India Telecom News


Indian telecom sector got $10 bn FDI in eight months of 2016-17: Official
New Delhi, Nov 30 : The Indian telecom sector has received foreign direct investment (FDI) of $10 billion in the first eight months of the current fiscal, Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak said here on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Telephone subscribers decline by 0.52% in August
New Delhi, Nov 25 : The number of telephone subscribers in India declined from 1,058.85 million at the end of July 2016 to 1,053.40 million at the end of August 2016, thereby showing a monthly decline rate of 0.52 per cent, official data showed here on Friday. Read Full Story

Idea Cellular to launch 4G in nine more circles by FY17 end
New Delhi, Nov 23 : Idea Cellular will launch 4G services in another nine circles in 2016-17 to reach the target of 20 circles -- giving the company pan-India wireless broadband network, a company statement said here on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Telecom firms to waive mobile banking charges till Dec 31: Minister
New Delhi, Nov 22 : Aiming to help the common people who are coping with cash crunch following demonetisation, the telecom operators have decided to waive off charges for mobile banking services till December 31, 2016, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Government planning platform for customer feedback on call drops: Minister
New Delhi, Nov 1 : Communications Minister Manoj Sinha on Tuesday said the government is planning to set up a platform in the next one month through which subscribers can directly give their feedback on call drops. Read Full Story

Government planning platform for customer feedback on call drops: Minister
New Delhi, Nov 1 : Communications Minister Manoj Sinha on Tuesday said the government is planning to set up a platform in the next one month through which subscribers can directly give their feedback on call drops. Read Full Story

Government plans second phase of telecom sector reforms
New Delhi, Nov 1 : The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is now looking to herald second generation reforms like simplifying licences and launching electromagnetic field (EMF) portals to help people test the level of radiation from towers. Read Full Story

India to have 1 billion mobile users by 2020: GSMA
Gurgaon, Oct 26 : India will have almost one billion unique mobile subscribers by 2020 and already now is the worlds second largest smartphone market, overtaking the US in first half of 2016 with an installed base of 275 million devices, a GSMA study revealed on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Airtel launches 10-day international roaming packs
New Delhi, Oct 26 : Bharti Airtel on Wednesday launched an affordable 10-day validity pack for international roaming with unlimited incoming calls, available for popular destinations, a company statement said. Read Full Story

'Mobile tower emissions well within limits in India'
Chandigarh, Oct 21 : Electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from mobile towers in the country are much below the strict norms enforced by the Department of Telecom (DoT), a senior officer said here on Friday. Read Full Story

Idea Cellular now provides 1,865 ports to Reliance Jio
New Delhi, Sep 23 : Idea Cellular on Friday said it has now provisioned 1,865 ports to Reliance Jio for access, from the 565 earlier -- a 230 per cent increase in capacity. Read Full Story

Bharti Airtel launches 90 days free 4G data pack
New Delhi, Sep 23 : Bharti Airtel has launched a 4G data pack that offers free data for 90 days, a company statement said here on Friday. Read Full Story

Vodafone launches Flex for prepaid customers
New Delhi, Sep 20 : Vodafone India on Tuesday launched for its prepaid customers the 'Vodafone Flex' service which has no pre-fixed quotas for voice, data or SMSes, a company statement said here. Read Full Story

Game of phones: Interconnect charge emerges as new battleground among operators
New Delhi, Sep 13 : Should interconnection charges -- or the payment made for mobile phone calls from the network of one operator to another -- be scrapped? Read Full Story

Watchdog asks telecom body to apologise for wrong remarks
New Delhi, Sep 10 : Taking strong exception to remarks by Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) Director General Rajan Mathews, following an industry meeting on interconnection issue, the telecom watchdog has sought both a retraction and an apology. Read Full Story

TRAI meets telcos over interconnect issue, COAI kept out
New Delhi, Sep 9 : The Indian telecom regulator on Friday met service providers -- Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular -- to discuss the issue of mobile network interconnection among various players, but allegedly barred Cellular Operators' Association of India's (COAI) officials from participating in the meeting. Read Full Story

