Over 17,000 Sites Still Have More Than 3 Percent Call Drop Rate: Report

With telcos deploying new towers for capacity and coverage enhancement, there are more than 17,200 sites across the country where the call drop rate is still over 3 percent. According to the weekly data submitted by operators, at the end of August 30 there were 18.86 lakh base tower stations or sites in India, out of which 35,654 were found ... Read More »

Spectrum Trading Rules to Be Released by Month-End: Telecom Secretary

Government will notify spectrum sharing guidelines in a few days while trading rules will be out by the month-end, a top Department of Telecom official said Friday. Spectrum sharing and trading guidelines will allow mobile operators to better utilise the available airwaves and will help in checking the call drop issue. The norms are also likely to push consolidation in ... Read More »

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 »