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DoT working on stricter rules for tracking lost cell phones

The Department of Telecom is working on rules to make tampering of IMEI number -- a unique 15-digit serial number of mobile devices -- a punishable offence with up to three years of imprisonment.

60% people facing frequent call drops: DoT Survey

60% people facing frequent call drops: DoT Survey

Nearly 60 percent people are still facing frequent call drops, with most of them experiencing problem indoors, found a survey by the Department of Telecom (DoT).

2G spectrum: Court reserves verdict in case involving A Raja, Kanimozhi for July 15

2G spectrum: Court reserves verdict in case involving A Raja, Kanimozhi for July 15

A Special court on Wednesday reserved verdict in 2G spectrum allocation case involving former Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others, for July 15.

Airtel's 'fastest network' claim misleading: Jio to ASCI

Airtel's 'fastest network' claim misleading: Jio to ASCI

Telecom operator Reliance Jio has approached advertisement sector watchdog ASCI against Bharti Airtel saying the latter's claim of being "officially the fastest network" is "misleading" and done in "mala fide manner in collusion with" broadband speed tester Ookla.

Vodafone, Idea announce merger: Key points you need to know

Vodafone, Idea announce merger: Key points you need to know

Vodafone and Aditya Birla group-run Idea Cellular announced the merger of their operations, creating the largest mobile operator by customer and revenue market share.

Idea, Vodafone announce merger; Kumar Mangalam Birla to be Chairman of the new entity

Idea, Vodafone announce merger; Kumar Mangalam Birla to be Chairman of the new entity

Idea Cellular board on Monday approved merger of Vodafone India Ltd and its wholly-owned arm Vodafone Mobile Services with the company, a move that will create the country's biggest telecom services provider with a customer base of over 394 million.

Parl panel pulls up DoT over ineffective penalty clauses

Parl panel pulls up DoT over ineffective penalty clauses

A parliamentary panel has pulled up DoT for failing to incorporate effective penalty clauses in agreements for shared mobile infrastructure scheme that led to roll-out delays, and expressed concern on non-recovery of penalty and outstanding dues.

Vodafone, Idea likely to seal merger pact within a month

Vodafone, Idea likely to seal merger pact within a month

UK's Vodafone and Aditya Birla group firm Idea Cellular are likely to finalise within a month the mega merger deal that will create India's largest telecom firm.

Vodafone-Idea merger to boost margin; credit positive: Report

Vodafone-Idea merger to boost margin; credit positive: Report

The proposed merger between Vodafone and Idea Cellular is a credit positive for the telecom sector and will push the combined entity's margins up by around 3 percentage points on cost synergies, India Ratings said today.

Attorney General clears way for Rs 3,050 crore penalty on Airtel, Voda, Idea

Attorney General clears way for Rs 3,050 crore penalty on Airtel, Voda, Idea

Paving the way for Rs 3,050 crore cumulative penal action on telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, the Attorney General is learnt to have opined that the Department of Telecom has power to impose penalty on grounds of poor quality of service.

BSNL customers to get 0.75% discount on e-payment of bills

Customers of state-run telecom firm BSNL will get 0.75 discount on online or electronic payment of their bills, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday.

Spectrum auction: Vodafone, Tatas pay Rs 12,499 crore to DoT for purchase

Telecom operators Vodafone and Tata Teleservices Wednesday made payments of Rs 10,100 crore and Rs 2,300 crore, respectively, to the government for spectrum they bought in the recently-concluded auction.

RailTel denies porn viewed at Patna station

Public sector undertaking RailTel on Monday denied that the free Wi-Fi service in Patna railway station was used mostly to view porn.

 Can Airtel adjust Rs 3000 crore against licence fees, HC asks Govt

Can Airtel adjust Rs 3000 crore against licence fees, HC asks Govt

Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the government if it was willing to allow Bharti Airtel to adjust over Rs 3000 crore, which as per the company, is owed by the government towards the disputed licence fees for its Punjab circle for 1996-98 against future licence fees.

Seven telcos submit Rs 15,000 crore earnest money for auction

Seven telcos submit Rs 15,000 crore earnest money for auction

In a seemingly tepid build-up to the upcoming spectrum sale, due on October 1, seven mobile operators are said to have deposited earnest money of about Rs 15,000 crore, lower than the previous year's Rs 20,435 crore.

DoT unveils new norms on SIM upgradation; consent a must

DoT unveils new norms on SIM upgradation; consent a must

The Department of Telecom has come out with new guidelines on SIM upgradation to 3G or 4G from 2G, which can be activated only with a clear go-ahead from mobile users and on their request.

DoT in favour of more penal power to TRAI

DoT in favour of more penal power to TRAI

The Department of Telecom is in favour of giving more penal power to telecom regulator TRAI that will enable the sectoral watchdog to impose fine on telecom operators for poor services including call drops.

Trai promises swift action to fix inter-connection issue

Amid charges and counter-charges between existing mobile players and Reliance Jio over inter-connection, regulator Trai today said it will quickly respond to communication, if any, from the Telecom Department or the industry on the matter.

DoT issues rules for Aadhar-based SIM cards

DoT issues rules for Aadhar-based SIM cards

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Formulate clear guidelines for network testing: DoT to Trai

Formulate clear guidelines for network testing: DoT to Trai

With incumbent operators engaging in a slugfest with Reliance Jio, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked the regulator Trai to formulate clear guidelines for network testing with specific parameters.