Telecom

  • Bharti Airtel crosses 300 million customers mark Yesterday

    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 2 days ago

    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 tele-density in 3-4 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 A-grade 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...
  • Congress should revisit their own procedures on TRAI, says Uma Bharati July 11, 2014

    The amended Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The TRAI Bill has to be amended to allow the appointment of former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Defending the government, Uma Bharati said, "Tell the Congress to revisit...
  • Airtel to get show cause notice from DoT for hiding caller identity in MP July 8, 2014

    The Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to seek legal opinion for issuing a show cause notice to Airtel on charges of hiding caller identity in Madhya Pradesh service area in January, 2011 posing a security threat. Earlier in October, 2011, the DoT had imposed Rs 50 crore fine on Airtel....
  • SC rejects PIL seeking recovery of Rs 21,000 crore from Vodafone July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction to Centre to recover Rs 21,000 crore from UK telecom major Vodafone has been refused by the Supreme Court. While refusing to take up the petition, the apex court allowed the petitioner to file a fresh plea. Former Additional Solicitor General Bishwajit...
  • Vodafone doubles its mobile Internet rates for 2G, 3G subscribers June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Vodafone India has doubled its mobile Internet rates for 2G and 3G customers across the country, and it is being implemented in a phased manner. The new rates for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pre-paid and post paid users are 4 paisa per 10 KB, as compared to 2 paisa per 10...
  • Telecom Ministry seeks Rs 6,997 cr fund for projects this budget June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The Telecom Ministry has sought additional funds of Rs 6,997 crore in the budget for various projects that are to be rolled out during the current financial year. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is learnt to have approached Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for additional funds to carry out...
  • Vodafone restricts calls from Loop users to its network June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Vodafone India has blocked incoming calls from Loop Mobile customers to its network in Mumbai for non-payment of interconnection charges. As per sectoral regulator Trai, a mobile operator on whose network a call originates has to pay charges to the telecom company on whose network the call terminates....
  • Telecom Commission nod likely for mobile network in Maoist-hit areas June 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The Telecom Commission is likely to clear a proposal for setting up mobile network in Maoist-hit areas and ensure seamless mobile connectivity in the northeast as part of NDA government's resolve to fight Left-wing extremism and development of NE region. During a recent meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath...
  • Nokia achieves record 4G speed; lets you download a full-length high-definition movie in 11 seconds June 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Finnish telecom firm Nokia today said it demonstrated a record 4G speed that enables a high-definition movie to be downloaded in only 11 seconds. The speed attained by Nokia on a South Korean network is 400 times faster than the top 4G options offered by telecom operators in India. "Nokia...
  • RCom expands 3G services to 18 circles June 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operator Reliance Communications has extended 3G services to 18 more circles across the country. At present, the company has the largest 3G footprint in the country with a presence in 13 circles. "We are delighted to launch 3G footprint across 18 service areas in India, which makes our...
  • MTS offers full talktime on recharges starting at Rs 30 June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: To boost revenue from voice calls, telecom company Sistema Shyam, which operates under the MTS brand, offered full talktime on mobile recharge coupons starting at Rs 30 and extra talktime on coupons above Rs 150. "Our latest initiative 'Offer Ka Sikander' has been designed to not only provide enhanced...
  • iFone trumps iPhone in Mexico trademark ruling June 7, 2014

    Mexico City: Mexico's intellectual property agency said Friday it has ruled in favor of a small local firm's rights to the "iFone" name, saying that ads for Apple's iPhone have encroached on the trademark. The Mexican firm iFone S.A. de C.V. registered the name in 2003 to cover specialized telephone service...
  • 2G case: Court imposes Rs 1 lakh penalty on Shahid Balwa of Swan Telecom May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: A special court on Friday imposed a penalty of Rs one lakh on Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, who had sought permission to withdraw answers given by him earlier to the court in the 2G scam case trial, while allowing his plea to record afresh his statement...
  • Mobile number portability touches 100 million mark: TRAI May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The number of subscribers who have availed mobile number portability (MNP) has reached the 100 million-mark, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said. MNP was introduced on Jan 20, 2011 in the country allowing mobile phone users to retain their mobile number even when moving...
  • Vodafone announces 'every min prize contest' for Rajasthan customers May 30, 2014

