TELECOM

  • Complaints about pesky calls, SMSs drop by over 80 per cent 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Steps taken by authorities to rein in pesky calls and SMSs seem to be bearing fruit with the average number of complaints received per month regarding such unsolicited communications coming down by over 80 per cent in the ongoing financial year. According to data shared by the Department of...
  • Vodafone, Airtel fined the most for tariff and MNP rules violation November 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operator Vodafone has been fined the most for tariff rule violations till date, while Bharti Airtel has been penalised the maximum amount for breaching mobile number portability norms. Country's second largest telecom operator Vodafone has been penalised over Rs 6 lakhs for charging customers on new tariff without...
  • 2G money laundering case: Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa moves SC November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, who along with former Telecom Minister A Raja and 17 others are facing a money laundering case arising out of the 2G scam, on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking setting aside of a lower court order of framing charges against him. A...
  • Indefinite strike by BSNL employees from February 3 November 6, 2014

    Howrah: BSNL employees called an indefinite country-wide strike from February 3 next year to press its demand for proactive steps by the government to revitalise the limping telecom giant. "Since 2007 roadblocks created by the government have dragged BSNL to losses and are giving way to private sector (telecom companies) to...
  • Cyclone Nilofar: Telecom operators gear up facilities in Gujarat October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Private telecom operators on Wednesday said that they have put in place facilities to ensure continuing mobile communication services in the districts of Gujarat that may get affected by impending cyclone Nilofar. Telecom service providers have put in place facility for tracking of...
  • Idea planning to launch 4G services in India October 28, 2014

    Kochi: Idea Cellular is working on the launch of 4G service in the country and as and when the ecosystem develops, it will be rolled out, a top official today said. The operator had registered an over Rs 1,000 crore mobile data revenue during the second quarter of the fiscal. "We...
  • Telcom operators expected to pass on to customers the burden of spectrum cost; may raise mobile tariffs October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Industry body COAI has said mobile tariffs may go up soon as telecom operators are expected to pass on to customers the burden of spectrum cost they will incur in the upcoming auction. The auction of airwaves is likely to be conducted in February next year. "Definitely there will...
  • PM Modi to review progress of infra sectors on November 5 October 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the progress of infrastructure sectors including roads, railways and power in the presence of senior officials of concerned ministries on November 5. "The Prime Minister has called a meeting to review the progress of various infrastructure projects being implemented under different ministries on...
  • Nationwide mobile number portability to be implemented by March 31 October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Mobile phone users will soon be able to change their telecom operators and retain their numbers even if they are relocating to areas outside the service providers' operations. At present, mobile subscribers have restricted facility of changing their telcos while retaining their number within same service area using mobile...
  • MTS slashes mobile Internet rates by about 33 per cent October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Triggering a price war in mobile Internet segment, telecom operator MTS India today launched new schemes with a price reduction of about 33 per cent in its high-speed service offerings. "We have lowered the price barrier for first time data customers with as much as 33 per cent reduction...
  • Airtel, Vodafone, Idea hike mobile Internet rates by up to 100% October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operators have raised mobile internet rates up to 100 per cent in June-September period across country. Airtel is latest to increase mobile rates by up to 33 per cent while Vodafone and Idea have started gradually implementing the increased mobile internet rates from June. The three companies jointly hold...
  • HC asks Gujarat not to collect duty on telecom customers forms September 21, 2014

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has asked the state government not to collect stamp duty from various telecom service providers including Tata TeleServices, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications on customers' application forms. Justice CL Soni of the Gujarat High Court directed the Gujarat government not to collect stamp duty on customers'...
  • J&K floods: Government working to restore phone connectivity in the state September 14, 2014