SC issues notice to Centre on Aircel Cellular's plea
New Delhi , Sept.2 : The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Centre on Aircel Cellular's plea against the Madras High Court's decision upholding payment of One Time Spectrum Charges (OTSC) of Rs. 3,273 crores to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Read Full Story

itel Mobile 6th in feature phone industry in India: Report
New Delhi, Sep 2 : Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Transsion Holdings, which entered the Indian market with its itel Mobile brand, has been ranked sixth in the overall feature phone segment in the first quarter of operations in India. Read Full Story

Jio tariff plan just right to capture mass market: Analysts
Mumbai, Sep 2 : The eventual tariff for Jio 4G services announced by Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, which has a surprise element of free domestic calls with no roaming charges, is just right to capture a large share of India's telecom and data market pie, analysts maintain. Read Full Story

Reliance Jio's low data tariff, zero voice rate raises profitability issue (News Analysis)
Mumbai, Sep 1 : At a time when the Indian telecom sector is in stress, with the upcoming spectrum auction expected to add to the burden, the startling Reliance Jio announcement of zero tariff for domestic voice calls in perpetuity, with sharply lower data rates, has aroused questions about the revenue model and profitability of the new player. Read Full Story

Reliance Jio offers three-month free services as part of inaugural offer
Mumbai, Sep 1 : Reliance Jio services, which will commence from Monday, Sep 5, will be absolutely free for everyone until December 31, 2016, as part of the 'Jio welcome offer', announced Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani, according to media reports. Read Full Story

Jio Preview Offer now available on Intex 4G smartphones
New Delhi, Aug 31 : Domestic smartphone-maker Intex technologies on Wednesday announced its partnership with Reliance Jio for making the Jio Preview Offer available on its 4G smartphones. Read Full Story

Jio Preview offer now on all Videocon 4G smartphones
New Delhi, Aug 30 : Domestic mobile manufacturer Videocon smartphone on Tuesday announced its association with Reliance Jio to make Jio Preview offer available on all its 4G handsets. Read Full Story

Airtel expands 4G footprint in Bengal, launches services in Baharampur
Baharampur, Aug 30 : Bharti Airtel , a telecommunications services provider, on Tuesday launched its 4G services in Baharampur. Read Full Story

Airtel makes 3G, 4G data cheaper for prepaid users
New Delhi, Aug 29 : In order to bring down the cost of internet usage for its prepaid users, Bharti Airtel has announced two internet packs, a company statement said here on Monday. Read Full Story

Airtel's end-to-end connectivity plan for foreign firms
New Delhi, Aug 28 : Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Sunday announced the launch of its 'India with Airtel' bouquet of services offering end-to-end connectivity solutions for foreign companies looking to set up businesses in India. Read Full Story

TRAI Consultation Paper on ISPs' spectrum usage charges
New Delhi, Aug 19 : The Indian telecom watchdog on Friday issued a consultation paper on spectrum usage charges (SUC) for Internet service providers (ISP) and commercial very small aperture terminal service providers. Read Full Story

Jio says connecting points given by telcos six times short
New Delhi, Aug 18 : Reliance Industries has strongly refuted the claims of the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) that its members are providing sufficient inter-connection points for Jio's 4G services, saying the reality was that such access was grossly inadequate. Read Full Story

COAI rejects Jio's request for additional point of interconnect
New Delhi, Aug 17 : The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) has rejected Reliance Jio's request for additional point of interconnect from its member companies, saying the optimal link has already been provided. Read Full Story

BSNL extends free unlimited calls offer on Independence Day
New Delhi, Aug 14 : State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) on Sunday extended to its landline customers the facility of making free unlimited calls on any network on the Independence Day on Monday. Read Full Story

