Separate landline number for telemarketers hits roadblock

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s demand for a separate identifiable landline number series, in line with a mobile series for telemarketers, has hit a roadblock with DoT saying that it could breach security at telecom exchange level.

“Most of the work in case of landlines is done manually. Fixed line network is not automatic as mobile network is. Identification in case of fixed line is done through manual process,” a DoT official involved in the process of issuing numbers told PTI [source].

SMS facility to check if your pill is genuine

Soon, you will be able to know whether the drug is genuine or not by simply sending an SMS from your mobile, thanks to a new initiative by the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) [source].

71% Mobile Subscribers Are Active

Videocon lost more than 1 million subscribers, while Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Vodafone Essar added 3 million subscribers each in January this year, the Indian telecom regulator said on Friday.
More than 71% of mobile subscribers in India are active users, data revealed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, or Trai, in January. Around 548.66 million people were using mobile phones of the total subscriber base of 771 million mobile subscribers.

GSM operators to surrender excess spectrum during renewal in 2014

All leading GSM operators will have to give up ‘excess’ airwaves they have when their mobile permits come up for renewal beginning 2014. This implies companies such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar and Idea Cellular, among others, which currently have up to 10 MHz or units of 2G airwaves in many regions, will be given only 6.2 units of radio frequencies when they renew their permits. [source]

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