Department of Telecommunications: News

30 Nov 2022

Indian Government

OTT players must compensate telcos for using infrastructure: COAI

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has suggested charging over-the-top (OTT) players for using telecom services in a letter to the telecom secretary.

01 Oct 2022

5G Technology

PM Modi launches '100 times faster' 5G services in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out 5G cellular network services for key cities in India on Saturday at the sixth edition of Indian Mobile Congress in Pragati Maidan, Delhi.

28 Sep 2022

Indian Government

IMEI number of mobile phones must be registered from 2023

The Indian government has made it mandatory for mobile manufacturers to register the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of every handset made in the country.

24 Sep 2022

5G Technology

PM Modi to launch 5G services in India in October

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch 5G cellular network services in India in the first week of October at the India Mobile Congress event to be held at Pragati Maidan in Delhi, according to the government's National Broadband Mission.

22 Sep 2022


Centre introduces draft telecom bill with simplified M&A framework

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released the much-awaited draft of Indian Telecommunications 2022 Bill.

13 Sep 2022

Reliance Jio Infocomm

Reliance Jio's satellite arm gets governmental nod for broadband-from-space services

Jio Satellite Communications Ltd. (JSCL), the satellite unit of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm, has received a letter of intent (LoI) from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), according to industry sources.

06 Sep 2022

Central Government

New Data Protection Bill, Digital India Act in pipeline: Centre

The Centre is working on a revision of the Data Protection Bill and a Digital India Act, the Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Communications, Ashwini Vaishnaw, said on Monday.

19 Aug 2022

Indian Government

VLC media player banned in India. But why?

VideoLan's VLC media player is famous for its ability to play any video that you throw at it. However, the company was ill-prepared to deal with the Indian government's decision to ban the popular media player.

09 Jul 2022

Bharti Airtel

Adani joins 5G race; will compete with Reliance Jio, Airtel

Marking its possible entry into the telecom industry, Adani Group has put in an application to take part in India's first auction of the 5G spectrum on July 26.

15 Jun 2022

Bharti Airtel

5G in India: Understanding 5G spectrum auction and process involved

India is on the verge of getting its 5G network. The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has allowed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to conduct the auction for the 5G spectrum.

01 May 2022


DoT withdraws notification regarding mandatory testing of smartphones, cameras, smartwatches

Amid widespread backlash, the Department of Telecom has decided to withdraw its notification to carry out compulsory testing and certification of consumer electronic products.

05 Aug 2021

Kumar Mangalam Birla

Vodafone Idea shares hit 52-week low amid uncertainty over future

Trouble is mounting for debt-laden Vodafone Idea (Vi) as its shares tanked as much as 24% on the Bombay Stock Exchange Thursday.

23 Jul 2021

Bharti Airtel

AGR dues: SC rejects telcos' plea seeking corrections in dues

In a major blow to major Indian telecom players, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected the applications by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and Tata Teleservices, seeking corrections in the calculation of the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) owed to the Centre.

24 Apr 2021


Will ask Starlink to seek permits for India operations: DoT

In a major development that ties Elon Musk and India together, the billionaire's satellite internet service called Starlink could be planning to begin its operations in India.

22 Jul 2020


Government extends 'Work from Home' for IT firms till 2020-end

With rising coronavirus cases overwhelming the medical infrastructure, the government has, once again, decided to relax remote working norms for IT companies and BPOs.

18 Jun 2020

South Korea

No Chinese equipment for 4G upgradation: Centre to BSNL

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to not use any Chinese equipment in its 4G upgradation work.

01 Jun 2020


Why WeTransfer is not working in India?

WeTransfer appears to have hit a roadblock in India.

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.

02 Mar 2020


Soon, you will get Wi-Fi on domestic Indian flights

Finally, you will be able to use internet service on domestic Indian flights.

Vodafone Idea seeks higher tariffs for data, outgoing calls

Vodafone Idea has written to the Department of Telecommunications, seeking higher tariffs for data and minimum monthly connection charge.

18 Feb 2020

Bharti Airtel

Telcos partially pay government dues; 'slim hope' for Vodafone-Idea

Ailing telecom companies have paid their dues linked to adjusted gross revenue (AGR) in part to the government.

14 Feb 2020

Bharti Airtel

Is there no law in country: SC asks telecom companies

The Supreme Court was mighty furious on Friday and issued show-cause notices to telecom companies over their failure to clear Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues.

05 Dec 2019


This is how Indians are consuming porn

Last year in October, the Indian government took the major step of banning porn in the country.

01 Oct 2019

Reliance Jio

Pornhub, Redtube back in India, with a slight tweak

In a major development, Redtube and Pornhub have made a return in India.

27 May 2019

5G Technology

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.

17 Apr 2019

North Korea

Soon, Reliance Jio could offer internet on Indian flights

If there's anything that annoys us when we board a flight in India, it's the lack of internet.

22 Feb 2019


You can now complain to DoT about stalkers on WhatsApp

Anyone who has been a victim of stalking on WhatsApp will know that it is a very unpleasant experience.

16 Feb 2019


BSNL to launch 4G service in Bihar by February end

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will launch 4G service in Bihar by the end of this month.

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.

13 Feb 2019


Porn apart, users reveal Airtel, Jio blocking proxy sites, Telegram

Among Indian internet users, its common knowledge now that hundreds of popular porn websites have been blocked by internet providers or 4G providers like Airtel, Jio, BSNL etc.

12 Feb 2019


Xiaomi Mi A1, OnePlus 5T emit most radiation; OEMs decline

A day after it was reported that certain Xiaomi, OnePlus smartphones had fared poorly in a radiation test, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has issued a clarification.

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.

Ranbir Singh appointed Delhi's new Chief Electoral Officer

Bureaucrat Ranbir Singh has been appointed as the new Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi, officials said today.

20 Nov 2018

Aadhaar Card

New KYC method: How to get SIM card without Aadhaar

Following an earlier assurance by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) that Aadhaar would not be required to purchase a SIM card or avail of telecom services, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has officially confirmed the same.

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.

#PornBan: Airtel, Vodafone, others, follow Jio to ban porn websites

In a repeat performance of 2015, Indian broadband and cellular network operators are all complying with the Department of Telecommunications' (DoT) order to ban 827 porn websites.

27 Oct 2018


Reliance Jio bans porn on its network following govt order

Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) issued directions to internet service providers (ISPs) across India, asking them to ban 827 pornographic websites based on an order by the Uttarakhand High Court.

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

In compliance with an order of Uttarakhand High Court, the Centre has asked Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block 827 porn websites, PTI reports.