Government approves VoIP Services in India [National Telecom Policy 2012]

Indian government has approved VoIP services under the National Telecom Policy 2012. In its current form, India only allows VoIP calls between computers within the country’s borders and between a computer in India and a telephone (fixed or wireless) outside…

Right To Broadband, Recognition For M2M Communication [Draft National Telecom Policy- 2011]

The recently released Draft Telecom Policy – 2011 has proposed inter-circle portability and elimination of roaming charges. Other objectives and strategies of the proposed policy were released yesterday by Ministry of ICT. Following are some key points relevant to users…

Silicon Valley Lobby Group To Hit Out Against India’s Protectionist Electronics Policy

While the governments intent to improve domestic electronics manufacturing, the damage to foreign companies selling in India is massive.

Telecom Roundup: ‘One nation-free roaming’ – Finance Ministry asks DoT to submit roadmap

The Finance Ministry has asked the Department of Telecom (DoT) to submit a roadmap and timeline for implementation of ‘one nation-free roaming’, which allows mobile phone subscribers to use same number across country without having to pay extra charges

News Roundup: BJP website hacked by Anonymous, India approves national IT policy, Call rates may fall

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s website has been hacked by the “Anonymous” hacking group on Tuesday night. The Government has approved the National Policy on Information Technology, that aims to make at least one individual in every household e-literate. Telecom tariffs expected to come down as TRAI is reducing inter-operator charge which is paid between two operators.

Telecom Roundup: India should refrain from making its own technical standards (GSMA)

In the draft for new National Telecom Policy, the government has proposed to promote the development of new standards and generation of Intellectual Property Rights to make India a leading nation in telecom standardisation, especially among Asia Pacific countries.

Telecom Roundup: No salary for Etisalat DB staff till court clears winding up

No salary for Etisalat DB staff till court clears winding up Etisalat DB, which is in the process of winding up its telecom business in the country, has informed its employees that it would not pay salaries without the approval…

Education and Economic Policy: BJP vs. Congress

[Guest article by Rajeev Mantri of Navam Capital, an early stage VC firm . The article compares the education/ economic policies of the two national parties and strikes an insightful debate. Do participate!] As the title of this piece clarifies,…

Consumer Policy gets tougher for Internet and SMS ads

The new national consumer policy will make it mandatory for product advertisers to register their product with govt., in order to advertise thru’ Internet or SMS. “The law would prohibit false or misleading subject lines in all commercial e-mail, and…