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Net Neutrality: DoT panel take dual stand, supports Airtel Zero & opposes Internet.org

After months of speculations on net neutrality, Government panel appointed by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has finally decided to present its views on OTT and other internet-based services. According to the panel, domestic calls made used internet-based calling applications like Whatsapp, Skype etc should be regulated. They will be treated in par with the communication services provided by telecom operators. OTT will be brought under regulation to comply with the… Read More

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DoT panel may favor Airtel Zero : Sources

The DoT panel on net neutrality is said to be in favor of Airtel Zero, sources reveal. Facebook’s internet.org is opposed for the reason that it gives preference to certain websites without mobile charges, which means that Facebook acts as a gate keeper who decides which website to be visited by the viewer. This principle goes against the principles of net neutrality. In May 2015, however, Facebook opened the platform… Read More

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Airtel Zero Platform violated Net Neutrality, Says DoT Secretary; but is the violation illegal ? TRAI yet to decide

The outcry from internet users that Airtel Zero has been facing for the last few weeks has induced the authorities to jump into the matter. As per the reports, Rakesh Garg, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications has stated that internet.org of Facebook and Airtel Zero of Bharti Airtel violate net neutrality principles. While giving an interview to Business Standard, Garg said that net neutrality meant to give access to all the… Read More

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Airtel CEO clears the air on ‘Airtel Zero’ sends mailers to its customers, says it doesn’t violate net neutrality

It looks like things are not going well with Airtel in an effort to clear the misconceptions existing about Airtel Zero, Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Airtel issued a public notice explaining the ‘whats’ and ‘what nots’ of the platform to its customers. This is for the first time when Airtel has come forward in support of Airtel zero platform and directly reaching to its end… Read More

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Supporting net neutrality, prominent players Cleartrip, TOI and NDTV to exit Internet.org

With the rising debate on Net neutrality, internet.org, a zero-rated internet accessibility service from Facebook and Reliance is losing its supporters. Internet.org, which is currently available to Reliance Communication customers was offering free access to 37 services including prominent online players like Cleartrip, NDTV and Times Group. Today, the leading online travel agency Cleartrip withdrew its participation stating that it stands up for Net Neutrality. Soon after, Times Group came… Read More

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Airtel Reacts after Flipkart pulls out, defends its Airtel Zero Platform and supports Net Neutrality

Airtel has now issued a statement saying it fully supports the concept of Net Neutrality and quotes there have been some misconceptions about our toll free data platform – Airtel Zero. It is a not a tariff proposition but is an open marketing platform that 1. Allows any application or content provider to offer their service on a toll free basis to their customers who are on our network. 2.… Read More

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Net Neutrality report by Telecom Ministry on May 9

The debates on Airtel Zero is expanding to new heights. The Government has set up an expert panel to examine the issue of ‘Net Neutrality’, which will release its findings on 9th May. According to Telecom Minister Ravi Sankar Prasad, a committee comprising of the senior government official was already formed in January to study on net neutrality. “Way back in January itself, I have also constituted a committee headed… Read More

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Toll-Free Apps Help Build Smart Pipes for a Digital India

The booming digital economy has implications for a country soon predicted to have 283.8 million users – the world’s second largest Internet user base after China. Internet traffic in India is expected to increase five-fold by 2018, with a CAGR of over 40%, according to a recent consultation paper prepared by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). In this article, I address how India is grappling with infrastructure, innovation… Read More

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Department of Telecommunications to scrutinize Airtel Zero : Report

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will closely examine the controversial Airtel Zero, which is blamed to be violating net neutrality, says a report by a national daily The Times of India (TOI). Telecom Authority of India (TRAI) runs a similar consultation on Over-the-top (OTT) applications and Government’s study will run parallel to it. However, Government will not proceed to any action without considering TRAI’s recommendation. DoT may also bring some… Read More

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Flipkart CEO backs Airtel Zero, gets downvoted by its customers

The revulsion against Airtel Zero is soaring high in the country. Sachin Bansal, Co-Founder, Flipkart seems to be share that wrath when he tweeted in support of Airtel Zero. As soon as he tweeted in support of Airtel Zero, net neutrality supporters in the country downvoted Flipkart app on Android and iOS app review with a ‘one star’ rating. Many of the reviews had comments mentioning the net neutrality problem.… Read More

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An exclusive interview with Mr. Srini Gopalan, Director – Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel (India), who shares his views on Airtel Zero

Airtel recently launched Airtel Zero, an open marketing platform that will allow customers to access mobile applications at zero data charges. By making a part or the entire mobile application free for customers, the mobile app developers can create an interest in the customers, attract potential users and increase retention. Although the platform is claimed to be a non-discriminatory marketing tool for both small and big developers, there are queries… Read More

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Global: TRA clarifies on free WhatsApp voice calls across UAE

Citing the conflicting media reports raised on the permission to use WhatsApp voice calls in UAE, country’s telecom regulatory authority has issue a statement to Emirates 24/7, elaborating the legality aspect of it. In the statement, TRA has confirmed the regulations of VoIP calls on WhatsApp, but said that the permission is granted to the licensed operators. The companies who wish to provide WhatsApp VoIP calls to their customers should… Read More

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Airtel launches ‘Airtel Zero’ to offer free data access to variety of mobile apps signed up with ‘Airtel Zero’

Bharti Airtel, today announced the launch of ‘Airtel Zero’ – an open marketing platform that will allow customers to access mobile applications at zero data charges. ‘Airtel Zero’ will allow everyone from big marketers to small-time application developers to make parts or their entire mobile app free for customers – thus reviving interest of dormant customers, attracting new potential users and increasing retention. The platform will be a big win… Read More

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