Telecom Minister

Ravi Shankar Prasad emerges bigger as Telecom Ministry gets added to his kitty

"I am grateful to the PM for entrusting me with such responsibility. In telecom, I will first hold meetings to take a long-term view, and also see how a greater synergy can be driven in IT and communications," Prasad told reporters after being named the Minister for the three portfolios.

May 31, 2019, 18:35 PM IST

Threat to Aircel, RCom merger as Maxis founder's absence irks SC

Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan and top official of his Maxis Group Augustus Ralph Marshall, who are accused in Rs 742.58 crore Aircel-Maxis deal, on Friday got a stern warning for "running away" from Indian court of law by the Supreme Court which said it will ensure that "there is no absconder".

Feb 04, 2017, 16:13 PM IST

Call drops reducing; auctions to improve services: Telecom Minister

The call drop menace has reduced over the last two months, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said today even as he cautioned operators that the service quality has to improve further or they will be "out of the sector" that has an "open and competitive market".

Sep 09, 2016, 17:46 PM IST

DoT in favour of more penal power to Telecom regulator

The Department of Telecom is in favour of giving more penal power to telecom regulator Trai that will enable the sectoral watchdog to impose fine on telecom operators for poor services including call drops.

Aug 21, 2016, 13:21 PM IST

BSNL offers free unlimited calls on Independence Day

Customers of state-run BSNL will be able to make free unlimited calls on any network tomorrow also.

Aug 14, 2016, 14:41 PM IST

Call drop improvement in 5 months, spectrum sale by September: Manoj Sinha

As call drop problem persists, the new Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha on Friday said resolving the issue is the "top priority" and hoped for "qualitative improvement" in 4-5 months with a mega-spectrum auction likely to be held in September.

Jul 08, 2016, 20:18 PM IST

Communications and IT Ministry splits, Manoj Sinha new telecom minister

Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the new Minister for Law and Justice, will continue to look after Department of IT and Electronics. So far, Prasad was handling both Communications and IT portfolios.

Jul 07, 2016, 00:13 AM IST

Cabinet approves 9% hike for 1.88 lakh BSNL pensioners

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved 9 percent increase in pension of 1.88 lakh BSNL employees who retired between 2007-13.

Jul 05, 2016, 18:54 PM IST

DoT Secretary to discus call drop, policy reforms with CEOs

New Delhi: Telecom Secretary J S Deepak will deliberate on the problem of call drop, investments in the sector and ongoing policy reforms with CEOs of service providers on June 10.

Jun 07, 2016, 16:52 PM IST

India's single emergency number '112' to be active from Jan 1

The single emergency number '112' will be operational throughout India from January 1 to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department.

May 08, 2016, 11:51 AM IST

Panic button issue: Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss pricing concern with mobile phone makers

Amid worries that government's move to make panic button mandatory will increase cost of mobile handsets, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said he will take up the issue up with the industry.

Apr 28, 2016, 18:16 PM IST

India to have 500 million smartphones soon, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

India is all set to be home to 500 million smartphones soon said Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday

Apr 21, 2016, 23:15 PM IST

Huawei evaluating mobile phone manufacturing in India

The China-based Huawei is evaluating ways to start production of mobile phones in India through contract manufacturing in association with Foxconn and is currently studying the business models and tax incentives

Apr 09, 2016, 00:27 AM IST

Private operators cry foul over BSNL new call service; PSU denies

Industry body COAI has alleged that BSNL's new app-based service for making calls is in violation to licence norms, but the telecom PSU has rebutted the charge

Apr 04, 2016, 23:26 PM IST

Apple exploring investment options in India: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Technology giant Apple Inc and other global players are exploring opportunities to invest in India's electronic segment, which has attracted investments of over Rs 1.2 lakh crore so far, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday

Apr 04, 2016, 23:07 PM IST

Policy on net neutrality after Trai recommendations: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Government will finalise the policy on net neutrality after taking into account proposals of sectoral regulator Trai and the Department of Telecom's panel

Mar 04, 2016, 16:53 PM IST

Apple wants to sell pre-owned iPhones in India

Tech giant Apple has sought permission from the government to import pre-owned iPhones for sale in India, Parliament was informed today.

Mar 04, 2016, 15:19 PM IST

Personal prejudices must not play any role in DDCA row, says Telecom Minister RS Prasad

Backing Arun Jaitley who is facing allegations of corruptions during his tenure as the DDCA president, Telecom Minister said that that political differences should not have any place in a campaign like this.

Dec 20, 2015, 23:56 PM IST

Govt mulls levying penalty on telcos for call drops

A top official in the ministry said it will be conveyed to the owners that in case quality of service does not improve, option of levying penalty under licence conditions is not ruled out.

Aug 26, 2015, 19:02 PM IST

Optimise networks to curb call drops: Prasad to telcos

With call drops becoming a cause of concern for the entire country, mobile operators need to rise to the occasion and they cannot escape their "responsibility and accountability", he said.

Aug 25, 2015, 20:43 PM IST