Additionally, the Department of Telecom requested all states to provide a list of unconnected villages so that all of them can be connected with telecom services by 2020.
The Department of Telecom constituted 12 working groups to create a framework for the New Telecom Policy. These working groups will suggest various measures and initiatives for the long-term growth of telecom sector.
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 consultation paper of spectrum auction and pricing is "ready" and the telecom regulator hopes to release it this week, Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of ITU-TRAI Asia Pacific Regulators Roundtable.
Cyber crime experts have also been deployed to beat the problem at the source.
The proposals form part of Trai's latest recommendations to the DoT on the closure of access services by companies and aim to ensure that subscribers are not put to "undue hardships" when such events occur.
Issuing another SIM after the a certain time lapse would give the companies enough room to verify if subscriber had applied for more than one SIM
The regulator had in March recommended establishment of an ombudsman as it felt the existing system was inadequate to address the needs of the consumers
Reduction in the retirement age will automatically bring down the number of people eligible for VRS and hence save the government some cash
In a letter to Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, TRAI has suggested measures to give relief to the telecom industry, which is currently sitting on debt of Rs 4.6 lakh crore.
CNBC-TV18 understands from sources that Department of Telecom (DoT) to take a call on moving a cabinet proposal on telecom debt woes.
The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) has developed a ‘public data office’ (PDO) technology solution to deliver low-cost Wi-Fi solutions. The mass PDO solution is priced at Rs 50,000.
"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 media reports, the state-owned telecom firm was looking to sell surplus land to reduce debt. The company says it has up to Rs 5,000 crore worth of real estate that can be monetised readily.
Telecom operator Reliance Jio has approached advertisement sector watchdog ASCI against Bharti Airtel saying the latter's claim of being "officially the fastest network" is "misleading" and done in "mala fide manner in collusion with" broadband speed tester Ookla.
Days after the outgoing Telecom Secretary JS Deepak shot off a letter to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) raising a red flag over the health of the telecom sector, sources told CNBC-TV18 the regulator believes it is unfair to blame promotional offers by Jio for poor health of the sector.
Regulator TRAI today said it will be "happy" to give its recommendations to the government on spectrum auctions, including timing and pricing aspects, as and when the matter is referred to it.
The government feels that the telecom regulator's decision to impose a Rs 3,050 crore on fine on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea was based on weak grounds.
In October, the telecom regulator had recommended that a combined penalty of Rs 3,050 crore be imposed on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea for denying sufficient points of interconnect to new entrant Reliance Jio.
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.
Idea Cellular today moved Delhi High Court against TRAI's recommendation to impose penalty of Rs 950 crore on the telecom firm for allegedly not providing interconnection to Reliance Jio (RJIO), even as DoT said the plea was premature.
Department of Telecom has identified about 580 Mhz of spectrum across 700, 1800, 2100, 2300 Mhz and 5G airwaves that will be auctioned in 2017
In its latest recommendation to DoT, Trai has also proposed that Aadhaar-based e-KYC should be permitted for outstation customers at any place within the service area.