Policy

DoT Committee Restricts Web Based SMS?

Update: You may download the DoT order here (pdf), courtesy one of our readers who wishes to remain anonymous. Looks like FE interpreted the…

Free Internet On Shatabdi, Rajdhani Trains?

I wonder when the announcements will be followed up with actual deployment: Business Standard reports that the Indian Railways is expectged…

India's Do Not Call Registry: A Failure

As far as I’m concerned, the India’s Do-Not-Call registry has failed. I registered on September 11th 2007, and calls from telemarketers were…

Proposal To Censor Games In India

Update: High placed sources inform us that there was never any proposal by the Censor Board; rather: the chairperson of the Censor Board had…

SKCC In Talks With RCOM For 3G VAS Services

Another big player is eying the mobile value added services space in India: Korean Telecom co SK C&C (SKCC) is reportedly in talks with Reli…

India To Auction Wireless Broadband Spectrum

The Indian government is not very pleased with the allegation that the government is ignoring broadband in India. Telecom minister A.Raja sa…

All India Radio Goes Online, But Barely

Public radio broadcaster All India Radio has gone online with a multilingual website – www.newsonair.com, reports the Statesman.

Go figure…

When Mobile And TV Combine

The sense that I got from the TRAI open house discussion on Mobile TV that I attended last friday, is that it is an issue of legacy of licen…

VAS Revenues Drop After Short Code Change

ET reports that the change in short code policy has resulted in revenues for some VAS companies dropping by almost 50-70 percent, although.…

Tatas Apply For GSM Spectrum

Two Tata-promoted companies, which operate CDMA-technology mobile phone services, have applied for GSM spectrum in 20 circles. [via Business…

The Tata Indicom Blues

Not that this is news to any of you, but worth watching this in full..the last part about “take-it-or-leave-it” really takes the cake..

H…

Delhi To Try WiFi Mesh Network

The Delhi government is planning to install a WiFi mesh network for providing wireless internet connectivity in Delhi, reports CIOL. They’re…

Indian Companies Line Up For Dot Asia Domain

Bharti Airtel, Reliance ADAG, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra, T-series and several other companies are in the queue for a .asia domain name for…

Utility Bills To Enter Cyberspace Soon

People across the country will probably be able to pay their water, electricity and other utility bills online, thanks to the urban developm…

ISPs Can Now Lease Capacity From Big Telcos

The Telecom Regulatory Authority Of India (TRAI) has asked all telecom operators to give access to their fixed line optical fibre cable and…

3G Policy Likely To Be Further Delayed

Business Standard reports that the Group of Ministers(GoM) under the chairmanship of external affairs minister, Pranab Mukherjee, will give…

Non-Transparent? No Way – TRAI

Telecom regulator TRAI vehemently denied mobile operators’ accusations of being non-transparent in its recommendations last week regarding s…

Broadband Users Target To Be Missed…Again

The government’s target to have 9 million broadband users by the end of 2007 is most likely going to be missed. [via ET] Of course, there’s…

When It Rains…

At the second cybercafe I went to today, the owner told me that he’s chosen to shut the cybercafe down until 15th August (India’s Independen…

Lack Of Regulator Likely Hurting IPTV Growth

Despite the excitement and initiative surrounding IPTV in the country, the lack of a dedicated regulatory body is hurting growth in this are…

Dot Asia Domain Slated For October Launch

Come October and Asia will be preceded by a dot. Internet addresses ending in “.asia” will be open to governments and trademark owners in th…

In These Taxing Times…Blog

The Income Tax department has set up a blog, complete with user registration, RSS feeds, emoticons etc. Unfortunately, it’s a rather poorly…

Central Govt To Monitor Orkut On Sena Backlash

Google-owned social-networking site Orkut will not be banned by the Indian government pending evaluation of a complaint lodged by nationalis…

Adobe Calls For Anti-Piracy Watchdog In India

Frustrated with the proliferation of pirated versions of its products, Adobe Systems, the $2.6 billion San Jose-based desktop publishing sof…

Voda-Hutch: It Ain’t Over Till…

… who decides? Rather unexpectedly, the Voda-Hutch deal has come across another hurdle. Based on a petition by Telecom Watchdog, a Non Gov…

Handset At Rs. 1234; Laptop At Rs. 410?

