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  • TRAI's recos on easier spectrum rules to make consolidation more effective: EY Nov 22, 2017 01:26 PM IST

    TRAI's recos on easier spectrum rules to make consolidation more effective: EY

    This is very progressive move from TRAI and it makes the consolidation more effective, said Singhal, National Telecom Leader, EY

  • Trai starts consultation for next round of spectrum auction Aug 28, 2017 04:03 PM IST

    Trai starts consultation for next round of spectrum auction

    While the Department of Telecom (DoT) has proposed to hold auction in 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has sought opinion on when the next round of auction should be held and whether it should done in a "phased manner".

  • COAI seeks equal rules, spectrum road map in new telecom policy Aug 04, 2017 02:25 PM IST

    COAI seeks equal rules, spectrum road map in new telecom policy

    The policy should have some "permanent fixes" for the failing financial health of the sector and the industry cannot be treated "as a place to go for revenue", COAI Director General Rajan Mathews told PTI.

  • TRAI to float consultation paper on spectrum auction next week, 5G part of it Aug 04, 2017 02:23 PM IST

    TRAI to float consultation paper on spectrum auction next week, 5G part of it

    The paper will seek views on pricing of spectrum, block size to be auctioned in each band, roll out obligation and also whether the ecosystem is now developed or not to accommodate new technologies

  • Industry under stress; hope government takes 'prudent view': Airtel May 10, 2017 09:35 PM IST

    Industry under stress; hope government takes 'prudent view': Airtel

    Bharti Airtel in an investor call said the sector is "heavily taxed" and that the levies like licence fee, spectrum usage charges and service taxes add up to a "very substantial number".

  • COAI for spectrum auction only in late-2018, early next year Apr 25, 2017 03:19 PM IST

    COAI for spectrum auction only in late-2018, early next year

    "The timing of the auction should be later part of 2018 or early 2019," COAI director general Rajan Mathews told PTI.

  • Consultation paper on spectrum auction in 15 days: Trai Apr 25, 2017 10:49 AM IST

    Consultation paper on spectrum auction in 15 days: Trai

    The Department of Telecom (DoT) has sought Trai's views on spectrum price for various frequencies, including premium airwaves in the 700 MHz band which remained unsold in the last auctions in October 2016.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Cabinet Secretary looking into troubles of telecom sector, risks to banks Apr 06, 2017 12:21 PM IST

    EXCLUSIVE: Cabinet Secretary looking into troubles of telecom sector, risks to banks

    Over the last two years, the industry’s debt has nearly doubled to Rs 4.4 lakh crore, thanks to two big spectrum auctions.

  • Idea-Vodafone merger: Key highlights of the deal Mar 20, 2017 10:06 AM IST

    Idea-Vodafone merger: Key highlights of the deal

    Idea Cellular on Monday announced its much anticipated merger with Vodafone India and Vodafone Mobile Services Limited, its wholly-owned subsidiary.

  • It's complicated: Regulatory hurdles that Vodafone-Idea merger could face Mar 20, 2017 09:41 AM IST

    It's complicated: Regulatory hurdles that Vodafone-Idea merger could face

    Vodafone India and Idea Cellular today announced their long-anticipated merger, nearly a month after acknowledging that talks were on to join hands.

  • Will offer views on spectrum auction when govt asks: TRAI Feb 28, 2017 08:14 PM IST

    Will offer views on spectrum auction when govt asks: TRAI

    Regulator TRAI today said it will be "happy" to give its recommendations to the government on spectrum auctions, including timing and pricing aspects, as and when the matter is referred to it.

  • Airtel's Mittal calls for global spectrum share via one network Feb 28, 2017 03:15 PM IST

    Airtel's Mittal calls for global spectrum share via one network

    After killing domestic roaming, Airtel's Sunil Mittal has radical plans to shake up global telecom industry. Mittal suggests that mobile operators should increase sharing of resources such as spectrum to ease the burden on telecom companies.

  • SBI chief moots dedicated spectrum for financial transactions Feb 22, 2017 07:40 AM IST

    SBI chief moots dedicated spectrum for financial transactions

    Bhattacharya also said though many telcos have their own payment banks it is not known how much importance they give to financial transactions.

