Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday said Vodafone and Aircel are not meeting some benchmarks for call drops in Delhi whereas Airtel and state-run MTNL are within the limits.
A proposal for building GSAT-17 and GSAT-18 communication satellites supporting telecommunication, television services and in-orbit back-up received the Government's nod yesterday.
The government yesterday said the telecom sector in 2013-14 generated over Rs 2.19 lakh crore revenue, which accounted for 1.93 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).
Committing himself to keep the Internet equally accessible to all users, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday said blocking and deliberate slowing down or speeding up of lawful content on the web should not be allowed.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked state-run operator BSNL to improve quality of services, especially in border and extremist-affected areas, in a bid to become market leader and win back people's confidence.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the Department of Telecom (DoT) will soon call a meeting of all service providers to look into the problem of frequent call drops being faced by customers.
Amid a raging debate on providing equal Internet access to all, the government has set up an expert panel to look into the issues of net neutrality and a report on the matter is expected in a month's time.
Warning private mobile operators against any deterioration in quality of service, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said a lot of spectrum is available and the companies need to take into account the concerns raised by consumers on call drops and other problems.
Aditya Birla Group firm Idea was the most aggressive bidder, followed by Sunil Bharti Mittal's Airtel and UK's Vodafone in the fiercely contested spectrum auction of spectrum that Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday insisted will not result in increase in call rates.
The government's telecom spectrum auction kitty on Monday decreased to Rs 1.05 lakh crore with provisional allocation of 88 percent airwaves at the end of day 17.
Aircel, BSNL and Vodafone are not meeting the quality service benchmark for call drops in some telecom circles, Parliament was informed today.
Government will soon finalise a business process outsourcing (BPO) policy for small towns that will create a big business opportunity for state-owned BSNL, which has a vast telecom network across the country, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said .
Haryana, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana) are the only three telecom circles that have seen rise in the wireless market share of state-run BSNL from 2012-14, Parliament was informed today.
Ailing state-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL have total outstanding dues of Rs 3,407.39 crore from subscribers as on December 2014. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha, said that outstanding dues in respect of landline and mobile services of BSNL stood at Rs 2,520.31 crore and Rs 887.08 crore for MTNL as on December 31, 2014.
Cable operators have shown interest in providing broadband connectivity to consumers by tweaking technology - a move that will increase Internet penetration in the country, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said.
Terming India as an important player in Internet governance, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the future architecture of the Web should not be a prerogative of a few and should be open to all.
The government has given the task of identifying objectionable content on the Internet to industry body IAMAI, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Parliament today.
As Internet penetration in India is on the rise, the ecommerce sector in the country is likely to witness a growth of over 50 percent in the next 5 years, says the Economic Survey.
State-tun telecom company BSNL is investing an over Rs 11,000 crore to improve its all-round services including strengthening network, modernising telephone exchanges and installing mobile towers in the naxal-dominated areas, Parliament was informed today.
Chiding private telecom operators for repeated call drops on their network, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said lack of spectrum is no excuse for not resolving this problem.