June 25th, 2018 1:08 PM 6 COMMENTS

Telecom Department Unable to Recover Debt Upwards of Rs 6,000 Crore from Aircel

Aircel, the debt-laden bankrupt telco is right now going through a big crisis as it is struggling to pile up cash for repaying its dues. As a result, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has also given up on any chances of recovering a massive amount of Rs 6,000 crore along with any interest from the insolvent telecom operator. The Department is serious of the thought that the debt-ridden giant which... Read More

June 15th, 2018 1:03 PM 0 COMMENTS

Telecom Department Seeks Rs 2,100 Crore Bank Guarantee Ahead of Idea-Vodafone Merger

A government official informed that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) would be seeking a bank guarantee of Rs 2,100 crore for the clearance of the Idea Cellular and Vodafone India merger. The government official quoted "DoT will raise demand for around Rs 2,100 crore bank guarantee from Idea Cellular before the merger of Vodafone India. The amount pertains to one-time spectrum fee of Idea Cellular. Idea Cellular will be asked... Read More

December 31st, 2016 3:39 PM 27 COMMENTS

Telecom department mulls re-auction of super premium 700 MHz band in 2017: Report

The Department of Telecommunications or DoT is mulling over conducting fresh round of auction to sell the entire spectrum left unsold in the last sale, including in the super premium coveted 700 Mhz band, according to a report by the Economic Times. Telecom secretary JS Deepak told the publication that the department will send a reference back to the Telecom regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for pricing. The government is... Read More

November 10th, 2016 4:41 PM 2 COMMENTS

Telecom department to introduce Right of Way policy to help build infrastructure faster

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has framed the Right of Way (RoW) guidelines and is now preparing to come up with a policy soon to facilitate quicker acquisition of land for setting up mobile towers and laying fibre. The move will help the telecom sector to build telecom infrastructure faster. The telecom department is currently undertaking a number of policy-related reforms, including the RoW policy, before it begins working on... Read More

October 6th, 2016 11:06 AM 4 COMMENTS

Telecom department issues ‘letter of intent’ to 60 local firms for VNO (Virtual Network Operator) license

As many as 60 companies have been issued letter of intent (LoI) for the unified Virtual Network Operator’s (VNO) category B license by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), according to a notification by the department. These companies include small businesses from tier-II cities such as Agra, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Surat and Faridabad and metro cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Some of the companies are Sanchar Tele Network Bhavnagar Ambica Telecom Service,... Read More

July 15th, 2015 12:22 PM 3 COMMENTS

Union Ministry sheds its fear of Chinese companies, welcomes Huawei Telecommunications to India

Union Ministry has given a nod to Huawei Telecommunications’ proposal to set up a unit in Sriperambudur, Tamil Nadu, denoting a welcome to Chinese companies which the Government earlier feared to cause security threat to the nation. Huawei’s proposal was kept pending since 2013. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China, the vision on strategic partnership with China changed. Sources said that the grounds of security fear from Chinese... Read More

January 26th, 2015 8:45 AM 5 COMMENTS

Telecom Department creates committee to oversee NBN ( National Optic Fibre Network) deployment

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has formed an eight-member expert committee to oversee the implementation of the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) project to accelerate the project and connect all gram panchayats by December 2016. The NOFN project was approved by the cabinet in October 2011. It was expected to be completed within two years. Then, the project cost was estimated to be Rs 20,000 crore, which has now escalated... Read More

November 2nd, 2012 10:51 PM 34 COMMENTS

Videocon Telecommunications Withdraws Bid for CDMA Spectrum

Videocon Telecommunications today withdrawn its bid for the 800 Mhz band - CDMA Spectrum in the upcoming 2G Spectrum Auction of India. On October 29 Videocon has announced as a pre-qualifier in bidding process by Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The last date for withdrawing applications is 5 November. Videocon which has also applied for GSM spectrum, had got the 2G licenses for 21 telecom circles in 2008 which has been... Read More

December 7th, 2021 7:47 PM 0 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Demonstrates Network Slicing Over 5G SA

Vodafone Idea (Vi) has just announced that it partnered with Nokia to demonstrate network slicing over the 5G standalone (SA) network. The telco used Nokia’s 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and 5G core to go make this demonstration possible. Vodafone Idea conducted this demonstration in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The telco used the 5G spectrum allocated by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Network Slicing Will Allow Vodafone Idea to Open New Revenue... Read More

December 6th, 2021 10:32 AM 3 COMMENTS

Starlink Connection Might Cost Rs 158000 Annually in India

Starlink, a satellite communications (satcom) company trying to provide global satellite broadband coverage plans to enter Indian territory with commercial services in 2022. The company has shared expected equipment and service cost for the Indian market. Sanjay Bhargava, India Head, Starlink, shared the cost/benefit analysis via a link in a LinkedIn post. The expected cost of the connection for the first year might go up to Rs 1,58,000 for the... Read More

December 4th, 2021 2:41 PM 0 COMMENTS

Why Do Telcos Want 5G Spectrum to Become More Affordable

After all that the government has done for the telcos in the recent months (announcement of relief measures, returning bank guarantees), the operators are looking for the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to reduce the price of the 5G spectrum as well. The reserve price of multiple spectrum bands is expected to come down significantly. The reason why telcos want the 5G spectrum to be more affordable is because they are... Read More

December 4th, 2021 1:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

DoT Secretary Says 6G Will Converge Satcom and Terrestrial Networks

K Rajaraman, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), said that 6G would enable the convergence of satellite communications (satcom) and terrestrial networks. According to the secretary, this would change the way machines and people interact in the future. As per an ET Telecom report, Rajaraman said that 6G would unlock greater opportunities for the country and also help with bridging the digital divide that prevails in India. At the same time,... Read More

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