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  • JS Deepak takes charge as Telecom Secretary Feb 01, 2016 02:52 PM IST

    JS Deepak takes charge as Telecom Secretary

    JS Deepak, a 1982 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, assumes charge at a time when the Department of Telecom is preparing for the next round of spectrum auction.

  • Telecom sector will need over 4 mn workforce by 2022: Prasad Jan 22, 2016 07:05 PM IST

    Telecom sector will need over 4 mn workforce by 2022: Prasad

    To train people, the Department of Telecom (DoT) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today signed an MoU to develop and implement National Action Plan for Skill Development in telecom sector.

  • Spectrum auction likely in May-June: Telecom Secretary Jan 22, 2016 12:19 PM IST

    Spectrum auction likely in May-June: Telecom Secretary

    Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has put out a consultation paper on a reference made by the government to suggest the base or floor price for all available airwaves for mobile services.

  • India keen to increase ICT business with Africa: Govt Sep 28, 2015 08:19 PM IST

    India keen to increase ICT business with Africa: Govt

    Speaking at the Indo-Africa ICT Expo in Nairobi (Kenya), Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg said India has a lot of experience in policies, technology, skills development and innovative solutions that can be shared with Africa.

  • Call drop situation improving: Ravi Shankar Prasad Sep 28, 2015 08:09 AM IST

    Call drop situation improving: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Identifying shortage of towers as the main problem for call drops, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that a policy decision had been taken under which all buildings of Government of India must allow installation of towers, while the post offices too had been directed to allow towers on rent at its buildings throughout the country.

  • Idea shifts all prepaid users to pay-per-second plan Sep 24, 2015 02:43 PM IST

    Idea shifts all prepaid users to pay-per-second plan

    Apart from the 1.5 million, who will be shifted over the next 30 days, the rest of its pre-paid users are already on per second billing. The company said that out of its total customer base of over 166 million, nearly 157 million are pre-paid.

  • Spectrum trading norms by month-end, says Telecom Secy Sep 18, 2015 02:05 PM IST

    Spectrum trading norms by month-end, says Telecom Secy

    Spectrum sharing and trading guidelines will allow mobile operators to better utilise the available airwaves and will help in checking the call drop issue. The norms are also likely to push consolidation in the telecom sector.

  • COAI criticises DoT's latest diktat on call drops Sep 04, 2015 10:04 PM IST

    COAI criticises DoT's latest diktat on call drops

    In a letter to the telecom secretary, Rakesh Garg, COAI says that call drops are not linked to the overall capacity of a telecom company.

  • Govt mulls levying penalty on telcos for call drops Aug 26, 2015 07:39 PM IST

    Govt mulls levying penalty on telcos for call drops

    A top official in the ministry said it will be conveyed to the owners that in case quality of service does not improve, option of levying penalty under licence conditions is not ruled out.

  • Telecom bodies approach DoT on sealing of towers Aug 18, 2015 09:29 PM IST

    Telecom bodies approach DoT on sealing of towers

    The three associations - COAI, AUSPI and TAIPA - in a letter to DoT secretary Rakesh Garg said MCD has sealed 10 sites in the last two days and demanded that the issue be taken up with MCD Commissioner to stop the "coercive" action.

  • Govt hits out at operators for lack of investment Aug 18, 2015 08:05 PM IST

    Govt hits out at operators for lack of investment

    Rejecting the operators' reasons, such as shutting down of towers and radiation fears, for call drops, government said all these factors existed earlier too but the problem has worsened in the last seven months.

  • Face disincentives for call drops: Prasad to telcos Jun 02, 2015 03:15 PM IST

    Face disincentives for call drops: Prasad to telcos

    Stating that telecom operators need to ensure that call drops are "minimised", the Minister said telcos need to strengthen their system.

  • India Inc seeks better pricing, FX relief to sell bonds May 29, 2015 08:42 PM IST

    India Inc seeks better pricing, FX relief to sell bonds

    In early April, the Reserve Bank of India said it will allow Indian companies to raise rupee-denominated debt offshore - known as "masala bonds" - but it has yet to issue the final guidelines.

  • Mobile call, service rates can go up by 12-15%: COAI Mar 31, 2015 10:20 PM IST

    Mobile call, service rates can go up by 12-15%: COAI

    The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which represents all telecom companies that won spectrum in recent auction, contested the analysis shared by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and seconded by Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg that there will an impact of only 1.3 paise per minute on call rates.

  • Auction results show reserve price not wrong: Telecom Secy Mar 30, 2015 04:47 PM IST

    Auction results show reserve price not wrong: Telecom Secy

    In an exclusive interview to CNBC-TV18‘s Malvika Jain, Garg said he is confident that telecom companies will be able to raise debt from the market

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