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  • Alibaba partners China Telecom to sell cheap smartphones 10 hours 3 minutes ago

    Shanghai: Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and state-owned China Telecom Corp Ltd have tied up to sell inexpensive smartphones aimed at boosting mobile commerce in smaller cities and rural areas. The phones, dubbed 'Tianyi Taobao Shopping Handsets', will come installed with either an app for easy access to Alibaba's...
  • BSNL to charge local rates for calls to Nepal for three days Yesterday

    New Delhi: Telephone calls made on BSNL network to earthquake-hit Nepal for the next three days will attract only local call rates, the state-owned company said. The move is aimed at enabling Indians to connect with their near and dear ones in Nepal, which saw several hundreds dead following a massive...
  • Net neutrality: Mobile operators mulling over increasing data charges by up to 6 times Yesterday

    New Delhi: Amid raging debate over Net Neutrality, mobile operators said if they are not offered a level playing field with Net-based services such as Skype and WhatApp then their businesses would be viable only by raising data prices by up to six times. Such high rates, they said, would become...
  • BSNL to offer free unlimited night calls from May 1 2 days ago

    New Delhi: State-owned BSNL went that proverbial extra mile to revive its landline business by introducing an unlimited free calling scheme during night hours. The scheme, effective May 1, allows you to make calls free of cost to any operator, including mobile phones, anywhere in the country between 9 PM and...
  • Over 1 million write to TRAI over net neutrality, deadline to submit views ends tonight 2 days ago

    The conversation around net neutrality is only growing louder as the deadline to submit objections to to the TRAIs controversial move to monito internet traffic expires on Friday. Barely 4 weeks after this controversial consultation paper was released on their website, more than a million internet users have created an...
  • The left is pro-net neutrality, says Sitaram Yechury 4 days ago

    Sitaram Yechury said that telecom companies cannot decide what websites we can or cannot visit. "The left is pro-net neutrality," he added. While NASSCOM said that the concept of net neutrality has to be first explained. ...
  • WhatsApp's popularity forces EU to rethink telecom rules April 18, 2015

    Brussels : The European Commission will take into account increased competition from cable operators and alternative services such as WhatsApp when it overhauls Europe's telecoms rules next year, a move that will be cheered by the telecoms industry. A draft seen by Reuters of the Commission's strategy for creating a...
  • Real issue of equitable access to content shrouded by noise over net neutrality: Experts April 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Even as high pitch demands are being made to protect the Internet and promote net neutrality, experts in the Telecom Ministry are claiming that the real issue is getting lost in the noise. According to sources at Sanchar Bhawan, Internet users in India must focus on ensuring that...
  • A Raja 'misled' Manmohan Singh on policy matters on 2G spectrum allocation: CBI tells court April 15, 2015

    New Delhi: In a major revelation in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, the Central Bureau of Investigation told the special court that former telecom minister A Raja had "misled" the then prime minister Manmohan Singh on policy matters pertaining to spectrum allocation. Commencing final arguments in the case, Special...
  • US Telecom Association files lawsuit against net neutrality rules April 14, 2015

    New York: A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun with a suit by the United States Telecom Association, an industry group that represents companies including AT&T and Verizon. The FCC's rules were approved in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality - that...
  • Will address concerns of entrepreneurs, startups over net neutrality, assures Ravi Shankar Prasad April 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Even as the debate over free and equal access to the Internet continues, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday assured start ups and young Internet entrepreneurs that government will address their concerns. "I can assure that the young Internet entrepreneurs, the startups and all the creators, that the...
  • AIB video explaining net neutrality goes viral April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Amidst raging debate over net neutrality, AIB is in news once again for bringing the #SaveTheInternet campaign to the common citizen. A video by AIB which explains net neutrality has received more than 9 lakh views in less than 48 hours. The video highlights the #SaveTheInternet campaign started by...
  • Why should telecom companies control what I do on the net: Aditi Mittal April 13, 2015

    The Internet is under threat in India as telecom operators have gone to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to allow them to block apps and websites and charge money from both consumers and businesses to the detriment of users. "We are a huge telecom market. Why should telecom...
  • TRAI recommends non discriminate availability of Internet, report on net neutrality to be filed in May April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Amidst raging debate over net neutrality, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has made a committee to look into the issues of the matter. According to sources, the committee was formed in January 2015. A report has been sought by the 2nd week of May. According to sources, the...
  • Indians rally for Internet freedom, send over 1 lakh emails to TRAI for net neutrality April 13, 2015

    The Internet is under threat in India as telecom operators have gone to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to allow them to block apps and websites and charge money from both consumers and businesses to the detriment of users. People from a cross section of society including politicians, who...
  • TRAI initiates regulatory preparations for WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and other services March 27, 2015

