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No relief for telcos over AGR dues; SC slams Centre

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.

Vodafone is offering extra 1.5GB/day with these prepaid plans

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.

5G panel seeks flexible conditions from Indian government for trials

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.

Government working to launch interoperable Wi-Fi with 10 lakh hotspots

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.

#PornBan: Users access blocked websites through simple back-door tricks

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.

Telcos to replace Aadhaar-based eKYC process: Here's how

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.

Despite SC verdict, telcos using Aadhaar-based KYC for issuing SIMs

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.

Block 827 porn websites: Centre tells Internet Service Providers

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.

How to remove Aadhaar details from telecom operators' records

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.

Re-verification of mobile-subscribers voluntary post SC verdict on Aadhaar: DoT-UIDAI

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.

Key takeaways from India's new telecom policy

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.

India approves "world's strongest net neutrality rules"

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.

BSNL launches 'Wings', India's first mobile-app allowing Internet telephony service

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.

Nokia X6 India launch soon, as support page goes live

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.

50Mbps internet, 40L new jobs: Here's what the national-telecom-policy proposes

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.

2G scam: CBI challenges acquittal of A Raja, Kanimozhi, others

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.

Tech Mahindra bets big on 5G, sets-up lab in Bengaluru

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.

Mobile-numbers to have 13 digits now: What does it mean?

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.

Raja slams Vinod Rai, media, BJP in his new book

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.

2G scam: Raja, Kanimozhi & others acquitted of all charges

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.

Airtel to connect 2,100 northeast villages in 18 months

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.

TRAI backs net neutrality: Know what all it has recommended

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.

Aadhaar-SIM linking: Here's what Vodafone, Airtel, Idea subscribers should do

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.

SC asks Centre why Aadhaar-SIM linking is necessary

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.

Tampering mobile IMEI number can attract upto 3 years jail

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.

Soon, your kirana shops to sell Wi-Fi data packs

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.