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Permission to make in-flight calls, surf web likely by January

Telecom Ministry is currently awaiting the views of Law Ministry on in-flight connectivity rules and is hopeful of notifying the norms soon thereafter, telecom minister Sinha has said.

Dec 06, 2018, 08:55 AM IST

Not possible to monitor all mobile phones, WhatsApp: Manoj Sinha

He said the government has decided to set up the Centralised Monitoring System (CMS) to automate the process of lawful interception and monitoring of telecommunications.

Aug 11, 2017, 18:32 PM IST

India to take corrective steps to ensure telecoms growth

India`s telecoms minister said on Thursday that the government would take corrective steps to ensure growth in the sector, the world`s second-biggest by number of users, amid worries about financial stress.

Jun 22, 2017, 18:09 PM IST

Bangladesh Govt mulls blocking Facebook every midnight 'for betterment of youth'

The Bangladesh Government is considering blocking Facebook for six hours starting from every midnight "for the betterment of students and youth".

Apr 03, 2017, 19:05 PM IST

TRAI wrote letter to telecom ministry for imposing penalty on call drop

TRAI wrote letter to telecom ministry for imposing penalty on call drop. Watch this special segment and get to know more here.

Oct 22, 2016, 00:47 AM IST

Spectrum auction ends with bids worth Rs 65,789 crore, 60% of airwaves unsold

There were no takers for the expensive 700Mhz and 900 Mhz bands during the course of the five days. The 700MHz band alone was expected to fetch Rs 4 lakh crore for the government.

Oct 06, 2016, 20:53 PM IST

Government defers mega spectrum auction by 2 days to Oct 1

Heeding to the industry's demand for starting spectrum auction from an auspicious date, government has deferred the mega sale of mobile frequencies by two days to October 1.

Aug 29, 2016, 21:41 PM IST

Telecom Ministry clears Airtel-Aircel 4G spectrum trading deal

Telecom Ministry is learnt to have cleared the Rs 3,500-crore 4G spectrum trading deal between service providers Bharti Airtel and Aircel.

Jul 10, 2016, 10:31 AM IST

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

Apr 21, 2016, 19:30 PM IST

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.

Apr 04, 2016, 12:26 PM IST

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

Mar 16, 2016, 17:03 PM IST

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

Mar 07, 2016, 19:54 PM IST

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.

Mar 02, 2016, 18:56 PM IST

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.

Nov 29, 2015, 14:07 PM IST

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.

Nov 22, 2015, 14:21 PM IST

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.

Sep 15, 2015, 22:03 PM IST

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.

Aug 07, 2015, 18:38 PM IST

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.

Jul 10, 2015, 21:10 PM IST

'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.

Jun 27, 2015, 17:06 PM IST

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.

Jun 27, 2015, 16:55 PM IST