112,...
  • Cabinet approves roamingfree telecom policy May 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday approved a new telecom policy that proposes to abolish roaming charges on mobile phones and allow users to retain the same number across the country. The Cabinet approved the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012, which aims to provide free roaming to telecom users and allow...
  • New telecom policy to abolish roaming charges May 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday approved a new telecom policy that proposes to abolish roaming charges on mobile phones and allow users to retain the same number across the country. The Cabinet approved the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012, a senior minister said after the meeting of the Cabinet. The...
  • Cabinet may discuss telecom policy on Thursday May 30, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to consider on Thursday the National Telecom Policy (NTP) that provides for abolition of roaming charges and allows users to retain the same number across the country. Last week, the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, deferred the NTP pending clarifications on certain aspects...
  • Cabinet may discuss National Telecom Policy today May 24, 2012

    New Delhi: The government is likely to take final decision on Thursday on the National Telecom Policy, which if approved will pave the way for abolishing of roaming charges and allowing users to use retain the same number across the country. "NTP is part of Cabinet's meeting agenda tomorrow (Thursday). We...
  • 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...
  • New telecom policy likely to be cleared by April February 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom has chalked out a timetable for implementation of new telecom policy NTP2011 according to which it would be cleared by the end of April this year. The draft Cabinet note of new telecom policy, which is envisaged to bring in transparency and clarity...
  • UPA misused NDA's 2G policy, says MM Joshi February 3, 2012

    New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court cancelled 122 licences in the 2G spectrum case, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday accused the UPA government of misusing the NDA government's policy on 2G formulated in 2003. Joshi blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said that the responsibility...
  • New telecom policy regime likely by June 2012 December 23, 2011

    New Delhi: The new telecom policy, that is likely to usher in roaming free environment with onenation, onetariff and nationwide mobile number portability, is likely to be delayed till June 2012. The draft NTP 2011 was announced in October by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, who had said that new policy would...
  • Govt to unveil new telecom policy in Jan 2012 November 4, 2011

    New Delhi: The muchawaited National Telecom Policy2011, will be unveiled in January next year, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said on Friday. The policy was earlier expected to be unveiled by December this year, but delays in receiving recommendations have pushed the date to next year. ...
  • TWTW: LK Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra October 16, 2011

    This week on The Week That Wasn't, Cyrus Broacha brings the funny side to BJP leader LK Advani's Rath Yatra, the BlackBerry outage and the new Telecom policy. ...
  • 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...
  • Factbox: India unveils new draft telecom policy October 11, 2011

    Mumbai: India will let cellular carriers share airwaves and allow for consolidation in a crowded industry that has been battered by ferocious competition and a multibilliondollar scandal, under new proposals announced on Monday. The draft policy will "facilitate consolidation in the converged telecom service sector while ensuring sufficient competition," Telecoms...
  • Spectrum to be made available at market valuations: Sibal October 11, 2011

    Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday unveiled a draft of the new telecom policy that will focus on transparency. ...
  • Sibal puts spectrum at market price, zero roaming October 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Announcing the draft National Telecom Policy (NTP), Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that there will be one nationone licence policy across the country, which means removal of roaming charges. As per the draft NTP unveiled by the Government on Monday, spectrum allocation will also be delinked from...
  • Spectrum to be allocated at market price October 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Announcing the draft New Telecom Policy (NTP) in the wake of the 2G scam, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said spectrum allocation would be delinked from licences and radiowaves would be made available at marketdetermined prices. As per the draft New Telecom Policy unveiled on Monday, the Government...
  • Sibal's new telecom policy makes roaming free October 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Speaking on the new telecom policy on Monday, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said that there will be one nationone licence policy across the country, which means removal of roaming charges. Draft National Telecom Policy 2011 aims for 'one nationone licence'; targets full MNP and free roaming. Sibal also said...
  • Sibal to unveil draft National Telecom Policy 2011 October 9, 2011

    New Delhi: Amid rising concerns and lawsuits over allocation of telecom spectrum, a precious national resource, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal will unveil a draft of the new telecom policy on Monday that will focus on transparency and quick decisionmaking. The last telecom policy was unveiled over a decade ago in 1999...
  • 2G: JPC summons exattorney general Sorabjee May 18, 2011

    New Delhi: The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigating the 2G spectrum scam has summoned former attorney general Soli Sorabjee. Sorabbjee during his tenure as the attorney general had favoured the National Telecom Policy 1999. Sorabjee has been summoned after the JPC took congnizance of a Comptroller and Auditor General Report which...
  • Telecom rates may go up on licence tenure cut April 11, 2011

    New Delhi: In a move that may make telecom services expensive, the Government is likely to give fresh licences and renew the old ones for 10 years instead of 20 years now after the new telecom policy 2011 comes into effect. This coupled with higher price for spectrum may force the...
  • Telecom policy implementation may be faulty: PM February 24, 2011

    New Delhi: Notwithstanding with controversies surrounding the 2G spectrum allocation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday defended the telecom policy in place but admitted that implementation may be faulty. Citing statistics of teledensity which has gone up from seven per cent in March 2004 to 66 per cent in December, 2010,...
  • 2G: govt move on spectrum may increase tariffs January 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Now getting a licence doesn't mean you get spectrum anymore. This unlike during A Raja's regime when spectrum allocated was 4.4 Mhz with entitlement upto 6.2 Mhz. Now mobile companies will have to pay as per market rates. 89 licences can be cancelled by Supreme Court where the...