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Web portal soon to show real time mobile tower radiation: DoT

Kochi, Dec 15 : Work is on a a web portal which will show real time data of radiation being emitted from mobile towers in a particular area, a telecom department official said Monday.


Less mobile towers, low spectrum cause of call drops

By Aparajita Gupta, Kochi, Dec 14 : Call drops are a recurring problem for phone users and even Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, addressing a telecom conference here Sunday over phone, became a victim. Experts blame lower spectrum availability and less telecom towers for this daily menace.


Telecom firms fined Rs.2,179.41 crore for non-verification: Prasad

New Delhi, Dec 10 : A total penalty of Rs.2,179.41 crore was imposed on telecom service providers till Sep 30 for violation of customer verification guidelines, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday told parliament.


DoT selects mjunction to conduct February auction

New Delhi, Dec 4 : The Department of Telecom has selected Kolkata-based mjunction services for conducting the upcoming spectrum auction in February, next year.


BSNL lost Rs.3,785 crore, MTNL Rs.1,567 crore

New Delhi, Dec 3 : State-owned telecom companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) have incurred losses respectively of Rs.3,785 crore and Rs.1,567 crore till September.


Regulator proposes 15 percent rise in CDMA spectrum reserve price

New Delhi, Nov 27 : India's telecom regulator Thursday recommended a reserve price of Rs.3,104 crore per megahertz for CDMA or 800 MHz band, which is 15 percent higher than the rate it had proposed in February.


DoT should take back 800 MHz band of BSNL, MTNL: Regulator

New Delhi, Nov 27 : India's telecom regulator Thursday reiterated its recommendation that the entire available spectrum with the department of telecom (DoT) in the CDMA or 800 MHz band should be put to auction, including unused part with BSNL and MTNL, an official statement said.


Private telecom firms utilising less green energy projects: Prasad

New Delhi, Nov. Nov 25 : The private sector telecom companies have executed only a small number, around 3,400, of Renewable Energy Technology (RET) projects, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told parliament Tuesday.


Telecom regulator reiterates its recommendations for airwave auction

New Delhi, Nov 24 : India's telecom regulator Monday said there will be no change in the recommended reserve prices for spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands for the upcoming auction scheduled in February 2015.


Telecom bodies seek LG's support to provide better service in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 22 : Telecom industry bodies have written to Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to initiate public awareness programmes, in order to allay the misconceptions pertaining to mobile towers, which in turn will help the service providers to lay more to provide better service.


Telephone subscribers up 957.61 mn in September: Regulator

New Delhi, Nov 20 : The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 951.84 million at the end of August to 957.61 million at the end of September this year, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.61 percent, data released by the sector regulator said Thursday.


TRAI starts process to review interconnect charges

New Delhi, Nov 19 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Wednesday issued a consultation paper to initiate the review process of interconnect charges.


Phone subscribers grew 1.07 percent between April-June

New Delhi, Nov 8 : The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 933.01 million at the end of March to 942.95 million at the end of June, registering a growth of 1.07 percent over the previous quarter, data released here by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed.


Half of world population to use mobile internet by 2020: GSMA

New Delhi, Nov 7 : Half of the world's population will use mobile devices to access internet by 2020, according to GSMA.


Telecom panel refers back spectrum proposal to regulator

New Delhi, Nov 7 : The inter-ministerial panel, Telecom Commission, Friday referred back the spectrum valuation and pricing proposal for the upcoming auction to the regulator for review, according to a source.


Telecom Commission to meet Nov 7 to discuss spectrum auction

New Delhi, Nov 4 : The Telecom Commission is scheduled to meet Nov 7 to discuss the next round of spectrum auction and the National Optical Fibre Network project, according to sources.


Telecom industry gears up to tackle cyclone threat in Gujarat

New Delhi, Oct 29 : Private telecom companies have geared up to provide continuing mobile communication services to public with minimum disruption during the impending Gujarat cyclone.


India favours democratisation of global affairs of telecommunications: Prasad

New Delhi, Oct 21 : India favours democratisation and broad-basing of the global affairs of telecommunications and internet governance, Information Technology and Telecommunications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.


Telecom Commission clears full MNP decision

New Delhi, Oct 15 : The Telecom Commission Wednesday cleared the decision for full mobile number portability (MNP) as recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), according to sources.


