The government is working to come up with cyber security standards for mobile devices and a regulation to tackle ransomware, according to a senior ministry official.
The International Mobile Equipment Identity Number (IMEI) helps security agencies in tracking mobile phones as well as calls made from them.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has sought Trai's views on spectrum price for various frequencies, including premium airwaves in the 700 MHz band which remained unsold in the last auctions in October 2016.
"About 2,20,935 subscribers participated in the survey out of which, about 1,38,072 (62.5 percent) have reported call drops," the DoT said in a statement.
According to the directive, any number which doesn’t have e-KYC will be considered illegal after February 6, 2018.
A Parliamentary panel has suggested merger of state-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL for their long-term survival.
Cellular Operators Association of India chief Rajan Mathews tells Moneycontrol that the government should stop charging license fees and spectrum usage charges as it is getting money upfront through spectrum auctions.
Telecom regulator TRAI today extended the last date for comments on the contentious Net neutrality by a month to March 15.
Government has allocated Rs 13,000 crore to the Department of Telecom (DoT) to roll out broadband network across gram panchayats and building alternate communications network for Defence, as per the Output-Outcome Framework for Schemes 2017 issued today.
"The project was approved in September 2014 but it came to BSNL in April 2016. BSNL is expecting to place execution order in April after which roll-out of the project will start in July and should be completed by December 2018," a source told PTI.
The Department of Telecom is likely to seek clarification from telecom regulator Trai on Rs 3,050 crore cumulative penalty recommended by it on service providers Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular.
Telecom regulator TRAI is likely to recommend to the Department of Telecom (DoT) that Aadhaar-based eKYC be allowed even for outstation customers who want to get a mobile connection in a particular service area.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had recommended imposing Rs 1,050 crore penalty each on Airtel and Vodafone and Rs 950 crore on Idea for violating quality of service rules.
The Department of Telecom today allowed import of mobile phones without panic button or emergency calling feature till February 28, 2017.
Sources tell CNBC-TV18 that Supreme Court has stayed Aircel's 2G spectrum sale. The apex court has directed the Department of Telecom to sell Aircel spectrum if promoters don't cooperate with agencies.
In a first, the Department of Telecom will finalise this year a comprehensive policy on backhaul spectrum or airwave that connects mobile towers with each other.
"Based on a CAG report, licence agreement and extant orders of DoT, demand-cum-show cause notices for Licence Fee (LF) for four financial years have been issued to the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs)," he said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
"We have finalised Right of Way guidelines. It will be notified either today or tomorrow," Telecom Secretary JS Deepak said at Broadband India Forum.
The telecom ministry has issued technology neutral telecom licences under the NTP 2012 which was delinked from spectrum.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended a penalty of Rs 3,050 crore on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular for allegedly violating licence norms by denying adequate interconnection points to Reliance Jio Infocomm.
The company has paid over Rs 10,100 crore through deferred payment and also submitted a financial bank guarantee of Rs 1,900 crore, sources said.
Mobile phone companies now can‘t use spectrum scarcity as an excuse for poor quality of services, TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said.
The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea of Department of Telecom (DoT) seeking a stay on a TDSAT order and asked it to tell the bidders of GSM spectrum for the Punjab circle that the matter was sub-judice.
The first day, October 1, attracted bids worth Rs 53,531 crore in 5 mobile frequency bands on auction.
Telecom operators Reliance Communications and Aircel, which announced their merger about a week ago, will bid separately in the upcoming mega-spectrum auction where all the seven applicants have made it to the final list of bidders.