Indian Telecom Commission eases spectrum limit rules for mobile phone operators

India's highest telecom decision-making body has approved a recommendation to raise the limit of spectrum in one service area to 35% from 25%, while the limit in the sub-one gigahertz spectrum band has been expanded to 50% from 35%. The...

Absence of tax relief might increase telecom services cost by 10 per cent

Telecom body TAIPA expects 50,000 mobile tower installations in the coming fiscal with considerable tax implications and in the absence of concessions from the government, cost of mobile services may become costlier by 10 per cent. "The passive infrastructure industry...

DoT concerned about call drops; to meet telcos on Jan 10

Concerned about the deteriorating call drop situation, the Department of Telecom (DoT) will hold separate meetings with operators as well as the sector regulator TRAI on January 10, to discuss the issue. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said to TOI that...

IMG telecom proposal in process for final nod by Cabinet

A high-powered panel's suggestion on increasing the tenure for deferred spectrum payments for telcos has been "concurred" by the Telecom Commission and "is under process for final approval by Cabinet", the Rajya Sabha was informed. "The recommendation has been concurred...

Trai targets $100-bn investment in communications sector

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has issued a consultation paper seeking views of stakeholders on a New Telecom Policy, which is slated to be announced by March this year. The consultation paper circulated by Trai on Wednesday suggests...

Idea Cellular looks to raise Rs 6,750 crore before merger with Vodafone India

Promoters of Idea Cellular Ltd will invest Rs3,250 crore and the company plans to raise a similar amount to strengthen its balance sheet amid intense competition and before a planned merger with Vodafone India Ltd. The board constituted a panel...

Telecom Commission’s meeting on Jan 9 over relief package for sector

The Telecom Commission, the apex decision-making body at the Department of Telecom, is scheduled to meet on January 9 to discuss relief package for the sector, according to an official source to TOI. Also, the panel is expected to take...

Telecom companies may ring in stable 2018

The Indian telecom industry, having weathered one of its most turbulent years, is looking at a more stable twelve month where tariff wars will ease out, revenues from customers will increase, companies will assemble their merged entities and go...

FDI in telecom sector surpasses $6 billion in mid-2017: DoT

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the telecom industry reaches to $6.08 billion (Rs 40,000 crore) in the first half of 2017, according to the statistics issued by the Department of Telecom (DoT), as a part of a full-year review. According...

Reliance Jio to acquire wireless infrastructure assets from Reliance Communications

Assets to be transferred free and clear of encumbrances. Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (“RJIL”), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (“RIL”), today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of specified assets of Reliance Communications Limited (“RCOM”)...

DoT suggests cutting GST on telecom services to 12 percent: Manoj Sinha

The Telecom Department has suggested the finance ministry that goods and services tax (GST) on telecom services be lowered to 12 percent against the existing 18 percent, the parliament was informed on Wednesday. The recommendation was made during the process...

DoT to set up dedicated ecosystem for testing 5G technologies

With an aim to encourage indigenous research and development in technologies and equipment pertaining to the fifth generation of mobile telephony, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has firmed up plans to set up a 5G test bed that will...

Huawei cuts India workforce by a third

Chinese gear maker Huawei Technologies has cut its direct workforce by a third, in India, amid the ongoing merger consolidation in the telecom industry, especially after the Vodafone-Idea merger, and sector-wide financial stress. "There has been a job cut since...

Vodafone to launch VoLTE service in January

Telecom operator Vodafone India on Tuesday said it will roll out voice over LTE (VoLTE) 4G service from January. “The introduction of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) will enhance customer experience with HD quality calling and offer our customers newer possibilities....

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