Department of Telecom
18 Mar 2020
No relief for telcos over AGR dues; SC slams Centre
The Supreme Court on Wednesday lashed out at the Centre for its plea seeking more time to recover adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues from telecom companies.
03 Mar 2020
Vodafone is offering extra 1.5GB/day with these prepaid plans
Vodafone is trying every bit to remain relevant in India as it struggles to clear the adjusted gross revenue dues of Rs. 53,000 crore. Recently, the telco wrote to the Department of Telecom seeking higher tariffs for data, calls and connection charges.
27 May 2019
5G panel seeks flexible conditions from Indian government for trials
The 5G committee has asked the government to formulate "flexible conditions including sufficient quantum and duration of the spectrum, unified license, and single-window clearance" to conduct 5G trials, according to a report.
16 Feb 2019
Government working to launch interoperable Wi-Fi with 10 lakh hotspots
In a bid to keep people connected, the government and leading telecom giants are working to establish a massive public Wi-Fi ecosystem.
09 Jan 2019
#PornBan: Users access blocked websites through simple back-door tricks
In the past six months, the Department of Telecom has issued notification to block numerous websites.
06 Nov 2018
Telcos to replace Aadhaar-based eKYC process: Here's how
Telecom operators are rolling out a new digital KYC verification process for issuing new connections and bringing more customers onboard.
26 Oct 2018
Despite SC verdict, telcos using Aadhaar-based KYC for issuing SIMs
Almost a month after the Supreme Court ruled that private companies could not ask for Aadhaar details, it has been found that several leading telcos are still using Aadhaar-based eKYC for issuing mobile SIM cards.
25 Oct 2018
Block 827 porn websites: Centre tells Internet Service Providers
In compliance with an order of Uttarakhand High Court, the Centre has asked Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block 827 porn websites, PTI reports.
20 Oct 2018
How to remove Aadhaar details from telecom operators' records
Debunking fears that telecom services would be discontinued if customers chose to remove their Aadhaar details from telecom service providers, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), on Thursday, clarified that services would not be discontinued during the documentation change process.
18 Oct 2018
Re-verification of mobile-subscribers voluntary post SC verdict on Aadhaar: DoT-UIDAI
After the Supreme Court's verdict on Aadhaar, the Department of Telecom (DoT) and Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) issued a joint statement stating that the government will not push for re-verification of mobile service customers.
13 Jul 2018
Key takeaways from India's new telecom policy
On Wednesday, the Telecom Commission - the highest decision-making body of the Department of Telecom - approved, in totality, the recommendations made by the Telecom Authority of India (TRAI) on the National Digital Communications Policy 2018.
12 Jul 2018
India approves "world's strongest net neutrality rules"
In a big win for access to information, the Indian government has accepted recommendations to enforce one of the strongest net neutrality protections in the world.
11 Jul 2018
BSNL launches 'Wings', India's first mobile-app allowing Internet telephony service
BSNL customers will now be able to make calls using the company's mobile app "Wings" to any phone number in the country.
22 Jun 2018
Nokia X6 India launch soon, as support page goes live
The first Nokia phone to embrace the notch, Nokia X6 has been launched by HMD Global in China last month.
02 May 2018
50Mbps internet, 40L new jobs: Here's what the national-telecom-policy proposes
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has released its draft National Telecom Policy (NTP) for 2018, and it has some steep aims.
19 Mar 2018
2G scam: CBI challenges acquittal of A Raja, Kanimozhi, others
Nearly three months after former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others were acquitted in the 2G scam case, the CBI has challenged the court's decision.
25 Feb 2018
Tech Mahindra bets big on 5G, sets-up lab in Bengaluru
Tech Mahindra has set up a lab in Bengaluru, in association with US chipmaker Intel as part of its preparedness for 5G services expected to be rolled out by 2019, said a top executive of the IT firm.
21 Feb 2018
Mobile-numbers to have 13 digits now: What does it mean?
The Department of Telecom (DoT), in a bid to improve security, has issued a notification wherein it has asked the telecom players to issue mobile numbers carrying 13 digits. The notification has sent people into tizzy, who are asking the necessity of this step.
20 Jan 2018
Raja slams Vinod Rai, media, BJP in his new book
After being exonerated in the 2G scam case, ex-telecom minister A Raja has made explosive claims against former CAG Vinod Rai and the ruling BJP. This is all part of a tell-all book 'The 2G Saga Unfolds'. This book was released on January 19.
21 Dec 2017
2G scam: Raja, Kanimozhi & others acquitted of all charges
In a major setback, the Patiala House Court has acquitted all accused in the massive 2G scam. This includes Telecom minister A Raja, DMK RS member Kanimozhi and others.
11 Dec 2017
Airtel to connect 2,100 northeast villages in 18 months
Bharti Airtel has signed an MoU with the Department of Telecom and the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to provide mobile connectivity to 2,100 uncovered villages in the northeast.
28 Nov 2017
TRAI backs net neutrality: Know what all it has recommended
As the net neutrality debate gains steam in the US, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued its recommendations on the matter here.
01 Nov 2017
Aadhaar-SIM linking: Here's what Vodafone, Airtel, Idea subscribers should do
The SC is hearing several petitions against the mandatory need for Aadhaar to access various schemes, including telecom services.
30 Oct 2017
SC asks Centre why Aadhaar-SIM linking is necessary
While hearing WB's petition against mandatory Aadhaar, the SC noted that a state can't challenge the parliament's mandate in a federal structure.
25 Sep 2017
Tampering mobile IMEI number can attract upto 3 years jail
The government has made the tampering of IMEI number, i.e. a unique 15-digit number assigned to every mobile device, a punishable offense.
22 Apr 2017
Soon, your kirana shops to sell Wi-Fi data packs
Data users will soon be able to buy low-cost Wi-Fi-powered data packs from community kirana shops and even the 'thela wallah', or street vendors.