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  • Committees set up to address telcos' concerns: Telecom Secretary Oct 31, 2018 01:47 PM IST

    Committees set up to address telcos' concerns: Telecom Secretary

    The Department of Telecom (DoT) has constituted committees to work on objectives set by National Digital Communications Policy, especially around concerns raised by service providers, a top government official said.

  • DoT, aviation ministry to meet in 10 days on in-flight connectivity norms Jun 12, 2018 03:52 PM IST

    DoT, aviation ministry to meet in 10 days on in-flight connectivity norms

    "The discussions on the operational model will entail questions like who will be investing in infrastructure, who will be providing the services. There is no standard model...we will have to see what is suitable in the Indian context," Sundararajan said.

  • DoT, aviation ministry to meet next week on in-flight connectivity rules: Telecom Secretary May 10, 2018 04:03 PM IST

    DoT, aviation ministry to meet next week on in-flight connectivity rules: Telecom Secretary

    Telecom Commission – the highest policy making body of Department of Telecom (DoT) – on May 1 cleared a proposal for allowing wider in-flight connectivity that is now available in most of the developed markets.

  • New telecom policy likely to be rolled out next month: Telecom secretary May 04, 2018 06:12 PM IST

    New telecom policy likely to be rolled out next month: Telecom secretary

    The draft policy branded as National Digital Communications Policy 2018 was unveiled by the government yesterday. It aims to attract USD 100 billion or about Rs 6.5 lakh crore investments in the digital communications sector by 2022 with the help of reforms.

  • India's 5G, IoT ambitions to ride on core networks, enabling ecosystem: Telecom Secy Mar 16, 2018 02:18 PM IST

    India's 5G, IoT ambitions to ride on core networks, enabling ecosystem: Telecom Secy

    Terming the next-generation technologies like IoT critical, Sundararajan said the government's endeavour is to provide an "enabling" policy for growth of the industry and not to impose a "heavy regulatory framework".

  • Planning for 5 lakh rural wi-fit hotspots in next phase of BhartNet: Telecom Secy Mar 08, 2018 11:11 AM IST

    Planning for 5 lakh rural wi-fit hotspots in next phase of BhartNet: Telecom Secy

    Next phase of BharatNet plans to cover 1.5 lakh panchayats and create 5 lakh wi-fi hot spots for rural India, said Aruna Sundararajan.

  • Govt harmonising spectrum for 5G: Telecom Secretary Mar 04, 2018 01:58 PM IST

    Govt harmonising spectrum for 5G: Telecom Secretary

    "On spectrum we are already more or less aligned with global position in 5G. Those bands we are harmonising in line with global community," Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan told PTI here in an interview.

  • Hopeful of new telecom policy in 2018: Secretary Aruna Sundararajan Jul 12, 2017 03:17 PM IST

    Hopeful of new telecom policy in 2018: Secretary Aruna Sundararajan

    The policy in the offing, will focus on areas such as Internet for all, next-generation technologies (like 5G and Internet of Things), skills development, and security, among others.

  • 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.

  • Telco offers cost govt Rs 800cr, review them: Ministry to TRAI Mar 02, 2017 09:31 AM IST

    Telco offers cost govt Rs 800cr, review them: Ministry to TRAI

    In a sharply worded letter to TRAI, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak questioned the promotional tariffs offered by telcos which have resulted in losses of up to Rs 800 crore in revenues for the government, reports Economic Times.

  • Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao meets Telecom Secretary J S Deepak Mar 01, 2017 07:50 AM IST

    Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao meets Telecom Secretary J S Deepak

    "An half an hour meeting was held between J S Deepak and Colao at Vodafone set up at Mobile World Congress," a source said.

  • Govt to seek Trai views on auctioning spectrum every year Feb 28, 2017 03:42 PM IST

    Govt to seek Trai views on auctioning spectrum every year

    The auction last year had seen a muted response on account of high spectrum cost.

  • DoT takes a swipe at TRAI views on India's broadband rank Jan 18, 2017 06:04 PM IST

    DoT takes a swipe at TRAI views on India's broadband rank

    Regulator TRAI and Telecom Department today differed over broadband penetration, with the watchdog highlighting India trailing in various global indices and the latter arguing that rankings need be seen in larger context of a developing nation.

  • FDI in telecom at $10 bn during Apr-Nov period: Telecom Secy Nov 30, 2016 08:19 PM IST

    FDI in telecom at $10 bn during Apr-Nov period: Telecom Secy

    India‘s telecom sector has attracted an over USD10-billion foreign direct investment in the first eight months on FY17, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak said on Wednesday. The figure is a 6-7-fold increase from USD 2.9 billion and USD 1.3 billion FDI seen in FY16 and FY15, respectively.

  • Steep price of 700 Mhz kept bidders away, says industry Oct 07, 2016 08:26 AM IST

    Steep price of 700 Mhz kept bidders away, says industry

    The auction, which was billed as the country's largest sale of airwaves to date in terms of quantity, lasted only for five days. However, right from the Day 1, no activity was seen in the 700MHz frequency band.

  • Telecom Secy hints spectrum auction may be pushed to Oct 1 Aug 16, 2016 10:00 PM IST

    Telecom Secy hints spectrum auction may be pushed to Oct 1

    In an exclusive interview with CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan, Deepak talked about a number of key issues with respect to the spectrum issues and also took questions on issues such as the need for amendment to the TRAI Act, right-of-way policy for telecom infrastructure and the VSNL land issue among others.

  • India's largest spectrum auction to start from Sep 29 Aug 08, 2016 06:26 PM IST

    India's largest spectrum auction to start from Sep 29

    The government will put a total of 2,354.55 megahertz of mobile airwaves frequencies for auction all band -- 700 Mhz, 800 Mhz, 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 Mhz and 2300 Mhz. All the airwaves being put for auction can be used for high speed 4G services.

  • Spectrum sale: DoT to issue main auction paper next week Aug 04, 2016 03:36 PM IST

    Spectrum sale: DoT to issue main auction paper next week

    The NIA is the main document of spectrum auction which carries all details of radiowaves being put up for sale, rules, price and the like and is legally binding on both the government as well as bidders.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • TEMA wants a level-playing field for Rs 5,300 cr N-E project Jan 04, 2016 09:57 AM IST

    TEMA wants a level-playing field for Rs 5,300 cr N-E project

    The project aims to provide 2G mobile coverage in identified uncovered areas and seamless mobile coverage along National Highways in the North-East. The plan will be funded from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), in which all telecom operators contribute part of their revenue earned from telephone calls.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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