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  • Disruption of critical SMSes noticed as second phase of SMS regulation kicks in Mar 08, 2021 04:55 PM IST

    Disruption of critical SMSes noticed as second phase of SMS regulation kicks in

    Telecom operators have defended their system and pinned the blame on companies and their lax adoption, who have failed to comply with regulatory standards.

  • Telecom analysts: Centre realistic with its non-tax revenue targets for 2021-22 Feb 05, 2021 04:17 PM IST

    Telecom analysts: Centre realistic with its non-tax revenue targets for 2021-22

    Budget documents released on February 1 show that the government has slashed its budgeted telecom non-tax receipts for 2021-22 by 60 percent to Rs 53,987 crore. In the previous budget (2020-21), the government had set an ambitious revenue target of Rs 1.33 lakh crore but had later revised it to Rs 33,737 crore.

  • Policy | The government should not succumb to pressure tactics by incumbent telecom players Oct 29, 2019 05:36 PM IST

    Policy | The government should not succumb to pressure tactics by incumbent telecom players

    Any reduction of the amounts due would be nothing less than moral hazard. It would be an indication that the government is willing to succumb to pressure tactics and prop up inefficient players.

  • BSNL freezes employee benefits, to cut down expenses: Report Feb 13, 2019 09:21 AM IST

    BSNL freezes employee benefits, to cut down expenses: Report

    The report stated that the company is facing challenges in managing its finance because of a large workforce.

  • Over 62% subscribers report call drop in government survey Apr 06, 2017 03:57 PM IST

    Over 62% subscribers report call drop in government survey

    "About 2,20,935 subscribers participated in the survey out of which, about 1,38,072 (62.5 percent) have reported call drops," the DoT said in a statement.

  • Truecaller ties up with ICICI Bank for making UPI payments Mar 28, 2017 04:28 PM IST

    Truecaller ties up with ICICI Bank for making UPI payments

    Truecaller will allow the bank to use its 150 million customers to transfer money from the UPI or United Payments Interface application of the bank.

  • Lower tariff constrains telcos' capacity to invest: Govt Mar 24, 2017 05:01 PM IST

    Lower tariff constrains telcos' capacity to invest: Govt

    The decline in telecom operators' revenues due to falling tariff impacts their capacity to invest and this can also lead to delay in spectrum payment, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

  • Govt's idea to auction spectrum every year progressive: Mittal Mar 02, 2017 09:48 AM IST

    Govt's idea to auction spectrum every year progressive: Mittal

    J S Deepak, as the Telecom Secretary, a couple of days ago said the government is looking at making spectrum auction an annual event and will reach out to sector regulator Trai for its recommendations.

  • Trai to begin drive test for call drops in Jan; to include Jio Dec 29, 2016 05:56 PM IST

    Trai to begin drive test for call drops in Jan; to include Jio

    Telecom regulator Trai will again begin drive tests in January to assess call drop and other network issues of various operators, including newcomer Reliance Jio.

  • Notice issued to six telcos for recovery of Rs 12,489 cr: Sinha Dec 16, 2016 03:36 PM IST

    Notice issued to six telcos for recovery of Rs 12,489 cr: Sinha

    "Based on a CAG report, licence agreement and extant orders of DoT, demand-cum-show cause notices for Licence Fee (LF) for four financial years have been issued to the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs)," he said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

  • Vodafone, Airtel extend postpaid bill payment date by 3 days Nov 11, 2016 08:42 PM IST

    Vodafone, Airtel extend postpaid bill payment date by 3 days

    Telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have relaxed bill payment dates by three days for postpaid accounts following rush at banks due to demonitisation scheme announced by the government.

  • Network costs incurred should determine interconnect rate:COAI Oct 17, 2016 10:16 PM IST

    Network costs incurred should determine interconnect rate:COAI

    Cellular operators body COAI has said that actual network-related costs incurred by telecom operators should be used to compute the interconnect charges, thereby batting for an increase in mobile termination charge.

  • Spectrum to be a hardsell as telcos are stretched: Pros Aug 08, 2016 06:28 PM IST

    Spectrum to be a hardsell as telcos are stretched: Pros

    Rajan S Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India also feels 1800MHz is going to be the key area of interest among the telcos. He says that even though most of the announcements were positive, the government may not be able to rake in a lot of money.

