India Telecom News

Vodafone launches free 3G Data with Samsung smartphones, tablets for Mumbai
Mumbhai, June 24 : Telecommunications service providers Vodafone India continued its endeavour to boost adoption of 3G data has launched an exclusive free 3G DATA offer in Mumbai.
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Aircel launches 'Ramzaan Mubarak Offer'
Kolkata, June 22 : Celebrating the month of Ramzaan, Aircel has launched 'Ramzaan Mubarak Offer' for the festive occasion offering voice calling and data benefits. Read Full Story

Aircel introduces free roaming in South with 'Five States, One Rate'
Kolkata, June 10 : Aircel on Wednesday announced the launch of its innovative offering for South-'Five States, One Rate'. Read Full Story

Free national roaming on BSNL from June 15
New Delhi, June 2 : The state-run telecom Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited will offer free national roaming from June 15. Read Full Story

Tata Docomo reduces national roaming tariffs for its customers
Kolkata, May 2 : Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Limited (TTL), has announced the revised roaming tariffs on National Roaming effective May 1. Read Full Story

Vodafone reduces national roaming tariffs for customers
New Delhi, Apr 30 : Telecommunications service provider Vodafone India has announced the revised roaming tariffs on National Roaming effective May 1, after the telecom regulator has slashed ceiling rates. Vodafone customers will now pay less for both local and STD calls on National Roaming. Read Full Story

Idea reduces National Roaming tariffs by upto 40pc on calls
Mumbai, Apr 30 : Mobile operator Idea Cellular has announced a reduction in national roaming tariffs on Thursday. Read Full Story

Govt. asks BSNL to improve services
New Delhi, Apr. 28 : The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been asked to improve services and ensure that better quality of signal is maintained specially in the border and extremism affected areas. Read Full Story

Idea Cellular offers call rates at Re.1 per min from India to Nepal
New Delhi, Apr 25 : In its efforts to support the disaster relief initiatives and enable people to reach out to their friends and family members in the earthquake impacted areas in the country of NepalEuro, Idea Cellular, has announced that all calls made from its network from anywhere in India to Nepal will be charged as per local rate. Read Full Story

Privatising BSNL and MTNL not on anvil: Ravi Shankar Prasad
New Delhi, Mar. 13 : Union Information Technology and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Friday that there is no proposal to privatise public sector telecom giants BSNL or MTNL. Read Full Story

Tata Docomo launches 'Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo'
Kolkata, Feb 2 : After the grand success from Delhi and Mumbai, Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, now announced the launch of its new Advanced Wi-Fi Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo in Kolkata. Read Full Story

Aircel unites India with 10p/min STD
Kolkata, Jan 22 : Aircel, one of India's leading telecom players, Thursday launched industry's first unlimited STD proposition - Uniting India @10p. Read Full Story

Tata Docomo launches consumer offer
Hyderabad, Jan 14 : Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices, has launched a consumer offer for its valuable customers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on the occasion of Sankranti and Republic day. Customers opting for any postpay GSM plan priced Rs 899 and above and Photon Plus/Max WiFi priced Rs 850 and above, will get Milton Water Flask (350ML) worth Rs 525 absolutely free. Read Full Story

Idea crosses 150 million subscribers across India
Mumbai, Jan 14 : Telecom operator Idea Cellular recorded over 150 million subscribers on its pan-India network as on Dec 31, 2014. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

Vodafone launches K4201 3G dongle
Kolkata, Jan 13 : Keeping in view the growing mobile internet penetration and data usage in India, telecommunications service provider Vodafone India on Monday announced the launch of 'Vodafone K4201', the 3G Universal Serial Bus (USB) dongle. Read Full Story

Idea revises data tariffs
Kolkata, Nov 12 : India's third largest mobile operator Idea Cellular has announced revision of its 2G and 3G data tariffs across the country. Read Full Story

MTS launches ultra dongle in Karnataka
Bengaluru, Oct 30 : Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) that provides telecom services under the MTS brand on Wednesday launched the Next Generation MBlaze Ultra dongle on its 3GPLUS telecom network in Karnataka. Read Full Story

