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Telcos may face licence suspension on privacy issues: Govt

Government Wednesday said telecom operators may face heavy penalties or suspension of licences if they fail to stop unauthorised interception of communications and maintain 'extreme secrecy' of citizens' messages.

DoT to issue demand notice to quashed telecom licences in May

"We are in the process to finalise the demand notice to telecom operators whose licences were quashed. There is no fix date as when it will be sent but it will be sent within a month," a DoT official said.

DoT estimates Rs 3,738 cr loss on lowering SUC from 3 licences

The Department of Telecom has estimated that lowering annual spectrum fee as recommended by TRAI will cause the national exchequer a minimum loss of Rs 3,738 crore on renewal of the three licences that are due to expire in 2014.

Uninor gets new telecom licences

Mobile operator Telewings has got unified licence, the new telecom permits, after its promoter Telenor successfully transferred assets of old venture Unintech Wireless to the new entity.

CPI seeks LS discussion on `politically-motivated` JPC report on telecom licences

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Saturday sought a discussion in Parliament on the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the pricing of telecom licences and spectrum, saying it was "never placed" for a debate but just voted out.

Idea Cellular gets unified licence for seven circles

The Department of Telecom has awarded unified licence to Idea Cellular for seven circles, sources said Sunday.

Idea Cellular in talks with PE firms to raise money

Shares of Idea Cellular closed at Rs 168.15 apiece, up 0.69 percent from their previous close on the BSE on Wednesday.

Idea may get new licences soon

The DoT may soon issue new telecom licences to Idea Cellular which had earlier refused to accept guidelines related to 3G roaming pacts in the unified license, sources said.

Govt approves amendments to licences of Airtel, Voda, Idea

"Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has approved amendments to the licences of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular on June 6," a DoT source said.

DoT announces third round of 2G GSM auction

Government will hold the third round of 2G GSM spectrum auction for the airwaves that were freed following cancellation of telecom licences by Supreme Court in February last year and were not put for auction.

DoT to declare final spectrum auction result within two days

DoT had on November 14 declared provisional auction result which fetched government revenue of Rs 9,407.64 crore against minimum potential of Rs 28,000 crore.

DoT optimistic of finalising unified licence norms by Dec-end

The Department of Telecommunications is optimistic of finalising guidelines for unified licence regime by December.

Licensing norms for new telcos by Friday: Telecom Commission

Telecom Commission is expected to finalise by Friday the guidelines for licences that are to be issued to new players that win spectrum in the auction which is due in November.

Cabinet may decide on spectrum reserve price today

The Cabinet is likely to meet on Friday to discuss the reserve price and usage charges of spectrum that is to be auctioned as per the Supreme Court order.

Govt plea to SC by Aug 10 for extending auction deadline

The Government is planning to approach the Supreme Court to seek the extension of August 31 deadline for completing the auction of 2G spectrum freed from the cancellation of 122 telecom licences in February.

Loop Telecom investors serve notice to government

Mauritius-based investors in Loop Telecom, besides Sistema and Telenor, have slapped government notices under bilateral investment protection treaties, after Supreme Court cancelled their telecom licences.

Sistema to take $1 billion writedown on India: Sources

Russian services conglomerate Sistema will take a writedown of nearly USD 1 billion related to the suspension of its Indian licences, sources close to Sistema said on Friday.

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.

TRAI recommends it should grant all unified licences

For unified licence framework, Trai has recommended that there shall be three levels, namely National level, Service area level and District level.

TRAI's suggests no entry fee to migrate to Unified Licences

Telecom regulator TRAI on Friday proposed that operators need not pay entry fee for migrating to Unified Licences, a draft guideline which if implemented will provide relief to companies that offer only select services like Internet and cellular mobile services.