Telecom

  • J&K floods: Government working to restore phone connectivity in the state 2 days ago

    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 year-end: Ravi Shankar Prasad 3 days ago

    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 5300-crore telecom infra project for North East 6 days ago

    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 North-Eastern Region (NER)....
  • 2G scam: Recording of evidence ends, court to hear final arguments 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Telecom services in the flood-hit 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 state-run operator. Vodafone has...
  • J&K: Damage to become clear after roads are fixed 1 week ago

    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 3-5 days: Centre September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Restoration of road and tele-communication 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 Aircel-Maxis deal:SC August 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation can file a chargesheet against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran in the Aircel-Maxis 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 long-pending proposal to install mobile towers in nine Naxal-affected 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 ADAG-owned 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 Tata-Unitech 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 naxal-affected 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 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...