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DoT receives 40 to 50 mn consumer complaints annually, says Telecom Secretary
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DoT receives 40 to 50 mn consumer complaints annually, says Telecom Secretary

Telecom secretary has emphasised on the need for a strong consumer movement and consumer activists.

Vodafone-Idea merger approved by Telecom Ministry but with some payment conditions
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Vodafone-Idea merger approved by Telecom Ministry but with some payment conditions

The combined operations of Idea and Vodafone will create the country's largest telecom operator worth over $23 billion (or over Rs 1.5 lakh crore),

DoT has no hand to play in Vodafone-Idea merger delay says Telecom Minister
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DoT has no hand to play in Vodafone-Idea merger delay says Telecom Minister

The merger deal was expected to be completed last month, but the DoT is seeking legal opinion on it.

Users will soon be able to place voice calls over public Wi-Fi networks: Report
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Users will soon be able to place voice calls over public Wi-Fi networks: Report

According to reports, the calling services over the public Wi-Fi would be offered at no additional cost.

Aadhaar is not mandatory for mobile SIM verification, other identification methods allowed too says DoT
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Aadhaar is not mandatory for mobile SIM verification, other identification methods allowed too says DoT

Since the telecom commission has revoked its previous instructions of Aadhaar-SIM linking, subscribers can now take a sigh of relief.

Air India, Vistara welcome telecom panel's nod for in-flight connectivity, hope move will add to passengers' convenience
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Air India, Vistara welcome telecom panel's nod for in-flight connectivity, hope move will add to passengers' convenience

Major airlines, including Air India and Vistara, on Tuesday welcomed the Telecom Commission's nod for use of WiFi and voice services in-flight

Telecom panel gives nod to in-flight connectivity in Indian airspace; flyers can make calls, browse the net in 3 months
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Telecom panel gives nod to in-flight connectivity in Indian airspace; flyers can make calls, browse the net in 3 months

In-flight connectivity will be available once an aircraft reaches an altitude of 3,000 meters.

Telcos says that they were merely following guidelines set by the DoT for Aadhaar-SIM linking
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Telcos says that they were merely following guidelines set by the DoT for Aadhaar-SIM linking

It was revealed that despite no orders for linking, telcos have been reportedly sending reminders to its subscribers via SMS or e-mails.

DoT to unveil the roadmap for 5G connectivity in India by the end of June this year
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DoT to unveil the roadmap for 5G connectivity in India by the end of June this year

Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan on Friday said the DoT will unveil the roadmap for 5G or fifth-generation by the end of June.

TRAI bats for both in-flight mobile calls and Internet services to be permitted on aircrafts
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TRAI bats for both in-flight mobile calls and Internet services to be permitted on aircrafts

To promote the adoption of in-flight connectivity TRAI said, IFC service providers should be allowed to be set up at flat annual token licence fee of Re 1.

Department of Telecom will meet service providers to discuss about the menace of call drops on 10 January
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Department of Telecom will meet service providers to discuss about the menace of call drops on 10 January

The meeting is also slated to discuss the new stringent call drop norms that were enforced by telecom regulator TRAI

Trial of panic button feature on phones to start form 26 January, to be first tested in UP
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Trial of panic button feature on phones to start form 26 January, to be first tested in UP

Once a user presses the panic button five calls will be made to emergency number 112, which is being integrated with emergency number 100.

TRAI stands by its recommendation of offering 100 MB free data to rural users, DoT questions plan's feasibility
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TRAI stands by its recommendation of offering 100 MB free data to rural users, DoT questions plan's feasibility

TRAI's stance on net neutrality and its recommendations against discriminatory pricing might hamper the implementation of such a plan.

DoT exempts GPS installation on feature phones; mandatory for smartphones: Report
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DoT exempts GPS installation on feature phones; mandatory for smartphones: Report

The DoT's position viz a viz the installation of GPS in feature phones comes in contradiction to its earlier mandate.

RCom concludes its merger with Sistema Shyam Teleservices
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RCom concludes its merger with Sistema Shyam Teleservices

Under the terms of the agreement between RCom and Sistema, RCom will acquire the telecommunications business of SSTL including its licenses.

TRAI issues recommendations towards reducing carbon footprint from telecom sector
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TRAI issues recommendations towards reducing carbon footprint from telecom sector

TRAI sought recommendations from stakeholders on how to measure the accuracy level of the carbon footprint of a telecom service provider (TSP).

Vodafone and Idea Cellular merger likely to complete by March in 2018
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Vodafone and Idea Cellular merger likely to complete by March in 2018

The combined entity of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, which are currently India's number two and three, respectively, would dislodge Bharti Airtel to counter the fierce price war in the world's second-largest telecom market.

Mobile and internet service providers can now set up telecom towers and systems on defence land
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Mobile and internet service providers can now set up telecom towers and systems on defence land

Mobile and internet service providers can now set up joint towers and systems on land belonging to the defence forces.

IoT to create 10-15 million jobs within the next few years in India: Telecom Secretary
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IoT to create 10-15 million jobs within the next few years in India: Telecom Secretary

According to the industry experts, about 65 per cent of startups in India are working on different aspects of IoT.

TRAI releases proposals for machine to machine communications; claims separate spectrum not needed for it
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TRAI releases proposals for machine to machine communications; claims separate spectrum not needed for it

TRAI has suggested to the Department of Telecom (DoT) that all existing operators should be allowed to provide connectivity for machine-to-machine services.