The industry has unanimously raised the issue of high spectrum price. However, the Department of Telecom (DoT) adopted the spectrum rate as recommended by the sector regulator TRAI.
Telecom operators are required to submit a self-certificate before commissioning of new mobile towers for which their representatives have to make field-visits and conduct outdoor surveys for radiation measurements, panoramic photographs etc.
The industry has urged DoT to issue directions to states that telecom be treated under essential services and, accordingly, staff and engineers have access to network operations centres, data centres and other critical sites in the event of any lockdown.
The Supreme Court will hear the government's rescue plan of giving telcos a 20-year repayment period for AGR dues during the next hearing scheduled after two weeks.
The DoT claimed that call data records of subscribers who enter in a given coverage area where there are incidences of call drops or subscribers facing the problem is collected without infringing their privacy.
The letter was a follow up to a previous note sent by the licence finance wing on December 4 and a follow-up on December 13 to the circles for re-verification of debit voucher reports (DVR).
Vodafone Idea paid Rs 2,500 crore to the Department of Telecom (DoT) on February 17 and promised to pay another Rs 1,000 crore before the end of the week.
The telecom department plans to formally write to the Ministry of Finance in the first half of January, post the meeting.
The SC had on October 24 upheld the definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) calculation as stipulated by the DoT.
Parallelly, a Committee of Secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, has begun work on a financial bailout package sought by the debt-laden telecom carriers.
A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant said that there was no merit in the DoT plea against the TDSAT order.
The finance department of BSNL issued order in this regard on June 2, directing all its circle head to take prior approval of corporate officer located in Delhi before floating any new tenders for capital expenditure, according to official sources.
The DoT has set up a panel to examine issues related to Huawei's participation in the Indian telecom network.
BSNL is among the two telecom companies that have been consistently gaining customers. All competitors of BSNL have 4G spectrum and invested heavily in building their network while the PSU has only 3G network.
The troubled PSUs have been seeking these three measures to stay afloat amid cut throat competition in the telecom sector.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) is preparing a Cabinet note recommending voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for BSNL and MTNL employees above 50 years of age.
Both BSNL and MTNL were unable to pay salaries to their employees for the month of February.
DoT is said to be expecting the two operators to legally challenge the one-time spectrum charge
The comments come at a time when developed markets like the US, Australia and New Zealand have taken a position against the use of equipment by Chinese vendors, particularly Huawei.
Users can now report fake news or hate messages received on WhatsApp to the DoT.
The DoT said licence conditions bar carriage of objectionable obscene, unauthorised or any other content, messages or communications in any form in the network.
The joint statement said, the Supreme Court has prohibited issue of new SIM cards through Aadhaar eKYC authentication process and there is no direction to deactivate the old mobile phones.
Telecom Commission - the highest policy-making body of Department of Telecom (DoT) - on May 1 cleared the recommendation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for allowing telecom services on flights and maritime transport under In-flight connectivity (IFC) rules. The service is now available in most of the developed markets.
DoT has said the numbers are fine and the two telcos should pay the dues to get final approval for their merger
Airtel, in March 2017, announced its decision to acquire the 4G business of Tikona Networks, including broadband spectrum and 350 sites across five circles, for about Rs 1,600 crore.