DoT rejects Vodafone request to extend licences in 7 circles

DoT rejects Vodafone request to extend licences in 7 circlesNew Delhi: The Department of Telecom has rejected Vodafone India's request to extend its licences in seven service areas that are expiring next year.

"(Vodafone's) request for extension of licences in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP East, Maharashtra and Gujarat service areas expiring in December 2015 cannot be acceded," a DoT note said.

Vodafone declined to comment.

In 2015-16, 29 licences are expiring, including the seven held by Vodafone.

Next 2G spectrum auction from Jan 23: DoT

spectrum-auctionNew Delhi, Dec 13 : The next 2G (second generation) spectrum auction for 1,800 megahertz (MHz) and 900 MHz will start from Jan 23 next year, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced.

In a notice inviting applications (NIA) for taking part in the auction, DoT Thursday night said the last date for submission of applications by companies is Jan 4. The NIA was issued within three days of the Cabinet nod on the reserve price for the 2G spectrum auction.

The cabinet panel has given the nod to an earlier decision of the empowered group of ministers (EGoM) on spectrum pricing, taken in November.

DoT sets up committee to study Trai’s recommendations on auctioning spectrum

DoT sets up committee to study Trai’s recommendations on auctioning spectrumThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has set up a committee to study the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai's) recent recommendations for upcoming spectrum auction.

Trai made several notable recommendations on auctioning spectrum in the 800 Mhz ban, 900 Mhz ban and 1800 Mhz band, including levy of a flat spectrum usage charge (SUC) and cutting the base price of spectrum used by GSM operators by around 60 per cent.

Next round of spectrum auctions may also flop

Next round of spectrum auctions may also flopThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) seems to have not learnt any lesson from its failures in the previous rounds of spectrum auctions.  The DoT has reportedly not referred the matter of spectrum pricing back to telecom regulator Trai.

The DoT has so far also failed to brief the telecom regulator about how much spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band is contiguous.  In case telecom companies place bids and win contracts for spectrum that is not contiguous, they will be able to back out.

Telecom Commission approves 100 percent FDI in sector

Department-of-TelecommunicationNew Delhi, July 2 : The Telecom Commission Tuesday approved 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the telecom sector.

A Department of Telecom (DoT) official said the department will send a detailed note to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), which will subsequently forward it to the cabinet for approval.

Raising the FDI limit from the current 74 percent will help in flushing fresh funds into the sector.

DoT to slap Rs.650 crore penalty on Bharti Airtel

Bharti-AirtelNew Delhi, June 25 : The Department of Telecom (DoT) has decided to slap a Rs. 650 crore penalty on Bharti Airtel for violating roaming norms in 13 circles between 2003-2005.

It is learnt that Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has approved the penalty and a notice to the company will be issued this week.

The telecom service provider will be charged Rs. 50 crore for each circle for routing national and international calls as local calls till 2005, although it was asked to stop this in 2003. The company's action had caused losses to the government exchequer and the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

DoT imposes Rs 100cr fine on Vodafone India

DoT imposes Rs 100cr fine on Vodafone India The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India, has imposed a hefty fine of Rs 100 crore on Vodafone India for providing SLD (Subscriber Local Dialling) services in two regions where it was not allowed to offer the same.

Using SLD, mobile phone carriers can allows their roaming customers to use local networks and thus avoid paying roaming charges.

The Indian arm of Vodafone has been penalized for violating the norms in two circles, viz. Mumbai and Delhi, between 2003 and 2005.

DoT looking for new pricing models for fixed priced spectrum

DoT looking for new pricing models for fixed priced spectrumThe Department of Telecom (DoT) is evaluation several pricing methods for the fixed priced allotment of spectrum after two rounds of spectrum auction failed to attract much interest in the telecom sector.

CDMA players asked to pay one-time fee

CDMA players asked to pay one-time feeThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) of the government of India has imposed a one-time fee on CDMA telecom operators in the country for holding spectrum beyond that was allotted to them.

The DoT has asked the companies to pay the fine amounting to about Rs. 3,033 crore as they hold more airwaves that allotted by the government. It said in an order that all CDMA players holding more than 2.5 Mhz in 800 Mhz band will have to pay the one-time fee from 01-01-2013. The order also said that the charge will be imposed on additional spectrum for the remaining license period.

2G case witness says he isn’t under CBI pressure

Former 2Gsenior Department of Telecom (DoT) official A K Srivastava has rebutted former telecom minister A Raja’s accusation that he is deposing falsely on certain aspects of the 2G scam case because he is under pressure of the CBI.

Srivastava, a former Deputy Director General of DoT, is a key witness in the alleged 2G scam case.

Sushil Kumar, Raja's lawyer in the case, cross-examined Srivastava on Tuesday. The lawyer asked Srivastava why he hadn’t told the central investigating agency earlier that Raja’s private secretary Chandolia had asked him if the department had received Unitech Group's applications for the 2G spectrum.

DoT backs regulator's 2G plan

DoT backs regulator's 2G planThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is financially backing the sector regulator Trai’s opinion that GSM operators with 4.4 MHz of start-up spectrum should be given the highest priority when additional frequencies will be allocated. If this happens, then it will come as a bonanza for Reliance Communications, which has start-up spectrum all over the country and is now looking to get 1.8 MHz more after it has met the subscriber criterion.

Blackberry email decoding solution has been rejected by DoT

Blackberry email decoding solution has been rejected by DoTThe blackberry is still not able to find the solution of providing an interception gear to monitor secure email services of the corporate as the telecom department once again rejected the prevention solution put in front by the Canadian makers.

The telecom department claimed that the security agencies are unable to register a secure email communication by BES in the format which is readable. The senior DOT official stated that the “research in motion” (RIM) does not possess the solution key to convert the secured email from the corporate to a readable form.

IB advised government to block all internet telephony services

Intelligence Bureau The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has advised the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) to block up all Internet telephony (VoIP) services until a system is set up to track such calls.

According to IB, India does have the mechanism to track domestic and international internet telephony calls. The IB has also asked the DoT to find and install a tracking system as soon as possible.

DoT in process to introduce 10 crore new numbers beginning with ‘8’

The mobile numbers beginning with the digit “ 9 ” have reportedly been depleted, and the Department of Telecom (DoT) is looking to roll out new mobile numbers beginning with the digit “ 8 ”.

Because of the surging number of mobile phone subscribers in India, the Dot has run out of the mobile numbers starting with the digit 9, and consequently, the DoT is gearing up to introduce new mobile numbers starting with the digit 8.

The DoT is reportedly in process to introduce 10 crore new numbers beginning with the digit “ 8 ”. The DoT will keep 50% of the new numbers reserved for itself, and approximately the other half of the new numbers will be distributed among companies.

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