Department of Telecommunications (DoT): News

20 May 2024

Indian Government

India's telecom department initiates trials for caller-name display service

In a move to counteract spam calls, India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has instructed telecom companies to commence trials for a service to display caller names.

DoT to consult TRAI on satcom spectrum allocation and licensing

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is set to collaborate with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on spectrum allocation and licensing for satellite communication services.

09 Mar 2024

Ashwini Vaishnaw

Ashwini Vaishnaw launches India's fastest router with 2.4tbps speed

India's Union Minister for Electronics and IT, Ashwini Vaishnaw, has unveiled the country's fastest router in Bengaluru.

08 Mar 2024


India's next telecom spectrum auction starts May 20

India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has revealed that the upcoming spectrum auction will commence on May 20.

07 Jan 2024


After Google, Apple removes these eSIM apps from App Store

Apple has removed two international eSIM apps, Airalo and Holafly, from the Indian App Store following orders from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) aimed at combating cyber fraud.

05 Jan 2024


Google removes two foreign eSIM apps from Indian Play Store

Google has removed two apps, Singapore's Airalo and Spain's Holafly, from its Indian app store due to the companies' failure to obtain necessary clearances for selling international eSIMs.

31 Dec 2023


You can get SIM cards without paper-based KYC from tomorrow

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced a significant change for telecom companies and their customers.

07 Nov 2023

Indian Government

Government to issue unique Aadhaar-like customer ID to mobile users

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is putting the finishing touches on a new plan to assign unique customer IDs to mobile users.

10 Oct 2023


iPhone and Android users in India receive emergency test alerts

Android and iPhone users in India have just received emergency test alerts from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), following similar notifications sent last month.

05 Aug 2023

Indian Government

Centre exploring direct-to-mobile live TV broadcasting sans internet

The Indian Government is examining the potential of D2M (direct-to-mobile) technology, which would enable mobile users to watch live TV channels on their smartphones without an internet connection.

11 Jun 2023


How victims of Odisha train accident were identified using AI 

The triple train tragedy in Odisha's Balasore threw multiple challenges for the authorities, and the biggest one was the identification of scores of bodies.

16 May 2023

Indian Government

CEIR-based 'Sanchar Saathi' portal launched: How it'll protect smartphone users

Smartphones are an integral part of our lives. However, they are prone to being forgotten or stolen.

15 May 2023


What is CEIR, how will it help track lost smartphones

You will soon be able to easily track your lost or stolen smartphone and block it from being used further, thanks to the government's upcoming initiative called the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR).

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

5G Technology

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


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

Reliance Jio

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.

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

Bharti Airtel

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.