Regulatory

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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India’s mobile user base falls 0.1 pct in Feb to 861.7 mln

April 27, 2013
India’s mobile user base falls 0.1 pct in Feb to 861.7 mln

India’s mobile phone subscriber base declined by a net 0.96 million, or 0.11 percent, in February to 861.66 million, the eighth straight monthly fall, due to a slowdown in gross additions and as carriers disconnected inactive users. By comparison, China, the world’s biggest mobile phone market, posted a 0.98 percent monthly increase in the number […]

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DoT moves Cabinet note for giving more teeth to telecom regulator

April 27, 2013
DoT moves Cabinet note for giving more teeth to telecom regulator

The Department of Telecom has sought Cabinet’s approval to give more power to the telecom regulator including the ability to impose penalty on erring operators. Currently, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) does not have the power to impose a penalty. According to a draft note prepared by the DoT, the telecom regulator could […]

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India identifies telecom partner nations to achieve NTP-2012 goals

February 17, 2013

India has included the US, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Belgium and Sweden in an internal list of six “strategically important” telecom partner countries for realising NTP-2012 goals, leaving out China and Taiwan, which happen to be two of the world’s biggest telecom gear manufacturing zones, executives aware of the matter said.

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