Telecom Sector

High Court Puts Temporary Ban on DoT’s Order for Bharti Airtel

High Court Puts Temporary Ban on DoT’s Order for Bharti Airtel

As per recent reports, it has been revealed that High Court has put a temporary stay on government's order which demanded immediate discontinuation of Bharti Airtel's 3G mobile services in certain areas.

The court's ruling will continue until it hears the case. A telecommunication ministry named as Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has given orders, as per which Bharti Airtel needs to stop 3G connection in seven zones. The ministry has asked them to do so in those areas where Bharti Airtel does not have its own airwaves.

High Food Inflation in India Negative for the Nation

High Food Inflation in India Negative for the Nation

According to the global rating agency Moody's, high food inflation in India is putting adverse effects on country's sovereign ratings.

The agency said that that the phenomenon is not good for country's fiscal and current account deficits. Fitch ratings and Standards & Poor's ratings have also demoted their position of India from "stable" last year and "negative" this year.

TRAI Wants India To Focus On A Single Emergency Number Like US And UK

TRAI Wants India To Focus On A Single Emergency Number Like US And UK

In order to make the emergency communication system universal, TRAI has asked for public views regarding a single emergency number all across India.

TRAI has figured that there are shortfalls in the present system and India does not have any universal emergency number operational throughout the country. TRAI has also mentioned that developed countries like the US and UK provides a three-digit emergency number for their respective citizens, which is very useful during disasters and natural calamities.

Bharti Airtel Asked to Stop 3G Services in Seven Circles

Bharti Airtel Asked to Stop 3G Services in Seven Circles

Bharti Airtel has been asked to give a fine of 3.50 billion rupees for infringing telecom-license rules along with preclusion of 3G services in seven circles of India.

As the company appears to break laws and does not hold the 3G bandwidth, Bharti Airtel Ltd. has been asked by India's Department to stop providing third-generation services in seven service areas.

With the notice, Bharti Airtel has three days to completely stop 3G services in the seven areas like Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (East), Kolkata, Gujarat and Kerala.

Batelco Looking Forward to Buy Controlling Stakes in Reliance Globalcom

Batelco Looking Forward to Buy Controlling Stakes in Reliance Globalcom

According to sources, Bahrain Telecommunication Company, Batelco, is eyeing to buy controlling stake in Reliance Globalcom. Batelco with a few Middle East funds, have estimated the value of Mumbai-based Globalcom as $1.3 billion.

However, one of the sources has revealed that there is no certainty of the deal to go through. If the deal goes through, as the talks are going between Batelco and Globalcom, Reliance group will hold the minority stakes in the company.

Lone bidder Sistema bags 800 MHz spectrum in 8 circles

Lone bidder Sistema bags 800 MHz spectrum in 8 circles

The Indian arm of Russian conglomerate Sistema on Monday acquired 800 MHz spectrum in eight circles for Rs 3,639 crore.

Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited (SSTL), which lost previously acquired spectrum when the Supreme Court last year ordered cancellation of 122 wireless mobile licenses amid graft charges, was the only bidder for 800 MHz spectrum in the latest auction.

GSM operators scared of new competition: Reliance Jio

GSM operators scared of new competition: Reliance Jio

The incumbent GSM operators and their association COAI are opposing Reliance Industries' planned entry into the voice services area because they scared of the new competition, RIL-backed Reliance Jio Infocomm said.

The government recently allowed companies with broadband spectrum, such as RIL, to offer voice services using 4G spectrum by paying Rs 1,658 crore.

Vodafone tax case to be decided by the Cabinet

Vodafone tax case to be decided by the Cabinet

Telecom giant Vodafone's proposal conciliation over six-year-old tax dispute will now be decided by the Union Cabinet, Finance minister P Chidambaram said.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr. Chidambaram said that Vodafone had written to the finance ministry for conciliation, and that the matter would be sent to the Cabinet.

Speaking on the topic, the minister said, "They [Vodafone] had written to us proposing conciliation. We have written back saying that 'yes your request will be considered by the competent authority'. So, the matter will go to the Cabinet."

4G spectrum holders permitted to offer voice calls

4G spectrum holders permitted to offer voice calls

The government has finally approved the proposal to allow telcos with 4G spectrum to also offer voice calling services, giving a big boost to Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries' plans to launch voice calls.

The Telecom Commission on Monday said that holders of 4G spectrum would be able to offer voice calling services to customers by paying extra Rs 1,658 crore for a pan-India licence.

DoT slaps Rs 878cr demand on Vodafone

DoT slaps Rs 878cr demand on Vodafone

The Indian department of telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly asked Vodafone to pay dues and penalties worth Rs 878 crrore for the period from 2008-09 to 2011-12, sources revealed.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, people familiar with the development said that the total amount raised against Vodafone had to be paid by February 20.

Every mobile phone operator is liable to pay various sorts of annual charges, such as license fee and spectrum usage charge, depending on the revenue they earn from telecom services.