New telecom policy aims at doing away with roaming fees

The draft telecom policy which was unveiled by telecom minister Kapil Sibal today recommends free roaming within the country, number portability anywhere in India and ‘one-nation-one-licence’ regime, among others

New Delhi: Mobile telephone users may be able to make calls without paying roaming charges and change operator outside their circle while retaining the same number, if draft New Telecom Policy (NTP) is implemented, reports PTI.

Declaring an agenda of 'One Nation-One Licence’ across services, the NTP endeavours to create an investor-friendly environment by attracting additional investments in the sector, which has been marred by controversies relating to second generation (2G) scam in the recent past.

“Moving forward, we aim to create One Nation-One Licence across services and service areas. We aim to achieve One Nation-Full Mobile Number Portability and work towards One Nation-Free Roaming,” telecom minister Kapil Sibal said while unveiling the draft New Telecom Policy 2011.

He, however, did not give any time line for implementing it and said this would be achieved as “we move forward”.

“In achieving the goal of NTP 2011 revenue generation will play a secondary role,” he said adding that the government would strive to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural India.

Highlighting the vision ‘Broadband on Demand’, the NTP 2011 envisages leveraging telecom infrastructure to enable all citizens and businesses, both in rural and urban area to participate in the internet and web economy thereby ensuring equitable and inclusive development across the nation.

“We will seek TRAI’s (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) recommendations on new licences, migration to new licences and other policy recommendations,” Mr Sibal said adding that the government would frame an appropriate policy for players to exit from the sector.

In the wake of the 2G scam, the minister said spectrum allocation would be delinked from licences and radio waves would be made available at market-determined prices.

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Domestic car sales dip 1.8%; bike sales up 19.92%: SIAM

Domestic passenger car sales declined by 1.8% to 1,65,925 units while motorcycle sales in the country grew by 19.92% during the month to 9,33,465 units last month, according to figures released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers

New Delhi: Domestic passenger car sales declined by 1.8% to 1,65,925 units in September 2011, from 1,68,959 units in the same month last year, reports PTI.

According to figures released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) today, motorcycle sales in the country grew by 19.92% during the month to 9,33,465 units from 7,78,351 units in the corresponding month last year.

Total two-wheeler sales grew by 24.27% to 12,33,283 units last month from 9,92,383 units in September, 2010, as per the data.

Sales of commercial vehicles grew by 18.04% to 70,634 units in the month under review from 59,836 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said.

Total sales of vehicles across categories registered a growth of 19.39% to 15,71,342 units in September, as against 13,16,118 units in the same month last year, it added.

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BHEL wins Rs4,000 crore contract to set up power plant

BHEL will set up 2x600 MW unit for Singareni Collieries Company's upcoming super thermal power project at Adilabad

State-owned BHEL said it has bagged over Rs4,000 crore contract for setting up a thermal power plant in Andhra Pradesh from Singareni Collieries Company.

"BHEL bagged a contract valued at Rs4,071 crore for setting up a 1,200 MW thermal power plant of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) in Andhra Pradesh," the company said in a statement.

BHEL will set up 2x600 MW unit for SCCL's upcoming super thermal power project at Adilabad.

It's scope of work envisages design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of steam turbines, generators and boilers, along with controls and instrumentation (C&I) and auxiliaries including associated civil work.

The company has established the capability to deliver 15,000 MW per annum. It is being augmented to 20,000 MW.

BHEL had also bagged a Rs3,800 crore order from Dainik Bhaskar Power Ltd last week, for setting up a 1,320-MW thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh.

In the late afternoon, BHEL was trading at around Rs332.45 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2.64% up from the previous close.

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