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Farmers' protest: Internet ban extended in parts of Punjab till Feb 24

The suspension of internet services has been extended in certain areas of some Punjab districts, including Patiala, Sangrur and Fatehgarh Sahib, till February 24 on the orders of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Earlier, the internet services were suspended from February 12 till 16 in view of the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' march. According to the ministry's February 16 order, internet services will remain suspended in areas falling under Shambhu, Julkan, Passian, Patran, Shatrana, Samana, Ghanaur, Devigarh and Balbhera police stations in Patiala; Lalru police station in Mohali; Sangat police station in Bathinda; Killianwali police station in Muktsar; Sardulgarh and Boha police stations in Mansa; and Khanauri, Moonak, Lehra, Sunam and Chajli police stations in Sangrur; and areas under Fatehgarh Sahib police station. The Centre used its special powers under the Telegraph Act of 1885 to suspend internet services in these areas of Punjab. "In exercise of the power conferred by section 7

Farmers' protest: Internet ban extended in parts of Punjab till Feb 24
Updated On : 18 Feb 2024 | 3:38 PM IST

Haldwani violence: Police lifts internet suspension in affected areas

Five people were killed in the violence that erupted after the anti-encroachment drive on Thursday, following which a curfew was imposed in the area

Haldwani violence: Police lifts internet suspension in affected areas
Updated On : 11 Feb 2024 | 11:58 PM IST

Violence over madrasa demolition: Curfew lifted in outer areas of Haldwani

Curfew has been lifted from the outer areas of this violence-hit Uttarakhand town, but it remains in force in the Banbhoolpura area that witnessed arson and vandalism by a mob over the demolition of an illegally-built madrasa on Thursday. Shops on the outskirts of the town opened on Saturday but schools remain closed. "Patrolling is continuously being done in the affected area and the situation is under control," Additional Director General (ADG) of Police, Law and Order, A P Anshuman, who is camping in Haldwani, told PTI Videos. Five people involved in Thursday's violence have so far been arrested and three FIRs registered, the officer said. Internet services continue to be suspended to prevent rumours from spreading through social media platforms. However, the residents of the Banbhoolpura area, where the curfew is still in force, are being allowed to buy essentials from time to time, the ADG said. The movement of trains up to Kathgodam has also been resumed, he added. No fres

Violence over madrasa demolition: Curfew lifted in outer areas of Haldwani
Updated On : 10 Feb 2024 | 12:00 PM IST

GTPL Hathway Q3 net profit dips 38% to Rs 24.67 crore, revenue up 24%

GTPL Hathway Ltd, provider of cable and internet services, on Thursday reported a decline of 38.04 per cent in consolidated net profit at Rs 24.67 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2023. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 39.82 crore in the October-December period a year ago, according to a regulatory filing from GTPL Hathway, a firm owned by Reliance Industries Group. However, its total revenue was up 24.1 per cent to Rs 850.87 crore in the December quarter. It was at Rs 685.63 crore in the corresponding period a year ago. During the quarter, its revenue from the Cable TV business was at Rs 660.60 crore and Rs 135.20 crore from internet services. GTPL Hathway's total income, which also includes other income, was up 22 per cent in the December quarter to Rs 860.66 crore. Shares of GTPL Hathway Ltd on Thursday closed at Rs 199 on BSE, down 3.91 per cent from the previous close.

GTPL Hathway Q3 net profit dips 38% to Rs 24.67 crore, revenue up 24%
Updated On : 11 Jan 2024 | 4:36 PM IST

Satellite internet to be reality soon: Jio Satellite, OneWeb get licences

Both companies now have pan-India Internet Service Provider (ISP) licences, essential for delivering internet connectivity through satellite or mobile networks, especially at homes and offices

Satellite internet to be reality soon: Jio Satellite, OneWeb get licences
Updated On : 10 Nov 2023 | 10:07 AM IST

Govt approves sharing of cable TV infra with broadband service providers

The government has notified amendments to the Cable Television Network Rules-1994, that grant registration for multi-system operators for a 10-year period and make the process online through the Broadcast Seva Portal. The amended rules for MSO registration also enable the sharing of infrastructure by cable operators with broadband service providers to promote internet penetration to the last mile. Besides shifting the process of registration and renewal of MSOs to online mode through the Broadcast Seva Portal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the amended rules make it clear that registration shall be granted or renewed for a period of 10 years. The processing fee of Rs 1 lakh is kept for the renewal of registration, the rules said. According to the rules, the application for registration renewal shall be made within a window of seven to two months before the expiry of the registration. "The renewal procedure is in line with the government's commitment to ease of doi

Govt approves sharing of cable TV infra with broadband service providers
Updated On : 28 Sep 2023 | 3:40 PM IST

