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Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said that mobile phone subscribers will not have to pay roaming charges from next year, reports PTI.

According to the report, the Minister told reporters on the sidelines of the Indian Internet Governance Conference that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is ultimately responsible for the decision.

Earlier, the Finance Ministry had asked telecom department to submit a roadmap for implementation of ‘one nation free roaming’ which allows subscribers to use same number throughout the country without having to pay extra for it.

The telecom department is working on unified licence guidlines as part of the National Telecom Policy 2012, notified earlier. The idea is to have full mobile number portability and free nationwide roaming.

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. “DoT has been requested to indicate the roadmap and timeline for implementation of the decision regarding ‘one nation-free roaming’ to this department at the earliest,” [source]

Mobile telephone, Internet services snapped in Kashmir
Mobile telephone and Internet services were snapped in Kashmir (on Sep 21st) as authorities apprehended an escalation in protests over the anti-Islam video made in the US. The mobile telephone and Internet services were snapped an hour before Friday prayers [source]

Telecom Department may ask Airtel, Vodafone & Idea to stop 3G roaming pacts

The DoT is looking at separate notices after studying the response of the law ministry which said the government was ‘well within its rights to claim the amounts earned by companies by providing 3G services for which they did not have any authorisation, permission or licence from the DoT’. “It will be based on the doctrine of unjust enrichment and this would be distinct from the termination of licences. [source]

R-Com raises call prices, shares rise

Reliance Communications Ltd, India’s third-biggest mobile phone carrier, raised call prices by a quarter in four service zones and said it will extend the hike to all zones in the next 30 days, sending its shares to a two-month high. [source]

45 cos to face action for not surrendering call tapping equipment

Government will crack down on 45 companies, including telecom operators and a Chinese telecom equipment provider, which are yet to surrender their “off the air” monitoring system, an equipment used to tap phone calls, as it could have a bearing on national security.[source]