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Trai extends deadline for comment submission on service quality paper 26.8.2016 ET: Policy
It seeks views on whether graded financial disincentives should be introduced and quantum of such penalties on setting separate parameters for 4G service quality.
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Trai Row: Prime Minister’s Office may not meet officials of telcos 26.8.2016 ET: Policy
An official at a leading telco said the GSM body, of which new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm is also a member, hasn’t received any communication from the PMO.
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BSNL launches unlimited 3G plan for Rs 1,099, cuts rate by 50% 24.8.2016 ET: Infotech
To counter private telecom operators' strategy of slashing data rates by up to 67 per cent, BSNL has doubled data usage in Rs 549 plan for 3G service.
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DoT resolves over 1,800 complaints received on 'Twitter Sewa' 24.8.2016 ET: Policy
For postal services, 1,683 complaints were received through the social media platform, of which 1,555 have been resolved, they said.
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COAI on RJio's charges: Abiding by association bylaws 24.8.2016 DNA: Top News
Rejecting Reliance Jio's allegations of acting as a mouthpiece of dominant players, cellular operators' body today said it has been abiding by the association rules in its communication to the government on the new entrant's 4G test programme and interconnect issues. "Where there is no unanimity (on issues), the association bylaws state that majority views have to be expressed... that is what happened in this case. We followed the protocol and noted in our letter that one of our members, RJio, has a minority view, and that they have expressed their views separately on the issue," Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI told PTI. Mathews said COAI's position reflected the majority stance as determined through voting shares that is based on member company's revenue. "Members may feel that it is not appropriate but when they join the association they are informed about the bylaws, and they agree to abide by the bylaws before becoming members," he said. Asked if the internal strife between existing players ...
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RJio takes on cellular operators, alleges discrimination 23.8.2016 Rediff: Business
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio lashed out at COAI.
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PMO to stay away from Reliance Jio, COAI battle 23.8.2016 DNA: Wide Angle
Reliance Jio may not have launched its commercial services formally, but it is already engaged in an all-out battle with the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) which includes Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel and Idea as its core members. In a bid to seek some intervention from the government the COAI, a non-governmental organisation, had written to the Prime Minister's Office on Monday alleging that Reliance Jio's beta testing was nothing but commercial operations as it was using commercial airways to offer free data and voice calls, but was not sharing the revenue with the government.  However, now sources told Zee Business that the PMO refused to intervene in the battle of the telecom sector, and instead has redirected them to the the telecom sector regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). According to Zee Business, the PMO asked the two entities to go to Trai for any complaints that they had or to seek relief.  On Monday, Reliance Industries also mandated its 40,000-strong ...
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Airtel, Vodafone roll out e-KYC for instant SIM activation 23.8.2016 DNA: India
Country's two leading mobile operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone are rolling out e-KYC service at their stores to help customers activate new SIMs instantly with Aadhaar number verification. While Airtel has rolled out the service at its stores in Delhi-NCR, Vodafone is launching the facility across India from August 24. Airtel had 25.4 crore subscribers while Vodafone had a base of 19.8 crore users as on May 2016, according to the Trai data. "Customers walking in for a new connection at our stores will walk out talking in just a few minutes. We had partnered with the Department of Telecom (DoT) to pilot the Aadhaar based e-KYC solution and tested it successfully in two circles," Vodafone India Director (commercial) Sandeep Kataria said in a statement. "Effective Wednesday, August 24, we are rolling it out across the country," Kataria said. Airtel said the solution - currently live at its Delhi NCR stores - would be available at company-operated stores across the country over the next few days. The eKYC ...
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Indian Railways approves C-DOT gears for wi-fi services 23.8.2016 DNA: Top News
Wi-fi technology of state-run Centre for Development of Telematics (CDOT) has been approved by Indian Railways, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said today. "C-DoT Wi-Fi Technology got approved by Railways," Sinha tweeted.  Indian Railway is rolling out free wi-fi service at busy stations. It has plans to roll out Google supported free wi-fi service at 100 stations by end of this year and 400 by the end of next year. Most of the equipment installed in Indian telecom network are imported. Approval of C-DoT wi-fi equipment will help deployment of indigenously made gears. The Minister, who presided over the 44th meeting of the C-DoT Governing council, also directed the company to think in terms of 5G technology and asked the state-run telecom solutions developer to consider and recruit the best brains. "In 44th meeting of C-DoT Governing Council, directed C-DoT to think about 5G. Directed C-DoT to consider recruit & retain best brains with better salary & perks," Sinha ...