Telecom cos welcome new tower rules
New Delhi, Aug 19 : Telecom Industry bodies have welcomed the Department of Telecommunications' (DoT) advisory guidelines to state governments on the issue of installation of mobile towers. Read Full Story

TRAI issues MNP amendment regulations
New Delhi, July 24 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2013. Read Full Story

TRAI concerned over slack DAS implementation
New Delhi, July 19 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has expressed serious concern over slack implementation of Digital Addressable Cable TV Systems (DAS) in Kolkata. Read Full Story

Aircel launches 3G Mornings
Kolkata, July 12 : Telecom major Aircel launched its new 3G trial offer named 'Aircel 3G Mornings' for subscribers in Kolkata on Friday. Read Full Story

TRAI issues new guidelines for VAS
New Delhi, July 11 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Thursday issued a direction to the service providers on the procedures for providing Value Added Services (VAS) and for de-activation of the Value Added Services so as to protect the interest of consumers. Read Full Story

Idea introduces 'Choice Recharge'
Kolkata, July 3 : Telecom operator Idea Cellular is offering 'Choice Recharge' for its subscribers in Kolkata and West Bengal, which gives them the benefit to choose from a range of offerings such as Tariff, Talktime, SMS or GPRS. Read Full Story

Airtel introduces high-speed 4G plans
Kolkata, June 24 : Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, on Monday announced the introduction of all new plans for its Airtel 4G services in Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh. Read Full Story

MTS launches unlimited calling
Gurgaon, June 24 : Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd. (SSTL), which provides telecom services under the MTS brand in India, on Monday launched a new initiative for its prepaid voice customers - 'Always Talk'. Read Full Story

India gets 8th Telecom Centre of Excellence
New Delhi, June 5 : India got its 8th Telecom Centre of Excellence here on Wednesday with RailTel Corporation signing an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Roorkee for establishing RailTel IIT Roorkee Centre of Excellence in Telecom (RICET). Read Full Story

Telephone subscribers in India drops 4.50pc
New Delhi, May 10 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday said telephone subscribers in India have declined by 4.50pc . Read Full Story

Aircel offers Re 1 a day Internet
Kolkata, Apr 18 : Telecom firm Aircel has launched a data plan, Pocket Internet 23 (PI-23) which will enable customers to experience and experiment internet on their mobile phones at an economical price of less than Re. 1 per day. Read Full Story

Australia, India to partner on telecom
New Delhi, Apr 16 : Australia's High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, on Tuesday welcomed the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between India's Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) and Australian industry skills councils Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) and E-Oz Energy Skills Australia (E-Oz). Suckling said: "Collaboration between these councils will help to build skilled and productive workforces for our growing economies. With India projected to add 12 to 15 million workers to its labour force every year over the coming decades, quality training delivery and standards will be essential. Read Full Story

Next telecom revolution 10 times bigger: Sam Pitroda
New Delhi, Apr 8 : Democratisation of information is the next telecom revolution which will be 10 times bigger than the first revolution, said Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, in New Delhi on Monday. Read Full Story

Aircel offers extra talktime for CSK
Kolkata, Apr 2 : Aircel, one of India's leading telecom players, on Tuesday announced it has launched a new consumer initiative with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) - Extra Talk Time with CSK. Read Full Story

TRAI releases paper on IECRS
New Delhi, Mar 19 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a Consultation Paper on "Universal Single Number Based Integrated Emergency Communication and Response System (IECRS)". Read Full Story

SSTL wins spectrum in 8 circles
Mumbai, Mar 11 : Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd. (SSTL) that provides telecom services under brand MTS on Monday won spectrum in the 800 MHz band in eight circles. Read Full Story

"Telecom sector disappointed with Budget"
New Delhi, Feb 28 : The announcement of the Union Budget 2013, left the telecom sector deeply disappointed as none of the critical issues relating to the sector have been addressed, stated Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). Read Full Story

TRAI directs MSOs, LCOs on subscriber management
New Delhi, Feb 26 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued Directions to multi system operators (MSOs) and their linked local cable operators (LCOs), providing cable TV services in the notified Digital Addressable Cable TV Systems (DAS) areas, covered under the first phase of implementation of DAS, regarding implementation of Subscriber Management Systems. Read Full Story

