Mobile internet services at 2G speed were restored in the Kashmir valley, except Pulwama and Shopian districts, hours after the Supreme Court ruled out the immediate restoration of 4G services in Jammu and Kashmir.
No floor on telecom tariffs puts Airtel in a commanding position to skim 2G-3G market
Justifying continuity of 2G due to lack of digital literacy in rural areas, too does not bode well. Women in rural area can handle even touch phones smartly; if they can’t, their children will teach them.
"It is not needed," she told reporters here in reply to a question on the matter. Unlike the 2G issue, no institution like the Comptroller and Auditor General said anything against the Rafale deal, she said.
The CBI today told the Delhi High Court that the 2G spectrum case allegedly involving former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others was "a case of monumental loss and a shame to the nation".
"This advance is because of the exponential growth in the decline rate (of narrowband internet) after Jio on the scene, which has been 12 per cent average every quarter," Faisal Kawoosa, Principal Analyst for Telecommunications and ESDM, CMR said in a report.
Referring to the 'rousing' reception accorded to him by the party supporters here, he told reporters that it was an indication that people had clearly understood the court verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
Ambani said the company had also run a process, run by real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle, to select a contractor to develop and monetize 20 million square feet at the knowledge city
The plan involves exiting strategic debt restructuring (SDR) and monetising some of the company's assets, including transfer of spectrum liabilities by March 2018.
On the issue of UPCOC Bill, 2017 being referred to a select committee of UP Legislative Council, Tiwari blamed SP, BSP and Congress
The Bombay High Court today quashed and set aside the sanction granted to the CBI by Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to prosecute senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing society scam.
They said the agency will study the order and will knock on the doors of the high court armed with their evidence and investigation.
Former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi were today acquitted by a special court in the 2G spectrum scam case. Fifteen other accused in the case and three companies were also acquitted.
RCom Executive Director Gurdeep Singh is learnt to have informed employees that the company has reached a "situation where we need to call it a day on our wireless business" and this would lead to closure of "wireless business 30 days from now".
Special Judge O P Saini, who is exclusively dealing with cases arising out of the 2G spectrum scam, also issued production warrants against Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and Bollywood producer Karim Morani, who were absent as they are in judicial custody in other cases.
The company has also asked a number of employees to quit as part of its winding up of the operations.
Special Judge O P Saini was told by Swamy's counsel that more time was required to bring additional material in support of the plea as the politician has requested the probe agencies and filed an RTI to get the information.
The cancellation of 2G auctions and reallocation of 3G waves, all funded through bank loans, and the disruptive entry of Reliance Jio with free services has created major stress on the balance sheets of telecom companies.
Telecom operators Aircel, Reliance Communications and Airtel did not meet regulator TRAI's various quality norms for 2G services in multiple licence areas for the quarter ended December 2016.
New entrant Jio has initiated a price war leading to prices for data plans – including for 4G -- falling in a big way. This has led to a shift in the way people consume data.
In a statement published Tuesday, Counterpoint forecast that more than half a billion 4G capable feature phones will be shipped globally over the course of the next five years, and that demand for such models will grow more than 5,300 percent this year. Counterpoint describes the trend as a "big short-term opportunity" for the mobile industry.
"Idea has now announced that it will allow open market data recharges of 1GB and above to work on Idea's 2G, 3G or 4G network without any differential prices and this will be rolled out nationally by March 31, 2017," Idea said in a statement.
The company plans to cut 4G data price to Rs 49 from Rs 149 for 1 GB data, slash 3G prices to Rs 99 per month for unlimited data and revise 2G prices to Rs 49 per month for unlimited data, say sources.
"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.
"It is very sad that the Uttarakhand government indulged in corruption even when it was time to help people hit hard by the calamity," the Road Transport and Highways Minister said, apparently referring to the 2013 Kedarnath tradegy.