Indian telecom industry to cross Rs. 6.6 trillion revenue mark by 2020

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has stated that the Indian telecom industry is seeing a paradigm shift from a voice centric market to a data-centric market and it is expected to cross Rs 6.6 trillion revenue mark by 2020. He further...

Tatas explore sale of telecom assets to RIL

India's largest conglomerate Tata Group has explored selling its struggling telecom and related assets to the country's most valued company Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) even as Bharti Airtel remains a strong contender to acquire them. While talks with RIL chairman...

Telcos in India can shut services without surrendering license

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Monday also recommended a 60-day notice to the regulator and the telecom department (DoT), by a mobile phone operator closing services through shift in any other technology or by selling all of...

India’s new National Telecom Policy envisages 5G internet services

The Department of Telecom (DoT) is in process of formulating a new telecom policy and the draft of the same should be ready by end of ongoing fiscal, Parliament was informed. "The DoT envisages to formulate a new National Telecom...

India to have 600 mn broadband connections by 2020

There were 422.19 million broadband subscribers and the internet penetration (internet subscriber per 100 populations) was 32.86 per cent in the country as on March 31, 2017, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha informed Parliament on Friday. In a written reply to...

Government panel for sops to ease financial stress in telecom sector

The inter-ministerial group (IMG) set up to address the financial stress in the telecom sector has prepared a draft report recommending steps to benefit the industry, according to sources. It is learnt that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reviewed the...

Telecom companies cite 6 year old affidavit to red flag request to scrap IUC

Telcos have red-flagged attempts by 'some participants' to push for the scrapping of an inter-network charge by citing an affidavit filed by the regulator in the Supreme Court six years ago. The Cellular Operators Association of India said in a...

Jio operators may seek clarity on GST for 4G handsets

India's top telecom operators are likely to seek clarification from the finance ministry on whether bundled 4G handsets offered effectively for free would attract the 12 percent goods and services tax applicable on mobile phones. Reliance Industries unveiled a 4G...

DoT meets telcos, associations on new telecom policy

The Department of Telecom (DoT) today held detailed discussions with the operators, industry associations and research organisations on the broad contours and direction for the new telecom policy. According to PTI, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan informed that based on the...

New telecom policy likely before Mar 2018: Sinha

Union Minister Manoj Sinha today said the new telecom policy is likely to be announced before March 2018 which will focus on 5G technology ecosystem, data security and privacy and other key areas in the sector. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said...

Telecom subscriber base in India crosses 1.2 billion mark

The telecom subscriber base crossed 1.2 billion mark in May, according to sectoral regulator Trai. While the growth was led by 6.23 million net subscriber additions in the mobile services segment, it was marginally impacted by decline of 0.14...

Telecom Dept insists on GPS in feature phones, may raise prices by 50 percent

Citing consumer safety, especially of women, the telecom department has rejected handset makers’ demand for using alternative technology instead of GPS in low cost mobiles, while the industry warned that the decision will push up prices of such feature...

Bharti Airtel to launch VoLTE service today

Bharti Airtel, India's leading telecom operator is expected to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE) service in India today. The telco has scheduled an event later today in Delhi. A few handsets have already started receiving Airtel carrier update with support...

Reliance Jio subscribers’ details leaked, telco says data is safe

The personal information of Reliance Jio subscribers, including Aadhaar numbers, was leaked to a website on Sunday. This is the latest in a slew of data breaches and online attacks that have exposed the weak state of India's cyber...

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