Communication

  • Centre: People in J&K can talk for free in BSNL network 5 days ago

    After rescuing almost 1.3 lakh people, the government is now focusing on restoring communication lines and restoring connectivity in the flood ravaged state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Jammu-Srinagar highway is still closed and will take another four days to reopen. ...
  • J&K limps back to normalcy, mobile services partially restored 5 days ago

    Srinagar: After having been cut off for more than a week, Jammu and Kashmir is heading back to the communication grid. Telecom servies in the flood hit Kashmir Valley are being normalised with BSNL restoring around 80 per cent of the affected network. Other private mobile service providers inlcuding Airtel,...
  • J&K floods: Army focuses on restoring connectivity to Srinagar, lakhs still stranded September 10, 2014

    Srinagar: More than 47,000 people have been evacuated in the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir, but lakhs remain stranded. Over 200 people have died in the worst floods in six decades in the state. The Centre has asked the Jammu and Kashmir state government to prepare a list of all those rescued...
  • J&K: BSNL hopes to restore communication in the valley September 9, 2014

    There are constant landslides in the upper parts of Jammu. With BSNL hoping to restore communication in the valley by night fall, water levels also seem to be receding. ...
  • J&K floods: Restoring telecommunication lines is priority, says Telecom Minister September 8, 2014

    Communication lines are down in many areas of flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir and power cuts are also being seen in many parts of the valley. All communication lines including BSNL, Radio Kashmir are down. ...
  • Massive solar flare can damage communications on Earth August 29, 2014

    New York: The most powerful solar flare ever is beginning to rotate to a position directly in line with Earth that, if it hits the ground, can send GPS and communication signals out of gear, the NASA reported. The sun is going through an 11-year cycle which at its peak is...
  • ISRO mulls developing higher capability communication satellites August 10, 2014

    Hyderabad: ISRO is planning to develop communication satellites in higher frequency bands and power and data handling capacity in the range of 100 Gigabits per second to meet the growing demands of broadband internet and rural telecom connectivity, ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Sunday. Radhakrishnan also said that the premier...
  • To make mobile communications more secure, BlackBerry buys German anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart July 30, 2014

    Ottawa: Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry announced the purchase of German voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart, whose customers include NATO and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government. Financial details of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, were not disclosed. The two companies had already partnered to offer...
  • No service? No problem. goTenna turns your smartphone into a walkie talkie with an 80km range July 22, 2014

    New York: For hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and families that love to travel, this device is a must as this turns your smartphone into a "walkie talkie" even if you have no phone coverage. In case you are in a location where your phone goes dead, you can message and send the...
  • Rail communication disrupted due to heavy downpour in Bangladesh June 21, 2014

    Dhaka: A heavy downpour on Saturday disrupted the rail communication in several parts of Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka, and temporarily halted movement of ships at the country's largest seaport, officials said. They said the torrential rain has damaged railway tracks in Tangail district, forcing them to halt movement of...
  • Reliance plans Rs 1.8 lakh cr spending; to start 4G next year June 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Reliance Industries will start offering 4G telecom services next year and unveiled a Rs 1.8 lakh crore investment plan across businesses aimed at catapulting it into the top 50 companies of the world. About five years after buying out Infotel Broadband Services within hours of the firm winning nationwide wireless...
  • RCOM introduces 'One India, One Rate' scheme June 9, 2014

    Reliance Communications customers can now enjoy one rate for roaming, local and STD calls-from anywhere in the country after the company launched its 'One India, One Rate' scheme on Monday. It is a first-of-its-kind free national roaming offer for post-paid and pre-paid GSM customers. Targeting a big share of corporate, SME...
  • Rain disrupts road communication in Arunachal May 13, 2014

    Rains continued to wreak havoc in several districts of Arunachal Pradesh with reports of disruption in surface communication due to flood and landslides pouring in from different parts of the state. Mechuka, the sub-divisional headquarters of West Siang district remained cut off from rest of the state as the Aalo-Mechukha road...
  • Congress doesn't want to give impression of vendetta on snoopgate May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday said that the Government dropped its move to name a judge to head the commission set up to probe 'snoopgate', as it did not want to give an impression of political vendetta to go around as suggested by the allies. "I talked to the Home Minister...
  • Retendering of equipments may delay plans to beef up communications network in Naxal-hit areas March 28, 2014

    In a development that will further delay plans to beef up communications network in Naxal -affected areas, inter-ministerial body Telecom Commission on Friday decided to re-tender the purchase of equipment for setting up mobile towers. The project to set up mobile towers in the Naxal-affected areas was originally scheduled for completion...
  • BlackBerry suffers network outage in Canada, Asia Pacific March 5, 2014

