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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Analysts hail new telecom policy, call it forward-looking

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Electronics policy likely to be approved this month: Sibal

IT and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal Thursday said National Policy on Electronics (NPE) likely to be approved this month.

Telcos need not wait for NTP to get fresh licences

Telecom companies seeking fresh licences need not wait for the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012 to come in force as they can get it after guidelines for Unified Licences are finalised by the Department of Telecommunications.

Telecom policy may be announced in May: Sibal

The government will roll out its IT and electronics manufacturing policy soon and hopes to announce the telecom policy in May, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said Tuesday.

National Telecom Policy to be in place by June: Eco Survey

The National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012, under which government has proposed free roaming throughout the country, is likely to be in place by June, said the Economic Survey 2011-12.