Net neutrality & Trai: Blanket ban on discriminatory tariffs bad

After leaving the initial consultative process halfway, bringing out a regulation banning differential pricing and coming out with a consultation paper recently to examine if mobile operators can provide free data, the Teleco

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Call drops: Ready to consider punitive powers for Trai says Ravi Shankar Prasad

The communications ministry is ready to consider any proposal to empower the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) and give it punitive powers, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday

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Column: Equal is not necessarily equitable

Blanket ban on discriminatory tariffs as bad as carte blanche sanction; developed countries take case-by-case calls.

Trai caught between ‘access’ and ‘content’

The regulator should rather look at these two as complementary to each other

Trai issues pre-consultation paper on net neutrality 

Telecom regulator Trai today 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

Call drops: Trai to firm ‘position’ in 2 weeks to help public

As mobile users continue to grapple with call drops, telecom regulator Trai today said current norms are "inefficient" to provide any relief to consumers.

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Trai’s recent performance needs examination: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Questioning Trai's working on call drop issue and net neutrality framework, MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has said steps need to be taken to improve capability and powers of the regulator.

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Telephone user base grows to 105.88 cr in March

The total telephone subscriber base in the country rose marginally in March to 105.88 crore on the back of growth in wireless as well as wireline users.

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TRAI looks to IIT, IISc expertise to make Set Top Boxes inter-operable

Broadcasting sector regulator TRAI is counting on the acumen of experts from institutions like IITs and IISc to overcome technological challenges that block the possibility of inter-operability of Set Top Boxes (STBs).

Trai now explores free data plans from operators; comes after earlier regulation on zero-rating plans

After prohibiting mobile operators from providing differential data tariffs through select tie-ups with content providers, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Thursday came out with a consultation paper to exp

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Call drops: Trai says won’t ‘shy away’ from its duty

With its penalty provision for call drops annulled by the Supreme Court, telecom regulator Trai today said it will not "shy away" from protecting consumers and the matter...

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Trai to start net neutrality consultations in 3 days

Telecom regulator Trai will start pre-consultation on net neutrality within two to three days. “We will start pre-consultation on net neutrality in 2-3 days,” Trai Chairman R S Sharma told reporters today. The Tel

Two years of NDA government: When was the last time telcos did not shed tears on spectrum price, Ravi Shankar Prasad

As the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government completes two years in office, communications & IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad feels that the contours of Digital India are in place.

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Supreme Court strikes down Trai’s call drop regulation

Terms it ‘arbitrary, unreasonable and non-transparent’

Since TRAI call-drop penalty made little sense, Supreme Court does well to dismiss it

The Supreme Court has done well to strike down the TRAI penalty on call drops since, as this newspaper has been arguing since the order was put out, it never made any sense...

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BSNL beats private telecom companies in growth rate in February

State-run BSNL today said it has registered the highest growth rate in providing new wireless connections during February this year, beating all private operators.

Forget the battle on call drops, Ravi Shankar Prasad is busy trying to ease spectrum bottlenecks for industry

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad may have got the telecom industry up in arms over his campaign against call drops, but he has also worked hard to address the industry’s biggest constraint, that of shortage of spectrum

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Calldrops: Telecom ‘cartel’ earning Rs 250 cr a day, says TRAI

A 'cartel' of 4-5 telecom firms having a billion subscribers are making Rs 250 crore a day but not making investments on their network to improve services to check call drops, government told the Supreme Court today.

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DoT likely to get 202 Mhz spectrum due to harmonisation

The Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to get around 202 Mhz spectrum in 1,800 Mhz band due to harmonisation of airwaves by early next month, which will be put for auction in July.

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DoT in a fix over 700 Mhz auction

The steeply high reserve price at Rs 11,485 per Mhz recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for auction of 700 Mhz spectrum has put the department of telecommunications in a fix.

Telcos stand on spectrum auction ‘paradoxical’: Trai Chairman R S Sharma

Calling telecom operators' objection regarding auction of premium spectrum 'paradoxical', Trai Chairman R S Sharma today questioned their stand...

Late nod to VNO could mean virtually no offers

The Telecom Commission on Monday decided to allow virtual network operators. This means any player with marketing abilities but sans...

Supreme Court asks telcos to assure call drops don’t exceed 2% limit

The Supreme Court today asked the telecom operators to given an undertaking that they have not exceeded the two per cent threshold limit of call drops as mandated in the regulations after the companies claimed helplessness in

Trai agrees to delay call drop penalty plan

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has informally agreed to a plea by telecom service providers to not enforce call drops compensation from Monday and would wait till Thursday when Supreme Court has listed the m

DoT panel finds ‘anomaly’ in price formula for 700Mhz

A DoT panel has found some flaw in the methodology used by regulator Trai to arrive at pan-India base price for 700 Mhz band, which suggests the already record recommended price of the premium band could be higher.

We’re not against free access to websites, we’re saying can’t use differential pricing architecture: R S Sharma

TRAI Chairman R S Sharma talks about the Net neutrality debate and explains the regulatory body’s reasons for ruling out differential pricing for data services, says he wouldn’t describe telecom companies presenting their

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