The Aakash tablet was the brainchild of former HRD minister Kapil Sibal. The idea was to provide a $35 tablet to students across the nation, it never really worked out that well as the first batch was not technically very usable and plus its manufacturer DataWind was grappling with production issues. Now that M.M. Pallam Raju has taken over the HRD ministry, the fate of the Aakash tablet hangs in the balance. According to a LiveMint report the HRD minister has said that there is no point in getting obsessed with the hardware but the idea should be about providing affordable and pervasion connectivity.
Bharti Airtel is speculated to be ordered by the Department of Telecom (DoT) to stop providing its 3G services in seven circles within next fifteen days according to a report by ET. The government is taking measures to stop Airtel to provide 3G network services in areas outside its licensed zones, where it has been using spectrum allotted to other operators like Vodafone and Idea. Telecom operators in the country entered pacts that allowed them to use 3G frequencies of each other in areas where they were unable to obtain spectrum.
The national free roaming service slated to get implemented from March this year has reportedly been postponed till October this year. Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has recently announced that the implementation of the Free National Roaming for operator services across the country will come into action by the October. This will be the second time that the Government has postponed the time of implementation of this service ever since it had mentioned it in the National Telecom Policy 2012.
Telecom Minister, Kapil Sibal announced that nationwide mobile number portability will come into effect from February. This would allow subscribers to retain their cellphone numbers even if they shift from one circle to another. The government is also planning to let go of national roaming under its "One India, One Circle" plan.
Telecom minister Kapil Sibal has confirmed to The Press Trust of India that the government is abolishing roaming charges for cell phones from next year. Earlier in May the NTP was approved which aimed to abolish cell phone roaming charges for customers.
DataWind has started supplying the Aakash 2 to IIT Bombay reports The Press Trust of India. Additionally, the report also states that, the low-cost tablet is on-course to being released in October.
Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Tuesday said many foreign companies have shown interest in manufacturing the second version of the low-cost tablet Aakash 2 in India. "We have invited companies from across the world for manufacturing and many are ready to manufacture it here," Sibal told reporters. "Currently we are looking at the design and other parameters. After we freeze the design and technology, manufacturing will take place. The second version of Aakash will be launched in May," he added.
Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Monday said an upgraded version of the tablet PC "Aakash", supplied primarily to students at less than Rs.2,450 ($49) a piece, would not be hiked. The minister, who also holds the education portfolio, said two state-owned technology companies had been roped in to manufacture the upgraded version. He admitted there were problems with Datawind, the original developer of the tablet.
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has just concluded his press conference to address the media after NYT's report last evening that detailed government plans to prescreen content posted on online platforms like Facebook, Google and others. The Minister confirmed most of the details but insisted the government was not censoring content but wanted the 'intermediary' companies to cooperate with them to form a framework that allowed removing objectionable content. The government is currently working on building that framework. Read on for a timeline of the turn of events and the government's plans...
The new telecom policy will bring cheer to consumers with the government Monday proposing to remove roaming charges for subscribers within the country, exponentially increasing broadband availability and speed and allowing for mobile numbers to be ported to any part of the country. According to the draft of the New Telecom Policy unveiled by Communications