Phone subscribers rose .57 percent in August: TRAI

New Delhi, Oct 15 : The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 946.40 million at the end of July to 951.84 million at the end of August - a monthly growth rate of 0.57 percent - Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said here.


Vodafone urgently seeks spectrum won in Feb auction

New Delhi, Oct 9 : British telecom major Vodafone's Indian arm has asked the government to allocate immediately the spectrum it won in the February auctions.


GSM rural subscribers up by 1.63 mn in August

New Delhi, Oct 1 : All India GSM rural subscribers went up by 1.63 million in August, the Cellular Operators' Association of India said here Wednesday.


New policy to realise revenue potential of mobile governance: BSNL

New Delhi, Sep 26 : State-run telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has come up with a new policy for realizing the revenue potential of upcoming mobile governance projects launched by governments at central and state levels, an official statement said here Friday.


TRAI consultation paper on delivering broadband quickly

New Delhi, Sep 24 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Wednesday issued a consultation paper on delivering broadband, a statement by the regulator said here.


Vodafone Group CEO to visit India Sep 24

New Delhi, Sep 19 : British telecom major Vodafone Group Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao will be visiting India Sep 24.


Reliance Jio, GTL Infra in tower-sharing deal

New Delhi, Sep 18 : Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm Thursday announced a pact with GTL Infrastructure to share its telecom towers, as preparations are underway to launch 4G broadband services for which the group has pan-India radio spectrum.


GSM rural subscribers at 303.10 mn in July: COAI

New Delhi, Sep 2 : All India GSM rural subscriber numbered 303.10 million in July, up 0.12 percent from the previous month, a statement by the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) said here Tuesday.


International SIM card selling permit extended to 3 years: DoT

New Delhi, Aug 22 : The Department of Telecom has extended the period of permission for selling international SIM cards to three years from the existing one year.


Bharti Airtel raises Rs.2,100 crore from share sale

New Delhi, Aug 7 : Bharti Airtel Thursday raised approximately Rs.2,100 crore (about USD 350 million) from a share sale in Bharti Infratel to comply with a rule that necessitates listed companies to have a minimum 25 percent public shareholding, a company statement said here.


Consultation starts for next round of spectrum auction: TRAI

New Delhi, Aug 7 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Thursday started the consultation process for the next round of spectrum auction for the telecom operators whose airwaves licence is expiring in 2015-16, an official statement said here.


Government plans Telecom Finance Corporation by 2017

New Delhi, Aug 4 : The government proposes to set up a Telecom Finance Corporation (TFC) in the country within the 12th Plan period (2012-17), Telecommunications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here Monday.


100 percent telecom subscriber verification not achieved: CAG

New Delhi, Aug 1 : Telecom service providers have failed to achieve 100 percent subscriber verification due to ineffective monitoring and weak control by the Department of Telecom (DoT) headquarters and the Telecom Enforcement, Resource and Monitoring Cells, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has said in a report.


Virtual walking tour for android phones launched

New Delhi, July 23 : A mobile application that makes travel hassle-free for tourists in a new city in India is now available on android phones.


TRAI recommends Rs.2,278 crore investment for Andamans, Lakshadweep

New Delhi, July 22 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Tuesday recommended capital investment of around Rs.2,278 crore to improve of telecom services in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands : and Lakshadweep.


TRAI recommends all kinds of spectrum sharing

New Delhi, July 21 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Monday recommended to allow sharing of all categories of spectrum.


Idea Cellular's Q1 net profit up over 57 percent

Mumbai, July 21 : Riding on higher data and voice growth, Idea Cellular's first quarter (April-June) consolidated net profit of 2014-15 jumped over 57 percent, the company said Monday.


Mobile networks in Naxal-hit areas in 15 months: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, July 21 : Mobile networks are likely to be set up in the Naxal-affected areas in 15 months under the Universal Service Obligation Fund scheme, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Monday.


Improving BSNL's functioning a priority: Centre

New Delhi, July 21 : The central government Monday said the condition of telecom PSU BSNL "was not very healthy" and it was giving priority to improve its functioning.


Aircel launches 4G services in four circles

New Delhi, July 16 : Telecom service provider Aircel Wednesday launched fourth generation (4G) services across four circles -- Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Odisha, the company said here.


Telecom industry looking for more spectrum: COAI

New Delhi, July 14 : The telecom industry is hopeful the government would release more spectrum for better growth of voice and data services in the country, industry body Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI)'s newly-elected chairman Marten Pieters said Monday.


