GSMA wants govt to price spectrum 'reasonably'

GSMA wants govt to price spectrum 'reasonably'

Expressing concern over high base price for spectrum as recommended by regulator Trai, global telecom body GSM Association Tuesday said the government should keep it at "a reasonable level" to achieve the objective of Digital India.

2G scam: Cut-off date was fixed after due deliberations in DoT, says A Raja

2G scam: Cut-off date was fixed after due deliberations in DoT, says A Raja

Former Telecom Minister A Raja Tuesday said the decision to advance the cut-off date for accepting applications for grant of 2G spectrum licences was taken after due deliberations in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and not unilaterally by him.

No plausible reason to revise spectrum cap: TRAI

Sectoral regulator TRAI Wednesday recommended that there is no "plausible reason" to change present restrictions on overall spectrum holding and in a frequency band.

TRAI recommends Rs 11,485 cr/Mhz rate for premium 700 Mhz band

TRAI recommends Rs 11,485 cr/Mhz rate for premium 700 Mhz band

This rate for the next round of auction, is the highest rate for any telecom frequency band, even as leading operators have sought holding back sale of the radiowaves in this band.

DoT spectrum revenue this fiscal may top Rs 49,000-cr mark

DoT spectrum revenue this fiscal may top Rs 49,000-cr mark

Even in the absence of a spectrum auction in the current fiscal, the Department of Telecom (DoT) is all set to earn a revenue of over Rs 49,000 crore, exceeding the budgeted target by about Rs 6,000 crore.

TRAI issues consultation paper for spectrum auction

TRAI issues consultation paper for spectrum auction

Telecom regulator TRAI Thursday issued consultation paper for valuation and reserve price of spectrum in 7 bands including 700, 900 and 2100 megahertz for the next round of auctions.

Videocon Telecom to sell spectrum to Idea Cellualr for Rs 3,310 crore

Videocon Telecom to sell spectrum to Idea Cellualr for Rs 3,310 crore

Idea Cellular has entered into an agreement with Videocon Telecommunications for acquiring the rights to use the latter's spectrum for the telecom service areas of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West) for Rs 3,310 crore through a spectrum trading agreement, a statement said here on Tuesday.

Govt issues guidelines to liberalise 2G spectrum

The development is likely to benefit almost all incumbent telecom operators like Reliance Communications, Aircel, Tata Teleservices, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular.

Watch: Why your calls drop!

Watch: Why your calls drop!

The issue of call drop where phone connection gets break or there is no signal amidst an ongoing call has doubled in the last year, according to TRAI.

Govt allows sharing of all mobile spectrum - present and future

Govt allows sharing of all mobile spectrum - present and future

The government has allowed sharing of all spectrum available at present, and similar norms will apply to radiowave frequencies in new bands which will be allocated in future.

Govt to complete spectrum harmonisation by Dec-end

Govt to complete spectrum harmonisation by Dec-end

The government will complete by December-end the spectrum harmonisation process to facilitate additional 3G airwaves for commercial use.

Spectrum trading at latest auction price: Official

Telecom companies would be allowed to trade spectrum at a price achieved in the latest auction of airwaves or higher than that, an official source said.

Govt approves spectrum trading norms for telecom firms

Govt approves spectrum trading norms for telecom firms

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the much-awaited spectrum trading norms for telecom companies.

Surplus spectrum: Court reserves order on charge for Sept 26

A special court Monday reserved for next month its order on framing charges in the 2002 additional spectrum allocation case in which former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom companies were chargesheeted by the CBI.

Surplus spectrum: Court reluctantly gives time for arguments

The defence counsel told Special CBI Judge O P Saini that the probe agency had advanced some fresh points during their rebuttal arguments, so time may be granted to them to argue.

Govt approves spectrum sharing by telcos to reduce call drops

In a bid to ease telecom congestion, the government Wednesday allowed companies to share airwaves in the same band so as to reduce call drops but did not allow leasing of spectrum.

Surplus spectrum: Pleas agnst 2G court's jurisdiction dismissed

Special CBI Judge O P Saini also imposed the cost of Rs 25,000 each on the two telecom firms M/s Hutchison Max(P) Ltd and M/s Sterling Cellular Ltd.

Expect Cabinet approval on spectrum sharing by month-end: Secy

Speaking at a FICCI event here, Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg said the spectrum sharing and trading guidelines have almost been finalised at the department level and Cabinet note has been circulated.

Count unallocated spectrum in deciding limit: Trai to DoT

Trai's observation, which comes in reply to DoT seekign its opinion, has widened spectrum holding basket for big telecom operators and specially those who are looking forward to consolidation.

You have enough spectrum, address call drops: Prasad to telcos

The minister said he has asked sectoral regulator TRAI to suggest a disincentive mechanism to tackle the problem, though he refused to share if it will be a financial disincentive.