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  • Vodafone Idea seeks permission to pay DoT dues of Q2-Q4 in April 2022: Report Nov 12, 2021 12:44 PM IST

    Vodafone Idea seeks permission to pay DoT dues of Q2-Q4 in April 2022: Report

    The DoT is yet to take a decision regarding the same as the relief measures by the government have already been provided to the sector.

  • Ashwini Vaishnaw, DoT secretary make 1st test call on indigenously developed 4G tech Oct 11, 2021 07:55 AM IST

    Ashwini Vaishnaw, DoT secretary make 1st test call on indigenously developed 4G tech

    To achieve the dream of Atmanirbhar Bharat in creating Indian telecom equipment for the globe, BSNL is conducting a Proof of Concept (PoC) with Tata Consultancy Services and state-run telecom research organisation C-DOT in Chandigarh, the statement said.

  • DoT amends telecom licence norms to relax penal provisions Oct 02, 2021 04:50 PM IST

    DoT amends telecom licence norms to relax penal provisions

    The department will now charge 2 per cent interest above the one-year marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR) of State Bank of India for delay in payment of licence fees or any other statutory dues and the interest will be compounded annually.

  • DoT asks Vi, Airtel to pay Rs 3,050 crore in 3 weeks: Report Oct 01, 2021 09:14 AM IST

    DoT asks Vi, Airtel to pay Rs 3,050 crore in 3 weeks: Report

    Vi has to pay Rs 2,000 crore and Airtel Rs 1,050 crore. Notably, Vi’s bigger fine comes from its 2018 merger with Idea Cellular, which was fined Rs 950 crore.

  • Videocon AGR dues: SC restrains Centre from encashing Airtel's bank guarantee for three weeks Aug 24, 2021 04:49 PM IST

    Videocon AGR dues: SC restrains Centre from encashing Airtel's bank guarantee for three weeks

    A Department of Telecommunications notice, issued to Bharti Airtel on August 17, warned that failure to make payment will result in invocation of its bank guarantees.

  • Telecom department can't allow extension of moratorium on spectrum dues: Report Aug 09, 2021 02:02 PM IST

    Telecom department can't allow extension of moratorium on spectrum dues: Report

    Nearly Rs 15,900cr of non-adjusted gross revenue (AGR) spectrum dues become payable from April 2022.

  • DoT proposes Rs 10,000 fine on every call, SMS by pesky callers after 50 violations Jul 06, 2021 08:10 AM IST

    DoT proposes Rs 10,000 fine on every call, SMS by pesky callers after 50 violations

    The Department of Telecom (DoT) has proposed to make the norms more stringent by reducing the slabs for levying penalty to Rs 1,000 per violation for 0-10 breaches, Rs 5,000 each for 10-50 violations and Rs 10,000 each for more than 50 violations.

  • Department of Telecom issues guidelines for Rs 12,200-crore PLI scheme: Here's how to apply Jun 03, 2021 07:05 PM IST

    Department of Telecom issues guidelines for Rs 12,200-crore PLI scheme: Here's how to apply

    Once the application is cleared, the Department of Telecommunications shall grant approvals to 10 eligible applications each in MSME and non-MSME categories.

  • After Elon Musk, Amazon eyes India’s satellite internet space: Report Jun 01, 2021 11:55 AM IST

    After Elon Musk, Amazon eyes India’s satellite internet space: Report

    Talks are on with the Department of Telecommunications and Department of Space for “necessary regulatory approvals” to bring Amazon’s high-speed broadband services to India via the company’s global space internet initiative Project Kuiper.

  • DoT allocates spectrum for 5G trials to telecom operators May 28, 2021 02:07 PM IST

    DoT allocates spectrum for 5G trials to telecom operators

    The trials will be conducted at various locations including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Gujarat, Hyderabad, among others, according to industry sources.

  • India’s 5G auctions may be pushed to next year: Report May 06, 2021 12:57 PM IST

    India’s 5G auctions may be pushed to next year: Report

    “It is unlikely that auctions will happen this year and will get postponed. The focus currently is on keeping networks stable,” a senior government official said.