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ISP body to approach DoT, Telecom Min over spectrum levy 21.8.2016 ET: Policy
The move could potentially push up broadband costs for consumers as ISPs currently pay "formula-based spectrum charges".
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DoT in favour of more penal power to Trai 21.8.2016 ET: Policy
The regulator has suggested to the Department of Telecom amendments in various provisions in the Trai Act, 1997, with a view to be an "effective sector regulator".
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Minimum broadband speed set to jump 4 times 20.8.2016 Kangla Online
Minimum broadband speed set to jump 4 times
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Mukesh Ambani meets DoT Secy; updates on RJio's rollout plans 20.8.2016 DNA: Recent Columns
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani today met Telecom Secretary JS Deepak to discuss rollout plans of his telecom venture Reliance Jio, which has accused incumbent players of not releasing sufficient interconnection ports during its test run of services. According to sources, during the meeting with the Telecom Secretary, Ambani provided a full update of rollout plans of Reliance Jio's 4G services, which in trial phase alone has garnered 1.5 million users. The RIL Chairman, who was accompanied by his son Akash Ambani at the meeting, is also learnt to have discussed the company's position on the standoff relating to points of interconnect with the existing cellular networks. Cellular operators association COAI and RJio have locked horns over interconnect issues, with the cellular association dubbing the latter's testing of network as an effort to bypass regulations and the Mukesh Ambani firm hitting back saying the charge is a bid to block its full rollout. Reliance Jio has also shot off a letter ...
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Trai to debate revenue-based spectrum charges for ISPs 20.8.2016 ET: Policy
The move could potentially push up broadband costs for consumers as ISPs currently pay “formula-based spectrum charges”.
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One-year validity for mobile internet data packs approved by TRAI 19.8.2016 DNA: Mumbai
Telecom regulator TRAI on Friday permitted increase of validity for mobile data packs to 365 days, from the current up to 90 days, to boost usage by marginal consumers and also attract first-time Internet users. "Requests were received in TRAI seeking longer validity for data packs (that is Special Tariff Vouchers with only data benefits) primarily to address the concern of marginal consumers of wireless Internet who prefer lower denomination data packs with longer validity," TRAI said. At present, a company can issue recharge voucher, which can be valid for a maximum 90 days. If a consumer fails to use up mobile Internet data purchased through the voucher within the specified period, the unused data lapse. TRAI said the present regulatory regime allows "telecom service providers to offer data services in the form of Special Tariff Voucher (STV) either exclusively or in combination with other tariff items with a maximum permitted validity of 90 days". "After undertaking a consultation process, TRAI has ...
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Mukesh Ambani meets Trai, DoT officials with Jio updates 19.8.2016 ET: Policy
Sources said that the meeting with the Trai chairman involved a powerpoint presentation, giving an update of Jio's operations.
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Tatas’ telecom business seems to be going nowhere 18.8.2016 ET: Policy
By mid-2013, the company was looking to reduce as many as 8,000 towers and substitute them by sharing towers with Aircel and Reliance Communications.
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Top telcos reject Reliance Jio’s demand for more interconnection points 18.8.2016 ET: Policy
Reliance Jio, in a mailed statement, disputed COAI’s contention that the top three operators had released adequate points of interconnection to support 15 million users.
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Supreme Court to decide fate of Reliance Communications and Sistema's merger 18.8.2016 ET: Policy
Russian newswires have quoted SSTL’s parent, Sistema JSFC reportedly voicing apprehensions that “the procedure of hearing in SC is being stalled for an uncertain period of time."
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No clarity in permit to seek compliance from telcos: Trai 17.8.2016 ET: Policy
DoT asked Trai to seek compliance from telecom on scale, duration of testing, network inter-connection and matters pertaining to subscriber addition.
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