    Jammu: With flood water now receding, the government is trying to restore affected telecom services in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar earlier announced that people in Jammu & Kashmir can talk for free for a week on BSNL network, while other mobile...
  • 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...
  • Cabinet clears Rs 5300crore telecom infra project for North East September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Wednesday approved an over Rs 5,300 crore project to boost telecom infrastructure and connectivity in the North East Region. "The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for implementing a Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for the NorthEastern Region (NER)....
  • 2G scam: Recording of evidence ends, court to hear final arguments September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday concluded recording of defence evidence in 2G spectrum allocation case involving former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and 15 others, three years after commencement of trial. The court fixed November 10 for hearing final arguments in the case in which the CBI...
  • Telecom services slowly being restored in Kashmir Valley September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom services in the floodhit Kashmir valley are slowly being restored with operators resuming network connectivity in various parts of the region. Around 58 base transceiver stations (BTS) or mobile towers of BSNL and Aircel are functioning now along with 10 landline exchanges of the staterun operator. Vodafone has...
  • J&K: Damage to become clear after roads are fixed September 9, 2014

    Srinagar: With no telecom or road connectivity between the Jammu region and the Kashmir Valley, the extend of damage due to the floods in Jammu and Kashmir will be known only after the communication lines are restored. Nearly 1,500 trucks carrying essential supplies to the Kashmir Valley are stranded at various...
  • Road, telecom network to be restored in J&K in 35 days: Centre September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Restoration of road and telecommunication network in the Kashmir Valley, ravaged by floods, will take three to five days. The Centre has directed free flow of transport via Manali and Leh to Srinagar, the only available surface network, a top central government official said on Monday. The Home Ministry is...
  • CBI can file a chargesheet against Dayanidhi Maran in the AircelMaxis deal:SC August 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation can file a chargesheet against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran in the AircelMaxis deal case after the Supreme Court turned down his plea seeking to restrain the CBI to do the same. The apex court said that Maran's plea is premature and insisted...
  • Cabinet nod for mobile towers in Naxal belts, to cost Rs 3,216 cr August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the longpending proposal to install mobile towers in nine Naxalaffected states by BSNL at cost Rs 3,216 crore that will be borne by the government. "The Cabinet has approved setting up of 1,836 new base transmission towers (BTS) in Left Wing Extremist affected districts....
  • Aircel launches 4G services in Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operator Aircel today launched 4G services in Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir, becoming the only private telecom operator to offer all the three existing technologies of 2G, 3G and 4G in these markets. "We are delighted to now bring highest speed 4G LTE (long term evaluation)...
  • 2G: SC asks for records of probe against Reliance, Swan Telecom as CBI seeks stay on trial August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: In a new twist in the 2G trial case, the Supreme Court has called for records of the probe against ADAGowned Reliance Telecom and Shahid Balwa's Swan Telecom after the Central Bureau of Investigation asked for a stay on the trial claiming new information. Allegations have been hurled at...
  • 2G scam: CBI institutes inquiry against Tata over alleged illegal bidding August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: In a recent development in 2G scam, the CBI has instituted an inquiry against Tata for alleged illegal bidding by TataUnitech in the licence auctions. The Supreme Court of India had asked for CBI records of 2G Swan Telecom probe which is allegedly a front for Anil Ambani...
  • 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 naxalaffected 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...
  • Bharti Airtel crosses 300 million customers mark July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: India's largest telecom firm Bharti Airtel today said it has crossed 300 million customers mark across its mobile, fixed line, DSL and DTH services. Bharti Airtel, which began operations in 1995, reached the 100 million customers mark in 2009 and crossed the 200 million mark in 2012. "The latest 100...
  • Mobile services market in India to be $19.2 billion in 2014: Report July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The number of mobile connections in India is expected to grow by 8 per cent to touch 815 million this year, even as the market is expected to remain at almost the same level as last year at $19.2 billion, research firm Gartner said. The mobile user base...
  • Aim to reach 100 pc rural teledensity in 34 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...
  • Lok Sabha passes TRAI Amendment Bill, paves way for Misra's appointment as PM's principal secretary July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Amendment Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday even as the Congress continued to object to it. The Bill seeks to remove a legal hurdle in appointment of former chairman of telecom regulatory body Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to...
  • 3G services to cover 90 per cent of Agrade circles by 2015: Ericsson July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operators have increased spending on expanding 3G services and 90 per cent of five service areas, including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, will be covered by the end of next year, equipment maker Ericsson says. "Telecom operators are now spending on increasing their 3G network coverage. We expect that...