Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha today said there are no plans at present to merge BSNL and MTNL, but asserted that the strategic plan outlined for promoting synergy among state-owned telecom firms will strengthen and benefit both the organisations. "There is no thinking in government on merging the two. But we are taking steps to ensure
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Thursday announced a "strategic plan" to bring synergy among the seven public sector units (PSUs) under it -- BSNL, MTNL, BBNL, TVIL, ITI, C-DoT and TEC. According to the DoT, all the PSUs and organisations under it will be able to work together in synergy and address various business
The government is likely to make GPS mandatory in feature phones by withdrawing an exemption it granted earlier, according to official sources. The move will enable the government to roll out panic button facility on mobile phones, aimed at helping women in distress. The government ordered all mobile manufacturers in 2016 to mandatorily provide panic
The government is planning to hold the largest ever spectrum auction of 3,000 Mhz of radiowaves in the upcoming sale, Parliament was informed today. "Spectrum above 3000 MHz will be put up for auction for the first time in the forthcoming auction," telecom minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
State-run telecom operator BSNL is seeking an equity infusion of Rs 6,652 crore from the government to fund its spectrum purchase of close to Rs 13,885 crore, according to telecom minister Manoj Sinha's statement to the Parliament. A detailed project report (DPR) submitted by BSNL to the Department of Telecom (DoT) requests allotment of 5MHz
A trial of panic button facility on mobile phones, aimed at helping women in distress, has been delayed due to the lack of GPS facility in feature phones, according to government sources. The trial across Uttar Pradesh was to start from January 26 for all mobile phone users -- users of smart phones as well
The telecom sector is expected to create 4 lakh new jobs over a period of 5 years and contributes significantly to GDP, as the Budget for 2018-19 seeks to enhance telecom infrastructure in the country, telecom minister Manoj Sinha today said. "Telecom sector will contribute significantly to the GDP in next five years and over
The government said it will invest Rs 10,743 crore for improving the telecommunication network in the northeastern states and along the National Highways in the region. Union Minister of State for Telecommunications Manoj Sinha announced this while he was in Guwahati to review the implementation of BharatNet and other major telecom projects in the northeastern
The government today expressed hope that the second phase of Bharat Net project to provide broadband connectivity to 1.5 lakh gram panchayats will be completed before time by December this year. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said financial incentives and disincentives should be built into clauses for the second phase of the project to reward players
The proposal by state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for allotment of spectrum in the 700 MHz band or 2100 MHz band for 4G services is "under examination", the Lok Sabha was informed today. "...BSNL has requested for allotment of one 5 MHz slot in 700 MHz Band for pan-India (excluding Delhi and Mumbai) for
To improve internet connectivity through mobile phones especially in the rural areas, there is a plan to equip towers with solar power kits so that they keep functioning even when there is no power supply, the government said today. During the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha also said the Bharat
The Telecom Department has suggested the Finance Ministry that GST for telecom services be lowered to 12 percent against the existing 18 percent, Parliament was informed. The recommendation was made during the process of the Budget exercise, and the matter is with the Department of Revenue under Ministry of Finance for necessary action, Telecom Minister
A Department of Telecom survey through automated calls has found around 8 percent reduction in call drop complaints over the last 10 months, telecom minister Manoj Sinha informed the Rajya Sabha. "TSPs (telecom service providers) have resolved approximately 50,770 individual cases by taking remedial actions until October 31, 2017 and the call drops reported by
Modern satellite technologies are likely to make broadband services more affordable, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said today. The government has therefore made a provision for using satellite services for providing broadband connections under the second phase of the Bharat Net project, he added. "New satellite innovations...are likely to make broadband more affordable, available and accessible
The telecom department (DoT) looks to finalize the new telecom policy by February and would release its draft by December-end for public comments, Union minister Manoj Sinha said. "We are trying to bring new telecom policy by February. For this the working group has started the process. We expect to finalise draft by end of December and place it for public comments," the Communications Minister told reporters.
The government has introduced three new methods, including through one-time password (OTP), to ease the process of linking the 12-digit Aadhaar identity number with individual mobile numbers, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said here on Wednesday. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has introduced the three new rules - through one-time password, App based and the interactive voice response (IVRS) facility, to link the Aadhaar with the mobile number.
Welcoming the TRAI's suggestion that mandates every building plan to have a broadband cable duct, Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao requested Union minister Manoj Sinha to make this a law to ensure that last meter connectivity issues for broadband networks are resolved.
Indian mobile industry is expected to create the economic value of about $217 billion and create 5 million jobs by 2020, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said. "The Indian mobile industry is expected to create a total economic value of Rs 14 trillion, about USD 217.37 billion, by the year 2020. It would generate around 3 million direct job opportunities and 2 million indirect jobs during this period," Sinha said at EY-COAI TMT Leaders' Conclave.
Telecom minister Manoj Sinha said the Department of Telecom will organise the India Mobile Congress every year which would emerge as a global event in coming years. "We want to organise India Mobile Congress every year. We expect that it will emerge as a global event in years to come," Sinha said.
Communications Minister Manoj Sinha announced that the first ever mobile, Internet and technology event in India -- India Mobile Congress 2017 -- will begin from today and continue till September 29.