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI started the process to prepare regulatory framework for Internet-based calling and messaging applications like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and Google Talk, known as over-the-top (OTT) players. "Worldwide, there is an ongoing debate among governments, industry and consumers regarding regulations of OTT services and Net-neutrality. In this background,...
  • Telecom spectrum auction ends, government raises record Rs 1.10 trillion March 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Government raised a record Rs 109,874.91 crore in the country's biggest and the fiercest auction of telecom spectrum that ended on Wednesday, triggering fears of hike in call and data rates. Incumbents Airtel, Idea and Vodafone bid aggressively to protect their businesses as new players like Reliance Jio...
  • Spectrum auction ends with bids about Rs 1.10 lakh crore March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: India's biggest telecom spectrum auction ended on Wednesday after 19 days of fierce bidding that fetched about Rs 1.10 lakh crore to the government. "The auction has concluded," an official source said. The auction for airwaves in four bands ended after 115 rounds of bidding, a source said. The...
  • Russia proposes ICT group for BRICS: Ravi Shankar Prasad March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: India will give a structured response on a Russian proposal to set up an ICT group among the BRICS nations to deliberate on common issues in this area, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday. Russia's minister for telecom and mass communications Nikolai...
  • Idea Cellular launches 3G services in Delhi March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Telecom operator Idea Cellular launched 3G services in Delhi using spectrum that it won as part of the February 2014 auction. "With the 3G launch in Delhi, Idea has not only expanded its 3G footprint to 12 circles across the country, but has also become the only mobile operator...
  • Ethiopia rolls out 4G mobile service in the capital March 22, 2015

    Addis Ababa: Ethiopia's state-run telecoms monopoly has launched a fourth generation (4G) mobile service in the capital Addis Ababa, aiming to catch up with the high-speed communications available in some east African neighbors such as Kenya and Uganda. Africa's telecoms industry is booming, with subscribers across the continent totaling almost 650...
  • Spectrum auction kitty rises to Rs 1.07 lakh crore March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: The government's telecom spectrum auction kitty on Saturday rose to Rs 1.07 lakh crore with provisional allocation of 88 per cent airwaves at the end of day 16. The amount of bids received on Friday stood at Rs 1.05 lakh crore while it was Rs 1.09 lakh crore on...
  • Telecom auction gets Rs 1 lakh crore bids on day 13 March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The government received commitments of Rs.108,000 crore from telecom operators at the end of bidding on Wednesday, the 13th day of radio frequency spectrum e-auctions. "The bidding is taking place in all bands. Brisk bidding was seen on 13th day of bidding, with activity requirement set at 100 percent....
  • Day 12: Spectrum auction bids reach Rs 1,07,000 crore March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The government's spectrum auction kitty on Tuesday rose to Rs 1,07,000 crore at the end of 12th day of the biggest sale of 2G and 3G airwaves. As per the Department of Telecom (DoT), about 88 per cent spectrum has been provisionally allocated to telecom firms at the...
  • Spectrum auction bids reach Rs 1,03,046 crore at the end of day 11 March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Government's spectrum auction kitty on Monday rose marginally to Rs 1,03,046 crore at the end of 11th day of the biggest sale of 2G and 3G airwaves. There was no bidding activity for 2100 MHz, used for offering 3G services, today. As per the Department of Telecom (DoT), over 87...
  • Vodafone India seeks more time to stop using '111' number for customer care services March 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Vodafone India has sought more time from sectoral regulator TRAI to stop using '111' for its customer care services, citing inconvenience to subscribers from any immediate stoppage. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had asked the company on March 2 to stop use of '111' number as it violated...
  • Telecom spectrum auction bids cross Rs 1 lakh crore-mark March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: The government had received commitments totalling more than Rs 100,000 crore from telecom operators as the eighth day of bidding in e-auctions of radio frequency spectrum concluded on Thursday, an official said. The total commitments from the 49 rounds so far after eight days of aggressive bidding totalled Rs...
  • Ericsson to lay off 2,200 jobs in Sweden under cost cutting plans March 12, 2015

    Stockholm: Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says it will cut 2,200 jobs in Sweden as part of a 9 billion kronor savings package. The Stockholm-based company said the layoffs would mostly affect research and development and supply positions. Ericsson, a leading maker of mobile broadband infrastructure, said Wednesday the cuts were part of...
  • For free access to Internet, government must make spectrum free: Airtel CEO March 9, 2015

    Barcelona: Taking on social networking giant Facebook's ambitious 'free internet' plans, telecom major Bharti Airtel chief Sunil Mittal has said the companies should do 'philanthropy' if they stop charging for mobile internet. Facebook has launched an 'internet.org' initiative under which users can access internet free of charge for select websites if...
  • Spectrum auction garners bids worth Rs 86,000 crore on day 4 March 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Government has got commitments of Rs 86,000 crore from telecom players at the end of fourth day of spectrum auction -- crossing the targetted minimum amount of Rs 82,000 crore from the ongoing sale of 2G and 3G airwaves. The auction will resume on Monday morning as there is...