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Net neutrality is complicated: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales 30.5.2016 ET: Infotech
Wales has backed the principle of net neutrality, admitting it was a complicated topic and that getting access to knowledge for poor people is equally important.
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Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad directs DoT to look into call drop masking technology 30.5.2016 ET: Policy
The call usually gets automatically disconnected in case of the user moving to a poor network area, making it a 'dropped call' under the current regulatory framework.
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Trai issues pre-consultation paper on net neutrality 30.5.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
Telecom regulator Trai Monday issued pre-consultation paper on net neutrality, a topic that had kicked up dust earlier this year over platforms like Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero as well as attempts to charge certain Internet services, including calls. Seeking to put in place an overall framework for Internet usage in the country, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said: "This pre-consultation paper is an attempt to identify the relevant issues in these areas, which will help Trai in formulating its views on the way forward for policy or regulatory intervention." There has been a conflict between telecom operators, Internet companies and consumers interest on the issue of net neutrality. While all the three major stakeholders - telecom operators, Internet companies and consumers - favour net neutrality, they define it differently from their standpoint. Trai has partially addressed the issue of net neutrality like differential pricing and, through a separate consultation paper, is in process ...
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Look into call drop masking technology used by service providers: Ravi Shankar Prasad to DoT 30.5.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has directed the Department of Telecom to look into the call drop masking technology being used by mobile service providers. "I have taken up this issue seriously. I have directed that the department (DoT), along with Trai, should take up this issue seriously," Prasad said when asked about the matter. The call usually gets automatically disconnected in case of the user moving to a poor network area, making it a 'dropped call' under the current regulatory framework. According to sources, the new technology ensures the call remains artificially connected until the caller or receiver decides to terminate it and the user is billed for the entire duration despite not being able to talk for full or part of the call duration. Telecom operators are using Radio-Link Technology (RLT), which is helping them mask call drops, while the consumer is being billed for the time he is on the call, although it can be said to be artificially connected to a network, the sources said. In ...
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Trai issues pre-consultation paper on net neutrality 30.5.2016 ET: Infotech
Trai also wants the industry to share on the policy or regulatory approach India should have in dealing with issues related to net neutrality.
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Open to idea of free internet, says Trai chief 28.5.2016 ET: Infotech
RS Sharma said the proposal, which is at a consultation stage, does not violate net neutrality and is not in variance with Trai's February order prohibiting differential tariffs.
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Trai’s take on call drops in 2 weeks 28.5.2016 ET: Policy
The Trai had put in place a new set of rules mandating telecom operators to pay Re 1 for each dropped call, subject to maximum Rs 3 per day
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Stop gatekeepers of the internet: A new Trai consultation paper puts net neutrality under threat, again 26.5.2016 ET: Infotech
If Trai allows Airtel to provide Netflix content exclusively to its customers for subsidised or no data charges, it will give Netflix an advantage over its competitors.
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Consultation paper on internet telephony in a month, says Trai 25.5.2016 ET: Infotech
There has been a huge debate in the industry over the framework for calls being made using the internet through various mobile applications.
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Safety service provider 'One Touch Response' offers panic button 23.5.2016 Sify Finance
Earlier this month the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued a circular notifying all mobile phone handset manufacturers to instate a panic button and global positioning system (GPS) in
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Spectrum auction pushed to September 23.5.2016 Rediff: Business
About 2,000 MHz will be put up for auction in bands such as 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz, 2,300 MHz and 2,500 MHz
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Govt to auction 2,000 mhz of spectrum in 2-3 months, biggest ever sale of telecom airwaves 20.5.2016 DNA: Top News
In what could be the biggest ever sale of telecom airwaves, government will auction 2,000 megahertz of spectrum in the next 2-3 months, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday. "I think in the coming 2-3 months as I expect we will go for one the highest ever auction of 2,000 megahertz so that you (industry players) have ample spectrum available. From sharing, trading and also auction centric spectrum available," Prasad said at an Assocham event here. As per plan recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, about 2,100 mhz of spectrum is available for auction. At base price recommended by Trai, the auction has potential to fetch bids worth Rs 5.36 lakh crore. This amount is almost double the cost of all spectrum investment to date in India and more than 20 times the annual free cash flow of the entire mobile industry in India, as per global telecom industry body GSMA. Telecom Commission has approved Trai's auction plan and the same will need cabinet approval. "Spectrum issue has ...
