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  • Interested in buying one slot of 700 Mhz spectrum: BSNL Feb 28, 2016 02:48 PM IST

    Interested in buying one slot of 700 Mhz spectrum: BSNL

    "We will be discussing with the government that one slot of 700 MHz, we will take on the basis of auction determined price," BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava told PTI during the Mobile World Congress here.

  • Rules clearer but spectrum price still high in India: Telenor Feb 23, 2016 08:44 PM IST

    Rules clearer but spectrum price still high in India: Telenor

    Previously some of the foreign firms, including the likes of Vodafone, had expressed concerns over regulatory challenges hampering economic development of the country.

  • High spectrum price can hit investments: Vodafone Feb 23, 2016 11:24 AM IST

    High spectrum price can hit investments: Vodafone

    The spectrum sale, which is estimated to fetch more than double the total annual revenue of all telecom companies, that is Rs 2.54 lakh crore, is likely to be held in May/June.

  • Don't take back spectrum from telcos if cap changes: Trai Feb 16, 2016 08:48 PM IST

    Don't take back spectrum from telcos if cap changes: Trai

    Telecom operators should not be asked to surrender excess spectrum if the maximum holding limit in a circle gets changed after allocation of the airwaves, telecom regulator Trai today suggested to the government.

  • Budget 2016: Telecom sector's wishlist Feb 01, 2016 10:25 PM IST

    Budget 2016: Telecom sector's wishlist

    This time, its long list of demands boils down to two things — clearer policies and help in reducing debt

  • Top telcos may skip bid for 700 Mhz spectrum: Fitch Jan 29, 2016 06:30 PM IST

    Top telcos may skip bid for 700 Mhz spectrum: Fitch

    "The top four telcos - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications - may hesitate to bid for 700MHz spectrum, given their stretched balance sheets and need to preserve cash in light of impending competition from the entry of Reliance Jio in March-April 2016," Fitch Ratings said in a statement.

  • Aim is to make maximum spectrum available for telcos: TRAI Jan 28, 2016 03:22 PM IST

    Aim is to make maximum spectrum available for telcos: TRAI

    Speaking to CNBC-TV18, TRAI chairman RS Sharma says that the final decision will be taken up by the Department of Telecommunication (DoT). Main aim is to make commercial spectrum available for telecom operators, he says.

  • See limited participation in 700 Mhz spectrum auction: Fitch Jan 28, 2016 09:07 AM IST

    See limited participation in 700 Mhz spectrum auction: Fitch

    Nitin Soni, director, Asia-Pacific corporate ratings at Fitch-Ratings says while 700 MHz is a nice spectrum to have, it is not a must have, and hence participation in this round of auction may be limited

  • Trai recommends Rs 11,500 crore per Mhz pan-India base Jan 27, 2016 06:24 PM IST

    Trai recommends Rs 11,500 crore per Mhz pan-India base

    Regulator Trai today suggested Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz pan-India base price for premium 700 Mhz spectrum for the next round of auction even as leading operators have sought holding back sale of the radiowaves in this band.

  • Budget 2016: A toss between lower fiscal deficit and growth Jan 25, 2016 09:58 AM IST

    Budget 2016: A toss between lower fiscal deficit and growth

    The upcoming Budget, which will be presented on February 29, will see Finance Minister Arun Jaitley trying to balance pressures from the Pay Commission report, and his promise to lower corporate tax and raise capex

  • Incremental network cost impacted margins: Idea Cellular Jan 22, 2016 09:49 AM IST

    Incremental network cost impacted margins: Idea Cellular

    Himanshu Kapania, MD of Idea Cellular, said data volume grew at 76 percent Year-on-Year (YoY), while data realisations declined 17 percent during the same period.

  • Trai to take a call on spectrum price, data pricing by Jan-end Jan 20, 2016 04:16 PM IST

    Trai to take a call on spectrum price, data pricing by Jan-end

    "We will finalise recommendations on spectrum price by the end of this month... even on differential price (of data), whatever we have to say will be done by the end of the month," Trai Chairman R S Sharma told reporters today on the sidelines of Convergence India 2016 here.

