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Telecom Ministry News
01 Feb 2022
Trai recommendation on 5G spectrum by March, service roll out this year
The budget also announced infusion of Rs 44,720 crore into loss-making state-owned telecom firm BSNL in the next financial year. He said that the budget focuses on enhancing research and development of indigenous technology.
06 Dec 2018
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.
11 Aug 2017
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.
22 Jun 2017
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.
03 Apr 2017
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".
21 Oct 2016
TRAI wrote letter to telecom ministry for imposing penalty on call drop
06 Oct 2016
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.
30 Aug 2016
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.
10 Jul 2016
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.
21 Apr 2016
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
04 Apr 2016
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.
16 Mar 2016
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
07 Mar 2016
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
02 Mar 2016
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.
Information and Broadcasting Ministry
29 Nov 2015
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.
22 Nov 2015
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.
15 Sep 2015
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.
07 Aug 2015
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.
10 Jul 2015
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.
Digital India Week
27 Jun 2015
'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.
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