TRAI Will Make Recommendations to DoT on Allocation of 4G Spectrum to BSNL and MTNL

4G Spectrum

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) which is responsible for allocating spectrum to telecom companies is finally seeking recommendations from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the sector regulator, regarding allocation of 4G spectrum to the two state-led telecom operators – Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). In return, TRAI has replied saying that it…

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DoT Conducts Tests To Check EMF Radiation In Madhya Pradesh


The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently conducted tests for checking electro-magnetic field (EMF) radiation from telecom towers in Madhya Pradesh. The test results found the radiation levels to be under control in the 70,000 towers tested. As per government policy, 10 per cent of all telecom towers were tested. There were 70,000 base transceiver stations (BTSs) in Madhya Pradesh. In…

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India Came Up As The Largest Data Consuming Country In The World, Data Consumption On Mobile Surpasses PC


From being voice-hungry, Indian mobile phone users have now turned data-hungry cutting across income and age profiles. According to market research firm Nielsen’s survey on handset consumers, the appetite for data consumption has risen over the last 15-18 months. While earlier consumers were consuming 4 GB data a month, today their consumption is as high as 1 GB a day.…

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TRAI Considering New Methodology for Mobile Number Portability Charges


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) began a review of transaction charges involved in network port-outs, in the backdrop of the recent revamp of the mobile number portability (MNP) rules and processes. The regulator, through a consultation paper, has sought stakeholders’ views on whether the ‘per port transaction charges’, currently pegged at up to Rs 4, should continue to be…

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Government To Redesign The Telecom Commission Rename It As National Digital Communication Policy

elecom Commission

The government has renamed the Telecom Commission the apex decision making body at the telecom department as the Digital Communications Commission and has also notified the new telecom policy. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued a notification, which said that the government had re-designated the telecom commission with a vision to support “India’s transition to a digitally empowered economy and…

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Apple Allows TRAI’s DND App On Its Handset

Apple has allowed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI’s) do-not-disturb (DND) app on its handsets through its new iOS 12 operating system. However, the company has not allowed access to call records and message logs of an iPhone user to such apps that aim at blocking unsolicited commercial communication (UCC) as it would violate its privacy norms. Earlier, the…

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RIL Acquires Partnership In US-Based Skytran

US-Based Skytran

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), along with promoters of Innovation Endeavors, WeWork founder Adam Neumann, investor Tim Draper, and others, have acquired a 12.7% shareholding in SkyTran Inc, a US-based company involved in personal rapid transit systems. RIL will now have an exclusive partnership with the company in India, with which it will develop pilot implementations of its network in India…

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BSNL Is Cautious About Alliance With ZTE

State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will take a ‘careful’ decision on further extending alliance with Chinese technology vendor ZTE for the rollout of fifth-generation or 5G network in the country, a top official said. “When it will come to rolling out 5G network, a cautious call will be taken,” BSNL chairman Anupam Shrivastava told, and added that the telecom…

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