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India is becoming a surveillance State, claims Congress; Anand Sharma says Centre breaching privacy by seeking citizens' call records
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India is becoming a surveillance State, claims Congress; Anand Sharma says Centre breaching privacy by seeking citizens' call records

Congress accused the government of seeking call data records of mobile users in Delhi and nine states, saying this was a breach of citizens' privacy and an attempt to 'convert India into a surveillance state'

AGR dues: Tata Sons chief meets Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as DoT prepares to issue notice to Tata Teleservices
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AGR dues: Tata Sons chief meets Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as DoT prepares to issue notice to Tata Teleservices

Tata Teleservices has paid Rs 2,197 crore, the entire outstanding it believes to have arisen after the October ruling of the apex court for calculating dues.

AGR dues: Airtel, Vodafone Idea default on Rs 88,634 cr payment; DoT orders no coercive action against delay
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AGR dues: Airtel, Vodafone Idea default on Rs 88,634 cr payment; DoT orders no coercive action against delay

Following the 24 Supreme Court October order, the DoT had sought Rs 1.47 lakh crore from Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and 13 other telecom companies

Vodafone Idea presses for Rs 7,000 cr tax refund; Income Tax Department hesitant in view of fresh liability
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Vodafone Idea presses for Rs 7,000 cr tax refund; Income Tax Department hesitant in view of fresh liability

Sources said Vodafone has to receive an aggregate of about Rs 1,000 crore from Mumbai unit of the Income Tax department and another Rs 6,000 crore from its Delhi office for multiple assessment years dating back to 2004-05

Vodafone CEO Nick Read blames media for misrepresenting his statement; says telecom firm to stay invested in India
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Vodafone CEO Nick Read blames media for misrepresenting his statement; says telecom firm to stay invested in India

Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read is learnt to have written back to Prime Minister Narendra Modi promising that the company will remain invested and blamed the media for distorting his remarks made around telecom business in India

SC ruling on AGR: Telecom industry body COAI ignores Jio's protest; seeks waiver of all past statutory dues for Airtel, Vodafone Idea
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SC ruling on AGR: Telecom industry body COAI ignores Jio's protest; seeks waiver of all past statutory dues for Airtel, Vodafone Idea

Jio says COAI shot off the first representation to the government on 30 October without waiting for its comments.

Govt spend on telecom infra, service up six-fold in 5 years to Rs 60,000 cr; average mobile data usage grows 51 times
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Govt spend on telecom infra, service up six-fold in 5 years to Rs 60,000 cr; average mobile data usage grows 51 times

During the five years, government funded installation for 2335 mobile towers in Left-wing extremism-affected areas in phase 1 with outlay of Rs 4,781 crore.

CAG finds shortcomings in spectrum allocations in 2015 on first-cum-first-service basis, losses to exchequer
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CAG finds shortcomings in spectrum allocations in 2015 on first-cum-first-service basis, losses to exchequer

The auditor found that a set of the spectrum was allocated to a telecom operator in 2015 on the first-cum-first-service (FCFS) basis in contravention to the recommendations of a committee

ISRO, telecom ministry in talks to set up new network of communications satellites
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ISRO, telecom ministry in talks to set up new network of communications satellites

ISRO's GSATs, located 36,000 kms away, cause a time-lag between transmission & reception of signals.

Telecom relief package 'difficult' as companies not speaking in unison on financial stress: Govt official
Business

Telecom relief package 'difficult' as companies not speaking in unison on financial stress: Govt official

Telecom sector has been battered by falling tariffs, eroding profitability, and mounting debt, in the face of stiff competition triggered by disruptive offerings of Reliance Jio, owned by Mukesh Ambani.

Rules of in-flight mobile connectivity to be notified soon; awaiting law ministry's nod: Telecom minister Manoj Sinha
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Rules of in-flight mobile connectivity to be notified soon; awaiting law ministry's nod: Telecom minister Manoj Sinha

Telecom Ministry is currently awaiting the views of Law Ministry on in-flight connectivity rules and is hopeful of notifying the norms soon thereafter, Manoj Sinha said.

Personal Data Protection Bill: Right step, but fighting fraud will be a tight rope walk for most companies
Business

Personal Data Protection Bill: Right step, but fighting fraud will be a tight rope walk for most companies

Consent becomes a critical point here if one were to attempt to access individual data as part of a routine fraud risk management activity

Govt approves Idea-Vodafone merger, companies need to complete some formalities: Telecom minister Manoj Sinha
Business

Govt approves Idea-Vodafone merger, companies need to complete some formalities: Telecom minister Manoj Sinha

The combined operations of Idea and Vodafone will create the country's largest telecom operator worth over Rs 1.5 lakh crore, with a 35 percent market share

5G panel says around 6,000 Mhz of spectrum can be ready for next gen mobile services
News & Analysis

5G panel says around 6,000 Mhz of spectrum can be ready for next gen mobile services

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has set the target for commercial roll out of 5G services in India by 2020.

Manmohan Singh’s ‘personal integrity’ cloak is in tatters after 2G judgement and A Raja’s tell-all book
Politics

Manmohan Singh’s ‘personal integrity’ cloak is in tatters after 2G judgement and A Raja’s tell-all book

The court may have acquitted all accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case, but A Raja's tell-all book busts the myth of Manmohan Singh's personal integrity.

Indian Railways to equip all 8,500 stations with Wi-Fi facilities at Rs 700 crore as part of Digital India initiative
India

Indian Railways to equip all 8,500 stations with Wi-Fi facilities at Rs 700 crore as part of Digital India initiative

All railway stations — nearly 8,500 across the country, including those in rural and remote areas — will be equipped with Wi-Fi facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore

2G spectrum scam verdict: Star witness Niira Radia's deposition was 'of no use' to prosecution
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2G spectrum scam verdict: Star witness Niira Radia's deposition was 'of no use' to prosecution

Niira Radia’s deposition proved to be a damp squib in the quest for answers

2G scam judgment: What was the scam? Detailed account of modus operandi of India's biggest corruption scandal
India

2G scam judgment: What was the scam? Detailed account of modus operandi of India's biggest corruption scandal

Raja sold licenses/2G spectrum to a handful of arbitrarily selected (120 out of 575) companies in January 2008 at a bargain basement 2001 price. In doing so, he not only violated the law, committed several improprieties, but caused a loss to the exchequer of at least Rs 40,000 crore.

2G scam judgment: Reporter who broke scam explains how A Raja pulled it off as Manmohan blinked
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2G scam judgment: Reporter who broke scam explains how A Raja pulled it off as Manmohan blinked

A Raja took over as Telecom Minister in May, 2007. At the time, I was assigned the telecom beat, in addition to several other ministry beats. Inadvertently, through the coverage of routine telecom events, the modus operandi of a scandal so massive, it would go on to rock the nation and de-stabilise the political fortunes of the ruling UPA government, began to unfold.

TRAI plans to bring new inputs in the New Telecom Policy; to focus on internet and next gen technologies
News & Analysis

TRAI plans to bring new inputs in the New Telecom Policy; to focus on internet and next gen technologies

Yesterday, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha had said the Telecom Ministry (DoT) hopes to finalise the new telecom policy by February and would release its draft by December-end for public comments.