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  • Internet subscribers in India touch 238.71 million in 2013 19-02-2014 06:14 PM

    New Delhi: India's Internet population rose to 238.71 million last year helped by growing number of users especially in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Communication and IT Milind Deora said:...
  • 3G spectrum auction after new government takes charge: Trai 11-02-2014 05:06 PM

    The 3G spectrum in 2100 Mhz band should be made available by June and be auctioned immediately after the new government takes charge, Trai Chairman Rahul Khullar said on Tuesday. "You should be planning now what you are going to do in next 3-4 years from now. One is get...
  • 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...
  • I&B Ministry issues new guidelines for television rating agencies 17-01-2014 09:12 PM

    The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has notified the guidelines that lay a framework for television rating agencies to function. Following the approval by the Union cabinet, the I&B ministry has notified the guidelines on Thursday. The guidelines would come into force after 30 days from the date of notification, official...
  • 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...
  • DoT defers spectrum auction to February 3 29-12-2013 12:45 PM

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom has postponed the next spectrum auction to February 3 from January 23 amid pending issues, including spectrum usage charges, and a demand from operators seeking more time. The DoT also deferred the issue of clarifications to queries raised by potential bidders at the pre-bid...
  • 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...
  • EGoM to discuss spectrum auction, M&A policy today 22-11-2013 10:53 AM

    The Empowered Group of Ministers on telecom, headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, is likely to discuss on Friday the details of the third round of spectrum auction as well as M&A guidelines for the sector. "All issues related to spectrum auction which includes its views on base price, schedule...
  • Vodafone offers to pay Rs 4,000 cr for extension of licences 19-11-2013 06:23 PM

    Nation's second largest telecom firm Vodafone India has offered to pay Rs 4,000 crore and a spectrum usage charge of 3 per cent for extension of permits for Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata service areas for 20 years. At Rs 4,000 crore, Vodafone is offering about one fourth of TRAI's suggested...
  • Mobile user base falls to 87.05 cr in September; first drop in 5 months 06-11-2013 05:06 PM

    New Delhi: The country's wireless subscriber base fell to 87.05 crore at the end of September, registering the first drop in five months, after Reliance Communications deactivated services of over 1 crore "unprofitable" users. According to data released by sectoral regulator TRAI, the mobile user base declined 0.70 per cent...
  • Radia tapes: CBI registers fresh Preliminary Enquiry 29-10-2013 04:48 PM

    CBI on Tuesday registered a fresh Preliminary Enquiry (PE) related to Radia tapes against a senior Income Tax officer who was trying to get a transfer by allegedly offering bribes to CBDT officers. The sources said a senior IT officer and an alleged middlemen having links with the officer and...
  • Radia Tapes: CBI registers four enquiries, 10 more soon 23-10-2013 12:38 AM

    CBI, on Tuesday, commenced its probe into four issues in connection with the tapped conversations of lobbyist Niira Radia with various high-profile individuals as part of its separate preliminary enquiries(PE) in 14 related cases. CBI sources said, on Tuesday, that four PEs covering these issues have so far been registered...
  • Radia tapes: CBI registers four preliminary enquiries 22-10-2013 10:13 PM

    CBI on Tuesday registered four preliminary enquiries in connection with the tapped conversation of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with with various high-profile individuals. CBI sources said on Tuesday that four PEs covering these issues have so far been registered on the instructions of the Supreme Court while the process of...
  • Spectrum auction at lower base prices will start by end of 2013: Sibal 18-10-2013 06:47 PM

    The next round of spectrum auction is expected by the end of this year with lower reserve prices compared to the ones fixed by the government in the previous round, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said on Friday. "Next set of auctions which are going to take place, we are looking...
  • 87 pc dip in complaints for wrong activation of value added services: TRAI 14-10-2013 01:18 PM

    New Delhi: The number of complaints made against wrong activation of value added services like mobile internet and caller tunes has declined by about 87 per cent since July when TRAI issued directions to operators for putting an end to such practices, the regulator said. According to data released by...
  • Nobody in India can buy Airtel, says Sunil Bharti Mittal 03-10-2013 10:57 AM

    Johannesburg: Asserting that there is nobody in India who can buy Airtel, Bharti group Chairman Sunil Mittal said the telecom firm will look at opportunities to acquire another firm in India, provided that there is a clear merger and acquisition policy in place. "I don't think so that there is...
  • TRAI recommends full number portability within 6 months 25-09-2013 06:22 PM

