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DoT urges government portals, websites to conduct security audit, says China cyberattacks are increasing: Report
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DoT urges government portals, websites to conduct security audit, says China cyberattacks are increasing: Report

Reportedly, ever since the India-China clash and India banning Chinese apps, there have been up to 10,000 cyberattacks per day.

Google mulling stake in Vodafone Idea positive, but inadequate to solve telcos' debt woes: Analysts
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Google mulling stake in Vodafone Idea positive, but inadequate to solve telcos' debt woes: Analysts

A potential investment by Google into cash-strapped Vodafone Idea (VIL), if materialises, will be a strategic positive for the Indian telecom operator, but a five percent stake would be still be inadequate to solve the telcos' debt problems, analysts said on Friday

AGR row: GAIL says DoT's Rs 1.83 lakh cr demand notice not material event, legally untenable
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AGR row: GAIL says DoT's Rs 1.83 lakh cr demand notice not material event, legally untenable

GAIL said it had refuted the provisional assessment orders of DoT and sought its withdrawal.

DPIIT asks telecom dept, BSNL to hold Rs 9,000 cr worth tender following allegations of anomalies
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DPIIT asks telecom dept, BSNL to hold Rs 9,000 cr worth tender following allegations of anomalies

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has asked the telecom department and state-owned BSNL to put on hold the tender for setting up 4G network, valued at Rs 9,000 crore, after allegations emerged that the tender favoured foreign companies

AGR dues: Govt is well aware of implications if relief not provided to telcos, says COAI
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AGR dues: Govt is well aware of implications if relief not provided to telcos, says COAI

Industry body COAI on Friday said the government is well aware of implications of leaving the stressed telecom sector without a relief package, as it urged policymakers to use "tools" available to find appropriate solutions expeditiously

AGR: Self-assessment of dues by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, Tatas Rs 82,300 crore short of DoT's math
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AGR: Self-assessment of dues by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, Tatas Rs 82,300 crore short of DoT's math

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Tata Group's self-assessment of dues to the government are a whopping Rs 82,300 crore short of what the telecom department calculated after the Supreme Court's ruling on AGR

SC says self-assessment of AGR dues violation of order; telecom stocks plunge, Vodafone Idea plummets 35%
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SC says self-assessment of AGR dues violation of order; telecom stocks plunge, Vodafone Idea plummets 35%

Hearing the Department of Telecommunications plea, a Supreme Court bench held that no further objections to its orders would be allowed against the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues.

DoT's suggestion to give telcos 20 years for AGR payment to help resurrect financially stressed sector: COAI
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DoT's suggestion to give telcos 20 years for AGR payment to help resurrect financially stressed sector: COAI

The DoT has raised total demand of around Rs 53,000 core for AGR liability of VIL which included interest, penalty and interest on delay in payment of the amount

Supreme Court dismisses Vodafone's plea against levying one-time spectrum charges
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Supreme Court dismisses Vodafone's plea against levying one-time spectrum charges

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by Vodafone against the levy of one-time spectrum charges (OTSC)

Vodafone Idea pays Rs 3,354 cr to govt in AGR dues, claims principal amount fully paid now
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Vodafone Idea pays Rs 3,354 cr to govt in AGR dues, claims principal amount fully paid now

Vodafone Idea had pegged its total dues to the government following a Supreme Court order at Rs 21,533 crore—less than half of what the Telecom Department has estimated,

Sunil Mittal asserts Bharti Airtel has made self-assessment, paid full AGR dues of around Rs 13,000 cr
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Sunil Mittal asserts Bharti Airtel has made self-assessment, paid full AGR dues of around Rs 13,000 cr

The total payout by Bharti Airtel, however, is half of Rs 35,586.01 crore liability estimated by the DoT.

Govt asks Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, other telcos to pay balance AGR dues without delay: Report
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Govt asks Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, other telcos to pay balance AGR dues without delay: Report

The government has so far received about Rs 26,000 crore from AGR payments, including adhoc/ buffer amounts given by telcos to meet any reconciliation differences with the telecom department

Govt detaches GAIL, OIL, other PSUs from AGR case after last month's Supreme Court order, says Union minister Sanjay Dhotre
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Govt detaches GAIL, OIL, other PSUs from AGR case after last month's Supreme Court order, says Union minister Sanjay Dhotre

The government has detached gas utility GAIL India, explorer Oil India and other PSUs from a Supreme Court order that had led to Rs 1.47 lakh crore being sought from telecom firms such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea in past dues, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday

Vodafone Idea pays about Rs 3,043 cr to DoT towards deferred spectrum dues, Airtel Rs 1,950 cr; Jio makes payment of Rs 1,053 cr
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Vodafone Idea pays about Rs 3,043 cr to DoT towards deferred spectrum dues, Airtel Rs 1,950 cr; Jio makes payment of Rs 1,053 cr

Vodafone Idea too paid about Rs 3,043 crore towards deferred spectrum dues, as per the sources.

DoT to write fresh letters to telecom companies, questions discrepancy in AGR dues math; seeks names of MDs
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DoT to write fresh letters to telecom companies, questions discrepancy in AGR dues math; seeks names of MDs

The move assumes significance as the amounts paid by telcos so far, even those who have announced full and final settlement, is significantly less than DoT's AGR estimates.

AGR woes: Vodafone Idea, COAI push for urgent relief measures to survive crisis ahead of crucial DCC meet
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AGR woes: Vodafone Idea, COAI push for urgent relief measures to survive crisis ahead of crucial DCC meet

The DoT sources said a lot would also depend on companies like Vodafone Idea making additional payments as the amount received so far from the company is only 7% of the DoT-calculated AGR dues of Rs 53,000 crore.

AGR concerns: Vodafone Group's global CEO Nick Read plans to meet telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
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AGR concerns: Vodafone Group's global CEO Nick Read plans to meet telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Even as the pressure on Vodafone Idea to pay the AGR dues is mounting, Read and chairman of Vodafone Idea Kumar Mangalam Birla had recently said that they were not keen to infuse any more equity in the firm.

AGR-hit Vodafone Idea wants 7-8 times hike in mobile data tariffs, call rates to enable company pay statutory dues
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AGR-hit Vodafone Idea wants 7-8 times hike in mobile data tariffs, call rates to enable company pay statutory dues

Vodafone Idea has demanded fixing minimum tariffs for mobile data at Rs 35 per GB, around 7-8 times of current prices, and for calls at 6 paise per minute along with monthly charges from 1 April to enable it pay statutory dues and make its business sustainable

AGR concerns: Vodafone Idea urges DoT to grant 15 years for paying dues; seeks tax refund, licence fee cut among measures to tide over crisis
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AGR concerns: Vodafone Idea urges DoT to grant 15 years for paying dues; seeks tax refund, licence fee cut among measures to tide over crisis

Vodafone Idea, in a letter to the DoT, the finance ministry and NITI Ayog, said that a GST refund of Rs 8,000 crore can be adjusted against its AGR dues and the remaining amount can be paid in a span of over 15 years.