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Why WeTransfer is not working in India?

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

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.

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

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

01 Mar 2020

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.

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

18 Feb 2020

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.

Is there no law in country: SC asks telecom companies

14 Feb 2020

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.

This is how Indians are consuming porn

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.

Pornhub, Redtube back in India, with a slight tweak

01 Oct 2019

Pornhub, Redtube back in India, with a slight tweak

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

Soon, Reliance Jio could offer internet on Indian flights

17 Apr 2019

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.

You can now complain to DoT about stalkers on WhatsApp

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.

BSNL to launch 4G service in Bihar by February end

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Ranbir Singh appointed Delhi's new Chief Electoral Officer

27 Nov 2018

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.

New KYC method: How to get SIM card without Aadhaar

20 Nov 2018

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.

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

01 Nov 2018

#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.

Reliance Jio bans porn on its network following govt order

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

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.

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.

Chinese giant Huawei submits proposal for 5G trials in India

05 Oct 2018

Chinese giant Huawei submits proposal for 5G trials in India

In a bid to support 5G roll-out in India, Chinese tech giant Huawei has submitted a proposal to take part in upcoming field trials.

China asks India for 'level playing field' in 5G trials

19 Sep 2018

China asks India for 'level playing field' in 5G trials

Following reports that India is planning to exclude Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE from 5G trials in the country, China, on Wednesday, sought a "level playing field, transparent and fair environment" for 5G trials in India.

India's largest telecom operator born as Vodafone, Idea complete merger

31 Aug 2018

India's largest telecom operator born as Vodafone, Idea complete merger

Following the Department of Telecommunications' approval in July, the long-awaited merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular has finally been completed.

Government exploring ways to block social media; what's going on?

07 Aug 2018

Government exploring ways to block social media; what's going on?

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has asked for inputs from telecom operators and internet service providers regarding ways to block social media apps like Facebook and WhatsApp during emergencies, reports Livemint.

Vodafone-Idea merger approved by Department of Telecommunications

26 Jul 2018

Vodafone-Idea merger approved by Department of Telecommunications

Confirming what was already on the cards, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved the merger between Vodafone and Idea Cellular after the two companies collectively paid the DoT Rs. 3,900cr, and gave bank guarantees worth Rs. 3,300cr.

Business Roundup: Here are today's top 5 Business news

12 Jun 2018

Business Roundup: Here are today's top 5 Business news

Hola! Missed the business headlines of the day? No worries, here's your daily wrap of business news.

Government to set up 4,072 towers in Naxal-hit states

23 May 2018

Government to set up 4,072 towers in Naxal-hit states

Around 4,072 mobile towers will be set up by the government in 10 Naxal-affected states to improve the telecom network in such places.

State cannot challenge Centre: SC on WB's petition against Aadhaar

30 Oct 2017

State cannot challenge Centre: SC on WB's petition against Aadhaar

The SC slammed the WB government for challenging the Centre's directions on Aadhaar, saying a state cannot challenge the Centre's laws in a federal structure.

Will not link my Aadhaar number with mobile: Mamata Banerjee

25 Oct 2017

Will not link my Aadhaar number with mobile: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee opposed the mandatory Aadhaar-phone number linking and said she will not link them even if her mobile connection is snapped.

Reliance Communications to shut down 2G operations, cut several jobs

25 Oct 2017

Reliance Communications to shut down 2G operations, cut several jobs

The Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications has reportedly decided to shut down its 2G mobile services within a month and terminate thousands of employees by 30 November.

Tata Teleservices to merge with Airtel on 'cash-free, debt-free' basis

12 Oct 2017

Tata Teleservices to merge with Airtel on 'cash-free, debt-free' basis

India's largest telco Bharti Airtel will be absorbing Tata Teleservices, Tata Group's struggling telecom business.

RCom cancels merger with Aircel, says it was mutual

02 Oct 2017

RCom cancels merger with Aircel, says it was mutual

Due to the disruption caused by Jio in the already financially strained telecom sector, some players decided to merge in order to survive.

First-ever rules allow government to shutdown internet

01 Sep 2017

First-ever rules allow government to shutdown internet

Under new rules issued by the communication ministry, the government now has the legal power to temporarily shut down phone and internet services in the event of a "public emergency" or for "public safety".

TRAI to allow set-top box portability soon!

08 Aug 2017

TRAI to allow set-top box portability soon!

The DTH (Direct-to-home) service providers and cable operators have launched a price war to attract customers.

30,000 people using Mumbai's free WiFi daily for porn!

05 May 2017

30,000 people using Mumbai's free WiFi daily for porn!

Mumbai, the first Indian city to have government Wi-Fi connectivity, now has about three lakh people who access the services daily.

Fight between DoT and TRAI over Jio offers

08 Mar 2017

Fight between DoT and TRAI over Jio offers

TRAI has stated that a lack of reforms was responsible for the poor performance of the Indian telecom industry.

Jio's 'Happy New Year' offer faces more trouble

07 Feb 2017

Jio's 'Happy New Year' offer faces more trouble

Airtel and Idea Cellular have filed fresh appeals against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's order that Reliance Jio's 'Happy New Year' offer was distinct from the Jio Welcome Offer.

TRAI gives nod to Jio's 'Happy new year' offer

04 Feb 2017

TRAI gives nod to Jio's 'Happy new year' offer

The telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has approved Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to proceed with its "Happy New Year" offer and give 1GB free data everyday.

Vodafone moves court against Reliance Jio

30 Jan 2017

Vodafone moves court against Reliance Jio

Vodafone India moved the Delhi High Court against Reliance Jio's 'Happy New Year' offer.

Ambani to invest fresh Rs.30,000 crore in Reliance Jio

14 Jan 2017

Ambani to invest fresh Rs.30,000 crore in Reliance Jio

Mukesh Ambani announced that he would be pumping in fresh funds- almost Rs.30,000 crore in Reliance Jio, his telecom venture.

Indian Government seeks Interpol's assistance for child pornography

16 Dec 2016

Indian Government seeks Interpol's assistance for child pornography

Interpol, an international police agency was reached out to by the Narendra Modi government in order to abolish sexual abuse including child pornography.