Idea Cellular completes sale of 9,900 towers to ATC for Rs 4,000 cr

Idea Cellular completes sale of 9,900 towers to ATC for Rs 4,000 cr

2018-05-31T16:16:56+00:00 On

Idea Cellular said its had completed the sale of its 9,900 towers to American Tower Corp’s India unit at an ‘enterprise valuation’ of Rs 4,000 cr. The exact amount that ATC will pay to the telecom operator for the towers is not…

Inter-ministerial group on telecom woes dismissed crisis theory, blamed telcos for high debt

Inter-ministerial group on telecom woes dismissed crisis theory, blamed telcos for high debt

2017-12-27T18:56:36+00:00 On

The problem of high debt levels faced by some telecom companies in India was of their own making and the government had a limited to role to play in resolving the same, the inter-ministerial group set up to address the concerns of…

Reliance Communications says MTS merger to be closed in 2 weeks, gets DoT nod

Reliance Communications says MTS merger to be closed in 2 weeks, gets DoT nod

2017-10-23T16:52:45+00:00 On

Reliance Communication Ltd said it received the approval of Department of Telecommunication (DoT) for its merger with Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited or SSTL, which runs MTS branded services in India. With this, the Anil Ambani Group company has received all the major…

Bharti Airtel could help Reliance Jio win Rs 2,000 cr from DoT

Bharti Airtel could help Reliance Jio win Rs 2,000 cr from DoT

2017-05-17T11:57:46+00:00 On

Bharti Airtel’s attempts to avoid paying “voice conversion charge” on the spectrum that it is purchasing from internet service provider Tikona Digital could end up unintentionally benefiting arch rival Reliance Jio. Reliance Jio was forced to pay around Rs 1,650 cr four…

DoT likely to remove ‘local address’ requirement for Aadhaar holders

DoT likely to remove ‘local address’ requirement for Aadhaar holders

2017-03-22T13:47:23+00:00 On

The Department of Telecom is considering the remove of local address requirements for people taking a new mobile connection using an Aadhaar card. “We are in final talks. It will take a few more days,” said a DoT official. At present, taking…

Reliance Jio interconnect dispute with Airtel, Idea to end this month

Reliance Jio interconnect dispute with Airtel, Idea to end this month

2016-11-07T15:00:24+00:00 On

The dispute over providing interconnection facility is set to end in the next two weeks, with Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone giving in to the demands of new operator Reliance Jio and the regulator. The decision to comply comes in the…

How Ravishankar Prasad can resolve the 700 MHz spectrum auction pricing problem

How Ravishankar Prasad can resolve the 700 MHz spectrum auction pricing problem

2016-02-23T12:59:29+00:00 On

India is getting ready for a digital revolution by auctioning 700 MHz spectrum that has the potential to take high-speed Internet to every village in the country. However, telecom operators — who have to play the role of the enablers — are…

Net Neutrality Committee says using data packs for voice is not cool

Net Neutrality Committee says using data packs for voice is not cool

2015-07-16T16:00:07+00:00 On

Department of Telecom’s Committee on Net Neutrality said the use of data packs by consumers to make voice calls amounted to bypassing “existing licensing and regulatory regime”. The committee therefore said that such a state of affairs must be rectified. It did…

Pan-India Mobile Number Portability by Friday

Pan-India Mobile Number Portability by Friday

2015-07-01T13:32:28+00:00 On

India is likely to have pan-India mobile number portability from Friday, according to telecom industry sources. “Most of the glitches have been overcome, and all operators have implemented the technical changes,” said an industry source. The Department of Telecom had given a…