Manipur govt reprimands Airtel over availability of mobile internet service

The Manipur government has served a show cause notice to a private telecom company over the availability "of internet data services in mobile phones in some areas of Churachandpur and adjoining Bishnupur district on September 20" while the suspension of mobile data service is still in force, an official said. Commissioner (Home) T Ranjit Singh, in a letter to Ashish Bansal, Chief Technical Officer, Airtel, Imphal on Thursday remarked it is "a serious lapse on the part of service provider and this lapse might have led to the dissemination of inflammatory and provocative clips and messages in various social media platforms leading to communal tension, hatred and rumours," the official said. The letter said, "Considering the very sensitive and volatile law and order situation currently prevailing in the state, the aforesaid lapses have been viewed very seriously by the state government, and this amounts to violation of the government orders." The state government has asked Airtel to gi

Manipur govt reprimands Airtel over availability of mobile internet service
Updated On : 22 Sep 2023 | 11:22 AM IST

Jio AirFiber: Reliance Jio to launch 5G-powered fixed wireless access today

Jio AirFiber will provide internet speeds exceeding 1Gbps, matching the internet speeds offered by fibre broadband services, including the company's own Jio Fiber, without the need for optical wires

Jio AirFiber: Reliance Jio to launch 5G-powered fixed wireless access today
Updated On : 19 Sep 2023 | 12:01 PM IST

Govt asks SpaceX-owned Starlink to share info on data storage and transfer

The Home Ministry is also evaluating the application for security-related checks, and a meeting has been scheduled this week, which is expected to see the participation of Starlink executives

Govt asks SpaceX-owned Starlink to share info on data storage and transfer
Updated On : 19 Sep 2023 | 11:15 AM IST

Trai repeals the 2001 regulation on internet access service quality

Asserts the regulation, targeted at BSNL, MTNL, & VSNL, is no longer pertinent

Trai repeals the 2001 regulation on internet access service quality
Updated On : 27 Jul 2023 | 8:02 PM IST

India keeps climbing internet speed index in global ranking, shows data

Singapore was consistent at the first position in March, while the Pacific nation of Vanuatu rose 16 spots

India keeps climbing internet speed index in global ranking, shows data
Updated On : 20 Apr 2023 | 12:46 AM IST

Jio True 5G now in Bengaluru, Hyderabad; unlimited data under welcome offer

Starting November 10, Jio users in Bengaluru and Hyderabad will be invited to the 'Jio Welcome Offer', to experience unlimited 5G Data at up to 1 Gbps+ speeds, at no additional cost

Jio True 5G now in Bengaluru, Hyderabad; unlimited data under welcome offer
Updated On : 10 Nov 2022 | 8:20 PM IST

Higher mobile bills hit Indian consumers harder than most nations

An analysis from shows that while overall bills are lower in India in absolute terms, they are a larger share of monthly income than in many economies

Higher mobile bills hit Indian consumers harder than most nations
Updated On : 05 Nov 2022 | 12:53 AM IST

Many tech patents for 6G available with Indian developers: Vaishnaw

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services, telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that many of the technology required for development of 6G are available with Indian developers and the country will lead in the next generation technology space. The minister visited the IIT Hyderabad booth at the India Mobile Congress here. The institute is showcasing 6G technology prototypes and claims to have achieved 2-3 times more spectral efficiency and in turn the network speed compared to 5G. "Now we have to take the lead in the development and deployment of 6G. IIT Hyderabad, standards and the technologies that have been developed for taking the telecom world from 5G to 6G... many of those technology developments have already happened. patents are available with the Indian developer community," Vaishnaw said. He said that the prime minister has said in 6G India should take the lead. "We have to be leaders in 6G. That is the goal for which we will work and achieve," Vaishn

Many tech patents for 6G available with Indian developers: Vaishnaw
Updated On : 02 Oct 2022 | 10:36 PM IST

Tech firms, telcos in India urge central govt to control internet shutdowns

The government in 2019 had said emergency internet shutdowns were a matter for states in the interest of law and order

Tech firms, telcos in India urge central govt to control internet shutdowns
Updated On : 07 Sep 2022 | 11:07 PM IST

Internet usage grows faster in rural India; knowhow still a deterrent

346 million make online transactions for e-commerce and digital payments, with coronavirus boosting practice

Internet usage grows faster in rural India; knowhow still a deterrent
Updated On : 28 Jul 2022 | 11:39 PM IST

Govt must review private network guidelines: Broadband India Forum

Group says policy announcement gives no predictability to industry about 'way forward'

Govt must review private network guidelines: Broadband India Forum
Updated On : 29 Jun 2022 | 11:28 PM IST

Internet connectivity in rural India growing at fast pace: Sitharaman

Rural internet user base is growing three times faster and is likely to surpass the urban user numbers soon, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha

Internet connectivity in rural India growing at fast pace: Sitharaman
Updated On : 11 Feb 2022 | 5:56 PM IST

NGO Telecom Watchdog demands criminal case against Elon Musk-owned Starlink

The DoT last week said Starlink is not licensed to offer satellite-based internet services in India

NGO Telecom Watchdog demands criminal case against Elon Musk-owned Starlink
Updated On : 29 Nov 2021 | 9:57 PM IST

Govt says Starlink not a licensee; asks to refrain from booking services

The Department of Telecom (DoT) also asked Starlink to comply with the regulatory framework

Govt says Starlink not a licensee; asks to refrain from booking services
Updated On : 27 Nov 2021 | 2:40 AM IST