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Telecom's linkage to other sectors will emerge stronger with 5G: DoT Secretary

Addressing the ASEAN-TRAI program on 'capacity building and sharing of best practices in policy regulation and development', DoT Secretary Anshu Prakash said the sector is also playing a major role in empowering citizens, contributing to better governance and enhancing transparency.

The revival plan for BSNL and MTNL does not inspire confidence

Worried about the future of the public sector entities, the government has crafted a revival plan, including a merger of BSNL and MTNL. In management jargon, the merger could potentially unlock synergies, but unfortunately there appear none on the telecom horizon.


Govt to telecom operators: crack down on those sending obscene messages

The letter also suggested to telecom operators to open a dedicated call centre or helpline to receive complaints against such messages

Under strain: ‘No formal proposal yet from telcos on relief package’

Need to review issues in totality and in comprehensive manner: Telecom Secretary

Telecom industry going through stress, but it is temporary: DoT secretary Aruna Sundararajan

Department of telecommunications secretary acknowledged that it was a stressful time, but a temporary one.

Centre’s directive on mobile towers clashes with Rajasthan draft policy: RTI

The instructions, from the Department of Telecommunications, Union Ministry of Communications and IT, clash with the recently announced draft telecom infrastructure policy of Rajasthan, which has regulations on installation of cellphone towers near schools and hospitals.


Own gateway key to satcom, Govt clears funds for BSNL

Moving to regulate satellite communication from the country, DoT has given the initial nod to earmark $8 million to state-owned BSNL for the establishment of a satellite communication gateway in India.

Ensure adequate spectrum before auctions: Trai to govt

Also suggests 10% higher price for auction in 1800 MHz band.

Delay in spectrum grant irks Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India

A major tiff is brewing between the country’s top two telecom operators – Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India...

State cannot take coercive action against cellphone tower operators: HC

"DoT guidelines are prospective and effective from August 1, 2013," the petition read.