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Rajiv Gauba to be home secretary, Garg economic affairs secretary 22.6.2017 TOI: India
The government on Wednesday appointed 16 secretaries, including Rajiv Gauba as the home secretary-designate and Subhash C Garg as economic affairs secretary.
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Rajiv Gauba to be new home secy from Sept 1 21.6.2017 TOI: Home
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Aruna Sundararajan gets full charge as DoT secretary, Ajay Prakash Sawhney new IT secretary 21.6.2017 ET: Policy
Ajay Prakash Sawhney will take over as secretary for electronics and IT, the government notification added.
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ACC Appointments 21.6.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following appointments:
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Why SC ruling on AGR is crucial for India's telecom sector 20.6.2017 Rediff: Business
For the PMO this is urgent as the Digital India framework would depend on how the telecom companies perform. It is also linked to the proposed auction of 5G airwaves.
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Trai to unveil predatory pricing rules in 6 weeks 19.6.2017 ET: Policy
The regulator has asked stakeholders to put forth their views by April 21 and counter comments by May 1 to determine norms for predatory pricing.
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DoT may not look into Jio’s complaint against Airtel's Tikona Digital deal 19.6.2017 ET: Infotech
Airtel had said that it is acquiring Tikona Digital’s 4G business, along with its 4G spectrum, in Gujarat, UP, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan for about Rs 1,600 crore.
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Telecom may leave hole in non-tax revenue kitty 19.6.2017 ET: Economy/Finance
The call for a sharp cut in revenue collection estimates from a sector that fetched Rs 78,715.01cr for the govt in FY17 comes after the govt had already reduced its expectations once earlier.
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VoIP call centre busted in Latur, ATS suspects ISI links 18.6.2017 DNA: Opinion
The Maharashtra ATS, in a joint operation with Latur police and the Department of Telecommunications, has busted an illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone exchange in Latur by arresting two accused. This comes after the ATS received intelligence inputs from a Jammu and Kashmir-based military intelligence unit. The accused would allegedly communicate illegally across the borders using international gateways/SIM box that has caused losses of Rs 15 crore collectively to the government in the past six months. The ATS suspects that the call centres may have been operated by the Inter-services Intelligence (ISI), the Pakistani spy agency, to acquire sensitive military information. The accused have been identified as Shankar Biradar, 33, and Ravi Sabade, 27, who both hail from Latur. According to police, the duo would run two separate exchanges at separate locations in the city, and would allegedly convert VoIP calls from abroad into a voice illegally and would transfer that voice to the ...
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Illegal telephone exchanges busted in Maharashtra, raids on 17.6.2017 TOI: India
Acting on a tip off from a military intelligence agency based in J&K, the Maharashtra ATS and Latur district police have busted illegal VoIP (voice over internet telephony) exchanges that were reportedly being used by Pakistan intelligence agencies for espionage operations in India, sources said.
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Airtel accuses Reliance Jio of predatory pricing; big 3 telcos meet inter- ministerial group 16.6.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
India's largest telecom company Bharti Airtel on Friday accused newcomer Reliance Jio of predatory pricing and demanded that operators be paid more for calls terminating on their networks as also the right to retain customers through incentives. United against rival Jio, the three incumbent operators -- Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular who met the inter- ministerial group (IMG) individually -- said the current call connect charges or IUC of 14 paise/minute is below cost and needs to be corrected. Idea argued that Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) - paid by one telecom operator to another for connecting phone calls - need to be correctly determined to "prevent predatory voice pricing environment". It also said that the Jio's free offerings had impacted the industry "adversely" and suggested imposition of floor rate for both voice and data tariffs to check "predatory pricing". Airtel alleged that Jio had adopted "predatory pricing" approach specifically aimed at winning market share by providing ...
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Airtel accuses Jio of predatory pricing; big 3 telcos meet IMG 16.6.2017 ET: Infotech
The Sunil Mittal-led company emphasised that operators should continue to have the "right to retain customers" through offers and discounts.
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Telcos ask Trai to fix floor price for voice call, data 15.6.2017 ET: Infotech
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Chairman R S Sharma said this is a new idea that has come from some operators, and will be examined by the regulator.
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Will DoT risk litigation, CAG to meet telco demands? 14.6.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
It may not be possible for the telecom ministry to take up some of the major suggestions put forth by the telecom operators to get them out of the current financial crisis, as it may be seen as post spectrum-auction alternation of conditions and could invite litigations, or Comptroller Audit General's (CAG) probe. A telecom industry insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the recommendations of extension of moratorium in the payment schedule for spectrum and lowering of spectrum-usage charges (SUC) could be seen as post tender changes which can be questioned by telecom players, who did not bid aggressively, or abstained from the auction because of tough conditions. He said the CAG could also investigate into it if they adversely impact the government exchequer. "In the spectrum auction, there are two big aspects. One is what are spectrum payment terms and concessions, and the second is SUC. If conditions relating to them are changed post auction players can approach the court saying that they ...
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Bihar circle at bottom of teledensity in country 14.6.2017 TOI: Patna
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Telecom subscriber base crosses 1,198 million in April 14.6.2017 ET: Policy
Total wireless or mobile subscribers base increased by 0.38 per cent to 1,174.60 million in April from 1,170.18 million in March.
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Bihar circle has least teledensity in the country 13.6.2017 TOI: Patna
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English news channel ratings: TRAI's intervention leads to decline in Republic TV’s viewership 12.6.2017 ET: Media
The term multiple LCNs refers to a practice in which channels could register in multiple frequencies, i.e., a news channel could also appear in the entertainment or movie categories.
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Telcos may sidestep RJio issue to raise legacy ones in talks 11.6.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
The telecom industry that looks headed the steel industry way due to its huge debt and falling revenues is expecting resolution of some of its issues and respite from heavy levies post the meeting of telecom minister with mobile company promoters slated in the third week of June. Many do not rule out the fierce war being fought in the market between the incumbent telecom players and new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJio) to spill over to the one-on-one interactions called by the telecom minister Manoj Sinha. Prior to the minister's meeting, the inter-ministerial group (IMG), comprising officials from ministries of communications and finance, is set to meet telecom operators this week. The first of these meetings will kick off on Monday, with the group slated to meet senior executives from Reliance Jio, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Aircel, reported PTI, quoting sources. Over the course of the week, the IMG will also meet other operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea ...
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BSNL may cut tariff to take on Jio's fibre broadband 9.6.2017 ET: Infotech
BSNL currently leads the wired broadband market with nearly 10 million users followed by Bharti Airtel with 1.95 million users as of March 31, according to TRAI.
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