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Bids invited to select agency for spectrum auction; 5G airwave on the block for first time

According to the bid document, a pre-bid conference with prospective bidders will be held on September 2.

Ravishankar Prasad promises to take broadband to masses; sees India as export hub for electronics

Outlining an ambitious vision for Digital India 2.0, the minister exhorted Indian IT companies and its apex software body Nasscom to participate in creation of 'Digital Villages' in the country.


DoT cracks down on illegal mobile signal repeaters in Delhi raids

Mobile operators, who are making record investments in purchasing spectrum and rolling out network equipment, are grappling with this challenge and have called out the authorities to crack down on these installations and take strict action: Cellular Operators Association of India

View on telecom financial health after stakeholders’ representations, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

The industry expects the government to provide relief in taxation to uplift the financially stressed sector, which saw foreign direct investment during 2018-19 falling to $2.67 billion from $6.21 billion a year ago.

Against panel recommendation: In 2015, spectrum was given to an operator on first-come basis, says CAG

In 2012, the Supreme Court had struck down FCFS policy in 2G spectrum allocation case of 2008-09 and cancelled 122 telecom permits that were granted spectrum through the process.

Telecom tribunal sets aside TRAI’s predatory pricing rule

On predatory pricing, TDSAT said that Trai’s powers are limited to examining whether a tariff is predatory or not.


Unsolicited commercial communication: After norms for telcos, Trai may look at OTT players now

The sector watchdog is soon expected to come out with a consultation paper on OTT services, however, it was unclear whether the UCC aspect will be dealt within the same paper or as a separate issue.

Telcos cautious: ‘Tepid response likely for spectrum auction’

While the Trai may have reduced the reserve price by 43 per cent for 700 MHz compared to the 2016 levels, it’s still on the higher side. At Rs 6,568 cr per MHz, operators will have to shell out Rs 32,840 crore for a pan-India 5 MHz.

Telecom department to officers: Attend seminar on gender gap

Last week, a study published by LIRNEAsia — an ICT policy think tank – noted that India had the highest gender gap in mobile phone ownership amongst 16 countries.

Airwaves Auction: Trai suggests lower reserve price across spectrum bands

For the premium 4G spectrum, Trai has reduced the reserve price by 43 per cent at Rs 6,568 crore per MHz.