Telecom panel to discuss towers in Naxal areas in March-end

"The DoT committee studying the subject is expected to submit its report next week. The Telecom Commission should probably meet in last week of this month," a Department of Telecom (DoT) official said.

Telecom user base grows marginally to 90.45 cr in October

The total number of wireless subscribers increased from 87 crore in September to 87.54 crore in October, registering a monthly growth of 0.56 percent.

PAC seeks details from Telecom Min on allegations against TRAI

"PAC has requested this ministry to furnish a detailed factual note to them urgently ... On the points raised in the representation (by NGO Telecom Watchdog) for placing before Chairman, PAC," an official source said.

Telecom user base grows marginally to 90.61 cr in Aug

The total number of wireless subscribers increased from 87.48 crore in July to 87.67 crore in August, a monthly growth of 0.21 percent.

CCI decision soon on probe into telecom players' cartelisation

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is looking into whether the mobile operators acted as a cartel during the recent airwave auction that had elicited tepid response, but is yet to order a formal investigation into the matter.

Final guidelines on telecom M&A likely by Sept-end

"I had a talk with the Secretary (Telecom) this morning and said it (M&A policy) should be out by September 15... He says he needs another 15 days," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters after his meeting with industry players today.

Sibal asks officials to apply mind while imposing penalties

At a meeting with Sibal, operators raised the issue of the Department of Telecom levying the maximum penalty of Rs 50 crore for even minor issues, hurting the industry.

GSM players add 14.9 lakh users in July: COAI

The GSM subscriber base stood at 67.11 crore at the end of June this year.

Telecom sector not to lay 'golden egg' for a while, thanks to SC: Sibal

"Between 2010 and 2013 with all the experiments, with all the court verdicts, with the Rs 1,76,000 crore, we got into our kitty just Rs 1,000 crore," he said.

EGoM on telecom to meet today

The DoT is of the view that auction would witness aggressive bidding if restrictions on the number slot is removed.

EGoM on telecom to discuss status of court cases on Thursday

The DoT has already issued the guidelines for the second round of spectrum auction which is expected to fetch around Rs 45,000 crore to exchequer from airwaves sale.

Telcos asked to pay Rs 8,000 cr spectrum fee by Jan 15

"If telecom operators opt to make payment in instalments, then first instalment of all companies will be little over Rs 8,000 crore which they will have to pay by January 15," a government source said.

Telcos fined Rs 2,757 cr for not verifying user IDs: Govt

"Out of these, 8,786 cases are against subscribers who were found to be involved in forgery," Sibal said.

Entry fee refund to telcos: DoT again seeks legal opinion

The Supreme Court had cancelled 122 telecom licences belonging to eight telecom operators in the 2G scam in February this year.

Telecom industry loses 1.87 mn subscribers in September

The drop in subscribers in September comes after the overall user base dipped by 0.56 percent to 939.57 million in August.

Telecom tariffs unsustainable for industry: Bharti Airtel

"Is there a need to take tariffs up? I think absolutely yes. The way the industry is performing and the way the prices have come down...I think it is at unsustainable levels for most of the industry," Kapoor said when asked if there will be a hike in tariffs.

Telecom bodies ask govt to reconsider one-time fee proposal

The decision, on which Cabinet will take a final call, is expected to garner Rs 27,000 crore for the government.

DoT fixes upper limit of penalty on telcos at Rs 50 cr

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had recommended that the upper limit of penalty should be Rs 10 crore instead of Rs 50 crore under old licensing regime.

'Lower licence fee for telcos buying Indian equipment'

The government has decided to charge 8 percent of gross revenue as licence fee from all telecom service providers across all categories and services from 2013-14.