Tag: telecom

Telecom manufacturing high on Prasad’s agenda

Policies that will boost telecom and electronics manufacturing in India are high on Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s first 100 days’ agenda. While Kapil Sibal, who held the portfolio under the UPA dispensation, had also taken this as one of the key initiatives, proposals such as the preferential manufacturing access did not take… Read More ›

BSNL users can now access Facebook on mobile without internet

State-run BSNL today launched a service wherein its mobile customers will be able to access Facebook without any Internet or data connectivity. BSNL users will be charged Rs 4, Rs 10 and Rs 20 for 3 days, weekly and monthly plans, respectively, the company said in a statement. The public sector telecom firm has tied… Read More ›

Big telcos to thrive, small ones may fall: Standard & Poor’s

KOLKATA: Top operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular would strengthen their market positions since smaller, weaker telcos could find it difficult to acquire expensive spectrum and run profitable nationwide operations in a sector which is entering a phase of consolidation, rating agency Standard & Poor’s said. READ MORE…   SOURCE: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/

Telecom user base rises to 92.20 crore in January: Trai

NEW DELHI: The total number of telecom subscribers in the country rose marginally to 92.20 crore in January, on the back of increase in rural subscribers, sectoral regulator Trai said today. The overall user base stood at 91.51 crore at the end of December 2013, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said. “The number of telephone… Read More ›

Vodafone, Telenor experience makes foreign telcos tread cautiously in India

CHENNAI: Foreign telcos want to foray into India but experiences of Vodafone and Telenor in the country have made them cautious, Melbourne-based Telstra Global’s Managing Director Martijn Blanken said today. He also termed the Indian regulatory environment as “challenging”. “The thing is, if you have enough patience it works (in India). It took us quite a lot to get our licences…. Read More ›

DoT sees MSMEs emerging stronger on the ‘cloud’

The telecom department has advocated mass deployment of cloud computing technologies to improve the global competitiveness and export earnings of micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs) during the 12th Plan period, according to an internal note seen by ET.  KOLKATA: The telecom department has advocated mass deployment of cloud computing technologies to improve the global… Read More ›

CDMA operators seek cut in base price for 800 Mhz bandwidth

Mobile phone companies offering services on the CDMA platform have demanded that the telecom department reject the sector regulator’s recommendations on the base price of airwaves in the 800 Mhz band and keep it at 65% of the starting price fixed for the recently concluded auction of 1800 Mhz bandwidth.  NEW DELHI: Mobile phone companies… Read More ›

Telecom Commission to look into penalty issue

A“warning” would carry a fine of Rs 1 lakh and a “minor” offence Rs 1 crore, with only the offences categorised as “severe” requiring the highest penalty of Rs 50 crore.  NEW DELHI: The Telecom Commission will shortly decide on a panel’s suggestions to streamline the process of imposing penalties on erring operators, a move… Read More ›

DoT panel for slab-based penalties for violations by telcos

The DoT panel has suggested examining violations on nine parameters and clubbing them under five heads.    NEW DELHI: A DoT panel has recommended classifying violations committed by telecom operators and introducing slabs with monetary fines ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 50 crore.  Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had asked the Department of Telecommunications… Read More ›

DoT to amend Indian Telegraph Rules to locally screen imported mobile phones, BIS to frame mobile phone standards

DoT cannot legally demand such compliance from operators since a mobile phone is a consumer good and outside the broad definition of `telegraph’, which only includes telecom network/infrastructure equipment.  KOLKATA: The telecom department plans to tweak the Indian Telegraph Rules (ITR), 1951, by including `mobile phones’ within the definition of the word “telegraph” to ensure… Read More ›