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Roaming mobile call rates reduced

Roaming mobile bills are set to fall in India. The telecom regulator has cut the ceiling tariff for national roaming services. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has or

Roaming mobile call rates reduced

Roaming mobile bills are set to fall in India. The telecom regulator has cut the ceiling tariff for national roaming services. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has or

Trai calls for spectrum audit and decisions on broadband services

Telecom regulator has asked the government to conduct spectrum audit for efficient use and also called for exemption of fixed line broadband service from license fee for at least 5 years.

Trai to work on disincentive scheme on call drops

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has shown urgency on telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s suggestions to minimize mobile call drops. The DoT has written to telecom regulator Telecom Regulat

Net should be free & fair, says DoT panel on net neutrality

India specific net neutrality approach is at the core of the report submitted by the Department of Telecom panel on net neutrality. The report on net neutrality committee headed by AK Bhargava has

Weekly report on call drops sought from telecom companies

Armed with specific data, the department of telecom has asked mobile operators to report on weekly basis the steps taken to check frequent call drops, and wants them to improve service immediately

"There is a need for making more spectrum available for commercial activities"

As call drops and poor network problems are being mentioned even by the prime minister, new telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) chairman Ram Sevak Sharma talks on the

Morning briefing: Judicial commission on judges appointments declared unconstitutional by SC

Supreme court has declared today the national judicial appointments commission act (NJAC Act) meant to replace the two-decade old collegium system of judges appointing judges in higher judiciary as

Trai goes for call drop penalty, telcos see technical challenge ahead

Holding telecom operators responsible for poor service quality, TRAI has today issued ninth amendment to the telecom consumers’ protection regulations, 2012, mandating the TSPs to provide com

Facebook goes with telcos to support differential pricing

While affirming to the core principle of net neutrality, social media giant Facebook has moved with telecom operators over the issue of differential pricing of data services. It has

TRAI sticks to auctioning all spectrum in 700-MHz band

Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that entire spectrum in the 700-MHz band should be put to auction. Keeping in mind the growing consumer base for internet and the govern

Mobile number portability request reaches up to 20.47 crore

Up to 51 lakh requests for mobile number portability (MNP) were received by the telecom operators in February 2016, bringing the total number of requests up to 20.47 crore, according to a report by

No compensation for call drop, SC rules

Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that telecom operators do not need to compensate its users on every call drop. The apex court has ruled against Telecom Regulatory Authority of Indi

TRAI asks stakeholders to suggest models on free data

The telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has sought suggestions from stakeholders of the industry on offering free data while “avoiding the ingenuity that the differential tariff regu

A unified way of doing banking

The banking coverage might be poor in rural parts but in cities many people have at least two bank accounts. Keeping a tab on them is a hassle. More so, if you are managing them on a smartphone. Yo

The probability of interoperability within CAS is very high: TRAI

An issue for quite some time, the interoperability of set-top boxes (STBs) is one of the key areas that Telecom Authority of India (TRAI) is focusing on its new consultation papers.

Most telecom operators fail to meet call drop threshold: TRAI

Most telecom service providers failed to meet the call drop rate threshold of less than two percent in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR). This was revealed in an independent test drive re

Call drops: TRAI suggests solutions for improving in-building network

After losing the legal battle with telecom operators over compensating for call drops, the telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has asked for solutions to address the issue. TRAI on Monday

In Bhopal, BSNL call drop rate touches 22.17%

In Bhopal, the state-run telecom operator BSNL is the leading violator of call drop rate benchmark of two percent, set by telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI). TRAI carried

MTNL performs worst in Mumbai, registers 42.92 percent of call drop

Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI), in its quality test drive in Mumbai, has found that users of state-run telecom operator MTNL are experiencing worst telecom service in the area. During

Cabinet approves biggest spectrum auction

The mega spectrum auction plan, which was recommended by the department of telecommunications (DoT), was approved by the cabinet today. This is the biggest spectrum auction which is estimated to fe

Hello, are you listening?

