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Telecom Spectrum Trading to Be Allowed at Last Auction Prices

Telecom companies would be allowed to trade spectrum at a price achieved in the latest auction of airwaves or higher than that, an official source said. “There has been no change in Telecom Commission’s decision on market-determined price. Price achieved in spectrum auction will be applicable on trading deals throughout that financial year and after that SBI Prime Lending Rate ... Read More »

Kerala to Promote Rural IT Parks

The Kerala Information Technology department has decided to promote the rural IT parks, that are at present hugely underutilised, at very attractive rates, said a minister on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Thiruvananthapuram, IT and Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty said the concept of rural IT parks conceived by the previous Left government need not be seen in poor light. “The ... Read More »

Spectrum Trading Guidelines a Forward-Looking Move: Vodafone India CEO

Government’s clearing the spectrum trading norms is a forward looking move that will allow better utilisation of radiowaves and help smaller telecom operators to raise capital, Vodafone India has said. “We see this as a very forward-looking move by the government,” Vodafone India MD and CEO Sunil Sood said, adding that companies can now create greater efficiency and optimise the ... Read More »

Government to Notify Spectrum Sharing Rules in a Week

The Department of Telecom (DoT) is expected to notify within a week spectrum sharing rules while implementation of trading regulations will take some more time. “It (spectrum sharing notification) should happen within a week,” a senior DoT official told PTI. The government on August 12 approved long-awaited spectrum sharing guidelines that provide operators an alternative to acquire more airwaves than ... Read More »

Microsoft, Amazon Video to Join Disney’s Cloud Movie Service

Walt Disney Co’s studio unit said customers of Amazon Inc and Microsoft Corp’s video services will get access to the collection on its cloud-based movie storage service from Tuesday. Studios like Disney, which has made blockbuster films like “Frozen” and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” have been attempting to steer movie fans towards digital purchases as sales of DVDs decline. ... Read More »

Prasad Tells Operators to Add Customers, but Also Take Care of Them

Asking mobile operators to address the problem of call drops, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday said government doesn’t appreciate when they just add customers but do not look after their convenience. “I don’t appreciate the condition wherein operators just add customers and not care about their convenience,” Prasad told reporters Gurgaon during a BSNL function. It is the operators’ ... Read More »

Trai to Float Paper on Tower-Level Tracking of Mobile Quality of Service

On the heels of proposing compensation to consumers for call drops, sectoral regulator Trai will soon come out with another paper enabling them to track regularly the network quality of mobile operators. The move will help customers to determine which player is providing better services in an area which will help them in choosing an operator. Telecom Regulatory Authority of ... Read More »

DoT Wants Operators to Fix Call Drops Before Spectrum Auction

The Department of Telecom may go slow for auction of spectrum next year if operators do not invest in infrastructure to make optimum use of available airwaves and improve quality of services, sources said. According to official sources, the DoT is of the view that despite auctioning the largest amount of spectrum earlier this year, operators are not investing in ... Read More »

New Nanomaterial With 3D Conductivity May Enhance Battery Storage

An international team of scientists has developed what may be the first one-step process for making seamless carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior thermal, electrical and mechanical properties in three dimensions. The research holds potential for increased energy storage in high efficiency batteries and supercapacitors, increasing the efficiency of energy conversion in solar cells for lightweight thermal coatings and more. In ... Read More »

Farthest Galaxy Detected, Astronomers Say

A team of researchers from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has detected a galaxy more than 13.2 billion years old which may be the most distant galaxy ever found. The universe itself is about 13.8 billion years old. “The galaxy we have observed is named EGS8p7, is unusually luminous and may be powered by a population of unusually hot stars,” ... Read More »