  • Reliance Jio to raise Rs 15,000 crore via rights issue Jan 18, 2016 09:22 PM IST

    Reliance Jio to raise Rs 15,000 crore via rights issue

    Reliance Industries (RIL) has already invested over Rs 1 lakh crore in RJIL. The company has plans to offer 4G service at a monthly charge of Rs 300-500 and start commercial service with 4G mobile phones priced as low as Rs 4,000 a unit.

  • Call drop battle: Trai versus telcos Jan 13, 2016 10:16 PM IST

    Call drop battle: Trai versus telcos

    Though Trai began on a conciliatory note, saying that they do understand that there are issues related to spectrum and tower infrastructure, but from thereon it started mounting its defence

  • Open to pilot of Google, Microsoft, new tech projects: Prasad Jan 06, 2016 08:19 PM IST

    Open to pilot of Google, Microsoft, new tech projects: Prasad

    "Technology is overtaking us. Google wants to explore the Loon project and also, Microsoft is trying to explore white space. As a minister, I am very clear that all new technologies must be given proper opportunity for experimentation," Prasad said at a National Seminar on Spectrum Management

  • Jio impact: Telcos on a shopping spree? Dec 30, 2015 02:24 PM IST

    Jio impact: Telcos on a shopping spree?

    Among the major telecom companies in India, only Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have airwaves in the 2300 MHz band

  • Quality to matter more than price in 4G services: Experts Dec 29, 2015 11:26 AM IST

    Quality to matter more than price in 4G services: Experts

    There is no way you can have newer technologies and a great consumer experience with falling prices, says former Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor. He says prices need to be held or raised so that quality of services can be sustained.

  • 800 MHz spectrum liberalisation: DoT to seek Trai's views Dec 24, 2015 05:46 PM IST

    800 MHz spectrum liberalisation: DoT to seek Trai's views

    Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission, the highest decision making body of DoT, in its meeting earlier this week decided to seek views of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on the matter, sources said.

  • Biggest challenge is attracting Indian users to 4G: Idea Dec 23, 2015 08:27 PM IST

    Biggest challenge is attracting Indian users to 4G: Idea

    India's third-biggest mobile phone operator Idea Cellular launched fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone services across South India on Wednesday. The company hopes to cover all towns and cities in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana by March 2016

  • Telecom sector share in GDP marginally up at 1.94% in FY15 Dec 23, 2015 06:37 PM IST

    Telecom sector share in GDP marginally up at 1.94% in FY15

    As per data shared by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, revenue generated by the telecom sector in 2014-15 increased to Rs 2,42,900 crore, accounting for 1.94 percent of total GDP, compared to previous fiscal's figure of Rs 2,19,553 crore (1.93 percent of the GDP)

  • Spectrum price recommendation by mid-January: Trai Chairman Dec 21, 2015 07:45 PM IST

    Spectrum price recommendation by mid-January: Trai Chairman

    "We have open house discussions on January 4. After that we should be able to give recommendation very soon. Hopefully by mid-January," Trai Chairman R S Sharma told PTI.

  • Top 10 policy reforms that rocked 2015 Dec 11, 2015 05:39 PM IST

    Top 10 policy reforms that rocked 2015

    Crucial bills such as the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill and the Land Bill may not see the light of the day in 2015, but the government most definitely was not sitting idle

  • SC to Vodafone: Clear dues to receive merger approval Nov 23, 2015 09:37 PM IST

    SC to Vodafone: Clear dues to receive merger approval

    Vodafone is seeking to merge its operating subsidiaries – Vodafone East Ltd, Vodafone South Ltd, Vodafone Digilink and Vodafone West – into a single entity. The merger has triggered payment of various dues on account of spectrum transfer.

  • Spectrum auction unlikely to be held this fiscal Nov 23, 2015 11:19 AM IST

    Spectrum auction unlikely to be held this fiscal

    Trai is expected to start public consultation process on spectrum pricing in the coming week. According to official sources, the regulator is likely to give its recommendations by January next year.

  • Telecom Commission to discuss spectrum cap issue on Nov 10 Nov 08, 2015 12:02 PM IST

    Telecom Commission to discuss spectrum cap issue on Nov 10

    Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in July had said that unallocated telecom spectrum should also be counted while determining limit of radiowaves that a company can hold.

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