TELECOM

  • TRAI initiates regulatory preparations for WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and other services 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • Spectrum auction garners bids worth Rs 77,000 crore at the end of third day March 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Government has garnered bids worth around Rs 77,000 crore at the end of three days of spectrum auction as telecom operators continued to bid aggressively. "The bidding has taken place in all bands. At present, a value of approximately Rs 77,000 crore has been committed by bidders in respect...
  • Second day of spectrum auction ends; bids grow to Rs 65,000 crore March 5, 2015

    New Delhi: The second day of the biggest ever telecom spectrum auction ended today with total bids growing to about Rs 65,000 crore, as the telecom operators bid aggressively across all bands including those for 2G and 3G. The auction will continue on Friday, despite it being a holiday on...
  • Huawei, Intel expand tie-up amid China's rising scrutiny of US tech firms March 5, 2015

    Beijing: China's Huawei and Intel are expanding an existing alliance to provide cloud computing to global telecoms carriers, as US tech firms vie for Chinese tie-ups to retain access to a tough mainland market. The partnership, announced by Huawei in a statement, comes as US and other Western tech firms' scramble...
  • Telecom auction gets Rs 60,000 crore bids on first day March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The biggest ever auction of 2G and 3G airwaves on Wednesday began on a high note with operators making bids worth an estimated Rs 60,000 crore after six rounds of bidding in all four bands. The bidding will resume tomorrow morning in the auction through which the government...
  • Spectrum auction begins; government eyeing over Rs 80,000 crore revenue March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The much awaited spectrum auction, wherein eight companies are bidding to acquire airwaves in four bands, started on Wednesday. The auction is the biggest ever sale of 2G and 3G airwaves which may fetch the government over Rs 82,000 crore. A total of 380.75 MHz of spectrum in three...
  • TRAI asks Vodafone to stop using 'unallocated' 111 for customer care services March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Sector regulator Trai today directed Vodafone to stop using '111' for offering customer care services, as it violates the national numbering plan, and submit a compliance report by March 10. In a direction to Vodafone, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said that Department of Telecom had issued...
  • Ericsson sues Apple for telecom patent infringement February 27, 2015

    Stockholm: Swedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson is suing Apple for patent infringement, Ericsson said on Friday. Ericsson said it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting an exclusion order against Apple's products for infringing Ericsson patents that are essential to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards. It also...
  • STD calls to cost less as TRAI slashes network charge that one operator pays to another by about 50% February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Long distance domestic telephone calls are set to become cheaper as regulator TRAI today slashed a network charge that one operator pays to another for carrying the call by about 50 per cent to 35 paise a minute. Carriage charges play an important role in determining the long...
  • Telecom tariffs to go down as Trai cuts call connect charge February 23, 2015

    New Delhi: In a bid to boost fixed line phone connections in the country, telecom regulator Trai on Monday removed charges that a landline service provider has to pay to the other service providers for transmitting its customers' phone calls - a move that is likely to lead to lower...
  • Telecom tariffs to go down as TRAI cuts call connect charge February 23, 2015

    New Delhi:In a bid to boost fixed line phone connections in the country, telecom regulator TRAI removed charges that a landline service provider has to pay to the other service providers for transmitting its customers'phone calls - a move that is likely to lead to lower tariffs. Now, calls made from...
  • Budget 2015: Spectrum allocation should be made more transparent, says Videocon Telecom CEO February 20, 2015

    One of the foremost recommendations to the Hon'bl Finance Minister will be to make true greater airways availability through spectrum sharing and trading that will help in optimum utilisation of this most scarce and sought after resource 'spectrum'. Spectrum allocation should be made more transparent and focused resources should be...
  • Budget 2015 should encourage domestic manufacturing of mobile phones: Karbonn February 18, 2015

    As India is going to achieve a 25 per cent share in global mobile phone manufacturing by 2019, the industry expects that the Union Budget will encourage domestic manufacturing with policies like tax holidays and interest subsidies and help the Indian telecom sector reach new benchmarks. The mobile segment in India...
  • Airtel, Vodafone and two others apply for spectrum auction February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Four telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Uninor and Aircel have submitted applications for participating in the upcoming spectrum auction, scheduled to start from March 4. Monday is the last day to submit the applications. Most of the spectrum being put up for the auction is presently held by Airtel,...
  • There is no proof that mobile radiation causes cancer February 15, 2015

    New Delhi: At a time when various studies are going on whether radiation from mobile phones is harmful for health, an US expert Saturday said no study or research has proved that non-ionising radiation, as produced by these devices, causes cancer. "No study or research about cancer has proved that non-ionizing...
  • Airtel launches telecom services in Lachen in Sikkim February 10, 2015

    Kolkata: Airtel has become the first private telecommunications operator to offer telecom services in Lachen, a small town in north Sikkim. With a tower installed at an altitude of 9,360 feet, Airtel has enabled seamless connectivity in Lachen, enabling customers to easily stay connected to their near and dear, the company...