BSNL to offer unlimited calls on Sundays from Aug 15
New Delhi, Aug 13 : State-run telecom service provider BSNL will provide unlimited free calls from its landline to any network's mobile and landline on all Sundays across India from Monday. Read Full Story

Total telephone subscription declines in May: Telecom regulator
New Delhi, July 29 : Hit by lower subscriptions in urban areas, the total number of telephone users in India declined from 1,059.29 million at the end of April 2016 to 1,058.03 million at the end of May 2016, showing a monthly fall in growth rate of 0.12 per cent, official data published by the sector regulator showed here on Friday. Read Full Story

Telecom regulator issues consultation paper on grievance redressal
New Delhi, July 28 : Aiming to address customer grievances at a faster pace, the telecom regulator on Thursday issued a consultation paper where it sought opinions from stakeholders on whether setting up an ombudsman will help in the redressal mechanism. Read Full Story

Now, Vodafone India to slash data tariff soon
New Delhi, July 19 : After Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel slashed their internet tariff, Vodafone India is also planning to follow their lead and make an announcement in this regard within a couple of days, a top company official said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Idea cuts 67 pct rates on 4G, 3G BIG Internet Packs
New Delhi, July 18 : Continuing with its efforts to drive mobile internet penetration and adoption across the country, Idea Cellular announced slashing the rates of its 4G, 3G BIG Internet packs by up to 67 percent, providing more value to heavy internet users who consume data packs of 2GB to 10 GB. Read Full Story

Telecom industry backs net neutrality, but seeks equality
New Delhi, July 6 : Supporting net neutrality, telecom and internet service providers have sought net equality with common rules for the same services to connect a billion citizens across India. Read Full Story

TRAI to set service quality norms for mobile data
New Delhi, July 6 : Telecom regulator TRAI has said it will soon float a consultation paper to decide on the service quality norms for mobile data. Read Full Story

Telecom operators to fork out Rs 1 lakh cr in auction: Crisil
Mumbai, July 4 : Leading ratings agency Crisil on Monday said India's telecom operators will have to shell out Rs 1 lakh crore to buy spectrum in the forthcoming auction expected in the next 2-3 Amonths. Read Full Story

Idea launches 'Internet for All' initiative
New Delhi, June 22 : India's third largest national mobile operator Idea Cellular announced an 'Internet for All' program that empowers all the Idea prepaid consumers and retailers to give one month of free Internet access to Internet non-users. Read Full Story

India telecom regulator floats consultation paper on Internet Telephony
New Delhi, June 22 : At a time when calls through Skype, Viber and Whatsapp are gaining popularity with every passing day, the Indian telecom watchdog on Wednesday issued a consultation paper on Internet Telephony seeking stakeholders' opinions on various matters ranging from additional entry fee, call termination charges to quality of service parameters. Read Full Story

Idea launches 'Internet for All' initiative
New Delhi, June 22 : To connect millions of non-internet users, telecom operator Idea Cellular on Wednesday announced an "Internet For All" initiative that empowers Idea prepaid customers and retailers to gift free 100MB data for a month to non-internet users. Read Full Story

Mobile internet services suspended in Jammu
Jammu, June 15 : The mobile internet services in Jammu were suspended on Wednesday after violence erupted in the region following the alleged desecration of Aap Shambu temple in Janipura area. Read Full Story

TRAI changes norms for submission of accounts by service providers
New Delhi, June 12 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued changed norms for submission of accounts by service providers, clubbing reports of various segments into seven heads from the eleven earlier. Read Full Story

Operators to set up 70,000 telecom towers to curb call drops
New Delhi, June 10 : The telecom service providers on Friday presented a 100-day action plan to the government on call drops and said collectively they will set up 70,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) within that time-frame. Read Full Story

3pc spectrum usage charge for all bands except 2,500 MHz: Telecom panel
New Delhi, June 7 : As preparations begin for the latest rounds of auction of airwaves, the Telecom Commission on Tuesday zeroed in on 1 per cent spectrum usage charge (SUC) for 2,500 MHz and 3 per cent for all the other bands. Read Full Story

