Regulatory

Need broadband labelling to safeguard consumer interest:Trai

April 8, 2017
Need broadband labelling to safeguard consumer interest:Trai

Regulator Trai today expressed concern over the quality of broadband service in India and stressed the need to have broadband labeling that will help consumers make an informed choice in picking a service provider.

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Telecom companies oppose Trai plan to set up ombudsman to resolve consumer disputes

September 17, 2016
Telecom companies oppose Trai plan to set up ombudsman to resolve consumer disputes

Mobile phone operators have opposed the telecom regulator’s proposal of setting up of an ombudsman to resolve consumer disputes, saying that the mechanism that already exists to address complaints is adequate.

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India’s wireless tele-density reaches 74.55%: Trai

July 31, 2016
India’s wireless tele-density reaches 74.55%: Trai

India’s tele-density reached 76.55%, with the total subscriber base reaching 957.61 million that includes 569.56 million in urban and 388.05 million in rural regions, data on the sector regulator’s website showed.

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Total telephone subscription dipped in May: Telecom regulator

July 31, 2016
Total telephone subscription dipped in May: Telecom regulator

Hit by lower subscriptions in urban areas, the total number of telephone users in India declined from 1,059.29 million at the end of April 2016 to 1,058.03 million at the end of May 2016, showing a monthly fall in growth rate of 0.12%, official data published by the sector regulator showed here on Friday.

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Telecom operators to shell out Rs. 1 lakh cr. for spectrum : Crisil

July 31, 2016
Telecom operators to shell out Rs. 1 lakh cr. for spectrum : Crisil

India’s telecom operators are likely to fork out about Rs.1 trillion (Rs.1 lakh crore) to buy spectrum at the upcoming auctions, according to Crisil. The rating agency added that of this, nearly 75 per cent would be spent by private telecom operators.

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India may roll out free internet to all

May 20, 2016
India may roll out free internet to all

The Indian telecom watchdog on Thursday floated a consultation paper in an effort to explore transparent models that can achieve benefits of free data. The paper asks whether free data can be provided to users without violating its previous order that banned discriminatory pricing for some content and websites.

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Mobile phones to come with panic button from 2017

May 4, 2016
Mobile phones to come with panic button from 2017

All mobile handsets sold in India from January 2017 will have to feature a panic button that will allow women in distress to seek help. In addition, from January 2018, all mobile phones must have an inbuilt GPS to identify the handset user’s location, according to a notification of the Department of Telecommunications.

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Call Drop: Ministry Finds Answer in Telecom Commission Book

May 4, 2016
Call Drop: Ministry Finds Answer in Telecom Commission Book

Hoping to reduce call drop menace substantially, the Telecom Ministry is likely to accept the suggestions of the Telecom Commission (TC) in total, especially the one to make winning bidders of spectrum auction pay upfront 50 per cent of final bid amount for higher bands of spectrum, a senior official in the Telecom Ministry told […]

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Won’t give free spectrum to telecom operators: Ravi Shankar Prasad

February 17, 2016
Won’t give free spectrum to telecom operators: Ravi Shankar Prasad

No spectrum will be given for free, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, even as operators demand a cut in the proposed auction price for airwaves. Speaking to ET, he also highlighted how the public sector is combining infrastructure and leveraging the expertise of BSNL and the postal department for a competitive battle with private […]

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