About the author: The happy guy RDB (stands for Rudradeep Biswas) has been writing for Telecomtalk since 2009, covering mobile operators, 3G, broadband, WiFi, 4G, LTE, telecom policies and what-not related to Indian telecom. He is by profession a doctor, did his MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata.

India releases details on 2100 MHz band spectrum for the March 2015 auctions

The Narendra Modi government has issued details for auctioning 5 Mhz of the 2100 MHz spectrum across 17 out of 22 service areas at a pan-India base price of Rs 3,705 crore per megahertz for the auctions scheduled for March 4, 2015. "Amendment No.2 (including details of 2100 MHz band) to Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for Auction of Spectrum in 2100MHz, 1800MHz, 900MHz and 800MHz bands has been issued by

BSNL employees unions to go indefinite strike from March 17, may impact its users

The eight Unions of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have decided to go nationwide indefinite stir from March 17 to protest against by the Narendra Modi government to consider the public sector unit as sick industry. The decision may impact its services among its subscribers in India if it happens. The BSNL employees would be submitting a letter to Prime Minister on February 25 signed by one crore people while

India approves proposal of DoT to proceed with auction in 2100 MHz band along with 800, 900 and 1800 MHz band

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) to proceed with the auction in 2100 MHz band along with 800, 900 and 1800 MHz bands. The Union Cabinet has approved reserve price for 2100 MHz Band is Rs 3705 crore pan-India per MHz. "A 5 MHz Block will be offered in all service areas except Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, West

Uninor Launches special recharge to offer calls at 1paisa/2 seconds

Uninor has slashed its local calling rates to 1 paisa/ 2 seconds for a special recharge of Rs. 8 in UP West. The call rates and STV price is same for every customer but validity may vary which can be checked by dialing *234#. (*234# is an USSD platform which shows best offer available for the customers). “On the 66th Republic Day celebrations, Uninor has adorned the colour of Indian

TDSAT directs broadcaster Star India to cancel its disconnection notice to Siti Cable network

The Telecom tribunal, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Tribunal (TDSAT) has asked broadcaster Star India to cancel its disconnection notice to Siti Cable Network. It comes after the multi-system operator (MSO) handed over a cheque of Rs 10 crore for settlement of the payment dispute pending mutual negotiations. "We hope and trust that the two sides will be able to resolve their disputes through negotiations; in case any issues survive

Reliance jio to offer Free Wi-Fi in Park Street, Kolkata, Feb 5th onward

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the City of Joy is going to be the first Wi-Fi enabled city of the country in coming two months at the inaugural session of the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair. “I am also happy to announce that Kolkata will soon be a fully wi-fi enabled city in the country. This facility will be extended to Park Street and neighbouring areas by

McAfee Mobile Security To Come Pre-Installed In Latest Samsung Tizen Smartphones

Intel Security,  will deliver its McAfee Mobile Security software pre-installed in the first Samsung smartphones running the Tizen open-source operating system. Tizen is an open and flexible operating system built from the ground up to address the needs of stakeholders of the mobile and connected device ecosystem, including device manufacturers, mobile operators, application developers and independent software vendors. The latest version of McAfee Mobile Security for Tizen devices enables consumers

Draft rules for full mobile number portability issued by TRAI

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued draft regulations to facilitate full mobile number portability (MNP), which is set to start from May 3. Currently, MNP norms allow users to retain their numbers while changing their operators within the same service area. India has 22 telecom circles or service areas. The full or nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) will allow consumers to change service provider in any part

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence issues Rs. 427 crore demand notice to six operators

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has issued demand notices to six telecom operators including Vodafone India, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular to pay over Rs 427 crore for allegedly evading anti-dumping duty while importing digital transmission products from China and Israel. "Vodafone has been asked to pay Rs 333.34 crores, Bharti Airtel Rs 46.43 crores and Idea Rs 9.38 crores. Over and above the said amount, the telecom companies

23rd edition of the Convergence India Expo 2015, with the theme “Connecting India” begins today

Convergence India Expo 2015, with the theme “Connecting India” opens today at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The expo was inaugurated by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the presence of other dignitaries and industry leaders. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology had shared a message for Convergence India 2015 expo, “I am pleased to be a part of the 23rd

Defence and Telecom ministries resolve 8 year long spectrum sharing issue

The swap formula for spectrum use between the Defence and Telecom ministry has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). Both the ministries have resolved the eight-year-long dispute of spectrum sharing between the defence and telecom sectors by earmarking bands for exclusive use of the former while also specifying use of remaining airwaves for civilian purposes such as telecom and civil aviation. After the green signal from