Telecom regulator to ask operators for call masking details
New Delhi, June 7 : The Indian telecom regulator will soon ask service providers to give details of radio link timeout (RLT) or call masking technology used by them. Read Full Story

Telecom regulator invites opinion on indoor access to telecom services
New Delhi, June 6 : The Indian telecom regulator on Monday issued a consultation paper seeking opinion of stakeholders whether telecom services be given access within buildings for better service quality. Read Full Story

BSNL offers special combo voucher for Ramzan
Kolkata, June 6 : Telecom service provider BSNL offers promotional combo voucher 786 during the holy month Ramzan festival. Read Full Story

Most Delhi operators fall below call drop rate threshold: TRAI
New Delhi, June 1 : Most telecom service providers failed to meet the call drop rate threshold of less than two percent in the national capital region (NCR) during a recent test drive, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) data revealed here on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Idea slashes 4G/3G night surfing data prices by up to 50 pct
New Delhi, May 17 : Idea Cellular, India's fastest growing telecom operator has introduced an affordable range of 4G/3G night data packs for night surfers, which will enable data usage and will save up to 50 percent of their cost. Idea also announced the unique Day and Night Twin pack which offers 30 percent discount to customers as compared to existing data packs. Read Full Story

'Tax proposal on spectrum will put telecom industry at risk'
New Delhi, May 12 : The proposed 15 percent service tax on all spectrum allotment by the Centre and spectrum transactions between licensees will place the telecom industry in a precarious financial position, industry body Assocham said on Thursday. Read Full Story

Call drop penalty waived, government assures quality oversight (Roundup)
New Delhi, May 11 : Telecom operators heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday with the Supreme Court scrapping the watchdog's order on compensating subscribers for call drops even as the government assured mobile phone users that it will keep a check on service quality. Read Full Story

Call drop penalty waived, telecom firms want 'real' issues fixed
New Delhi, May 11 : Telecom operators heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday with the Supreme Court striking down the watchdog's order to compensate subscribers for call drops, and said the real issues needed to be fixed now. Read Full Story

Government will keep a check on service providers: Prasad
New Delhi, May 11 : As telecom operators heaved a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court struck down the watchdog's order on call drops on Wednesday, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government will continue to keep a check on service providers. Read Full Story

Relief to telecos as SC dubs TRAI's regulation on call drops 'unreasonable'
New Delhi, May 11 : In a sigh of relief for the telecos, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stroked down the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's call drop penalty regulation, which made it mandatory for the telecom companies to compensate consumers for call drops, stating that the directive is ultra virus, unreasonable and manifestari arbitrary. Read Full Story

Call drops: SC nixes TRAI order
New Delhi, May 11 : The Supreme Court on wednesday struck down a Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) notification obligating telecom service providers to compensate consumers for dropped calls. Read Full Story

India's telephone subscribers stood at 105 crore in February: TRAI
New Delhi, April 26 : The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,043.29 million at the end of January 2016 to 1,051.88 million at the end of February 2016, showing a monthly growth rate of 0.82 percent, according ti data released by India's telecom regulator on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Airtel seeks telecom watchdog's permission before video content deal
New Delhi, April 25 : Trying to avoid any controversy on net neutrality, Bharti Airtel on Monday has written to the telecom regulator seeking its permission for a deal the company is mulling with a "big global content provider" for video content. Read Full Story

Lot needs to be done towards digitisation: Telecom Secretary
Greater Noida, April 21 : The pace of digitisation is impressive but still a lot needs to be done, Telecommunications Secretary J.S. Deepak said here on Thursday. Read Full Story

COAI urges government, telecom panel for uniform spectrum usage charges
New Delhi, April 20 : The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) has requested the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and the Telecom Commission to implement a uniform spectrum usage charge (SUC) across all bands for the industry, an official statement said here. Read Full Story

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