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Press Release from Business Wire : Crystalplex Corp. 20.5.2016 TOI: Intl Business
PITTSBURGH, (BSW) -Crystalplex Corp., a pioneer in the development of high stability quantum dots, has announced a new development enabling increased brightness and color stability for LCD displays using cadmium-freeSapphire™ quantum dots.
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Trai mulls ways for free Internet within Net neutrality 19.5.2016 ET: Policy
The process opens up scope for those applications or platforms that promise to provide free data without the intention of 'gate-keeping' consumers on content access.
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Trai proposes to give consumers free internet service within Net neutrality 19.5.2016 DNA: Money
Telecom regulator Trai on Thursday proposed exploring models to give consumers free Internet service within the Net neutrality framework, months after barring platforms like Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero under its differential pricing rule. "The consultation paper (on free data) is being issued to explore model(s) that could achieve benefits of offering free data while avoiding the ingenuity that the differential tariff regulation is meant to prevent," the regulator said in the consultation paper. The process opens up scope for those applications or platforms that promise to provide free data without the intention of 'gate-keeping' consumers on content access. "We're a little surprised that this is the consultation paper that has been released because it only concerns means of making data available for free. It appears to be a follow-up from the last consultation, and not what we were expecting," the SavetheInternet volunteer Nikhil Pahwa said. However, it might help bring a little more clarity ...
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Trai to float Net neutrality pre-consultation paper this week 18.5.2016 ET: Policy
Other aspects of Net neutrality like framework for Internet-based calls, messaging, restricting speed on the basis of content or paid preferences remained out of the ambit too.
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Call drops: Trai says won't 'shy away' from its duty 18.5.2016 ET: Policy
As per Trai benchmark, not more than 2 per cent calls on a telecom operator's network should get automatically disconnected.
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Call drops: Won't 'shy away' from protecting consumers, says Trai 18.5.2016 DNA: Top News
With its penalty provision for call drops annulled by the Supreme Court, telecom regulator Trai on Wednesday said it will not "shy away" from protecting consumers and the matter is being discussed internally for taking an appropriate step in this regard. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Chairman R S Sharma also said 'drive tests' have been conducted in 11-12 cities to analyse the menace of call drops and the results are being processed before being made public. Amid a huge public outcry over frequent call drops on various mobile networks, Trai had put in place new regulations providing for penalty on telecom operators for dropped calls. However, this was set aside by the Supreme Court earlier this month. Asked about the next course of action by Trai, Sharma said, "We are discussing the issue internally at Trai and we will come out with an appropriate step at an appropriate time." Sharma told reporters here: "Among various liabilities that Trai has, consumer protection is also one of them, and ...
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Internet penetration yet to catch up desired pace:DoT official 18.5.2016 DNA: India
The pace of internet penetration is yet to reach the desired level in spite of telecom companies' efforts to spread services in the country, a senior Department of Telecom official said today. Additional Secretary at DoT, N Sivasailam appreciated efforts made by telecom companies to spread mobile phones and services in the country but said internet penetration has yet to happen at intended peace for which efforts are being intensified, as per a statement issued by PHD Chamber. He was speaking on the occasion of World Telecommunication Day ICT Entrepreneurship for Social Impact organised by the chamber. The National Telecom Policy 2012 has set a target to achieve 175 million (17.5 crore) broadband connections by the year 2017 and 600 million by the year 2020 at a minimum 2 Mbps download speed, and making available higher speeds of at least 100 Mbps on demand. Broadband connections in the country reached 14.48 crore at the of February 2016. The government is rolling out optical fibre networks to connect ...
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Trai to hold pre-consultation session on net neutrality within 3 days 18.5.2016 ET: Infotech
Telecom industry body COAI and telecom major Airtel has written to Trai seeking clarification on differential rules regarding services offered.
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