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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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TRAI annual report 2013-14 : Broadcasting Sector, increased FDI limit and Interoperability soon to be reality

The broadcasting sector consists of Television and Radio Services. India has the world’s third largest TV market after China and USA. As per industry estimates, as on March 2014, of the 2701 million households, around 1691 million have Television sets which are being served by cable TV systems, DTH services, IPTV services and the terrestrial TV network of Doordarshan. The pay TV universe consists of around 991 million Cable TV… Read More


TRAI annual report 2013-14 : Telecom Sector, TRAI rooting for financial inclusion of rural India

The Telecom Sector witnessed substantial growth in the number of subscribers during the year 2013-14. At the end of the financial year, the subscriber base was 933.00 million, out of which 904.51 million were wireless subscribers. During the year, wireless subscriber base recorded an increase of 36.71 million while the overall teledensity increased from 73.32 to 75.23. The year also saw an increase in rural teledensity from 41.02 to 43.96 while the… Read More


DoT to release spectrum sharing and trading guidelines in 3 months time

In the recently concluded auction, we witnessed the largest sale of spectrum across 4 frequency bands. A total of 8 operators participated in the auction and 7 managed to win some spectrum in some or the other circle. But spectrum crunch is an issue that has been plaguing the Indian telecom industry for years and as Mr. Rahul Khullar, Chairman of TRAI has pointed out that the total available spectrum… Read More

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