Expedite vacation of airwaves by defence: DOT asks Cab Secy

The telecom department has written to the Cabinet Secretary seeking expeditious vacation of airwaves held by the defence forces.

Audit of RCom accounts done; others soon

Auditors appointed by the government to look into violation of revenue reporting norms are understood to have submitted the report on Reliance Communication and their findings on other telecos would follow in the coming weeks.

DoT set to adjust excess fees for VPN service

The govt is likely to adjust excess licence fee for ISPs, who are offering the lucrative high-end data service, Virtual Private Network.

We`ve reason to fix cut-off date for spectrum, govt tells HC

The government on Tuesday submitted
before the Delhi High Court that there was nothing arbitrary
about fixing a cutt-off date to apply for telecom licences
bundled with start-up 2G spectrum.

TRAI asks DoT to refer Uniform license fee to regulator

Telecom regulator TRAI has urged
the government to consult it before deciding on a uniform
license fee for operators, saying it has implications on the
Centre`s revenue as well as of the service providers.

Govt to hold 3G spectrum auction on Dec 7

The government will hold the much-awaited 3G spectrum auction for GSM operators on December 7 and invite bids from October 26 to November 13.

Home Ministry takes up security issues with DoT

The Home Ministry is learnt to
have raised a host of security-related issues with the Telecom
Department amidst security agencies raising concerns over
Chinese vendors supplying equipment to Indian vendors.

TRAI wants DoT to consult it on uniform licence fee

TRAI on Sunday said
the government must consult it before taking any decision on
uniform licence fee of 8.5 percent of total revenues for
operators as proposed by the DoT.

Tata Tele knocks at DoT, seeks GSM spectrum in Delhi

Tata Teleservices said on Sunday it
has again approached the government for airwaves to roll out
its GSM service in Delhi immediately.

Mobile number portability not before Dec 31: DoT

The government on Thursday extended to
December 31 implementation of mobile number portability, a
facility allowing subscribers to retain their numbers even
after changing service providers.

DoT convenes telcos meeting on 3G on Aug 28

The Department of Telecom has
convened a meeting of Chief Executive Officers of telecom
companies on August 28 to discuss various issues, including
the roadmap for 3G telephony and the telecom operators` plans
for the same.

Govt to issue long-term wireless licenses

The govt will set up shortly
a committee to prepare a road map for issuing long-term
wireless licenses to mobile operators, broadcasters and other
private and public captive users.

DoT to seek legal view on extra spectrum allocation to telcos

The Department of Telecom has
decided to seek legal opinion in the matter of allotment of
additional radio waves beyond 4.4 Mhz to mobile operators.

MoF asks DoT to put on hold allocation of additional spectrum

Finance Ministry has asked the DoT to put on hold further allocation of spectrum till a final view on Spectrum Review Committee`s report is taken, a move that may affect expansion of services by existing players.

DoT has enough spectrum to go ahead with 3G auction: Official

The Department of Telecom will not have to wait for the Defence Ministry to release frequencies for auctioning 3G radio waves as it has an adequate amount of spectrum, a senior official said on Sunday.

ONGC rings DoT for spectrum to setup own communication network

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
(ONGC) has approached the department of telecom for allocation
of spectrum to set up a captive communication network for its
Western Offshore site.

Bharti, MTN officials meet DoT secy to explain deal

Country`s biggest GSM mobile
company Bharti Airtel and South African MTN today apprised the
Telecom Ministry of their proposed 23-billion dollar deal that
could create one of the top three wireless companies in the

Telcos can issue fresh equity to raise money, can`t sell stake

The government today allowed
telecom companies to raise money by issuing fresh shares -
either through private placement or public issue - but barred
them from selling stake for a period of three years.