Telecom

  • NSA hacks into email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei: Report 23-03-2014 11:28 AM

    Berlin: US intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to US national security, two newspapers reported Saturday. The National Security Agency began targeting Huawei in early...
  • Loop Telecom Ltd plea for settlement: Court order on March 27 22-03-2014 02:57 PM

    A special CBI court on Saturday fixed March 27 for pronouncing its order on a plea filed by Loop Telecom Limited seeking directions for referring the matter to Lok Adalat for "settlement" in a case arising out of the 2G scam probe. Special CBI Judge O P Saini, who was...
  • Mumbai: Convicts get life in Shakti Mills tele-operator gangrape case 21-03-2014 01:04 PM

    Mumbai: Four convicts in the Shakti Mills telecom operator gangrape case were on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment by a Mumbai court. The court, meanwhile, adjourned the hearing on the quantum of punishment to the convicts in the photojournalist gangrape case till March 24. While reading out the sentence of...
  • BlackBerry suffers network outage in Canada, Asia Pacific 05-03-2014 12:45 AM

    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...
  • 2G scam: Court fixes April 4 to record statements of accused 03-03-2014 10:48 AM

    New Delhi: A special CBI court on Monday fixed April 4 for recording the statements of accused, including former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and some top corporates executives, in the 2G spectrum case. Special CBI Judge OP Saini, who was scheduled to record the statements of the...
  • Reliance Jio expected to launch 4G services by September 23-02-2014 04:28 PM

    New Delhi: Telecom arm of Reliance Industries, RJIL, is likely to launch its 4G services by September this year starting from Delhi and Mumbai. "Reliance Jio is engaged in building up team for telecom services which is almost done. Telecom services are likely to be launched in third quarter of...
  • Legalities of messenger service charges to be examined: Telecom Secy 23-02-2014 10:28 AM

    Mumbai: Telecom Secretary MF Farooqui that legal possibilities have to be examined before charging licence fee from messenger services like Whatsapp. The remarks came after telecom companies said there should be licence fee on messenger services. Here is an excerpt from the interview: CNBC: There are telecom companies I was...
  • MTS announces entry into surveillance security service 20-02-2014 03:48 PM

    New Delhi: Telecom operators Sistema Shyam Teleservices, which operates under the MTS brand, announced it is entering into the remote security surveillance segment with launch of an Internet-based solution in partnership with D-Link. "MSecure launch makes MTS the first telecom operator in the country to offer video surveillance solution bundled...
  • Airtel first to cross the 200 million mobile-user mark in India 19-02-2014 03:47 PM

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel, India's biggest mobile service company, has become the first in the country to cross 200 million subscribers. The telecom major said in a statement said that it "has crossed the 200 million mobile subscriber mark in India, further consolidating its leadership position in the world's second-largest...
  • Aakash 4 tablet to be available in India in the next 45 days for Rs 3,999: Kapil Sibal 18-02-2014 11:13 AM

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said low-cost tablet PC Aakash 4 will be available in the market in around one and a half months for Rs 3,999. "Aakash 4 will be available in the market in one or one and a half months. Its a modern tablet and will...
  • Mobile tariffs have to be increased every year: Vodafone 16-02-2014 12:13 PM

    New Delhi: Vodafone India has said the mobile telecom industry has reached a point where annual tariff increases are needed to sustain itself. "We have had declining tariffs for 18 years; this cannot be sustained forever. We believe the point has come where we will have to increase our tariffs...
  • HC erred in bringing Telecos under CAG ambit: SC 11-02-2014 09:40 PM

    New Delhi: Telecom firms on Tuesday submitted before the Supreme Court that the Delhi High Court erred in holding that CAG is empowered to conduct their revenue audits. The companies' counsel argued that the High Court had wrongly assumed that they share revenue with the government and contended that they...
  • Sensex falls 42 points to close at 20,334.27 10-02-2014 09:31 AM

    Mumbai: Retreating from one-week high levels, the benchmark Sensex on Monday slid over 42 points to decline for the first time in five days on losses in TCS, HDFC and Bharti Airtel shares as investors booked profits. The index, which rose over 167 points in previous four sessions, started the...
  • Cabinet clears Vodafone's Rs 10,141 crore FDI proposal 06-02-2014 08:11 PM

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday cleared UK-based Vodafone's proposal to buy out minority shareholders in its Indian arm for Rs 10,141 crore, the single largest foreign investment in the telecom sector. After this, Vodafone India will be the first telecom operator in the country to be fully owned by...
  • Spectrum auction begins, government expects to collect at least Rs 11,000 crore 03-02-2014 10:46 AM

    The third round of spectrum auction started on Monday with eight telecom companies in fray, from which the government expects to garner at least Rs 11,300 crore. "The auction started at 9 am today," an official source said. The Department of Telecom has put on block around 385 MHz of...
  • GSM, CDMA players at loggerheads over 800 MHz pricing 27-01-2014 06:51 PM

    New Delhi: GSM and CDMA players were a divided house over the valuation and reserve price of 800 MHz band, used for offering CDMA services. During an open house discussion organised by sectoral regulator TRAI on Monday, GSM lobby was of the view that reserve price of 800 MHz should...
  • Airtel may sell mobile towers in Nigeria for about $550 million 22-01-2014 08:52 PM

