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Why Amitabh Bachchan is important for spectrum auction

Before the telecom companies jump into spectrum auction from Wednesday (March 4) they should pay a visit to superstar Amitabh Bachchan. For that matter the government also should hear out  Bac

Govt to keep flying Air India, MTNL ready with revival plan

The civil aviation ministry has that there was no question of closing Air India. Minister of Heavy Industries Anant Geete had said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that Air India and MTNL were a

Govt makes billions at mobile consumers cost, tariff to go up

The government is happy that it made a killing by selling spectrum. The spectrum was sold at about 68 per cent premium, at Rs 1,09,874.91 crore ($17.6 billion) and the telecom companies borrowed he

Roaming mobile call rates reduced

Roaming mobile bills are set to fall in India. The telecom regulator has cut the ceiling tariff for national roaming services. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has or

DoT calls meeting on Monday to discuss net neutrality issue

With campaign on net neutrality attaining mass response proportions, the Department of Telecom has called a meeting on Monday (April 27) to discuss the issue. The meeting of multista

Sinha abused powers of CBI chief, held inappropriate meetings with accused: SC

Former chief of CBI Ranjit Sinha had "inappropriate meetings" with those being investigated by his agency, abused the powers of his office and must be investigated, the Supreme Court rule

No plan to disinvest stake in BSNL and MTNL

Government has no proposal to disinvest stake in BSNL and MTNL as part of their revival strategy. To a question whether the government has any proposal to disinvest BSNL and MTNL as

JS Deepak moves from Deity to telecom

J S Deepak, who heads the prime minister’s committee on good governance, will be new telecom secretary. The IAS officer of 1982 Uttar Pradesh cadre was secretary of department of electronics

ITI procurement quota for BSNL, MTNL and BBNL continues

The cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved the proposal of Department of Telecommunications (DoT) regarding continuation of reservation quota for ITI Limited in procurem

NHRC seeks report on radiation from mobile phone towers

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the ministries of communications and information technology and ministry of health, calling for a report in the wake of allegations

Cabinet approves biggest spectrum auction

The mega spectrum auction plan, which was recommended by the department of telecommunications (DoT), was approved by the cabinet today. This is the biggest spectrum auction which is estimated to fe

Hello, are you listening?

Have you ever wondered why the call metre on your mobile screen doesn’t stop even after you have lost the voice of the other person during a call? You may pointlessly repeat ‘Hello? Are

MTNL to get a full-time CMD soon

 The department of telecommunications (DoT) has formed a search-cum-selection committee to find a full-time chairman and managing director (CMD) of state-run telecom company MTNL, for a period

India’s opaque mobile phone companies

Facing a loss pegged at  Rs 12,488 crore by the CAG due to under-reporting of revenue by telecom service providers, the department of telecommunications (DoT) has initiated phase-wise process

We have plan for revival of MTNL: Manoj Sinha, MoS Telecom

Minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha, who doesn’t hesitate to call a spade a spade, has also taken charge of the telecom ministry, which is conducting the largest-ever spectrum auct

Indian telecom industry to share know-how with foreign partners: Manoj Sinha

Communications minister Manoj Sinha has said that the government of India will do everything to ensure that Indian telecom products and services become the first choice of anyone’s telecom ne

Why unsold 700 MHz spectrum will pinch consumers

Your mobile phone coverage would not have been patchy and you would have faced much fewer problems regarding mobile phone connectivity if the 700 MHz had been picked up by the telecom operators. Bu

5 things you need to know about 5G

India seems to be in a tearing hurry to allow wireless internet access at a much, much higher speed. 4G could soon become passé as 5G seems to be just round the corner.  

"By Sep 2018, we will have broadband in every village"

How are you planning to expand the network of rural broadband, since the NOFN project is moving slow? About 300 km of optical fibre was laid from 2012 to 2014. Now,

Towards a republic of bits, bytes, blazing bps

  The lumbering waddle of the Indian internet has been a rich fount of humorous tropes. It fuels a sub-culture that shines an unflattering spotlight on a truth that’s comic

Now a portal about electromagnetic field of mobile towers

 The government on Tuesday launched a portal that provides information about mobile towers and electromagnetic field (EMF) emission compliance. Minister of state (independent charge)

Incumbents` loss is Jio`s gain

The telecom regulator has opted for the Bill and Keep (BAK) model for interconnection usage charges, that one operator pays to the other for call termination. At one stroke, the telecom regulatory

When rival telecom honchos will share the stage

 When was the last time you saw all rival telecom corporate leaders come together. May be at time of the formal launch of prime minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India programme in July 2

Need to push India to be global leader in telecom: Top official

Aruna Sundararajan, secretary, department of telecommunication, on Wednesday spelt out of the four elements that will enable India to fulfil the 2020 vision of becoming a powerful digital economy.

4G coverage will become larger than 2G in 12 months: Mukesh Ambani

 “I believe that 4G coverage in India will become larger than 2G network coverage in next 12 months,” said Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday.

Investment in telecom sector has gone up by 220% in 3 years: Manoj Sinha

Minister of communications Manoj Sinha said that India is currently the second largest telecommunication market in the world with over 1.2 billion subscriber base and approximately 450 million inte

Drop in revenue is a temporary phase: RS Sharma, chairman, TRAI

There is no drop in revenue but a dip in the growth rate of the revenue from telecom services because of reduction in tariff by telecom service providers due to competition. In an interview wit

BSNL, Fibre Home to jointly manufacture telecom equipment

 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has inked an agreement with Fibre Home Pvt. Ltd to jointly manufacture telecom equipment and optical fibre cable in BSNL factories. BSNL has seve

Govt okays deputation of group A officers to TCIL

 The cabinet has approved the proposal for deputation of group A officers of department of telecommunications (DoT) and other ministries with telecommunication and information technology backg

TRAI supports net neutrality

The telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) on Tuesday came out with its recommendations on net neutrality. It has proposed strong measures to restrain the telecom service providers (TSPs) fro

A tangled wireless tale

Over about a year, the number of telecom operators in India has effectively shrunk from 14 to three: Idea Cellular-Vodafone; Bharti Airtel and Mukesh Ambani-owned behemoth Reliance Jio – apar

Investigative agencies to decide the course of action: Govt on 2G verdict

A special CBI court on Thursday has acquitted all accused including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK supremo Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi in the 2G scam which was one of the biggest

Have probe agencies done justice to 2G case?

CBI special judge OP Saini’s verdict in the 2G allocation cases, which led to the acquittal of 17 accused including former telecom minister A Raja, has put the spotlight on the investigating

Here’s why TRAI slashed international termination charges

The telecom regulator`s decision to cut international termination charges (ITC) to 30 paise from 53 paise will hit the incumbent operators (Airtel, Idea and Vodafone) the most. At present, the annu

Up next: Artificial intelligence for governance

 The allocation on Digital India program has been doubled to Rs 3073 crore in 2018-19, with a part of this fund likely to b spent on research and development in cyber physical systems, robotic

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