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TRAI unveils tariff portal for comparison of telcos' tariffs

In a welcome move for consumers, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), on Monday, unveiled a tariff portal http://trai.gov.in/tariff which enlists all tariffs plans offered by different Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), for mobile as well as fixed line services at a single place.

Aruna Sundararajan-headed Telecom Commission to meet on May 1

The Telecom Commission is scheduled to meet on May 1 and likely to discuss in-flight connectivity, net-neutrality and method for allocating spectrum bands, E and V, which are capable of transmitting data at 1000 megabit per second. "It is on May 1," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan confirmed the meeting of the apex body of the DoT to reporters on sidelines of India Mobile Congress curtain raiser event.

Department of Telecom to discuss mobile phone cloning issue with GSMA on Apr 17

The Department of Telecom will next week discuss the mobile phone cloning issue with global industry body GSM Association, an official said.

Cellular Operators Association of India asks Trai to fix discrepancies in MySpeed app data

Telcos have questioned the validity of results thrown up by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) MySpeed app, which measures mobile data speeds. They asked the regulator to review the findings and fix discrepancies so that the growing number of data consumers won’t get misled into making wrong choices while choosing their broadband service providers.

Ericsson says ready to take strong legal steps to protect its Intellectual Property Rights

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson won’t hesitate to take strong legal steps to enforce its rights to protect intellectual properties in the country if resolution talks fail, a top official said, few months after reaching a global patent licence deal with Indian handset maker Micromax.

TRAI issues consultation paper on revamping MNP process

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) initiated a process to overhaul mobile number portability (MNP) - which allows mobile phone users to keep the same phone number anywhere in the country - so as to remove inconveniences faced by subscribers under the present system. In a consultation paper issued Friday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has sought stakeholder views on the framework it has suggested on the issue of porting codes by MNP service providers when consumers want to move from one network to another or from one circle to another.

Telecom majors don’t meet parameter for radio quality, shows TRAI test

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) conducted Independent drive tests in four cities, including Nagpur which showed that Airtel 4G services has the highest download speed in the city. The tests were conducted in Indore, Bhubaneshwar, Mysore apart from Nagpur. However, Airtel along with other telecom majors lagged in 3G services here.

TRAI releases white paper on wireless data speed measurement

The paper elaborates on the methodology used for conducting individual tests and compares it with approaches followed by a few other speed testing app providers. Further, it also compares the approaches of filtering and aggregation followed by different app providers

Trai releases recommendations on Net Neutrality

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has today released its recommendations on “Net Neutrality”. These recommendations are the result of a long, multistage consultation process

Telecom department mulls allocating valuable V-Band spectrum without auctions

The move, which is a gross violation of the Supreme Court order on 2G and auctioning spectrum, could result in potential revenue loss of up to Rs 4 lakh crore.

Robust telecom infrastructure is the key to realise digital India mission, says TAIPA at its AGM 2017

Annual General Meeting 2017 emphasised the need of a robust telecom infrastructure to realise the Digital India mission as telecom infrastructure will enable various futuristic technologies such as 5G, IoT, M2M, artificial intelligence and virtual reality etc

Lessons from ITU: TRAI should reduce IUC to zero, turn disruption in telecom into opportunity to meet prime minister’s Digital India goals

Prestigious ITU round table conference of regulators of Asia Pacific countries couldn’t have been organised at a more opportune time in New Delhi. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the host of the event, is currently finalising the new Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC) regime as the country is striving to move towards a digitised society.

IMG on telecom wants tax payers to pay for bad business decisions of Airtel and Vodafone. No wonder India tops crony capitalism index, says B K Syngal

It is a classic case of Crony Capitalism. When the government gave incumbent telecom operators (Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular) natural resources such as Spectrum at administered prices (at the cost of national exchequer) and their businesses flourished, Indian government was good. When these ‘Czars’ took bad business decisions and lost money, they again wanted the tax payers to compensate them.

PPP model will be successful in meeting Digital India goals, says TRAI chairman R S Sharma

R. S. Sharma, chairman of telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) is a pioneer of Digital India. He is responsible for conceptualising and initiating the program when he was secretary of DeIT. The government has now approved the second phase of Bharatnet program, under which high speed broadband would be provided to the Village Panchayats. He spoke with Manoj Gairola on the status of Digital India. Excerpts of interview:

CCI and TRAI should resolve turf wars by talking to each other

The market regulator, Competition Commission of India and sector regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India should not engage in a standoff on tariff issues but resolve their differences through talks, which can be moderated by the Prime Minister''s Office

Government to formulate new electronics manufacturing policy to create $1 trillion digital economy in 4 years

“We will be shortly laying out a new electronics policy to boost electronics manufacturing. There is a need to look inwards for software in Indian markets therefore we’ll go with a new software policy and we are also going to have a framework for a data security and data protection policy,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad

Jio and incumbent operators on opposite sides at TRAI meet on financial distress

"The operators today have discussed the idea of creating a floor price for voice and data services. The rationale behind it was that no operator can offer data and voice services below that price," said TRAI Chairman R.S. Sharma

AG's opinion on promotional tariff to bring regulatory chaos in telecom sector

“The AG says that an operator can go on offering promotional tariffs whether they meet regulatory principles or not, and the TRAI can just be an onlooker. It means that TRAI has no role to play. I am surprised (at) what has happened to the regulator,” said BK Syngal

Reliance Jio takes on incumbents Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular before IMG

First formal meeting of IMG with the telecom service providers started with a lot of drama today. Reliance Jio officials blamed operators for huge debt in the industry as they do not want to increase equity in the companies. Jio officials also alleged that the top three players – Airtel, Vodafone and Idea - have formed a cartel.

COAI writes to Finance Ministry, requests cut in GST rates for telecom

"We request that the applicable GST rate for the telecom industry, which is already suffering from poor financial health, is reduced, so as not to increase the burden from the current levels," COAI has said in a letter to the Revenue Secretary