    New Delhi: Telecom major Bharti Airtel is expected to sell-off mobile towers in Nigeria, biggest revenue generating market for the company in Africa, for $500-550 million by April, industry sources said. The company has less than 4,000 mobile towers in the African country. When contacted Airtel spokesperson said: "As a...
  • ZTE in talks with Airtel for 4G deal in Delhi, Mumbai 18-01-2014 04:17 PM

    Hong Kong: Chinese telecom equipment major ZTE Corporation is in talks with India's largest private telecom player Bharti Airtel for deploying 4G equipment in the Mumbai and Delhi circles. The Shenzhen-headquartered has already deployed 4G LTE networks for Airtel in Kolkata, Punjab and Haryana circles. "We are in discussions to...
  • Government plans to finalise spectrum charges before auction 15-01-2014 03:03 PM

    The government expects to finalise the issue of annual spectrum charges, over which telecom operators have locked horns, before the auction of airwaves scheduled to start on February 3. "...all will be resolved before auction," Telecom Secretary M F Farooqui told reporters on the sidelines of the Telecom Sector Skill...
  • Delhi High Court allows CAG to audit accounts of private telcos 06-01-2014 11:25 AM

    New Delhi: In an extremelly significant order, the Delhi High Court on Monday ruled that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) can audit private telecom companies under the relevant provisions of the law just days after the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi moved to have private power companies audited....
  • India to have 155 million mobile Internet users by March: Report 02-01-2014 12:11 PM

    New Delhi: The number of users accessing the web on their mobile handsets in India is expected to reach 155 million by March this year, according to the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). This number is further expected to grow to 185 million by June, 2014. "The number...
  • TRAI imposed Rs 5 crore fine in 2013 for poor service, pesky calls 02-01-2014 10:25 AM

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI imposed fines totalling about Rs 5 crore in 2013 on operators for poor services and on telemarketers for pesky calls. The regulator disconnected 9 lakh numbers and blacklisted over 1.74 lakh unregistered individuals for making pesky calls and SMSes during the year. "Rs 2.8 crore...
  • Aircel partners ZTE for 4G LTE network deployment 31-12-2013 11:09 AM

    New Delhi: Telecom service provider Aircel has tied up with telecommunications equipment and network solutions provider ZTE for deploying 4G long term evolution (LTE) networks in the country, a company statement said here. In the first stage, the LTE deployment will be initiated in Chennai, Rest of Tamil Nadu (RoTN)...
  • Telecom user base grows marginally to 90.45 crore in October 15-12-2013 04:03 PM

    New Delhi: The total number of telecom subscribers rose marginally to 90.45 crore at end of October this year, sectoral regulator TRAI said today. "The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 899.86 million at the end of September, 2013 to 904.56 million at the end of October 2013,"...
  • Reliance Jio, Airtel join hands for sharing infrastructure 10-12-2013 06:36 PM

    Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm and Sunil Mittal-headed Bharti Airtel on Tuesday announced a comprehensive arrangement for sharing telecom infrastructure, a partnership that will help them reduce costs they incur on their respective networks. "This (arrangement) will include optic fibre network inter and intra city, submarine cable networks, towers and...
  • Videocon offers 50 per cent cut on outgoing roaming call rates 07-12-2013 02:47 PM

    New Delhi: Videocon Telecom, the operator of mobile phone services in four circles, today announced a special tariff voucher offering a 50 per cent cut in outgoing roaming call rates. Videocon Telecom consumers will have to buy the special tariff voucher to make outgoing local calls at 50 paise per...
  • TRAI relaxes penalty norms on pesky calls 04-12-2013 12:08 PM

    New Delhi: Telecom operators will not be penalised for up to 50 complaints received against them in a week for pesky calls and SMSes originating from their networks. Telecom regulator TRAI has relaxed penalty norms under which it will impose fine on telecom operators based on a new slab instead...
  • Idea launches two international roaming packs 03-12-2013 04:14 PM

    New Delhi: Idea Cellular launched two international roaming packs for its postpaid customers offering a discount of up to 95 per cent on data and 80 per cent on voice tariffs. The packs, available across 40 countries including UAE, USA, Singapore, UK, Thailand, China, Germany, France and Switzerland, are priced...
  • Sunil Mittal: Riding the high tide in Indian telecom 28-11-2013 12:09 PM

    Sunil Bharti Mittal Chairman and managing director, Bharti Enterprises Age: 55 Rank in the Rich List: 10 Net Worth: $6.6 billion The Big Challenge Faced in the Last Year: Steadying Airtel's operations and maintaining its market leadership in a highly competitive, regulated and, yet, uncertain sector The Way Forward: Focusing...
  • Asia to account for 47 per cent of LTE connections by 2017: Study 26-11-2013 05:15 PM

    New Delhi: As India and China roll out fourth generation or LTE mobile networks, Asia is expected to account for 47 per cent of all 4G connections by 2017, a study by global telecom body GSM Association (GSMA) said today. "Asia is expected to account for almost half (47 per...