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BSNL updates prepaid plans to extend unlimited voice calling, SMS deals for MTNL network
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BSNL updates prepaid plans to extend unlimited voice calling, SMS deals for MTNL network

The new STVs can be used in Chennai telephones and Tamil Nadu Circle under GSM prepaid mobile services from 12 May 2020.

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

Coronavirus Outbreak: BSNL, MTNL to extend prepaid validity up to 20 April, offer Rs 10 additional talktime
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Coronavirus Outbreak: BSNL, MTNL to extend prepaid validity up to 20 April, offer Rs 10 additional talktime

State-owned telecom operators BSNL and MTNL will extend the validity period of their prepaid mobile services till 20 April and offer Rs 10 additional talktime even after zero balance, to enable users, especially poor and underprivileged, to stay connected during the 21-day nationwide lockdown

BSNL, MTNL release over Rs 10,000 cr for employees voluntary retirement scheme
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BSNL, MTNL release over Rs 10,000 cr for employees voluntary retirement scheme

State-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL have released over Rs 10,000 crore for employees who have opted for voluntary retirement scheme, according to a statement

Coronavirus Outbreak: MTNL to provide 1-month free access to corporate servers for work from home
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Coronavirus Outbreak: MTNL to provide 1-month free access to corporate servers for work from home

State-owned telecom firm MTNL on Thursday started offering free access to office server to its enterprise customers' employees to support work from home during the lockdown

Reliance Jio opposes BSNL, MTNL suggestion; PSU telcos seek to exempt from minimum rates for phone calls, data services
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Reliance Jio opposes BSNL, MTNL suggestion; PSU telcos seek to exempt from minimum rates for phone calls, data services

Reliance Jio has opposed the suggestion of BSNL and MTNL to exempt telecom operators having less than 15 percent market share from minimum rates for phone calls and data services

AGR dues: Telecom companies owe around Rs 22,589 cr as licence fees; rest Rs 70k cr is interest, penalty
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AGR dues: Telecom companies owe around Rs 22,589 cr as licence fees; rest Rs 70k cr is interest, penalty

The licence fee is the major component of the total Rs 1.47 lakh crore AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue) dues owed by both operational and non-operational telecom companies to the government till July 2019

AGR dues: Govt should offer one-time settlement to telcos for principal due amount, waive penalties, says SC Garg
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AGR dues: Govt should offer one-time settlement to telcos for principal due amount, waive penalties, says SC Garg

Some telecom firms have said they were already struggling with mounting losses and debt and the additional liability has raised concerns of them defaulting on existing loans.

Airtel, Voda Idea, Tata Tele likely to pay AGR dues today; DoT unlikely to give more extension to telcos: Report
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Airtel, Voda Idea, Tata Tele likely to pay AGR dues today; DoT unlikely to give more extension to telcos: Report

As per the last available estimates, Airtel owes nearly Rs 35,586 crore, including licence fee and spectrum usage charges, to the government.

AGR-hit Vodafone Idea postpones Q3 analyst call scheduled for today; no reasons given for cancellation
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AGR-hit Vodafone Idea postpones Q3 analyst call scheduled for today; no reasons given for cancellation

Vodafone Idea in its earnings statement on Thursday had also sounded out warnings on "material uncertainty" casting "significant doubt" on its ability to continue as a going concern.

Vodafone Idea's losses widen to Rs 6,439 cr in December quarter; AGR-hit telco flags 'material uncertainty'
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Vodafone Idea's losses widen to Rs 6,439 cr in December quarter; AGR-hit telco flags 'material uncertainty'

Vodafone Idea (VIL) ability to continue as a going concern is essentially dependent on a positive outcome of its modification application in the Supreme Court on the AGR matter and any relief from the Telecom Department on payments

BSNL, Air India, MTNL highest loss-making PSUs in FY19; ONGC most profitable: CPSE survey
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BSNL, Air India, MTNL highest loss-making PSUs in FY19; ONGC most profitable: CPSE survey

ONGC, Indian Oil Corporation and NTPC were the top three profitable PSUs in 2018-19, whereas BSNL, Air India and MTNL incurred highest losses for a third consecutive year, according to a survey tabled in Parliament on Monday

Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel exploring options; mull filing curative petition after SC dismisses review plea on AGR issue
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Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel exploring options; mull filing curative petition after SC dismisses review plea on AGR issue

Vodafone Idea, reeling under massive debt of around Rs 1.17 lakh crore, had earlier cited acute financial stress on the company behind the decision to raise mobile call and data charges

MTNL shareholders approve Rs 6,500-cr NCD issue, monetisation of land and buildings
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MTNL shareholders approve Rs 6,500-cr NCD issue, monetisation of land and buildings

State-owned MTNL on Thursday said that it has received shareholders' approval for raising up to Rs 6,500 crore through issuance of non-convertible debentures as well as for monetisation of land and buildings

MTNL starts Rs 23,000 cr asset monetisation; aims to turn profitable in next fiscal year: CMD Sunil Kumar
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MTNL starts Rs 23,000 cr asset monetisation; aims to turn profitable in next fiscal year: CMD Sunil Kumar

State-run telecom firm MTNL has started the process to monetise assets worth Rs 23,000 crore as it aims to turn profitable in the next fiscal year, a top official of the company said on Thursday

BSNL clears Rs 1,700 cr in dues to vendors, contractors; pays November salaries to employees: CMD PK Purwar
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BSNL clears Rs 1,700 cr in dues to vendors, contractors; pays November salaries to employees: CMD PK Purwar

In October this year, the government approved a Rs 69,000 crore revival package for BSNL and MTNL that includes merging the two loss-making firms, monetising their assets and giving VRS to employees.

BSNL's VRS bears fruit: State-run telco likely to save up to Rs 600 cr per month on wage bills; may monetise land assets
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BSNL's VRS bears fruit: State-run telco likely to save up to Rs 600 cr per month on wage bills; may monetise land assets

In a major relief to the BSNL employees, the company is set to pay November salary before 31 December and the amount will be raised from internal accruals and bank loans.

World's cheapest, biggest telecom market faces life-threatening crisis; industry favours TRAI intervention to fix floor price
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World's cheapest, biggest telecom market faces life-threatening crisis; industry favours TRAI intervention to fix floor price

With 1 gigabyte (GB) of mobile data costing just $0.26 compared to $12.37 in the US and $ 6.66 in the UK, India in 2019 emerged as the nation with the cheapest telecom tariff in the world.

BSNL eyes Rs 1,300 cr savings this fiscal after VRS becomes effective: CMD PK Purwar
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BSNL eyes Rs 1,300 cr savings this fiscal after VRS becomes effective: CMD PK Purwar

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) said on Tuesday that as many as 78,569 employees have opted for VRS, and added that it expects to save Rs 1,300 crore in wage bills this fiscal after the scheme becomes effective in January

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hits out at Vodafone for 'dictating' terms to India
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Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hits out at Vodafone for 'dictating' terms to India

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday hit out at British telco Vodafone for "dictating" terms to India when it threatened of withdrawing from the Indian market following a SC ruling