Indian government suggests Airtel Zero, Internet.org violate net neutrality

India’s Department of Telecom (DoT), in its preliminary findings, has said that Bharti Airtel’s sponsored content service and Reliance Communications’ zero-rating deal with Facebook/Internet.org are “against the spirit of net neutrality”. A high-level government source told the Economic Times that …

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India’s DoT head sees “no case” for tariff increases

The head of India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) has explained that since the country’s mobile operators’ profits are healthy and their debt levels manageable, there is “no case at all” for any tariff increases. Telecom secretary Rakesh Garg insisted that …

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India’s spectrum auction attracts 8 operators

Eight operators in India have stepped forward to participate in the country’s long-awaited spectrum auctions next month. The bidding companies will be Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio Infotel, Reliance Communications (RCom), Tata Teleservices, Uninor and Vodafone. Sistema Shyam …

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Asia Briefs: India’s DoT to suggest converged regulator, Huawei opens $170M R&D centre in Bangalore & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: India’s DoT to suggest converged regulator — report India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) reportedly will propose to the Prime Minister’s Office next …

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India delays auctions, cabinet yet to clear 3G price

India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) has pushed back spectrum auctions by a week to give it more time to respond to questions raised during a pre-bid meeting held two weeks ago. The cabinet has not yet approved the 3G pricing …

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India’s DoT pushes ahead with ‘high’ 3G auction price

India’s Department of Telecom (DoT), ignoring the regulator’s complaints about the high base price and scarcity of 3G spectrum to be auctioned next month, has suggested a reserve price 36 per cent higher than the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s …

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India’s TRAI holds firm on 3G auction price

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is standing by its suggested reserve price for 3G spectrum to be auctioned next month and has questioned the government for asking for the price to be increased by 43 per cent. A …

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India’s operators ask DoT to review 900 MHz spectrum pricing

Mobile operators have requested that India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) reviews the reserve price of the 900 MHz spectrum to be auctioned next month, complaining that the price is too high and could lead to higher mobile rates, slowing the …

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India’s DoT asks regulator to review 3G base price proposal

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has rejected the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommended pricing for 3G spectrum in next month’s auction and asked the regulator to review the proposal. TRAI last week suggested a reserve price of INR27.2 …

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