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  • Approvals received for relevant downstream investments post FDI nod from DoT: Airtel Jan 12, 2021 08:14 PM IST

    Approvals received for relevant downstream investments post FDI nod from DoT: Airtel

    Bharti Airtel further said it is initiating the process to revise its foreign investment limit, as notified to its depositories, to 100 percent with immediate effect.

  • BSNL, MTNL turn EBITDA positive in first half of FY21: Telecom Department Jan 11, 2021 06:20 PM IST

    BSNL, MTNL turn EBITDA positive in first half of FY21: Telecom Department

    The Department of Telecom (DoT) also said that the process for spectrum allocation for 4G services to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) on pan-India basis, including Delhi and Mumbai, has been initiated and funds have been provisioned in FY2020-21.

  • Telecom department to start bidding for spectrum auction from March 1 Jan 06, 2021 05:08 PM IST

    Telecom department to start bidding for spectrum auction from March 1

    The Union Cabinet had approved a proposal for the auction of 2,251.25 Megahertz (MHz) of spectrum worth Rs 3.92 lakh crore at the base price on December 17, 2020.

  • Telecom dept likely to issue notice for spectrum auction this week Jan 05, 2021 08:49 PM IST

    Telecom dept likely to issue notice for spectrum auction this week

    The Digital Communications Commission, the apex decision making body of the DoT, in May last year approved the spectrum auction plan worth Rs 5.22 lakh crore which included radiowaves for 5G services as well.

  • Spectrum bands for 5G to be announced soon: DoT official Dec 10, 2020 09:26 PM IST

    Spectrum bands for 5G to be announced soon: DoT official

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has recommended base price of proposed 5G spectrum in 3,300-3,600 Mhz band at about Rs 492 crore per Mhz unpaired spectrum on all India basis.

  • Need to expedite implementation of new telecom policy, lower 5G reserve price: DoT official Dec 09, 2020 03:12 PM IST

    Need to expedite implementation of new telecom policy, lower 5G reserve price: DoT official

    Department of Telecom Member (Services) Bharat Kumar Jog said forward looking policies are needed to derive benefits from the emerging technologies.

  • 'Telcos need to pay 10% of total AGR dues by March 31 irrespective of payment made' Sep 21, 2020 05:13 PM IST

    'Telcos need to pay 10% of total AGR dues by March 31 irrespective of payment made'

    Operational telecom operators are expected to pay Rs 12,921 crore by March 31, of which close to 80 percent has to be paid by Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel.

  • Reliance Jio seeks spectrum for 5G trials, plans to sell tech overseas Jul 20, 2020 10:52 PM IST

    Reliance Jio seeks spectrum for 5G trials, plans to sell tech overseas

    The company has sought spectrum frequencies between 26.5 - 29.5 Ghz and 24.25-27.5 Ghz band. The auction for these high frequency bands is expected to be held next year.

  • DoT withdraws Rs 2.3 lakh cr demand notices on GAIL, OIL Jul 16, 2020 04:56 PM IST

    DoT withdraws Rs 2.3 lakh cr demand notices on GAIL, OIL

    The withdrawal follows the Supreme Court ruling last month, terming the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues raised on non-telecom PSUs 'wholly and totally impermissible'.

  • 5G spectrum price suggested by DoT too high: FinMin task force Apr 30, 2020 10:35 PM IST

    5G spectrum price suggested by DoT too high: FinMin task force

    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.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | DoT relaxes time for self certification under mobile tower radiation norms Apr 08, 2020 08:25 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | DoT relaxes time for self certification under mobile tower radiation norms

    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.

  • DoT holds meeting as industry seeks movement of essential staff, other waivers for biz continuity Mar 20, 2020 09:00 PM IST

    DoT holds meeting as industry seeks movement of essential staff, other waivers for biz continuity

    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.

  • DoT plea to seek 20 year time for payment of AGR bears cabinet stamp Mar 19, 2020 05:25 PM IST

    DoT plea to seek 20 year time for payment of AGR bears cabinet stamp

    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.

  • Call data records taken to improve telecom networks, details anonymized: Govt Mar 18, 2020 10:45 PM IST

    Call data records taken to improve telecom networks, details anonymized: Govt

    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.

  • DoT still working on final calculation of pending AGR dues Feb 19, 2020 07:15 PM IST

    DoT still working on final calculation of pending AGR dues

    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 Chairman K.M. Birla meets Telecom Secy amid AGR issues Feb 18, 2020 03:20 PM IST

    Vodafone Idea Chairman K.M. Birla meets Telecom Secy amid AGR issues

    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.

  • DoT to meet industry on January 6 on Budget-related issues; will 'support' cut in levies Jan 02, 2020 07:25 PM IST

    DoT to meet industry on January 6 on Budget-related issues; will 'support' cut in levies

    The telecom department plans to formally write to the Ministry of Finance in the first half of January, post the meeting.

  • DoT tells telcos to clear AGR dues as per SC order Nov 13, 2019 09:22 PM IST

    DoT tells telcos to clear AGR dues as per SC order

    The SC had on October 24 upheld the definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) calculation as stipulated by the DoT.

  • CoS meets to discuss bailout package for telcos; DoT working on demand notices Nov 05, 2019 09:07 PM IST

    CoS meets to discuss bailout package for telcos; DoT working on demand notices

    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.

  • SC dismisses DoT plea against TDSAT order in RCom spectrum sale case Jul 02, 2019 09:16 PM IST

    SC dismisses DoT plea against TDSAT order in RCom spectrum sale case

    A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant said that there was no merit in the DoT plea against the TDSAT order.

  • DoT asks BSNL to put all capex on hold, stop tenders Jun 25, 2019 08:03 PM IST

    DoT asks BSNL to put all capex on hold, stop tenders

    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.

  • DoT alone will not take call on Huawei: Telecom Secy Aruna Sundararajan Jun 20, 2019 09:00 PM IST

    DoT alone will not take call on Huawei: Telecom Secy Aruna Sundararajan

    The DoT has set up a panel to examine issues related to Huawei's participation in the Indian telecom network.

  • DoT floats draft proposal on 4G spectrum to BSNL, MTNL Apr 22, 2019 06:55 PM IST

    DoT floats draft proposal on 4G spectrum to BSNL, MTNL

    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.

  • PMO intervenes to bail out BSNL, MTNL; asks DoT to expedite revival proposals Apr 04, 2019 08:04 PM IST

    PMO intervenes to bail out BSNL, MTNL; asks DoT to expedite revival proposals

    The troubled PSUs have been seeking these three measures to stay afloat amid cut throat competition in the telecom sector.

  • DoT to take EC nod before moving Cabinet proposal on VRS for MTNL, BSNL staff Apr 03, 2019 08:02 PM IST

    DoT to take EC nod before moving Cabinet proposal on VRS for MTNL, BSNL staff

    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.

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