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Trai auction recommendations out, suggests Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz for 700 Mhz band

Indian telecom regulator, Trai, has come out with its recommendations of the upcoming spectrum auction, which is likely to take place around May-June this year. It has given its recommendations on spectrum price for seven bands, including 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 2500 MHz. The regulator, for the very first time, has suggested auction of the super premium 700 MHz band, which is most suitable for 4G services. It has… Read More

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RCom asked to suspend Free Basics service in India

Reliance Communications (RCom) has been asked by the telecom regulator Trai to suspend Facebook’s Free Basics services on its network till it submits the terms and conditions of the services, including tariff plans, according to media reports. “Trai has today (Wednesday) again written to RCom to submit details of the plans, and asked it not to commercially offer the services till the regulator clears it, especially as there is a… Read More

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Are you in favour of zero-rating plans? December 30, last date for posting comments on TRAI site

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a new paper which questions the differential data pricing for content services, bringing to the fore the Net Neutrality debate once again. Although, the paper seeks fresh comments on data pricing but does not mention the term net neutrality. TRAI’s consultation paper titled, “Consultation Paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services,” focuses on the zero-rating platforms which are being offered by… Read More

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GSM telcos urges Trai not to club sub-1GHz bands

GSM telecom service providers have asked Trai to retain the current band-wise spectrum caps. They have also urged Trai not to pursue its proposal to count all frequencies under 1 GHz as one frequency for calculating the 50% cap on spectrum holding in a band, according to media reports. COAI, the GSM lobby body, said that such a move will lead to spectrum concentration in a specific band with a… Read More

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Consultation paper by Trai on spectrum pricing by November-end: Report

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the telecom regulator, may float a consultation paper by the end of this month to ascertain the reserve price of spectrum across different bands that the government is planning to auction next year, ET reported. In the upcoming spectrum auction, the government may look at selling airwaves in the 2G, 3G and 4G bands, apart from the bandwidth left unsold from the previous sale.… Read More

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Mobile tariff to move north as TRAI overturns telcos’ demand to withdraw call drop compensation order

Telecom regulator Trai has overturned telecom operators’ demand to withdraw an order of compensating the customers for up to three call drops, as a result, the telcos are most likely will pass on the burden to the customers now in the form of rise in mobile tariffs. GSM lobby group COAI and the association for CDMA operators AUSPI had written to Trai on October 27 to withdraw its regulations on… Read More

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Telecom operators urge the government to not impose 13% tax on spectrum trading proceeds

In a letter to finance minister Arun Jaitley, a copy of which was also marked to the Prime Minister’s Office and telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, COAI and AUSPI said the government should make modifications in the spectrum trading norms — which are being finalized — so that dual taxes can be avoided. As reported by Economic Times. “It is understood… that the proposed spectrum trading guidelines have a provision… Read More

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TRAI telecom subscriber data for May 2015, landline connections continue to decline

TRAI has released telecom subscriber data for the month of May 2015. The total telecom subscriber base was at 1002.05 million and overall tele-density was at 79.67% at the end of May 2015. In the month, total of 2.34 million new subscribers were added generating a monthly growth rate of 0.23%. Wireless subscriber witnessed net addition of 2.44 million subscribers out of which 2.38 million were from rural and just 0.05 million subscribers from urban.… Read More

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Make Wireless Planning and Coordination an independent body, says TRAI in its recommendations to improve broadband delivery

TRAI has released recommendations to better the current stature of broadband delivery in the country. The recommendations are based on the responses it received from the stakeholders for its consultation paper, which was published on 24th September 2014. An open house discussion too was held on this regard. According to the paper, India exhibits a really slow penetration of broadband, with only 1.2 per 100 inhabitants having access to fixed… Read More

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Jio and COAI divided on new interconnect charges enforced by TRAI

Reliance Jio which is yet to launch its commercial services is a member of the cellular operators association of India (COAI). The decisions of the COAI are greatly influenced by those of the incumbent operators Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular which have a major share of active cellular subscribers. Recently TRAI had reduced the interconnect charges that the operator on whose network the call originates pays the operator on whose… Read More

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TRAI releases telecom subscription data, Airtel continues to lead the market as of FEB 2015

TRAI has released the telecom subscription data as of 28th Feb 2015. Total wireless subscriber base increased from 952.34 million at the end of Jan-15 to 960.58 million at the end of Feb-15, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.86%. The Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 553.45 million at the end of Jan-15 to 557.27 million at the end of Feb-15 and wireless subscription in rural areas increased… Read More

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TRAI responds to DOT’s reference on priority call routing during emergencies and disasters

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India wrote a recommendation letter to Department of Telecommunication (DoT) stating the failure of the network during the network disaster on November 26, 2013. Immediately after the receipt of this letter, the DoT constituted a committee and ordered the examination of these recommendations suggested by TRAI. After putting in extra-ordinary efforts to look after all the possible points, it forwarded the report to the Committee on… Read More

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TRAI mandates the telcos to reduce ceiling tariffs in roaming, new tariffs will benefit the customers

The roaming call charges will cost your pockets less from May 1st, as soon as the telecom operators comply with the latest regulation of TRAI. The regulator has ordered the service providers to cut the ceiling tariffs (maximum rates that telecoms can charge for incoming calls on national roaming) for national roaming calls and text messages, effective from May 1st. It has also asked the operators to come up with… Read More

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TRAI to set new recommendations to enhance internet speed from 512 Kbps to 2Mbps soon

The dream of Indians to get faster internet seems to be a step closer, with TRAI planning to frame recommendations to enhance broadband speed from minimum 512 kbps to up to 2 Mbps. The announcement came soon after TRAI made it mandatory for the wirelines to offer a minimum download speed of 512 Kbps as broadband. For wireline services, TRAI has planned to improve the optical fibre cable penetration in… Read More

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TRAI recommends single number based ‘Integrated emergency communication & response system (IECRS)’

TRAI has today given its recommendations for establishing ‘112’ as a single number that can be dialled in case of any of emergency situation, similar to 911 being used in USA. These recommendations have been finalized after wider consultations with the stakeholders. The Authority had issued a Consultation Paper titled ‘Universal Single Number based Integrated Emergency Communication & Response System’ dated 15th March 2013 for seeking comments of stakeholders. Since State Governments are major stakeholders… Read More

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