TELECOM

  • Ericsson sues Apple for telecom patent infringement Yesterday

    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% 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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...
  • Here's why your mobile phone bills may go up February 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Auction of telecom spectrum due on March 4 may burn a hole in the pockets of the operators and may increase call and data charges, experts have opined. "This will be a very big and interesting auction. Operators whose licences are expiring will be bidding hard to secure their...
  • Alcatel-Lucent woos new kinds of customers in race to prove itself February 3, 2015

    Paris: In the final year of his turnaround plan, Alcatel-Lucent's boss is pushing the telecom network gear maker to diversify its customer base by selling Internet equipment to large technology companies and multinational corporations. Chief Executive Michel Combes' plan to put more emphasis on so-called edge and core routers that direct...
  • Spectrum auction for 2G, 3G networks to start from February 25 January 10, 2015

    New Delhi: The next round of spectrum auction for 2G and 3G networks will be held from February 25, through which the government targets to garner at least Rs 64,840 crore. A notification was issued by the Department of Telecom in this regard late Friday night. The spectrum auction will be held...
  • Airtel announces VoIP calling pack for prepaid customers; stands by its decision to charge extra for calls on Skype, Viber December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Standing by its decision to charge extra for services like Skype and Viber, telecom major Bharti Airtel today said allowing VoIP calls on mobiles without additional charges was not a tenable business. The company defended its position despite Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying that the government would look...
  • Complaints about pesky calls, SMSs drop by over 80 per cent December 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Steps taken by authorities to rein in pesky calls and SMSs seem to be bearing fruit with the average number of complaints received per month regarding such unsolicited communications coming down by over 80 per cent in the ongoing financial year. According to data shared by the Department of...
  • Vodafone, Airtel fined the most for tariff and MNP rules violation November 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operator Vodafone has been fined the most for tariff rule violations till date, while Bharti Airtel has been penalised the maximum amount for breaching mobile number portability norms. Country's second largest telecom operator Vodafone has been penalised over Rs 6 lakhs for charging customers on new tariff without...
  • 2G money laundering case: Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa moves SC November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, who along with former Telecom Minister A Raja and 17 others are facing a money laundering case arising out of the 2G scam, on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking setting aside of a lower court order of framing charges against him. A...
  • Indefinite strike by BSNL employees from February 3 November 6, 2014

    Howrah: BSNL employees called an indefinite country-wide strike from February 3 next year to press its demand for proactive steps by the government to revitalise the limping telecom giant. "Since 2007 roadblocks created by the government have dragged BSNL to losses and are giving way to private sector (telecom companies) to...
  • Cyclone Nilofar: Telecom operators gear up facilities in Gujarat October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Private telecom operators on Wednesday said that they have put in place facilities to ensure continuing mobile communication services in the districts of Gujarat that may get affected by impending cyclone Nilofar. Telecom service providers have put in place facility for tracking of...
  • Idea planning to launch 4G services in India October 28, 2014

    Kochi: Idea Cellular is working on the launch of 4G service in the country and as and when the ecosystem develops, it will be rolled out, a top official today said. The operator had registered an over Rs 1,000 crore mobile data revenue during the second quarter of the fiscal. "We...
  • Telcom operators expected to pass on to customers the burden of spectrum cost; may raise mobile tariffs October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Industry body COAI has said mobile tariffs may go up soon as telecom operators are expected to pass on to customers the burden of spectrum cost they will incur in the upcoming auction. The auction of airwaves is likely to be conducted in February next year. "Definitely there will...
  • PM Modi to review progress of infra sectors on November 5 October 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the progress of infrastructure sectors including roads, railways and power in the presence of senior officials of concerned ministries on November 5. "The Prime Minister has called a meeting to review the progress of various infrastructure projects being implemented under different ministries on...
  • Nationwide mobile number portability to be implemented by March 31 October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Mobile phone users will soon be able to change their telecom operators and retain their numbers even if they are relocating to areas outside the service providers' operations. At present, mobile subscribers have restricted facility of changing their telcos while retaining their number within same service area using mobile...
  • MTS slashes mobile Internet rates by about 33 per cent October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Triggering a price war in mobile Internet segment, telecom operator MTS India today launched new schemes with a price reduction of about 33 per cent in its high-speed service offerings. "We have lowered the price barrier for first time data customers with as much as 33 per cent reduction...
  • Airtel, Vodafone, Idea hike mobile Internet rates by up to 100% October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operators have raised mobile internet rates up to 100 per cent in June-September period across country. Airtel is latest to increase mobile rates by up to 33 per cent while Vodafone and Idea have started gradually implementing the increased mobile internet rates from June. The three companies jointly hold...
  • HC asks Gujarat not to collect duty on telecom customers forms September 21, 2014

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has asked the state government not to collect stamp duty from various telecom service providers including Tata TeleServices, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications on customers' application forms. Justice CL Soni of the Gujarat High Court directed the Gujarat government not to collect stamp duty on customers'...
  • J&K floods: Government working to restore phone connectivity in the state September 14, 2014

    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 yearend: Ravi Shankar Prasad September 13, 2014

    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 5300crore telecom infra project for North East September 10, 2014

    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 NorthEastern Region (NER)....
  • 2G scam: Recording of evidence ends, court to hear final arguments September 10, 2014

    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 September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom services in the floodhit 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 staterun operator. Vodafone has...