First up: after the launch of their low priced “Classic” monochromatic handset at Rs. 777, Reliance Communications has launched “Classic Col…

3G Debate: Auction Vs Beauty Parade

The Indian Express reports that the Department of Telecom’s Wireless Planning Cell (WPC) has recommended a beauty parade for allocation of 3…

FICCI Frames Day 2 Roundup: Piracy

Ficci and the US-India Business Council (USIBC) will share information related to piracy, and several stats were quoted, detailing the exten…

T-Series Sues Google For Copyright Violation

Update (May 10): Wasn’t a lawsuit. Just a legal notice regarding the presence of copyrighted content. details here.

Business Standard repor…

E-governance Initiatives And The Mobile…

With the mobile subscriber base at around 200 million, as opposed to an Internet user base of around 36 million Internet users, the governme…

Govt To Put 1.8 Million Manuscripts Online

The National Mission for Manuscripts has created Kritisampada, an online database of 1.8 million manuscripts. The database provides informat…

3G Services Will Be Delayed Until 2008

It looks like 3G services will not be launched in India until 2008. Because the defence ministry is likely to vacate spectrum only by end of…

Indian Economy Is Overheating: The Economist

Here is a critical take on the Indian economy by world’s most respected magazine The Economist. The magazine says India’s economy is overhea…

Spectrum Talk; So When Is the Auction?

Some telecom updates.
From The Hindu: Newer applications on 3G might not have the bandwidth they require, and reserving spectrum for few pl…

The Promise Of 2mbps

Asianet Dataline, a division of Asianet Satellite Communicaions Ltd is planning to increase bandwidth to 2mbps, reports the Hindu Business L…

India To Review Internet Services Policy

The Indian government is not happy with the current state of internet services – for one, it’s losing a lot of revenues due to grey market o…

BSNL Looks To Enter MTNL Territory

Looks like BSNL is trying to enter what has so far been sister concern MTNL’s territory: The Financial Express reports that BSNL has applied…

MTNL’s IPTV Runs Into Regulation Trouble?

This borders on being ridiculous. Questions on how IPTV is going to be governed have consistently been raised over the last three months.The…

Now Railways Want A Piece Of The Spectrum Pie

The Indian Railways wants some spectrum to be allocated for its communication needs. The Railways has been allocated eight “pairs” by the Wi…

Government To Auction Seized Property Online

The Times of India reports that the Finance Minister wants Income Tax department to explore online auctions for auctioning off the 60-70 pro…

IPTV To Be Brought Under Cable TV Act

The Financial Express: IPTV will be brought back under the Cable TV Act in India. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will bring IP…

Tata Indicom & Cartoon Network In VOD Deal

Tata Indicom have signed up Cartoon Network for content for their Video On Demand service, reports The Hindu. Cartoons in both Hindi and Eng…

Mobile India Forum 2006: “Why Not 4G?”

I attended the Mobile India Forum 2006 organized by Electronics Today on the 6th of September, where discussions centered around Emerging Te…

Premium SMS’ To Cost Less?

Business Standard: In a letter, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked mobile operators to “voluntarily” reduce charges on p…

Debate Over 3G Licence Fees

Business Line: India’s Department of Telecom wants the fee for a pan-India 3G licence to be Rs. 300 crore. The Finance Ministry wants it to…

India Introduces Cable Censorship

Indiantelevision.com:The Information & Broadcasting Ministry issued a notification on August 3rd that “no film or film song or film promo or…

Why Are Our ISPs Uneducated?

Why are our ISPs uneducated? When the government had handed them a list of sites to be banned from accessing (as the government claims now),…

A Spate Of FDI Proposals In Print Media

Business Standard: Here are a spate of foreign direct investment proposals in media being cleared and and also under consideration by the go…

Government Favours 3G Licence Fee

The Hindu Business Line: The Inidan government may favour a licence fee for 3G services. Union Communication and IT Minister Dayanidhi Mar…

India Targets 500 Million Phones By 2010

InfoWorld: Indian government is targeting a telephone base of 500 million connections by 2010, according to the country’s minister for commu…

WorldSpace’s Plans For Mobile Radio Opposed

Exchange4media.com: India’s FM radio players are opposing the plans of satellite radio company WorldSpace’s proposal to start mobile radio s…