    Toronto: BlackBerry Ltd suffered a network outage affecting some users in Canada and the Asia-Pacific region, the smartphone and technology company said, at a sensitive time for the firm. The outage hit Canada's leading mobile network, according to a memo sent to some customers of both BlackBerry and Rogers Communications Inc....
  • Prasar Bharti Chairperson Mrinal Pande to head Haridev Joshi University's advisory council February 22, 2014

    Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva on Friday nominated Prasar Bharti chairperson Mrinal Pande as the chairperson of the advisory council of Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication, Jaipur. Alva also nominated senior journalist Kumar Ketkar, Chief Editor of Dainik Divya Marathi, Siddharth Varadarajan, former editor of The Hindu, Sachidananda Murthy, Resident Editor of The Week, Nupur...
  • Do not anticipate long term impact on shipment through Pakistan: US December 5, 2013

    Washington: A day after temporarily halting cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan in view of protest over drone strikes there, the United States has said that it does not anticipate long term impact of its shipment through the country. "(We) hopefully don't anticipate that there'll be any long term impacts to...
  • Free talk-time, recharge benefits by Reliance for cyclone Phailin hit Odisha October 23, 2013

    To help people connect with each other in the aftermath of devastation by cyclone Phailin, a mobile telephone service provider is offering free talk time in Odisha. Reliance Communications is offering a daily free recharge of 10 minutes for a period of five days, from October 20 to its customers on...
  • Indian firms perform best in BRICS, observes corruption watchdog October 17, 2013

    Berlin: The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International has admonished Chinese companies for their opaque business practices while praising Indian firms' relatively high standards, in a survey of emerging market multinationals released on Thursday. China got the lowest rating of the BRICS economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), whose companies made...
  • Sibal asks officials to apply mind while imposing penalties September 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday urged officials to apply their minds while imposing fines on operators, failing which such powers may be handed over to the regulator. At a meeting with Sibal, operators raised the issue of the Department of Telecom levying the maximum penalty of...
  • Telecom stocks surge after sharp cut in spectrum price September 10, 2013

    Shares of telecom service providers surge after India proposed a 60 percent cut in mobile spectrum prices in response to lukewarm interest from telecom companies in two previous sales. Analysts say the cut in reserve prices is positive for incumbents and more such moves may come considering lower demand for spectrum...
  • India's first military satellite GSAT-7 launched successfully August 30, 2013

    India's first exclusive defence satellite GSAT-7 was successfully launched by European space consortium Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on Friday, giving a major push to the country's maritime security. Indian Navy would be the user of the multi-band home-built communication spacecraft, expected to be operational...
  • India's first dedicated maritime communications satellite set for launch on Friday August 29, 2013

    India's first dedicated satellite for maritime communications will be launched on Friday from the European space consortium, Arianespace, from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana. The GSAT-7 is scheduled to be launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) by Ariane-5 VA 215 during the 50-minute launch window starting from 2 am on...
  • NSA collected thousands of US communications August 22, 2013

    Washington: The nations' top intelligence official is declassifying three secret US court opinions showing how the National Security Agency scooped up as many as 56,000 emails annually over three years and other communications by Americans with no connection to terrorism, how it revealed the error to the court and changed...
  • AP: GSLV-D5 set to be launched from Sriharikota today August 19, 2013

    Hyderabad: The countdown has begun for the crucial launch of India's GSLV-D5 on Monday. The launch will take place at 4:50 pm from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. The GSLV will carry a communications satellite GSAT-14 and is powered by indigenous cryogenic engines which is being tested after a...
  • ITSB crossed 90 cr mark in May, informs TRAI August 16, 2013

    Registering a marginal growth, Indian telecom subscriber base (ITSB) crossed 90 crore-mark in May this year after almost two years. The base grew by 0.34 per cent to reach 90.005 crore, according to Trai data. This is the second time the subscriber base is breaching the 90 crore-mark. Earlier in June 2012,...
  • Reliance Communications halves 3G data price July 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Reliance Communications, India's third-biggest mobile phone carrier by customers, has cut the price of third-generation data services by half, Gurdeep Singh, head of the company's mobile business, said on Thursday. Only about 5 per cent of India's 850 million mobile users have subscribed to 3G services, which are estimated...
  • Tata Communications launches video conferencing application July 10, 2013

    Mumbai: Tata Communications launched video conferecing application that can be accessed by up to 46 users for a common session across multiple devices such as desktop computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone. "Lack of interoperability, consistency of experience per location, complicated price plans and the need for third-party...
  • ISRO defends role in Uttarakhand rescue operations July 2, 2013

    Sriharikota: Defending its role in the rescue operations in the flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, ISRO on Monday said the agency had played its role in the largest rescue operations in the country, saving thousands of lives. "We did our role in the rescue operations by providing imagery and equipment," ISRO chairman K...