User: sandman1965 Topic: Telecom
Category: Regulatory
Last updated: Jan 19 2017 03:15 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Telecom companies may hold average of 40 MHz spectrum per circle 19.1.2017 ET: Policy
Govt wants telcos to have more spectrum to increase broadband penetration levels.
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DoT takes a swipe at TRAI views on India's broadband rank 18.1.2017 ET: Policy
The comments came after TRAI Chairman R S Sharma in his presentation spoke about India's ranking in various indices vis-a-vis other nations.
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Idea challenges TRAI's permission to Reliance Jio to extend promo offer 18.1.2017 DNA: Opinion
After Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular has approached the telecom dispute tribunal TDSAT against regulator Trai for allowing the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to continue free promotional offer beyond the stipulated 90 days. Idea's petition in Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) asking for quashing of Reliance Jio's promotional offer has been ordered to be listed and heard along with Bharti Airtel petition on February 1, sources said. Jio had first launched an inaugural free voice and data plan beginning September 4 and last month extended it till March 31, 2017, a move that was vehemently criticised by incumbent operators. TRAI on October 20 said that since Jio's offer of free services was only valid till December 3, it is consistent with the direction for 90 days (the stipulated validity of promo offers). "Today, Idea Counsel Soli Copper highlighted the October 20 order of TRAI and TRAI's inaction since December 3. TRAI will file a response on condonation of delay application, while ...
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WhatsApp case: Supreme Court will examine privacy violation 17.1.2017 TOI: India
In a significant decision, the Supreme Court agreed on Monday to examine whether Facebook's access to details of calls, messages, photographs and documents exchanged by 160 million Indian users of WhatsApp violated citizens' right to privacy.
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Bharti Airtel refutes allegation of non-cooperation, asks Jio to improve its adequacy 16.1.2017 ET: Policy
Airtel in its statement said that they had provided 21,557 PoIs for the 60 million customers of Jio making calls into the Airtel network.
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Jio crosses 50 million subscribers in 83 days 16.1.2017 DNA: Popular News
Reliance Industries said on Monday its telecom subsidiary Jio has garnered 72.4 million subscribers within four months of commencement of services but continues to face congestion issues as interconnect capacity provided by some large operators is "still way below requirement". The call failure rates continue to be of the order of 175 calls failing out of every 1,000 calls from Jio to Airtel network when the service quality regulations mandate that no more than 5 calls out of every 1,000 calls can fail, RIL said. "Jio continues its rapid ramp up of subscriber base and as of December 31, 2016, in less than four months from commencement of services, there were 72.4 million subscribers on the network," RIL said in a statement. Jio continues to face interconnection congestion issues with some of the large operators on account of inadequate provision of points of interconnection (POI) capacities even months after commencement of services, it said. "The POI capacity provided by these operators is still way ...
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Content creators bat for competitive pricing over regulation by TRAI 16.1.2017 ET: Policy
The entertainment industry is of the view that sectoral regulations have seriously impeded the growth of the film sector.
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TRAI seeks views on carbon footprint reduction 16.1.2017 ET: Policy
The Authority had received a reference from the Department of Telecommunications in November last year, seeking recommendations on implementation of RET in the telecom sector.
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SC gives two weeks notice to WhatsApp, Facebook over privacy concerns 16.1.2017 DNA: Money
The Supreme Court sought responses of the government and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on a plea seeking framing of privacy policy to regulate commercial exploitaion of private communication through social networking sites like WhatsApp and Facebook.  A Bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud also issued notice to WhatsApp and Facebook and sought their responses within two weeks. The bench sought the assistance of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi in hearing the plea, which alleged that the social networking sites compromise the privacy of interpersonal communication of over 150 million people in the country.  Senior advocate Harish Salve alleged that privacy of citizens has been infringed by the social networking sites, which amounted to infringment of Articles 19 (Freedom of Speech and Expression) and 21 (Right to Life) of the Constitution. Right to Life includes the Right to Privacy, Salve ...
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Telecom department can penalise companies for denying connectivity to Jio: AG 13.1.2017 ET: Policy
“The AG (Attorney General) has said that it is within our powers to levy the penalties in spite of the Tripura High Court judgment,” the officer told ET.
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Attorney General ‘okays’ Trai’s Rs 3,050 crore fine on Airtel, Vodafone, Idea 13.1.2017 TOI: India
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Recommendations on Internet telephony by February: Trai 12.1.2017 ET: Infotech
Cellular industry body COAI has alleged that BSNL's new service for making calls is in violation of licence norms.
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Reliance Jio data speed double that of rivals’ in December 12.1.2017 ET: Infotech
The 4G speed of the Mukesh Ambani-owned company, which started operations in September, has risen from 5.85 Mbps in November, as per the monthly average mobile data speed published by the regulator.
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October saw highest subscriber additions in a month: Trai 11.1.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
The country's telecom subscriber base crossed the 1.1 billion mark in October, registering highest customer addition of around 29 million in a month, driven by Reliance Jio. As per the latest data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), October also saw increase in landline subscriber base that had seen continuous decline in connections after incoming calls were made free in 2003, shifting growth from wireline to wireless telephony. "The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,074.24 million at the end of September 2016 to 1,102.94 million at the end of October 2016, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 2.67%," Trai said in a monthly report. Such high customer addition was earlier seen in February 2011 when the subscriber base increased to 826.25 million from 806.13 million in January 2011. The growth in October 2016 was led by mobile telephony, which saw addition of record 28.68 million customers in a month. "Total mobile subscriber base increased to 1,078.42 ...
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Airtel files affidavit in telecom tribunal, alleges Trai of allowing Jio to break rules 11.1.2017 ET: Policy
Airtel alleges that Trai is “perpetuating illegality” by allowing Jio to offer free voice and data services.
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Reliance Jio network average download speed at 18 mbps in Dec: Trai 10.1.2017 ET: Infotech
The monthly average mobile data speed published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India showed that the download speed on Reliance Jio Network was 5.85 mbps in November 2016 which was lower than peak speed of 7.26 mbps in September.
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Mobile phones without panic button import allowed till February: DoT 10.1.2017 ET: Policy
The government in April 2016 mandated that all mobile phones in the country from January 1, 2017, will be sold with panic button feature.
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Set Top Box interoperability on top of TRAI's agenda for 2017 10.1.2017 ET: Policy
Broadcasting regulator TRAI hoped it would be able to implement Set Top Box interoperability this year to protect the interests of consumers who seek to change their service provider.
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Trai to finalise views on public wifi in 20-25 days 9.1.2017 DNA: Money
Terming the availability and affordability of broadband as a "prerequisite" for growth of digital transactions, regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Monday said it will finalise in 20-25 days its views on 'public wifi networks'. Public wifi networks would offer data connectivity at just 10% of the prevailing data rates. "We will give our recommendations in 20-25 days. The issue of wifi proliferation is an important one. The basic objective of Digital India is to encourage digital transactions of all kinds ... it is therefore important for people to have broadband availability and affordability," TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said on sidelines of an open house on 'Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks'. He said that broadband access needs to be ubiquitous, reliable and robust. "These characteristics can be delivered through wifi networks and therefore we are trying to think of ways to bring about seamless grid of wifi network," Sharma said. He said TRAI's consultation ...
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TRAI's digital push: Recommendation on public wifi in 25 days 9.1.2017 ET: Infotech
Public wifi networks would offer data connectivity at just 10 per cent of the prevailing data rates.
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