    Telecom operator Vodafone on Wednesday announced a one month long 'every-minute prize winning contests' for its customers to commemorate the company's attainment of 1 crore customers in the Rajasthan circle. "We have crossed the landmark number of one crore subscribers in Rajasthan circle. This is a significant achievement for us and...
  • Pre-paid electricity meters can help people manage consumption May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Installing prepaid electricity meters in India will have a similar "transformative" effect that was seen in the telecom sector with prepaid services, as people would be able to manage their consumption better, a Sri Lankan think tank LIRNEasia on Tuesday said. Discussing findings of survey on access to electricity...
  • RAW wants background check of telcos setting up ILD facility May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Security agency Research and Analysis Wing has asked the Department of Telecom to make background verification of telecom companies mandatory even before granting them provisional permission for starting international long distance communication services. "R&AW has requested that security clearances from the national security agencies viz, R&AW and IB for...
  • 2G scam: CBI seeks cancellation of bail to Shahid Balwa May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI in a Delhi court on Friday sought the cancellation of the bail granted to Swan Telecom Promoter Shahid Usman Balwa in the 2G spectrum allocation case, saying his conduct requires reconsideration and recall of the relief given to him earlier. The agency was responding to Balwa's plea...
  • 2G case: CBI seeks time to file reply on Shahid Balwa's plea May 22, 2014

    CBI on Thursday sought time to file its response before a Delhi court on Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa's plea seeking permission to withdraw the answers given by him earlier in reply to court's query in the ongoing trial in 2G spectrum allocation case. The agency, which was scheduled to...
  • Airtel launches 4G services in Ludhiana May 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel launched its fourth generation (4G) services in Ludhiana, with plans for post-paid mobile users starting at Rs 100. Ludhiana becomes second city in Punjab after Mohali where the country's largest mobile operator is offering 4G services. Airtel has services also in Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Chandigarh and...
  • Not committed any wrongdoing: Ravi Ruia tells 2G court May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia, facing trial in a case arising out of the investigation into the 2G spectrum allocation scam, on Monday told a Delhi court that he had not committed any wrongdoing and many facts were not properly probed by CBI. Deposing before Special CBI Judge OP...
  • IIT, IIM, IISc faculty ask for Rs 17500 crore telecom funds May 14, 2014

    Faculties of top Indian institutes IIT, IIM and IISc have written to Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal to expeditiously operationalise funds, proposed to be around Rs 17,500 crore, for developing domestic capabilities and reduce dependence on imports in the sector. "We have written to the Telecom Minister and DoT for release of...
  • 2G Scam: Shahid Balwa seeks withdrawal of statement given in court May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa on Monday moved a special court seeking its permission to withdraw the answers given by him earlier in response to the court's query in the ongoing trial in 2G spectrum allocation case. Balwa, who had on May 10 faced court's ire which had...
  • Idea to offer its own 3G services in Delhi by March 2015 May 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Idea Cellular, the country's third largest telecom operator, will use its own network for offering 3G services in the lucrative Delhi circle from early next year. The operator, at present, is offering 3G services in the region through intra-circle roaming pacts with Airtel and...
  • Vodafone, Airtel, Idea resume 3G services in all circles May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operators Vodafone and Idea Cellular said they will resume 3G services in circles where they don't have spectrum through intra-circle roaming (ICR) pacts with other operators. Bharti Airtel has also announced resumption of its 3G services in circles where it don't have spectrum. ...
  • Airtel to resume 3G services from May 5 May 4, 2014

    Kolkata: After telecom tribunal TDSAT upheld their plea to provide 3G intra-circle roaming services, Airtel today announced the resumption of its 3G services in eight circles. In a statement, the service provider said 3G roaming services would now be available in Haryana, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, MPCG (Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh), Gujarat,...