  • Idea soars 5.5% on buzz of merger with Vodafone in a month Feb 20, 2017 11:05 AM IST

    Idea soars 5.5% on buzz of merger with Vodafone in a month

    According to a report in PTI, the companies are likely to announce a signing agreement by February 24-25. Telecom major has brought its ex-India unit chief Marten Pieters to work on the merger.

  • Need fiscal relief for more cash to tackle debt, say telcos Feb 10, 2017 10:56 AM IST

    Need fiscal relief for more cash to tackle debt, say telcos

    Overburdened with debt, the telecom companies are going through tough times and the only silver lining for them is if the government provides them with fiscal relief measures to increase cash flows.

  • Vodafone-Idea merged co may have to forgo Rs 18k cr spectrum Feb 03, 2017 02:30 PM IST

    Vodafone-Idea merged co may have to forgo Rs 18k cr spectrum

    If a merger goes through, the Vodafone India-Idea merged entity might be pushed into disposing off Rs 18,000-crore worth of excess spectrum to meet regulatory norms.

  • Idea best fit for Voda, subscriber base may reach 380 mn: CLSA Jan 20, 2017 04:00 PM IST

    Idea best fit for Voda, subscriber base may reach 380 mn: CLSA

    A recent CLSA report says that Idea Cellular is the best fit for Vodafone India and it may topple Airtel from its top position.

  • SC restrains Aircel-Maxis from transferring 2G licences Jan 06, 2017 08:00 PM IST

    SC restrains Aircel-Maxis from transferring 2G licences

    The Supreme Court today restrained transfer of 2G licences from Malaysia's Maxis, which was originally allotted to Aircel, to any other telecom company.

  • DoT to firm up policy on backhaul spectrum this year: Tel Secy Jan 03, 2017 05:30 PM IST

    DoT to firm up policy on backhaul spectrum this year: Tel Secy

    In a first, the Department of Telecom will finalise this year a comprehensive policy on backhaul spectrum or airwave that connects mobile towers with each other.

  • Aircel launches new recharge plans Rs 23 and Rs 348 Dec 21, 2016 07:10 PM IST

    Aircel launches new recharge plans Rs 23 and Rs 348

    For recharge of Rs 23, customers will get unlimited local and STD calling across any networks with a validity of one day, Aircel said in a statement.

  • Telcos gross revenue up 12% at Rs 73,344 cr in Apr-Jun Dec 02, 2016 09:24 PM IST

    Telcos gross revenue up 12% at Rs 73,344 cr in Apr-Jun

    Gross revenue of telecom service providers rose by 12.79 per cent to Rs 73,344 crore in April-June 2016 period compared to a year ago period.

  • TRAI seeks views on issues over closure of telecom services Nov 30, 2016 08:18 PM IST

    TRAI seeks views on issues over closure of telecom services

    To ensure customers do not face trouble when a telecom operator shuts down services, TRAI has sought public view on issues such as mechanism and timeframe for informing subscribers, and changes in mobile number portability norms for smooth bulk transitioning of users.

  • Vodafone loss doubles to $5.5 billion due to India write-down Nov 15, 2016 03:18 PM IST

    Vodafone loss doubles to $5.5 billion due to India write-down

    Vodafone said its loss after tax soared to 5.1 billion euros (USD 5.5 billion) in the six months to September 30, compared with a net loss of 2.5 billion euros one year earlier.

  • BSNL approaches Telecom Department for 700 MHz spectrum Nov 06, 2016 01:46 PM IST

    BSNL approaches Telecom Department for 700 MHz spectrum

    The telecom PSU has suggested that a 5 MHz block in the 700 Mhz band be assigned to it by the government through the equity route.

  • Govt talks of 'more conducive' telecom policy, spectrum reform Nov 02, 2016 08:08 AM IST

    Govt talks of 'more conducive' telecom policy, spectrum reform

    Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said the Department of Telecom is working on ending some of the permits like wireless operating licence and bringing in reforms in backhaul spectrum so that operators are able to conveniently transmit their services.

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