The Telecommunications Bill, 2023 was passed by a voice vote in the Lok Sabha today. (ANI) News 

Lok Sabha approves Telecom Bill 2023, allowing government control of communication network during emergencies

The Telecom Bill 2023 has been approved by the Lok Sabha, marking a significant development that could lead to major changes and a complete transformation of the telecom sector. This bill grants the government the authority to temporarily assume control of telecom services for national security purposes. Additionally, it introduces an alternative method for allocating satellite spectrum, moving away from the traditional auction process. Notably, the bill empowers the government to take over a telecom network during public emergencies or to ensure public safety. It also allows for the interception…

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Indian Telecommunications Bill 2023 has been passed by Lok Sabha. Know the major highlights from the bill. (PTI) News 

Lok Sabha approves Telecom Bill 2023; Here are 10 essential details to be aware of

The Telecom Bill 2023, also known as the Indian Telecommunications Bill 2023, has been introduced by Union Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw and has been approved by the Lok Sabha. This bill aims to replace current regulations and was presented and approved during the Winter Session of Parliament. It is intended to replace three existing Acts: the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1933, and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act of 1950. The bill grants the government increased authority over telecom services in order to safeguard…

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The government is exploring abolishing the concept of licensing with “authorization,” said a person familiar with the matter, who requested not to be identified as the bill is before lawmakers. (PTI) News 

India to relax century-old telecom laws in order to attract investors through spectrum allocation rules.

India is planning to revamp its long-standing telecommunications law through the introduction of a new bill, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to attract more investors to the sector. According to an anonymous source familiar with the matter, the government is considering replacing licensing with “authorization,” which would provide greater adaptability to technological advancements. The proposed draft also contemplates a thorough overhaul of spectrum allocation rules to allow for resale, easy upgradeability, assignment, sharing, leasing and trading, the person said. In addition, frequencies for satellite services are not auctioned. The…

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Telecom operators want to adopt a new bill which will lowering broadband costs for consumers. (Pixabay) News 

COAI suggests India should adopt proposed US bill to impose fees on large apps

According to a senior industry official, telecom operators are urging the government to pass a bill, inspired by a proposal in the US Congress, which would require major internet applications to contribute towards infrastructure expenses. The aim is to reduce broadband costs for consumers. Sponsored by US Senators Markwayne Mullin, Mark Kelly and Mike Crapo, a bill in the US Congress last month aimed at lowering broadband costs for consumers proposed directing the telecommunications regulator Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to authorize social media platforms, streaming service applications and cloud computing.…

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Truecaller's Fraud Prevention Summit in the capital served as a focal point for deliberations on enhancing safety in digital communication, delving into the legal, social, and economic impacts of fraudulent activities News 

Uniting to Combat Digital Fraud and Threats: Government and Telecom Industry Join Forces

TRAI Secretary V Raghunanda, along with other industry representatives and government officials, moderated discussions at the Truecaller Anti-Fraud Summit in New Delhi and advocated a unified strategy to strengthen India’s digital security measures. Emphasizing the imperative nature of collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors, Raghunandan emphasized that no single agency alone can address the myriad dimensions of security concerns in the country’s digital ecosystem. “Just one agency, public or private, cannot handle all dimensions of a country’s security. The approach must be collaborative with strategic public-private partnerships. India…

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Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, has held early-stage talks with foreign chipmakers that have the potential to become technology partners (REUTERS) News 

Reliance Industries Investigating Possibility of Entering Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry, Seeking Partnerships: Source

According to two individuals familiar with its plans, Reliance Industries, owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, is now considering entering the semiconductor manufacturing industry. This strategic move aims to fulfill the company’s supply chain requirements and meet the increasing demand for chips in India. Encouraged by India’s government, the telecoms-to-energy conglomerate has held early talks with foreign chipmakers with potential technology partners, said one person with direct knowledge of the plans. “There’s an intention, there’s no timeline,” said the person, adding that Reliance has “yet to make a call on whether…

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India's Department of Telecom introduces stricter rules for SIM card sales and usage, focusing on KYC procedures for shops and users. (HT Print) News 

New Regulations Implemented for SIM Card Purchases

India’s government is implementing stricter measures to obtain new SIM cards in order to enhance safety and security. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has released two circulars to regulate the usage of SIM cards in the nation. The initial directive pertains to individual users, while the second one focuses on telecom companies such as Airtel and Jio, with the aim of altering the process of SIM card sales. Here is what you should be aware of. 1. Stricter rules for shops Shops that sell SIM cards need to be more…

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Telecom Italia's headquarters in Rozzano, near Milan. (Bloomberg) News 

Why Telecom Italia’s Attempt to Acquire Apple Ended in Trouble

Telecom Italia SpA, the troubled former telephone monopoly of Italy, had once proposed a plan to acquire Apple Inc. About 25 years ago, a group of airline executives flew to California to meet with Apple founder Steve Jobs with a bold plan to buy the tech company at a time when it was struggling to keep up with rivals like International Business Machines Corp. Telecom Italia, on the other hand, was flying high and was the sixth largest telephone company in the world based on sales. It was valued at…

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It issued a cease-and-desist letter against the company. News 

FCC Commands Avid Telecom to Cease Automated Calls Concerning Health Insurance

Avid Telecom, the company that has been sued by almost all Attorneys General in the US for alleged robocall activities, has received a cease-and-desist letter from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC has found that the company is apparently originating illegal robocall traffic on behalf of its clients. The commission collaborated with USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group to investigate prerecorded telemarketing calls related to health insurance that state attorneys general identified as robocalls made without consent. Apparently their investigation determined that Avid had initiated the calls. When Avid was notified of…

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Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw urged people on Friday to not pick mobilephone calls from "unknown numbers" and asserted that measures taken by the ministry have resulted in a significant reduction in spam calls and cases of cyber frauds. News 

Telecom Minister Warns Public Against Answering Calls from Unfamiliar Numbers

On Friday, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Telecom Minister, advised individuals to avoid answering calls from unidentified numbers and emphasized that the ministry’s efforts have led to a notable decrease in spam calls and cybercrime incidents. “People should never pick calls from unknown numbers. I ask every citizen to answer calls (telephone/cell phone) only from numbers they know. He answered a question about spam calls and online scams. Vaishnau said his ministry recently launched a ‘Sanchar Saathi’ portal to prevent spam calls and email fraud. He added that more than 40 faulty…

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India's telecom subscriber base slightly increased to 1,170.75 million in January, led by growth in the fixed line segment. News 

Telecom subscriber base in India grows marginally in January: TRAI

New Delhi, March 31: The country’s telecom subscriber base grew marginally to 1,170.75 million in January, driven by a net gain in the fixed-line customer segment, according to a report by industry regulator Train on Friday. The net profit for the wired network was 0.28 million customers, while the net profit for mobile phone services was 0.09 million subscribers. While Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel together added 0.29 million new customers, the gain was offset by BSNL and Vodafone Idea (VIL), losing 0.28 million customers. “The number of mobile phone…

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Telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday said the country's first quantum computingbased telecom network link is now operational in the national capital. News 

India’s first quantum computing-based telecommunication network now operational

Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Monday that the country’s first quantum computing-based telecom network is now operational in the national capital. Speaking at the first International Quantum Enclave, Vaishnaw said that a quantum communication link is now operational between Sanchar Bhawan and the National Informatics Center office in the CGO complex in the national capital. “The first quantum secure communication link between Sanchar Bhawan and NIC, CGO complex is now operational,” Vaishnaw said and announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for ethical hackers who can crack the system’s encryption.…

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