Telecom sector mopped up USD 1.3 bn FDI in 2013-14

New Delhi, July 9 : The telecommunications sector mopped up USD 1.3 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2013-14, the Economic Survey Wednesday said.


India to connect 2.5 lakh panchayats through broadband

Bangalore, July 1 : India will build a broadband highway connecting 2.5 lakh panchayats across the country in the next three years to provide a host of public services, union Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Tuesday.


BBNL, TSSC ink pact for skill development in telecom

New Delhi, June 28 : The Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) and Bharat Broadband Nigam Limited (BBNL) have inked a pact for skill development in the telecom sector for the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project, an official statement said here.


Telecom subscribers up by 2.81 mn in April: TRAI

New Delhi, June 26 : The number of telecom subscribers in India went up by 2.81 million in April, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said Thursday.


Annoyed with call drops? Blame phone tower emission myths

Kolkata, June 23 : Experiencing call drops? It could be linked to the apprehensions surrounding public health hazards of mobile tower emissions, a telecom expert said Monday. Moreover, these could also hinder the new government's plan to roll out broadband services extensively across the country.


TRAI holds Open House Discussion on MWA

New Delhi, June 19 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Thursday held an Open House Discussion on Allocation and Pricing of Microwave Access (MWA) and Microwave Backbone (WB) RF Carriers.


Airtel launches 4G on mobile in Kolkata

Kolkata, June 17 : Global telecommunications company Bharti Airtel Limited along with Apple on Tuesday launched 4G on mobile in Kolkata.


TRAI releases consultation paper on tariff issues related to broadcasting

New Delhi, June 11 : Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) on Wednesday released a Consultation Paper on 'Tariff Issues Related to Broadcasting and Cable TV Services for Commercial Subscribers', inviting views and comments of the stakeholders.


MTS announces new offer

Kolkata, June 9 : Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) that provides telecom services under the brand MTS, on Monday introduced a new paradigm in mobile phone tariffs by launching 'Offer Ka Sikander', where it announced free talk-time bundled with the SIM-card for the new voice customers.


BSNL unveils 'smart phone' for common man

Bangalore, June 6 : State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Friday unveiled a low-cost version of its smart phone, with e-governance applications for common man.


Investor confidence, service quality priority areas: Telecom minister

New Delhi, May 27 : Telecom and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Tuesday the new government will focus on quality of service and restoring investor confidence on a priority basis.


Quality of service, a priority: Telecom minister

New Delhi, May 27 : Telecom and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Tuesday said the new government will focus on the quality of service and restoration of investor confidence on a priority basis.


MTS to provide free Wi-Fi services to Rapid Metro commuters

New Delhi, May 14 : Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) has partnered with Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) to provide free Internet over Wi-Fi starting Wednesday on all trains operational on the six-station Rapid Metro corridor in Gurgaon.


GSM users up by 4.97 million in April

New Delhi, May 13 : The all-India GSM subscription increased by 4.97 million or 0.69 percent in April 2014 from the previous month, data released by Cellular Operators' Association of India said here Tuesday.


Mobile number portability requests up by 2.6 million: TRAI

New Delhi, May 12 : The mobile number portability (MNP) requests have gone up by 2.60 million in March 2014, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed Monday.


Abhijit Kishore appointed head of AP operations for Tata Docomo

Hyderabad, May 7 : Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Abhijit Kishore as Mobility Business Unit (MBU) Head - Andhra Pradesh Circle for Tata Docomo.


Airtel launches 4G internet in Tricity

New Delhi, May 2 : Global telecommunications company Bharti Airtel Limited in association with Apple Inc., on Friday launched 4G on mobile in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.


TRAI suggests 8 percent of yearly revenue as licence fee for ISP

New Delhi, May 1 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Thursday recommended a uniform licence fee of eight percent on adjusted gross revenue (AGR) for all Internet Service Providers (ISP).


CBI divided on prosecuting Maran in Aircel-Maxis deal, SC told

New Delhi, May 1 : The Supreme Court was Thursday told that there were difference within the CBI on whether to proceed against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran for alleged acts of wrongdoing, including quid pro quo in the Aircel-Maxis deal.


Videocon Telecom plans Rs.1,240 crore investment in 2014-15

New Delhi, April 30 : Videocon Telecom plans to invest Rs.1,240 crore in its existing four circles during 2014-15 on network expansion, IT infrastructure and service platforms, Arvind Bali, director and chief executive officer of the company said here Wednesday.


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