Regulatory

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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Don’t take back spectrum from telcos if cap changes: Trai

February 17, 2016
Don’t take back spectrum from telcos if cap changes: Trai

Telecom operators should not be asked to surrender excess spectrum if the maximum holding limit in a circle gets changed after allocation of the airwaves, telecom regulator Trai today suggested to the government.

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DoT permits sharing of active telecom infrastructure

February 17, 2016
DoT permits sharing of active telecom infrastructure

The government has allowed sharing of active telecom infrastructure like antenna, feeder cable and transmission systems, a move that will lower costs for telecom operators and lead to faster rollout of networks. Earlier, the telecom companies were allowed to share only passive infrastructure such as towers.

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Trai proposes compensation to consumers for call drops

September 9, 2015
Trai proposes compensation to consumers for call drops

Relief may be on its way for the nagging call drops with telecom regulator Trai seeking suggestions for compensating customers for deficient services on mobile phones. Not charging for dropped calls or providing free calling minutes were suggestions made by regulator in a consultation paper for which it is seeking comments.

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Telecos to notify users about mobile Internet usage via SMS

August 9, 2015
Telecos to notify users about mobile Internet usage via SMS

Mobile subscribers will be able to activate or deactivate internet service on their mobile phone by calling or sending an SMS to a new toll free number 1925 from next month onwards. The new directive from telecom regulator TRAI follows a large number of complaints from customers that mobile operators were keeping the process of […]

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Net Neutrality panel report will be made public soon

June 8, 2015
Net Neutrality panel report will be made public soon

The telecom department panel that was set up to look into the Net neutrality issue has submitted its report to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and the report will be made public in a few days. “Yes, they (the panel) have submitted the report to me. In few days time, the report will be put […]

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Indian Wireless Auction Beats Government’s $10 Billion Target

March 11, 2015
Indian Wireless Auction Beats Government’s $10 Billion Target

India’s auction of mobile phone airwaves surpassed the government’s revenue target on just the second day as incumbent operators sought to protect themselves from bids by billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s upstart Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

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Telecom panel rejects Trai’s 3G spectrum pricing

January 22, 2015
Telecom panel rejects Trai’s 3G spectrum pricing

Ahigh-stakes spectrum auction, estimated to fetch as much as Rs 84,000 crore just at the base price, is on the cards with a top government panel striking down regulator Trai’s suggested pricing and recommending a higher threshold for the coveted airwaves. A competitive bidding is expected to fetch the government upwards of Rs 1 lakh […]

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