Regulatory

India’s dismal broadband penetration

September 28, 2014
India’s dismal broadband penetration

The telecom regulator has rued India’s dismal broadband penetration and questioned the telecom department’s decision to only involve state-owned companies to implement the Rs 21,000-crore national optic fibre network (NOFN) project, which is already running three years behind schedule. In a consultation paper, titled ‘Delivering Broadband Quickly’ unveiled Wednesday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India […]

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India’s telecom industry is in a mess: Vodafone CEO

September 14, 2014
India’s telecom industry is in a mess: Vodafone CEO

The world’s second-largest telecom operator, Vodafone, facing taxation issues in India, on Thursday said it was difficult for foreign companies to do business in the country because of slower government clearances.

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India entry to become tougher for foreign telcos

April 7, 2014
India entry to become tougher for foreign telcos

Entry to Indian market is going to be tougher for foreign telecom companies. The Government has proposed to make security clearances mandatory for foreign telecom companies, irrespective of how much equity they hold.

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TRAI chief dissatisfied with broadband speed, growth

January 30, 2014
TRAI chief dissatisfied with broadband speed, growth

Mobile subscribers get low-speed Internet connectivity and broadband growth in the country is ‘poor’, TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar said. “In India, things are not very optimistic. Here, we have very low speeds on our mobiles and on all our devices. Our broadband connection growth is poor,” he said at a seminar organised by Amity University.

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India Telecom Policy Changes Won’t Spur Big Mergers

November 17, 2013
India Telecom Policy Changes Won’t Spur Big Mergers

Recent recommendations by India’s telecommunications-policy agency aimed at increasing consolidation in the mobile-phone sector are helping to reduce uncertainty in the market but aren’t likely to prompt any big deals—at least not in the near future.

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DoT urges vendors to get global suppliers to set up plant in India

June 3, 2013
DoT urges vendors to get global suppliers to set up plant in India

The telecom department has asked network vendors to convince their global component suppliers to set up manufacturing lines in India, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that can help them comply with norms on local value addition.

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India: Home-grown telecom tools alone are secure

May 18, 2013
India: Home-grown telecom tools alone are secure

The National Security Council has underlined the need to indigenise the production of equipment used in telecommunication and other sensitive sectors. Its concern has been aroused by reports that some Chinese firms supplying telecom equipment have links with the Chinese military and this might compromise India’s security. The world’s largest telecom company, Huawei, which reached […]

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Telecom Commission to work out modalities on setting up Telecom Finance Corporation

May 17, 2013
Telecom Commission to work out modalities on setting up Telecom Finance Corporation

The telecom commission (TC), the highest decision making body of the communication ministry, will meet shortly to work out the modalities on setting up a Telecom Finance Corporation, to help mobile phone companies support their network expansion, and also create three separate funds aimed at promoting indigenous manufacturing and research and development.

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Is it too late to privatize MTNL and BSNL?

May 17, 2013
Is it too late to privatize MTNL and BSNL?

Last month, India’s communications minister Kapil Sibal wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking for the formation of a special committee to look into the revival of state-run telcos Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL).

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