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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

Vodafone challenges TRAI’s Rs 1050 crore penalty in Delhi High Court

Vodafone told the court that the TRAI had first made the recommendation in October 21, 2016, following which it was sent back to the regulator by the DoT for reconsideration. However, the regulator on May 24 reiterated its earlier recommendation, the telecom major said and added that this decision was taken without hearing it. It also claimed that while DoT was concurring with it, TRAI was taking a different stand.

No full-time secretary for Telecom department, Aruna Sundararajan gets additional charge of DoT

A notification to this effect was issued by the department of personnel, Wednesday, according to which Sundararajan will be at the helm of telecom ‘till further orders or appointment of a regular incumbent, whichever is earlier.’

DoT launches Tarang Sanchar portal for information sharing on mobile towers and EMF emission compliance

The portal empowers any common person to know about towers working in a particular locality and whether they are compliant to the EMF emission norms defined by the Government

TDSAT asks telecom regulatory to re-examine Reliance Jio's promotional offers

The telecom regulator will re-examine the offers and report back to TDSAT in two weeks on a petition filed by others including Bharti Airtel

Why J S Deepak couldn’t Jio as telecom secretary? Is UPA-era back in telecom

During UPA regime, telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran allegedly threatened the Tata Group that he would block its telecom clearances, if it didn’t sell stake in Tata-Star DTH project to Sun Group at low price. He was putting pressure on the Tata Group. DoT secretary J S Sarma, however, was a big obstacle. Sarma declined to oblige Maran and didn’t follow his instructions.

J. S. Deepak’s removal as Telecom Secretary: Story behind story

Nikalna Khuld Se Aadam Ka Sunte Aaye The Lekin, Bade Be-Aabru Hokar Tere Kooche Se hum Nikle (Mirza Ghalib) It is one of the most unceremonious exit of a secretary from the telecom ministry. J. S. Deepak was shifted to the Commerce ministry as OSD, on March 1, after the government upgraded this post from director to secretary. Three months later, on June 1, he will join as India’s ambassador to the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation.

Spectrum to be auctioned every year, says telecom secretary Deepak

“We are looking to do a spectrum auction every year so that telcos can plan their needs, whether they need to trade it, buy it from someone else or come to the auction. This ensures complete certainty and policy stability,” said Deepak

Favouring Reliance Jio? Government revenue declined and industry health deteriorated due to TRAI’s recent orders, Telecom Commission to apprise the regulator

The government will apprise the telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) of the ‘’alarming decline’’ in government revenue due to its recent tariff orders. It will also inform the regulator that its recent orders will have overall negative impact on the growth of the industry