Call drops: Telcos earning Rs 250 crore a day but not investing to improve services, says TRAI

Call drops: Telcos earning Rs 250 crore a day but not investing to improve services, says TRAI

A "cartel" of 4-5 telecom firms having a billion subscribers are making Rs 250 crore a day but not making investments on their network to improve services to check call drops, government told the Supreme Court on Thursday

Telecom Ministry to approach Cabinet for reducing spectrum charges

Telecom Ministry to approach Cabinet for reducing spectrum charges

Telecom Ministry is expected to approach the Cabinet for its nod to reduce spectrum usage charges from existing 5 percent to 3 percent of the revenue earned by companies from telecom services.

 Google asked to submit fresh proposal for Loon Project: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Google asked to submit fresh proposal for Loon Project: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Government has asked IT giant Google to submit fresh proposal for testing its balloon-based Internet technology for the Loon Project following objections to the use of spectrum band it had proposed earlier

Focus on security also under new Net governance model: Prasad

Focus on security also under new Net governance model: Prasad

Reiterating India's support to multi-stakeholder model for governing Internet, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said there should be focus on security also which is the primary responsibility of governments

 BSNL, MTNL revenue growth lesser than private telcos: Govt

BSNL, MTNL revenue growth lesser than private telcos: Govt

Rise in revenues of BSNL and MTNL lag those of private players because of less aggressive market skills, legacy manpower and delay in augmentation of mobile network, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.

Telecom, I&B min to use broadcast airwaves for mobile services

Telecom, I&B min to use broadcast airwaves for mobile services

The ministries of Telecom and Information and Broadcasting have agreed to use over 200 MHz spectrum earmarked for broadcasting services, the majority of which is with Doordarshan, for advance mobile services.

Telecom Ministry puts BSNL, MTNL on notice over service quality

Telecom Ministry puts BSNL, MTNL on notice over service quality

The Telecom Ministry has issued notices to state-owned BSNL, MTNL and India Posts after Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad personally took note of citizen complaints over service quality on social media since July.

Call drops: DoT asks Delhi govt to facilitate mobile towers

Call drops: DoT asks Delhi govt to facilitate mobile towers

With telecom operators blaming lack of mobile towers for the call drop menace, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has approached the Delhi government and the municipal bodies of the National Capital to allow towers.

2G: A Raja had actual dominion over policy matters, CBI to court

CBI Friday told a special court that being the then Telecom minister, A Raja had "actual dominion" over policy matters pertaining to allocation of 2G spectrum and he had accepted it during his defence in the case.

Telephone connections cross 100 crore mark in India

At the end of May, total number of telephone connections stood at 1,002.05 million, of which 975.78 million connections were wireless or mobile, the data released by regulator TRAI today showed.

'Billions of dollars investments likely in Digital India week'

"As per estimates are concerned, we expect billions of dollars investment (in Digital India week),"
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reports here while announcing details of the event.

Net neutrality report to be out soon, waiting for TRAI: Prasad

Apart from the six-member committee appointed in January this year by DoT, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had also invited stakeholders comments on issues such as net neutrality and regulation of OTT services like WhatsApp and Skype.

Deparement of Telecom speeds up spectrum allocation, issues LoI

"As of now, we are expediting to allocate the spectrum which has already been auctioned this year...The Letter of Intent has been issued to all," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told PTI.

BSNL to launch free roaming from today

State-run BSNL will launch free roaming, starting Monday, which will allow all its mobile customers across the country to receive incoming calls at no cost.

BSNL to launch free roaming from June 15

"In fact, it is like a dream of 'One Nation One Number' coming true," BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava said in a statement.

Seven states propose own broadband network model: Prasad

"Seven states have offered to come up with state or SPV (special purpose vehicle) run model. Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have already been talking about it," Prasad said after meeting with state IT ministers and principal secretaries.

Telecom Ministry seeks legal opinion on CAG's observations

The Telecom Ministry has sought legal opinion on a CAG report that stated undue benefits were extended to companies including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, RCom and Tata Teleservices on a number of issues.

Government approves 48,000 seats under BPO policy: Prasad

The policy aims to provide incentives to companies for setting up BPOs in small towns of the country.

Undue gain of Rs 3,367 cr to RJio, Rs 499 cr to Airtel: CAG

The CAG on Friday rapped the Telecom Ministry for giving Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm undue benefit of over Rs 3,367 crore by allowing it to provide voice calling on broadband spectrum, a charge the company vehemently denied.

Telecom sector generated 2.19 lakh cr revenues in 2013-14

Telecom revenue was 1.93 percent of the GDP.