Telecom companies are likely to commit USD 13 billion or over Rs 80,000 crore in the ongoing spectrum auction with Idea Cellular being the "most exposed" in the race as a bulk of its licences are getting expired soon, global ratings agency Fitch has said.
Department of Telecom will start the biggest ever auction of 2G and 3G spectrum tomorrow wherein 8 firms will bid to acquire radiowaves in four bands, which may fetch the government over Rs 82,000 crore.
Telecom operators Airtel and BSNL are likely to sign a pan-India roaming pact within a month to strengthen their 2G mobile services in areas where either of them is having a weak or negligible presence.
Fuelled by strong 3G and 2G data traffic growth, a 74 percent rise in mobile data traffic was recorded at 2014-end compared to the year's beginning, Nokia Networks' MBit Index study claimed.
Department of Telecommunication (DoT) yesterday sought six weeks from a special court to file its response on a plea by Loop Telecom Ltd, facing trial in a case relating to the probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam, for referring the matter to the Lok Adalat.
Facebook has released a new app for called Facebook Lite, which is exclusively for entry-level Android smartphones with low specifications. The app is fast, more fluid, and uses less system and network resources. The social juggernaut has made the app available in emerging countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, but the app doesn't seem to have any region based restrictions, as it is working in other places too.
Government is likely to take a call this month on the base price of spectrum to be auctioned in February next year.
Telecom operators could get spectrum within 90 days after payment following a government panel asking Department of Telecom to work out a mechanism for allocating the airwaves to successful bidders in a reasonable period.
Aimed at strengthening its foothold in the Indian mobile internet space, tech giant Google will enable faster search capability for mobile phones with slower network connections. Using a new streamlined version of its search results page, the US-based company will automatically check if a user has a slow wireless connection and deliver a fast loading version of search.
The Supreme Court today refused to stay the trial of 2G spectrum allocation scam cases before a special court during the pendency of a bunch of petitions before it seeking quashing of charges against the accused.
About 1,538 MHz of spectrum in various bands for telecom services may be made available for auction next year, a move that will help the government expand mobile and broadband penetration in the country.
A special court today concluded recording of defense evidence in a case arising out of the probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam allegedly involving promoters of Essar Group, Loop Telecom and others and fixed the matter for commencement of final arguments on November 20.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said had the previous UPA government taken appropriate decisions at appropriate time, "much of the mess" created by 2G spectrum allocation would have been avoided.
A special court on Wednesday fixed November 10 for commencing final arguments in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case in which former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and 15 others, including three firms, are facing trial.
Telecom operators offering mobile Internet services have to ensure that the minimum download speed specified in their data plans is available to subscribers for not less than 80 percent of usage time from August 23.
Former Telecom Minister A Raja yesterday denied in a Delhi court the suggestion of CBI that he had granted 2G spectrum licences to Unitech group of companies and Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL) despite knowing that they were "ineligible" to get the radio waves.
Former Telecom Minister A Raja today rejected in a Delhi court CBI's suggestions that he had put pressure on Department of Telecommunications (DoT) officers to process applications seeking 2G spectrum licences and issue letters of intent (LoIs) in simultaneous manner.
Reliance Industries said its telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm has finalized key vendors and suppliers required for launch of its telecom services.
The move allowing CDMA operators to provide high speed mobile internet service by combining EVDO technology with 2G spectrum without auction led to government missing Rs 4,187 crore revenue, the Comptroller and Auditor General has alleged.
Former telecom minister A. Raja on Wednesday told a court hearing that the 2G spectrum allocation case that then solicitor general G.E. Vahanvati was informed that only applications seeking spectrum licence received till Sep 25, 2007 would be processed by the telecom department.