  • Trai plans consultation paper to make call drop norms stringent Jul 22, 2016 07:07 PM IST

    Trai plans consultation paper to make call drop norms stringent

    Sources say TRAI is evaluating options to make call drop benchmark rate more stringent. In the consultation paper, the regulator may propose stricter call drop benchmark of less than the current rate of 2 percent.

  • Telcos invested Rs 4.31 lakh cr in FY'15 Jul 20, 2016 06:00 PM IST

    Telcos invested Rs 4.31 lakh cr in FY'15

    Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha that gross block of investments made by private telecom operators increased to Rs 4,31,597 crore in 2014-15, from Rs 3,65,665 crore in 2013-14.

  • Telcos better network quality; more to be done for call drops Jun 20, 2016 02:50 PM IST

    Telcos better network quality; more to be done for call drops

    "Airtel 2G and Videocon 2G are the only 2 operators who need to improve the quality of the network in Chandigarh," it said.

  • Most operators are not meeting call drop benchmark: TRAI Jun 01, 2016 02:50 PM IST

    Most operators are not meeting call drop benchmark: TRAI

    All telecom operators, except RCom and Vodafone, have failed to meet call drop benchmark in Delhi as per a recent test drive for mobile quality of service (QoS) by telecom regulator TRAI, which is seeking more powers to impose penalty on erring firms

  • Telcos owe govt Rs 54,828 cr in licence, spectrum fee: Prasad May 12, 2016 09:10 AM IST

    Telcos owe govt Rs 54,828 cr in licence, spectrum fee: Prasad

    "Out of the total outstanding of Rs 54,828.25 crore, the amount under litigation is Rs 44,380.91 crore pertaining to major telecom service providers," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

  • Telcos stand on spectrum auction 'paradoxical': Trai chairman Mar 29, 2016 10:20 PM IST

    Telcos stand on spectrum auction 'paradoxical': Trai chairman

    Calling telecom operators' objection regarding auction of premium spectrum 'paradoxical', Trai Chairman RS Sharma Tuesday questioned their stand as they have earlier blamed government on airwaves crunch for poor service quality.

  • Telenor to take final call on spectrum auction after pricing Feb 10, 2016 10:23 PM IST

    Telenor to take final call on spectrum auction after pricing

    The company will also explore option of buying or sharing airwaves for wireless services with other telecom operators under spectrum trading and sharing rule as it looks to boost its operations in India, Telenor Group President & CEO Sigve Brekke said.

  • Telcos to contest Trai views on auction pricing before DoT Feb 05, 2016 08:13 PM IST

    Telcos to contest Trai views on auction pricing before DoT

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has recommended a record high base price of Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz for 700 Mhz which alone.

  • Telcos response on differential pricing vague: MP Chandrasekhar Jan 14, 2016 10:24 PM IST

    Telcos response on differential pricing vague: MP Chandrasekhar

    "This consultation is examining the issue of Differential Pricing for Data Services. At the very outset, it must be said that the vague responses and claims made by Telcos with regard to 'Level Playing Field' are irrelevant to this question and can be ignored," Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar submitted to Trai in counter comments.

  • Trai directs telcos to submit daily network performance update Jan 13, 2016 10:21 PM IST

    Trai directs telcos to submit daily network performance update

    The regulator issued directions asking telecom operators to "upload daily cell network parameters data to server of TCCMS (Telecom Consumer Complaint Monitoring System) portal of the authority through web-service within ten days of the date of issue of this direction."

  • New penalty rule for telecom operators soon Jan 05, 2016 09:14 AM IST

    New penalty rule for telecom operators soon

    "The process of rationalisation for imposition of penalty is under active consideration," Ravi Shankar Prasad said. When asked about the specific time line, the telecom minister said that it will be put in place "very soon".

  • Low-cost calling apps under Trai scanner Dec 22, 2015 07:58 PM IST

    Low-cost calling apps under Trai scanner

    Low-cost calling apps like Ringo are offering service at nearly 90 per cent cheaper rates than telecom operators. However, domestic call services of Ringo were blocked in the same week it started operating.

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