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Now, Aadhaar not needed to get SIM card! Details here

28 Apr 2019

Now, Aadhaar not needed to get SIM card! Details here

Following the September 26, 2018 Supreme court verdict relating to Aadhaar authentication, the government has revamped the digital KYC norms.

How to activate DND on your Airtel number

05 Feb 2019

How to activate DND on your Airtel number

If you're fed up of endless promotional calls and messages on your Airtel number, here's a solution.

Aircel-Maxis case: P Chidambaram summoned by ED

19 Dec 2018

Aircel-Maxis case: P Chidambaram summoned by ED

Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, was on Wednesday summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in the Aircel-Maxis case, ANI reports.

Reliance Jio Diwali, Celebrations offer: Unlimited calling and free data

29 Oct 2018

Reliance Jio Diwali, Celebrations offer: Unlimited calling and free data

With the festive season arriving in India, Reliance Jio has announced a special Diwali offer for its prepaid users.

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.

Here's how Airtel postpaid users can claim free Netflix subscription

04 Oct 2018

Here's how Airtel postpaid users can claim free Netflix subscription

Bharti Airtel recently partnered with Netflix to offer, its postpaid and broadband customers, free access to the streaming giant's content.

Cabinet approves new telecom policy, aims to create 4-million jobs

26 Sep 2018

Cabinet approves new telecom policy, aims to create 4-million jobs

The Cabinet today approved a new telecom policy, now named National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP), 2018, which aims to attract $100 billion investment and create 4 million jobs in the sector by 2022.

Apple's new iPhones will have eSIMs: Well, what are eSIMs?

13 Sep 2018

Apple's new iPhones will have eSIMs: Well, what are eSIMs?

eSIMs have been around for a while but hadn't received much attention till yesterday.

TRAI to make mobile number portability simpler and faster

06 Sep 2018

TRAI to make mobile number portability simpler and faster

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has drafted new norms which, if passed, will make mobile number portability a simpler, hassle-free, and fast process.

4 best unlimited plans offered by telecom companies

31 Aug 2018

4 best unlimited plans offered by telecom companies

In the last three years, the telecom industry has seen major changes such as inexpensive data and calls, free access to music and video streaming apps etc., all of which have collectively contributed to making India one of the largest consumers of mobile internet and telecom services.

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.

Tech Mahindra, Microsoft to use blockchain technology against spam calls

27 Aug 2018

Tech Mahindra, Microsoft to use blockchain technology against spam calls

In a bid to crack down on spam marketing calls and SMSes, Tech Mahindra, on Monday, announced a partnership with Microsoft that will use blockchain technology to fight the spam call menace.

Airtel offers free 3-month Netflix subscription on select postpaid plans

27 Aug 2018

Airtel offers free 3-month Netflix subscription on select postpaid plans

Bharti Airtel has partnered with Netflix to offer, its postpaid and broadband subscribers, free access to the streaming giant's video content.

No intent to impose blanket ban on messaging-apps: Telecom Secretary

23 Aug 2018

No intent to impose blanket ban on messaging-apps: Telecom Secretary

The Telecom Department does not intend to impose a blanket ban on messaging apps and platforms but is seeking technical solutions to curb specific instances of misuse, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.

Ram Sewak Sharma gets two-year extension as TRAI chief

09 Aug 2018

Ram Sewak Sharma gets two-year extension as TRAI chief

Ram Sewak Sharma was today given two-year extension as the chief of TRAI.

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.

Your iPhone in India may get deactivated: Here's why

21 Jul 2018

Your iPhone in India may get deactivated: Here's why

Apple and TRAI are at loggerheads again over TRAI's anti-spam app. This time, new TRAI regulations, if enforced, might result in telecom operators deactivating services on iPhones.

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.

BSNL launches India's first without-SIM internet telephony service

12 Jul 2018

BSNL launches India's first without-SIM internet telephony service

Returning to the fray, state-run telecom operator BSNL announced the launch of India's first general internet telephony service that will allow users to call any number in India without a SIM card.