Auction of 800 Mhz spectrum on March 11
New Delhi, Feb 26 : The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Tuesday confirmed that the auction of 800 Mhz spectrum will commence on March 11. Read Full Story

Airtel deploys Ericsson's broadband solution
New Delhi, Feb 26 : Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company, on Tuesday announced that it has deployed Ericsson's Mobile Broadband Charging solution and has completely modernized it's Pre-paid/ IN solution for the company's for it's subscribers, across 23 circles in India. Read Full Story

Airtel to offer voice services to LTE customers
Pune, Feb 25 : Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company, will soon launch voice services for its 4G, TD-LTE (time division duplex long term evolution) customers in Pune through its existing GSM network. Read Full Story

Supreme Court orders telcos to cease operations
New Delhi, Feb 15 : The Supreme Court has ruled that unsuccessful bidders and telecom companies which opted out of participating in the first round of fresh auction for 2G spectrum last year will have to cease operations immediately. Read Full Story

Airtel launches mobile exchange solution
Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company, on Monday launched Airtel Dynamic Mobile Exchange (DME) for corporates. Read Full Story

Telecom sector outlook negative: India Ratings
India Ratings' outlook on the Indian telecommunication services sector remains negative for 2013 considering increasing regulatory costs for incumbent and new operators. Read Full Story

Government halves CDMA spectrum price
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a 50 percent cut in the reserve price of spectrum used by CDMA mobile operators, in a move to allow players like Russia's Sistema to continue operations in India. Read Full Story

Kapil Sibal launches MTNL Video Telephony Service
Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal launched MTNL's Video Telephony Service for Delhi and Mumbai here on Thursday. Read Full Story

Telecom challenges coming to an end: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the tough challenges faced by India's telecom sector are 'coming to an end'. Read Full Story

PM inaugurates India Telecom 2012
Following is the text of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address at the Inaugural Session of India Telecom 2012 in New Delhi on Thursday: Read Full Story

Need a virtual world: Kapil Sibal
The telecom industry should lobby with central and the state governments and the civil society to convince them about the need for a virtual world for empowering the people of India, said communications and information technology (IT) minister Kapil Sibal in New Delhi. "Our aim is to make the digital world omnipresent and omnipotent, for which the government and industry should work together with the civil society, state governments and demonstrate the enormous advantages of the virtual world," said Sibal while inaugurating the 9th National Summit on Digital Society organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). "There is a need for investments in basic infrastructure in the virtual world along with the need for constant research and applications to be developed," said the minister. Read Full Story

2G: Supreme Court takes on telcos during NDA regime
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to follow its outgoing director AP Singh's view on the prosecution of telecom companies and individuals in connection to alleged irregularities in the allocation of excess 2G spectrum during the regime of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Read Full Story

Broadband to all panchayats in 18 months: Pitroda
Sam Pitroda, Adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Friday said that the government's drive to provide broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh panchayats across the country will be completed in the next 18 months. Read Full Story

TRAI seeks comments on broadband draft
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday released a draft amendment to the Quality of Service of Broadband Service Regulations, 2006 (11 of 2006) on financial disincentives, and sought comments of stakeholders. Read Full Story

TRAI to specify charges for Cable Landing Stations
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday released the amendment to 'International Telecommunication Access to Essential Facilities at Cable Landing Stations Regulations, 2007' and Consultation Paper on 'Estimation of Access Facilitation Charges and Co-location Charges at Cable Landing Stations' in New Delhi. Read Full Story

MTS launches mobile advertising service
Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) that nationally operates its telecom services under the MTS brand, on Wednesday announced the launch of mobile advertising service called "MTS mAd". Read Full Story

TRAI amends Telecommunication Tariff Order
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued the Telecommunication Tariff (Fifty Third Amendment) Order (TTO), which reviews Processing Fee on Talktime Top-ups and Tariff for Premium Rate Services, in New Delhi on Monday. Read Full Story

Telecom operators defy DoT directive: Greenpeace
Environmental organisation Greenpeace on Wednesday alleged the telecom sector has once again showed 'extreme reluctance' towards implementing the Green Telecom Directive issued by the Department of Telecommunication (DoT). Read Full Story


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