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 consultation process going on related matters,” the person was quoted by the Economic Times as saying.

The Trai’s move comes amid a consultation paper that it floated earlier this month to determine the legitimacy of zero-rating plans and bundling of certain data free or at a discounted rate by telcos in the country. RCom is the only telecom operator in the country to partner with Facebook to offer a set of basic internet services free to its subscribers under the Free Basics platform, which has been criticized by experts for violating net neutrality, a concept under which internet service providers must treat all traffic as equal.

Reports suggest that RCom isn’t promoting the service anymore, but continues to offer the service on its network.
Facebook’s Free Basics service, earlier known as internet.org, allows access to certain websites and not just Facebook without mobile data charges.

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December 23, 2015 7:56 pm 7:56 PM

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i’m on Airtel Network DND doesnt work ….. these message come from Reliance GSM… after porting

December 24, 2015 12:11 am 12:11 AM

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December 23, 2015 10:22 pm 10:22 PM

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December 23, 2015 4:32 pm 4:32 PM

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i receive 20 message a day.

Jagmohan Rattan
December 23, 2015 5:24 pm 5:24 PM

same here

December 23, 2015 5:11 pm 5:11 PM

Same problem I am facing even after porting from their network since 2 years and getting messages mainly from RM-56060. I have blocked this number on my phone and now SMS come in archive folder without notification.
RCOM is pathetic and irritating.