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI recommended that MNP be fully implemented across the country within six months to allow subscribers to retain their numbers even when they shift from one service area to another. Presently, Mobile Number Portability is available only within the subscribers' service area. When MNP is implemented...
  • Spectrum auction expected in January, revenue target at Rs 11,000 crore 24-09-2013 01:42 PM

    The Department of Telecom is likely to conduct the third round of spectrum auction by January and expects to garner a minimum revenue of about Rs 11,000 crore this fiscal, a top official said. Replying to a query on expected time-line for the next round of spectrum auction, Telecom Secretary...
  • Government eyes Rs 11,000 crore revenue through spectrum auction 24-09-2013 01:25 PM

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom is likely to conduct the third round of spectrum auction by January 2014 and expects to garner a minimum revenue of about Rs 11,000 crore this fiscal, a top official said. Replying to a query on expected time-line for the next round of spectrum...
  • Government set to unroll e-auction process for phase III FM radio in 227 cities 13-09-2013 03:09 PM

    Government is on the cusp of commencing the e-auction for phase III FM radio that will allow 839 radio channels to come up in 227 cities. "We are trying to put in processes which can make the whole ascending e-auction process as transparent and hassle free as possible. And I...
  • TRAI's reduced spectrum prices could lead to Rs 30,000 crore loss 10-09-2013 08:50 PM

    New Delhi: Telecom Watchdog, an NGO, has alleged that TRAI's recommendations on spectrum pricing favour large firms and would lead to about Rs 30,000 crore loss to the government. "The recommendations (by TRAI) have been synchronised to favour large telecom firms, whose licenses are due for renewal in November 2014...
  • TRAI recommends up to 81 pc cut in spectrum auction base price 09-09-2013 05:50 PM

    New Delhi: The telecom regulator on Monday recommended sharp cuts in reserve prices for the next round of spectrum auctions after previous efforts at selling the airwaves failed. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) also said no spectrum would be reserved for existing players when their licences expire and...
  • 31.6 lakh new mobile customers in June, 1.2 lakh decline in landlines 07-09-2013 11:29 AM

    New Delhi: India had 90.3 crore telecom subscribers in June, up 0.34 per cent over the previous month, as per the data released by sectoral regulator Trai. "The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 903.09 million at the end of June, 2013 from 900.05 million at the end...
  • Recommendations for third round of spectrum auction soon, says TRAI 26-08-2013 05:03 PM

    The recommendations for valuation and reserve price for the third round of spectrum auction would come "very shortly", regulator TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar said on Monday. "The recommendations will come very shortly," said Khullar during an open house discussion on the matter here. Asked about the timeline, he said, "You...
  • TRAI suggests 100 per cent FDI in broadcast carriage 22-08-2013 06:08 PM

    New Delhi: TRAI on Thursday recommended raising the FDI limit for broadcast carriage services up to 100 per cent and for uplinking of news channels and FM radio services up to 49 per cent. The Information & Broadcasting Ministry had in July sent a reference to TRAI asking it to...
  • Telecom regulator asked to give views soon on media FDI caps 22-08-2013 02:19 AM

    New Delhi: The information and broadcasting ministry has requested Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to speed up its response on the existing sectoral caps of FDI in the broadcast sector, an official release said. The ministry has also urged Press Council of India (PCI) to give its advice soon...
  • MSOs to begin direct billing for digital cable consumers from August 18-08-2013 01:01 PM

    In a significant step aimed at ushering in transparency in the way cable TV consumers are billed, the multiple system operators (MSOs) are rolling out a direct billing system from August. As of now, the monthly charges for cable TV connections were being collected by the local area cable operators,...
  • ITSB crossed 90 cr mark in May, informs TRAI 16-08-2013 07:39 PM

    Registering a marginal growth, Indian telecom subscriber base (ITSB) crossed 90 crore-mark in May this year after almost two years. The base grew by 0.34 per cent to reach 90.005 crore, according to Trai data. This is the second time the subscriber base is breaching the 90 crore-mark. Earlier in...
  • Notices issued to 246 telemarketers for violating norms 11-08-2013 12:44 PM

    New Delhi: In a bid to rein in pesky calls and text messages, telecom regulator TRAI has blacklisted 15 telemarketers and issued notices to 246 of them, while deducting Rs 1.36 crore security deposit for violations of various norms. According to official data, 15 telemarketers have been blacklisted from September...
  • TRAI proposes complaint filing with operators via SMS, email, post 30-07-2013 06:08 PM

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI today proposed allowing customers to file complaint with operators in person as well as through SMS, e-mail, post or courier in addition to the current practice of doing that on voice calls. The changes have been proposed following Telecom Regulatory Authority's direct communication with consumers...