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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.


Telecom tribunal allows 3G roaming deals

New Delhi, April 29 : Quashing an earlier decision by the government, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) Tuesday allowed telecom service providers to provide 3G services beyond their licensed areas.


Telecom tribunal allows 3G roaming pacts

New Delhi, April 29 : The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) Tuesday allowed telecom service providers to provide 3G services beyond their licensed areas, quashing an earlier decision by the government.


Idea Cellular's Q4 consolidated net up by 91 percent

New Delhi, April 28 : Idea Cellular posted 91 percent jump in the consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter (January-March) of 2013-14 on increased voice call prices, a company statement said here Monday.


Mobile number portability requests up by 2.47 mn in February: TRAI

New Delhi, April 23 : Requests for mobile number portability (MNP) increased by 2.47 million in February last, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said Wednesday.


Telecom firms see opening of Pandora's box with SC order

New Delhi, April 17 : The Supreme Court order Thursday that the national auditor CAG can audit telecom operators could open a Pandora's box and lead to similar demand in other industries, unhappy service providers said.


MTS launches 'Super Unlimited' data plans

Gurgaon, Mar 18 : Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL), that provides telecom services under the brand MTS, on Tuesday announced the roll out of prepaid and postpaid Super Unlimited data plans.


Landline subscribers shrank 0.59 percent in January

New Delhi, March 17 : The subscriber base for the wireline - better known as landline - fell from 28.89 million at the end of December 2013 to 28.72 million at the end of January 2014, new data has revealed.


2.56 mn mobile number portability requests in January

New Delhi, March 12 : In the month of January, there were 2.56 million requests for mobile number portability (MNP), data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed here Wednesday.


Aircel launches 'Happy Recharge' pack

Kolkata, Mar 5 : Telecom service provider Aircel on Wednesday reinforced its commitment towards offering 'extra' through its products and services by launching a new product 'Happy Recharge'.


TRAI recommends auction of CDMA or 800 MHz spectrum

New Delhi, Feb 22 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Saturday recommended auction of CDMA or 800 MHz band airwaves at Rs.2,685 crore per megahertz reserve price, an official release said here.


Bharti Airtel to appeal against Nigerian court's Econet order

New Delhi, Feb 20 : Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel is not satisfied with the Feb 14 judgment of the Lagos Court of Appeal and will lodge an appeal at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a company statement said here Thursday.


DoT issues telecom merger and acquisition guidelines

New Delhi, Feb 20 : The Department of Telecom (DoT) Thursday issued the much-awaited guidelines for merger and acquisition (M and A) in the industry which said the merged entity's market share should not exceed 50 percent.


MTS launches MSecure surveillance solution

New Delhi, Feb 19 : Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) that provides telecom services under the brand MTS, recently announced its entry into the remote security surveillance segment with the launch of MSecure, an IP-based surveillance solution from D-Link that runs on the MTS' 3G Plus telecom network.


Six percent excise duty on all mobile phones

New delhi, Feb 17 : Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Monday said more funds should be allocated to the telecom sector and announced a restructuring of excise duties on mobile handsets.


Bharti Airtel launches 4G on mobile with Apple in Bangalore

New Delhi, Feb 14 : Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel along with Apple Friday launched India's first 4G on mobile, a company statement said here Friday.


Mobile number portability up by 2.09 mn in November: TRAI

New Delhi, Jan 30 : Request for mobile number portability (MNP) in November 2013 went up by 2.09 million, official data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said Thursday.


Telecom spectrum usage charge now fixed at 5 percent

New Delhi, Jan 27 : Mobile telephone service providers that are all set to buy spectrum or airwaves in the Feb 3 auction will need to pay five percent of annual gross revenue as spectrum usage charge (SUC), an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) decided here Monday.


Telecom spectrum usage charge now fixed at 5 percent

New Delhi, Jan 27 : Mobile telephone service providers that are all set to buy spectrum or airwaves in the Feb 3 auction will need to pay five percent of annual gross revenue as spectrum usage charge (SUC), an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) decided here Monday.


Airtel launches football pack

Kolkata, Jan 16 : Global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, BhartiAirtel on Thursday announced the launch of 'Airtel Football Pack' in West Bengal.


CCEA approves procurement quota for ITIL

New Delhi, Jan 15 : The Indian Telephone Industries will continue to get 30 percent procurement orders and 20 percent network roll out orders placed by state-run telecom firms till September this year.


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