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.

Airtel doing away with FUP limits in select circles

07 Jul 2018

Airtel doing away with FUP limits in select circles

Airtel has started to remove FUP (fair usage policy) limit on select broadband plans, which means subscribers can now avail truly unlimited data.

Ericsson sets up India's first 5G innovation lab at IIT-Delhi

04 Jul 2018

Ericsson sets up India's first 5G innovation lab at IIT-Delhi

Giving Narendra Modi's 5G dream a big push, Swedish Telecommunications Company Ericsson has set up India's first 5G innovation lab at IIT-Delhi.

Soon make free voice calls over public Wi-Fi networks

25 Jun 2018

Soon make free voice calls over public Wi-Fi networks

According to reports, Indian telecom operators will soon allow users to make free voice calls over public Wi-Fi networks.

Indians are consuming data like never before: Details here

04 Jun 2018

Indians are consuming data like never before: Details here

Indians are consuming a lot of data at the moment, and trends indicate further increase in the near future.

Planning to get Patanjali's 'swadeshi' SIM-cards? Don't bother, it's fake-news

29 May 2018

Planning to get Patanjali's 'swadeshi' SIM-cards? Don't bother, it's fake-news

Yesterday, reputed media houses announced Patanjali's newest product- 'swadeshi' SIM cards- marking Baba Ramdev's foray into the telecom sector.

Patanjali enters telecom sector with Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM card

28 May 2018

Patanjali enters telecom sector with Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM card

Foraying into the telecom sector, Patanjali has announced the launch of Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM card in India.

Despite SC and government's orders, sellers still refusing SIM without-Aadhaar

11 May 2018

Despite SC and government's orders, sellers still refusing SIM without-Aadhaar

What does one do if establishments blatantly refuse to heed the Supreme Court's (SC) orders?

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.

Aadhaar no longer mandatory to get new SIM cards

02 May 2018

Aadhaar no longer mandatory to get new SIM cards

A week after the SC lashed out at the Center for misinterpreting its order on Aadhaar-SIM linking, the government has made an about-turn on the matter.

No-more-switching-to-flight-mode: Proposal to allow data, voice calls in-flight approved

01 May 2018

No-more-switching-to-flight-mode: Proposal to allow data, voice calls in-flight approved

Here is a good news for those who find switching their phones in airplane mode, when traveling by air, difficult.

Airtel launches Rs. 129 plan bundled with free Hello Tunes

01 May 2018

Airtel launches Rs. 129 plan bundled with free Hello Tunes

Airtel now seems to be targeting subscribers who like to set caller tunes.

Airtel has highest 4G download speeds in India: Report

19 Apr 2018

Airtel has highest 4G download speeds in India: Report

According to a report by London-based wireless coverage mapping agency OpenSignal, Bharti Airtel has the maximum 3G and 4G download speeds in India.

TRAI launches website for comparing mobile, landline tariffs

18 Apr 2018

TRAI launches website for comparing mobile, landline tariffs

In a bid to increase transparency, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched a website where users can compare mobile and landline tariffs of different telecom operators including Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea.

Jio's next gift to Indians: Laptops with SIM cards!

12 Apr 2018

Jio's next gift to Indians: Laptops with SIM cards!

Jio knows how to disrupt the market, and if reports are to be believed, it is now planning another revolutionary product: laptops with cellular connections.

You can earn upto Rs. 50,000/month from Reliance-Jio. Here's how!

23 Mar 2018

You can earn upto Rs. 50,000/month from Reliance-Jio. Here's how!

Reliance Jio took the telecom sector by storm when it launched in 2016, starting a price war.

Troubled telco Aircel files for bankruptcy in NCLT Mumbai

28 Feb 2018

Troubled telco Aircel files for bankruptcy in NCLT Mumbai

Telecom operator Aircel said it has filed for bankruptcy as it has been facing "troubled times" in "highly financially stressed" industry. The filing was made in National Company Law Tribunal Mumbai.

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.