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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kolkata, June 6 : Telecom service provider BSNL offers promotional combo voucher 786 during the holy month Ramzan festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jakarta, Mar 29 : Indonesia, a growing populous nation in Southeast Asia, witnesses a steadily economic growth over the last decades. The country attracts multinational companies to invest in manufacturing and financial sector.
Singapore, March 29 : Indian telecom tower companies are likely to see about 8-10 percent growth over the next one to two years as they look to sell the towers to fund capital expenditure and reduce debt, global rating agency Moody's said on Tuesday.
New Delhi, March 18 : The Indian telecom regulator said on Friday it will comply with the apex court's order asking it to consider technical reasons of call drops and if the proposed penalty can be amended.
New Delhi, March 17 : The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the telecom regulator TRAI whether it would relook its decision imposing penalty on the telecom service providers for call drops in the wake of its own technical paper endorsing the position taken by them.
New Delhi, March 17 : Taking a tough stand on call drops, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said h,e along with top officials, will go around the national capital to take stock of the telecom services.
New Delhi, Mar. 17 : The Supreme Court of India on Thursday asks the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to consider amending penalties proposed on cell companies for call drops and inform it about what steps it would be taking.
New Delhi, Mar.14 : State-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has planned to install fifty 'zero base' mobile towers to ensure better communication.
New Delhi, Feb 25 : With over 200 million mobile internet users in India, mobile phones captured 60 percent share of all shopping-related queries and over 50 percent share of all travel-related queries, a report released on Thursday said.
New Delhi, Feb 24 : Telecom service providers have installed 65,000 cellular sites in the last six months in 2G and 3G services across the country to arrest call dropping, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
New Delhi, Feb 21 : Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Sunday announced it has commercially deployed LTE-Advanced (4G+) in Kerala, which enables the operator to provide data speeds of up to 135 mbps.
Bengaluru, Feb 18 : Mobile communication app Truecaller on Thursday unveiled a new feature which enables third party apps to easily onboard users with their Truecaller profile and Truecaller verified numbers.
Bangalore, Feb.17 : Digital payment platform FreeCharge is well on its way to achieving seven million transactions a day by end of 2016. Currently, recording a million transactions a day, the company has witnessed this phenomenal growth in about four months since the wallet launch. Soon after the wallet launch FreeCharge also introduced new categories like bill pay and metro recharge.
New Delhi, Feb 12 : The government is fully committed to promoting telecom manufacturing and exports, newly-appointed Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak said here on Friday.
Bengaluru, Feb.12 : FreeCharge, one of India's digital payment platform on Friday announced its partnership with ePaisa. This partnership will enable customers with easy payment options through the FreeCharge wallet giving them the access to a varied set of offline merchants across retail, food and beverages, wellness, travel and entertainment.
New Delhi, Feb 10 : Indicating support to net neutrality, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha on Wednesday called for access to high speed broadband to be available to all Indians.
Mumbai, Feb 10 : Vodafone India on Thursday launched its next-gen high-speed 4G network in different business and residential centres of the city and suburbs, a company official said on Wednesday.
New Delhi, Feb 9 : In a bid to tackle the issue of call drops, the telecom watchdog will hold a survey again in April in a couple of more cities, while also mulling over use of cable connections to deliver broadband.
New Delhi, Feb 9 : After acquiring 4G (LTE) spectrum in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Kerala and Karnataka circles in the February 2014 auctions, Vodafone India, the second largest mobile network operator, is now set to launch its high-speed 4G services in Mumbai following the roll-out in Delhi-NCR last week.
New Delhi, Feb 9 : Aiming to provide better data connectivity to people, India's telecom watchdog said on Tuesday it is planning to use cable television network in a bigger way to provide connectivity to people.
New Delhi, Feb 9 : The Indian telecom watchdog is likely to carry out another test drive in April to access the random call quality in various parts of the country, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman R.S. Sharma said here on Tuesday.
New Delhi, Feb. 8 : In a setback to Facebook's free internet scheme, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today ruled out differential pricing, saying that no company via any offer could charge discriminatory tariff for data on the basis of content effective immediately.
New Delhi, Feb 8 : Highlights of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) order on discriminatory pricing of data, which has a bearing on services like Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel's Zero:
New Delhi, Feb 8 : In a move seen as an endorsement of net neutrality and a setback to offerings such as Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero, the telecom watchdog on Monday said no to discriminatory pricing of data content.
New Delhi, Feb 8 : The Indian telecom regulator on Monday said no service provider should offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data on the basis of content.
New Delhi, Feb. 5 : American multinational technology company that designs, manufactures and sells networking equipment Cisco systems in a report has projected the rise in the number of mobile users to 990.2 million, covering about 71 percent of the country's population by 2020.
New Delhi, Jan 29 : J.S. Deepak has been appointed the secretary of the Department of Telecommunications, an official statement said here on Friday.
New Delhi, Jan 27 : The Indian telecom regulator on Wednesday issued its recommendations on valuation and reserve price of spectrum in the 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2,100, 2,300 and 2,500 MHz bands.
New Delhi, Jan 21 : A day after the sparring match with social networking site Facebook over the issue of Free Basics came out in the open, India's telecom regulator on Thursday said its norms on the issue of differential pricing of data will be firmed up by January-end.
Bengaluru, Jan 20 : Vodafone India, one of India's leading telecommunications service providers, has begun a phased roll-out of Superfast 3G services on its own 3G network in Bengaluru.
New Delhi, Jan 20 : The Indian telecom watchdog on Wednesday released draft directions on delivering broadband services in a transparent manner.
Kolkata, Jan 18 : The lack of adequate number of mobile towers was one of the reasons for deteriorating quality of mobile services, officials of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said here on Monday.