  • DoT allows telecom companies to conduct 5G technology, spectrum trials May 04, 2021 05:49 PM IST

    DoT allows telecom companies to conduct 5G technology, spectrum trials

    TSPs that have applied for permission include Bharti Airtel, MTNL, Reliance Jio Infocomm and Vodafone Idea.

  • DoT assigns 4G spectrum to Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, gets Rs 2,306 crore Apr 16, 2021 09:59 PM IST

    DoT assigns 4G spectrum to Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, gets Rs 2,306 crore

    For the spectrum, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd paid Rs 2,149.59 crore, while Bharti Airtel Ltd deposited Rs 157.38 crore, the government said in a statement.

  • Elon Musk’s Starlink internet service faces 'regulatory hurdles' in India: Report Apr 01, 2021 10:28 AM IST

    Elon Musk’s Starlink internet service faces 'regulatory hurdles' in India: Report

    The Broadband India Forum, an industry body, has called on TRAI to block Starlink's beta services in India for not meeting regulatory requirements.

  • DoT  may  ask  TRAI to make 5G airwaves more affordable: Report Mar 16, 2021 01:26 PM IST

    DoT  may  ask  TRAI to make 5G airwaves more affordable: Report

    During the 4G auction held on March 1 and 2, spectrum in the 700MHz and 2,500MHz bands remained unsold.

  • Amendment to telecom equipment procurement rules may lead to increase in capex, tariff hike Mar 12, 2021 06:45 PM IST

    Amendment to telecom equipment procurement rules may lead to increase in capex, tariff hike

    The DoT on March 10 amended the Unified Access Service Licence, thereby mandating the use of equipment only from trusted sources from June 15, 2021.

  • TRAI seeks suggestions on satellite service norms for apps with low data consumption Mar 12, 2021 04:43 PM IST

    TRAI seeks suggestions on satellite service norms for apps with low data consumption

    Low bit-rate applications are mostly the sensor-based applications used in ATMs, IoT devices, traffic management, vehicle tracking, security alarms, among other things.

  • DoT amends license for procurement of telecom equipment Mar 10, 2021 07:26 PM IST

    DoT amends license for procurement of telecom equipment

    DoT further said that the Designated Authority shall notify the categories of equipment for which the security requirements related to trusted sources are applicable.

  • DoT launches online certification course on 5G Mar 09, 2021 08:32 PM IST

    DoT launches online certification course on 5G

    Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash on Tuesday inaugurated the online 5G certification course.

  • 4G services to improve as telcos beef up 4G capacity in spectrum auction: Analysts Mar 08, 2021 07:40 PM IST

    4G services to improve as telcos beef up 4G capacity in spectrum auction: Analysts

    Almost the entire spectrum acquired, including the 2300 Mhz band, in the recently concluded auction is likely to be used for 4G services, say analysts.

  • Centre to update telecom laws ahead of 5G rollout Mar 08, 2021 12:48 PM IST

    Centre to update telecom laws ahead of 5G rollout

    The DoT has proposed to replace the outdated laws inked under the Indian Telegraph Act and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act that came into effect in 1885 and 1933, respectively,

  • 4G Spectrum Auction: 37% of spectrum on offer sold, bids exceeded govt expectations Mar 03, 2021 04:11 PM IST

    4G Spectrum Auction: 37% of spectrum on offer sold, bids exceeded govt expectations

    As per a report by ICICI Securities, the operators have to make upfront payment of Rs 276 billion in the next 10 days; and two years’ moratorium and then 16 annual installments with 7.3 percent interest rate.

  • Explained: Though critical for entering 5G race, why does 700MHz band find no takers? Mar 03, 2021 02:43 PM IST

    Explained: Though critical for entering 5G race, why does 700MHz band find no takers?

    The 700MHz has gained massive acceptance among the telcos owing to its many inherent advantages

  • Reliance Jio-owned spectrum footprint increases by 55% to 1,717 MHz Mar 02, 2021 07:12 PM IST

    Reliance Jio-owned spectrum footprint increases by 55% to 1,717 MHz

    The DoT aimed to raise at least Rs 3.92 lakh crore by auctioning the entire spectrum.

  • 5G trial approvals from DoT likely in two weeks: Report Feb 18, 2021 11:53 AM IST

    5G trial approvals from DoT likely in two weeks: Report

    The DoT had received 16 applications for 5G field trials in January 2020.

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