National Telecom Policy

Draft of new telecom policy by December-end: Telecom secretary

The National Telecom Policy, 2012, had taken key steps such as full mobile number portability, liberalisation of spectrum, and allowing delinking of spectrum from licence, among others.

Jul 28, 2017, 16:10 PM IST
DoT meets telcos, associations on new telecom policy

DoT meets telcos, associations on new telecom policy

Based on the inputs received today, the DoT will be constituting working groups in the coming weeks to look into different aspects of the upcoming policy, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan told PTI. 

Jul 21, 2017, 22:26 PM IST

DoT to meet telcos, associations tomorrow on new policy

The meeting is expected to be chaired by Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, and service providers as well as prominent industry bodies have been invited to place their ideas and inputs on the upcoming policy, said multiple sources.

Jul 20, 2017, 20:46 PM IST
Govt worry on lower tariffs inconsistent with policy: TRAI

Govt worry on lower tariffs inconsistent with policy: TRAI

TRAI has rejected the Telecom Commission's contention of free offers by Reliance Jio playing havoc on finances of telecom companies saying its policies are aimed at promoting competition and lower tariffs that benefit consumers.


Mar 31, 2017, 00:17 AM IST

BSNL starts offering free roaming across India

"From today no more roaming charges on #BSNL. A step towards realising dream of One Nation-One Number. A promise kept," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted today.

Jun 15, 2015, 20:18 PM IST

Telcos need to invest Rs 2.5 lakh cr to meet policy goals

The telecom sector needs about Rs 2.30 lakh crore investment for meeting the target of 100 percent connectivity in rural areas and 60 crore broadband connections as envisaged in the National Telecom Policy, E&Y has said.

Mar 21, 2013, 21:52 PM IST

Telecom Commission meet likely on Feb 18 on new licences

Inter-ministerial body Telecom Commission (TC) is likely to meet on February 18 to discuss guidelines of new licences that will be issued to companies under the National Telecom Policy 2012.

Feb 05, 2013, 20:10 PM IST

Need to sort issues before implementing free-roaming: Airtel

Even as the government is hopeful of implementing free roaming in the country from next year, Bharti Airtel today said issues like varied spectrum pricing and tariff in different circles need to be studied before introducing such facilities.

Dec 10, 2012, 14:20 PM IST

No roaming charges from next year: Kapil Sibal

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal Monday said that mobile phone subscribers will not have to pay roaming charges from next year.

Sep 24, 2012, 12:53 PM IST

'One nation-free roaming': DoT asked to submit roadmap

The Finance Ministry had last month also asked for the details but DoT has still not replied.

Sep 21, 2012, 18:50 PM IST

Cabinet may decide on IT, electronics policies next week: Sibal

The Cabinet is expected to take a decision next week on the proposed national policies on IT and Electronics, Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said on Wednesday.

Jul 04, 2012, 15:13 PM IST

Govt plans to offer 8-11 blocks of spectrum in 1800 Mhz band

The government plans to offer 8-11 blocks of spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band in the upcoming auction of airwaves, which will allow at least two new operators to offer telecom services in the country.

Jun 06, 2012, 17:31 PM IST

Home Ministry raises objections on Telecom policy provisions

The policy will not be applicable in restricted areas like Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast as Home Ministry has imposed restrictions on providing roaming facilities on pre-paid mobile subscribers.

Jun 04, 2012, 17:26 PM IST

Networked devices may grow two-fold to 2 bln by 2016: Cisco

With increasing popularity of high-speed internet services and proliferation of tablets and smart phones, the number of networked devices would double to around 2 billion in the country by 2016, networking company Cisco has said.

Jun 03, 2012, 13:27 PM IST

Analysts hail new telecom policy, call it forward-looking

PwC India executive director Sandeep Chaufla said the policy, announced yesterday, is "forward-looking".

Jun 01, 2012, 20:45 PM IST

NTP 2012 to be a boon for consumers: Experts

The New Telecom Policy, which was approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday, will be a boon for consumers as they would be able to retain the number even when they migrate from one telecom circle to other, says consulting firm Deloitte.

May 31, 2012, 21:14 PM IST

New Telecom Policy: Free roaming, portability

To boost transparency and revive growth in the scandal-hit sector, the government on Thursday approved a new telecom policy that aims to ultimately abolish roaming charges, besides relaxing Internet telephony rules.

May 31, 2012, 09:00 AM IST

Cabinet likely to consider National Telecom Policy Thursday

The Cabinet is likely to consider on Thursday the National Telecom Policy (NTP) that provides for abolition of roaming charges and allows users to retain the same number across the country.

May 30, 2012, 21:36 PM IST

Cabinet skips discussion on National Telecom Policy

In an anti-climax, the Cabinet Thursday did not take up approval of the much-anticipated National Telecom Policy that provides for abolition of roaming charges and allows users to retain the same number across the country.

May 24, 2012, 15:48 PM IST

Cabinet may discuss National Telecom Policy Thursday

The policy, if approved, will replace the 13-year old New Telecom Policy 1999 through which telecom sector is governed.

May 23, 2012, 21:59 PM IST