Have you ever wondered why the call metre on your mobile screen doesn’t stop even after you have lost the voice of the other person during a call? You may pointlessly repeat ‘Hello? Are

TRAI launches app to monitor mobile data speed

While the telecom operators promise 4G internet speed even in hills, consumers feel betrayed as they get stuck in long buffering in reality. The telecom regulator authority of India (TRAI) has on T

Mega spectrum auction: What it means for you

The union cabinet headed by prime minister Narendra Modi has approved the sale of all available spectrum. The move apart from adding lakhs of crores to the government’s coffers is also being

Smoke signals from TRAI for harried mobile users

Chandigarh-based Surinder Verma carries two SIM cards, of Vodafone and Airtel, but that hasn’t helped as  he continues to face connectivity problems from both the networks. When Verma

TRAI seeks opinion on having ombudsman for telecom sector

 “Should a separate, independent and appropriately empowered structure to resolve telecom sector complaints and grievance be established?” asked Telecom Regulatory Authority of Ind

Reliance Jio offers free voice calls, cheapest data packs

The anticipated blood bath in the telecom sector is about to begin. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani launched the Reliance Jio service at the company’s annual general

Reliance Jio: The coming data revolution

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani’s speech at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) left a billion telecom subscribers salivating. On S

Reliance Jio: Major telecom firms` chiefs to meet TRAI chairman

 The CEOs of major telecom companies would meet TRAI chairman RS Sharma on Friday to discuss a possible violation by Reliance Jio in offering free services for over three months, a permissible

India’s biggest telecom spectrum auction begins

India`s mega auction of telecom spectrum kicked off on Saturday with operators vying for a total of 2,354.55 MHz across seven bands, towards which a reserve price of Rs 5.66 lakh crore has

India needs robust broadband connectivity infrastructure: TRAI chief

For an orderly growth of the telecom sector, it is necessary to have a clear regulatory framework with no scope of ambiguities, said RS Sharma, chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI

Regulatory framework remains cloudy

In August 2014, private photos of over 20 Hollywood celebrities were leaked online. Somebody apparently hacked into their accounts on iCloud – Apple’s backup service for all its devices

Trai debate on WhatsApp, Skype and instant messaging charges

There is disconnect in the industry and the regulator seems to have realized it.  With users bypassing regular revenue earning services like voice call and SMS, the telecom companies have reas

TRAI slashes USSD transaction charge to 50 paisa per session

In order to promote digital transactions through the USSD channel, the telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has waived off the transaction cost from Rs 1.50 to Rs 0.5 paisa per session.

Year 2016: A look back at the telecom sector

From call drops to spectrum auction and the dramatic entry of Reliance Jio in the 4G data market, 2016 was an engaging year for the industry. “For a sector reeling under severe

Does the net speak Dogri?

A 2016 report of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is a bit of a misnomer: it’s called ‘Proliferation of Indian Languages on Internet’, but these languages acco

Reliance Jio records highest growth in October 2016

 Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio network has recorded highest growth rate in subscriber base in October 2016. The network has seen a net addition of more than one crore subscriber bas

SC issues notice to Govt, TRAI, Facebook, WhatsApp over data privacy

The supreme court on Monday has issued notice to the government, telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI), WhatsApp and Facebook regarding data privacy. The issue was first taken

“For connectivity, fibre can’t be the last mile”

  In conversation with Taru Bhatia, Rajan Mathews, director general, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), explains why the industry has failed to

“Wi-Fi coverage in rural areas necessary for Digital India success”

In an email interaction with Pratap Vikram Singh, the TRAI chief talks about the various regulatory aspects of providing reliable and ubiquitous internet to the masses.

For a free and open access

Mozilla is working on two separate goals in net neutrality. One is to bring everyone online; ensure that everyone has access to the internet. The other is to ensure that the network should

The UID pioneer thinks Aadhaar controversies miss the point

We started in July 2009 with two overarching contexts. The first context was identification. Many people did not have any identification document. Of course, there are many ID documents i

Making the cloud industry-friendly

India may not take a heavy-handed approach in regulating cloud computing. The telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) is expected to submit its recommendations on cloud computing to the depart

Incumbents` loss is Jio`s gain

The telecom regulator has opted for the Bill and Keep (BAK) model for interconnection usage charges, that one operator pays to the other for call termination. At one stroke, the telecom regulatory

TRAI has pushed us to a level where only one technology survives: Idea official

 TRAI has pushed us to a level where only one technology survives and all older technologies close down, said Himanshu Kapania, managing director, Idea Cellular Limited. Excerpts fro

Unease of doing business

Is the government serious about improving the ease of doing business? The recent report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) indicates that India remains the most competitive economy in South Asia, ap

A tangled wireless tale

Over about a year, the number of telecom operators in India has effectively shrunk from 14 to three: Idea Cellular-Vodafone; Bharti Airtel and Mukesh Ambani-owned behemoth Reliance Jio – apar

Drop in revenue is a temporary phase: RS Sharma, chairman, TRAI

There is no drop in revenue but a dip in the growth rate of the revenue from telecom services because of reduction in tariff by telecom service providers due to competition. In an interview wit

TRAI supports net neutrality

The telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) on Tuesday came out with its recommendations on net neutrality. It has proposed strong measures to restrain the telecom service providers (TSPs) fro



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