A late entry into India's crowded telcom sector, Telenor (formerly Uninor) from the start of its India operations, was never able to find its footing in the cut-throat industry.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Department of Telecom (DoT) received 57,634 complaints in 2015 compared with 50,197 in the previous year.
Uninor, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Norway-based Telewings, is set to rebrand itself as Telenor, the name by which the parent company's operations are known in the 12 countries it is present in.
The government has imposed total penalty of 10.80 crore on telecom operators for exceeding prescribed electronic frequency (EMF) limits, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Bharti Airtel on Thursday appointed Jinesh Hegde as Chief Executive Officer of its Sri Lanka operations.
Mobile service provider Uninor on Wednesday said its operating loss has narrowed down to NOK 90 million (about Rs 70.30 crore) in the second quarter ended June 30.
At the end of May, total number of telephone connections stood at 1,002.05 million, of which 975.78 million connections were wireless or mobile, the data released by regulator TRAI on Friday showed.
Other private players such as Uninor, Sistema Shyam Teleservices and Videocon will also roll out the service to meet the July 3 deadline fixed by the government.
Vivek Sood, CEO of the company told CNBC-TV18 that over the past one year the government has taken some extremely positive decisions for the telecom sector.
Net neutrality implies equal treatment be accorded to all internet traffic and no priority should be given to any person or entity or company based on payment, which is seen as discriminatory.
Videocon Group has agreed to take over the liability and therefore the deal will exclude any liability that Videocon Telecom has.
The combined gross revenue of operators was at Rs 58,385 crore in the same period of 2013, according to the TRAI's performance indicator report.
There are rising concerns over maintaining equal access to Internet amid some service providers entering into tie-ups for offering free access to certain mobile apps and websites.
Net Neutrality, an widely debated issue globally, has in the past few days caught India's attention with politicians, corporate leaders and film stars taking to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to debate on the issue.
Telecom operator Uninor, which did not buy additional spectrum in the recently concluded auction, will look to acquire radio waves through other options, including acquisition or spectrum sharing as per business requirement.
"All India GSM cellular subscriber figures as of February 2015 stood at 69.70 crore. The subscribers increased by 95.94 lakh in February, (1.40 percent increase from previous month," COAI said in a statement.
According to a research report by Barclays, the spectrum payments by telecom operators will have a limited impact on their balance sheets in near term as the payments are on a deferred basis.
The biggest ever spectrum auction of 2G and 3G airwaves began on Wednesday on a high note with operators making bids worth an estimated Rs 60,000 crore after six rounds of bidding in all the four bands.
According to sources, the mock auction was successful and the actual auction process will start as planned from March 4.
Trai also reduced network interconnection usage charges (IUC) on calls made from mobile phones by about 30 percent to 14 paise per call from 20 paise earlier.
Based on the reserve price, the government estimated to garner over Rs 82,000 crore from the sale of radiowaves for providing 2G as well as 3G services. At the minimum or auction start price for the 2,100 Mega-Hertz band or 3G spectrum, government would garner at least Rs 17,555 crore
Eight telecom companies have applied for participating in the auctions, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications. The licences of four companies are coming up for renewal in certain circles
Today is the last day to submit the applications. Most of the spectrum being put up for the auction is presently held by Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Telecom.
In the last 12 months, Uninor has added over 10 million new subscriptions in its six circles.
GSM mobile operators added 81.7 lakh subscribers in December, taking their overall user base to 67.85 crore at the month end. The GSM mobile user base stood at 67.03 crore at the end of November 2014, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said today.