User: sandman1965 Topic: Telecom
Category: Regulatory
Last updated: Aug 22 2014 16:01 IST RSS 2.0
 
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WhatsApp now has 60 million users in India; adds 10 million new users in 3 months 22.8.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
Instant messaging mobile app WhatsApp now has over 60 million users in India. From 50 million users in May this year, WhatsApp has added 10 million new users in less than three months.  In an exclusive interview to BGR , Vice President of WhatsApp Neeraj Arora said, "India is one of the fastest growing markets." Earlier this year, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp Jan Kuom had announced plans to introduce voice calls in the app by the second quarter of the year. Arora told BGR that the project had been delayed but that the company is still working on it. WhatsApp and other mobile messaging services like WeChat and Viber have been eating into the revenues of Indian mobile networks for whom voice calls and text messages bring in 75% of their revenues. The apps have made it cheaper for users to make calls and send messages using the internet, where their services are free and the user need only pay for the data charges incurred. Telecom firms like Airtel have been demanding that such apps be regulated and ...
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Trai relaxes time for resolution of billing complaints 21.8.2014 Hindustan Times: Business
In a relief to telecom operatorssectoral regulator Trai has relaxed the time by two weeks for resolution of billing and charging complaints by ...
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Trai's norms to fix the sorry state of media sector 20.8.2014 Rediff: Business
With over 135 news channels, about a third owned by politicians and real estate guys, the news TV market is a nightmare, says Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
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खत्‍म होंगे कोलकाता और मुंबई टेलीकॉम सर्किल 19.8.2014 दैनिक भास्कर
खत्‍म होंगे कोलकाता और मुंबई टेलीकॉम सर्किल
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National Internet Exchange of India eyes 2.5-million dot In domain names by 2015 19.8.2014 ET: IETS
NIXI that manages IN Registry, a nodal body mandated with the registration and operation of dot In domain names, expects to register 2.5 million dot In domain names by 2015.
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#dnaEdit: Freedom & control 14.8.2014 DNA: Top News
The Telecom Regulation Authority of India (TRAI)’s Recommendations on issues relating to media ownership sent to government on August 12 is sure to trigger fierce debate among the shareholders as well as stakeholders. The views, counterviews, the criticisms and differences need not be seen in a negative light. The media derives its right to disseminate news and views from the Article 19 which enshrines the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression, along with the “reasonable restrictions” that go with it. The debate goes further and deeper when we have to talk about the ways of maintaining a fair level playing field so that plurality and diversity of views is ensured. The initial reaction to the TRAI report reflects the irritation of many over the issue of restrictions on cross-media ownership. But this is only one aspect of the question which is a bigger one of ensuring diversity of opinion: the bedrock of a democracy. But it would not do to dwell merely on  abstractions and generalisations. The devil — ...
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Push to keep corporates off media 13.8.2014 Telegraph: Front Page
New Delhi, Aug. 12: The telecom regulator today recommended that political parties, companies and religious bodies should be barred from entry into broadcasting and television channel distribution.
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Trai suggests cross-media restrictions 13.8.2014 Telegraph: Nation
New Delhi, Aug. 12: Trai, the telecom regulator, said it was time for India to impose cross-media restrictions, following the lead in countries like the US and the UK, in order to ensure "a number of independently owned media voices in the market".
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Watchdog restricts entry of political parties, corporates in media 13.8.2014 Sify Finance
To ensure unbiased dissemination of news and views, the broadcast regulator has restricted entry of political parties and corporates in television and newspaper business.
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Need Restrictions on Corporates Owning Media, says TRAI 12.8.2014 NDTV
The government must look at "ownership restrictions on corporate entering the media" warned the telecom regulator TRAI today, as it shared its recommendations on media ...
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TRAI suggests restriction on pol parties, corporates in media 12.8.2014 Sify Finance
In an attempt to ensure plurality of news and views, broadcast regulator Trai today suggested restriction on political bodies and corporates entering the television and newspaper business.
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Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to unveil dot Bharat domain name 12.8.2014 ET: Infotech
The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has consigned the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) in seven Indian languages to the NIXI.
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Parleys begin to price spectrum 8.8.2014 Telegraph: Business
New Delhi, Aug. 7: The telecom regulator today kicked off a consultation process ahead of a crucial spectrum auction later this year to determine the reserve prices for radio waves in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands in India's 22 telecom circles.
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स्‍पेक्‍ट्रम कीमत तय करने पर ट्राई ने मांगा सुझाव 7.8.2014 दैनिक भास्कर
स्‍पेक्‍ट्रम कीमत तय करने पर ट्राई ने मांगा सुझाव
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TRAI starts consultation process for spectrum auction 7.8.2014 DNA: Money
Telecom regulator Trai today began the consultation process for the next round of auctions for spectrum held by mobile operators - Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and RCom - as some of their licences are set to expire in 2015-16. "The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has today released consultation paper on valuation and spectrum price: Licence expiring in 2015-16," Trai said in a statement. The process will determine the reserve price of spectrum to be auctioned across 18 out of the 22 telecom service areas across the country for 900 Mhz and 1800 Mhz bands, used for providing mobile services based on GSM technology standard. "The key issues in the consultation paper are contiguity of spectrum, the block size, valuation of reserve price of spectrum in 900/1800 Mhz band" Trai said. It has fixed September 8 as last date for receiving comments from stakeholders on the consultation paper, and September 15 for counter comments. Trai will hold open house discussions on September 22 to discuss the subject in ...
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Railway Tops in Corruption Complaints: Central Vigilance Commission 6.8.2014 NDTV National
Railways topped the list of government organisations against whom complaints of alleged corruption over 11,000 were received by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) during last year.
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No undue advantage given to Reliance Jio: DoT 6.8.2014 Rediff: Business
DoT and the company have not done anything that breached the guidelines mentioned in the notice inviting applications for the auction of the BWA spectrum in 2010, it stated in a reply to CAG's draft audit report.
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Our spectrum allocation is transparent, says Prasad 4.8.2014 Rediff: Business
The minister said revenue receipts for 2014-15 will be generated from auction of spectrum in 800MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands and from annual spectrum usage charges.
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Identities of 4.59cr mobile users still unverified: CAG 4.8.2014 TOI: Home
A CAG report tabled in Parliament said identities of at least 4.59 crore subscribers were still unknown.
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Top 7 telecom firms owe DoT over Rs 2100cr penalty 3.8.2014 Hindustan Times: Business
Telecom operators such as Airtel Vodafone Idea RCom Aircel Tata Tele and BSNL have not paid penalties totalling Rs 211695 crore levied on them for noncompliance of subscriber verification rules that are important for national security CAG said in its ...
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