December 8th, 2021 9:51 AM 0 COMMENTS

TRAI Follows DoT in Ordering Starlink to Stop Selling Pre-Bookings

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has sent a letter to Starlink asking the SpaceX owned satellite broadband company to stop selling pre-bookings in India. As per an ET report, the regulator has said that due to not having necessary approvals and licenses, the company shouldn’t engage in any sort of telecom business and collect any related fee from the Indian consumers. The timing of the letter is a... Read More

November 28th, 2021 6:16 PM 15 COMMENTS

TRAI Should Look at Expensive Base SMS Plans of Vi: Telecom Watchdog

Telecom Watchdog, a non-profit organisation (NGO), said that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) must look at the base prepaid tariffs that offer SMS benefits to consumers. The NGO wrote a letter to the regulator calling out the prepaid tariff hikes from Vodafone Idea (Vi), resulting in the base prepaid tariff with SMS benefit becoming the Rs 179 plan. Telecom Watchdog said that this tariff was very high compared... Read More

November 24th, 2021 8:55 PM 2 COMMENTS

TRAI Proposes Zero Tariff Charges on USSD Transactions

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India  (TRAI) has issued a proposal on Wednesday where it has suggested reducing tariffs for USSD based mobile banking and payment services to zero from 50 paise. The proposal has been issued in order to protect the interest of feature phone users and moreover, boost digital financial inclusion. The Unstructured Supplementary Service Data or USSD is a service that uses a shortcode for making transactions.... Read More

November 23rd, 2021 9:12 AM 10 COMMENTS

TRAI Data Shows Jio Lost 19 Million Users in September 2021

Jio didn’t have a very good second-quarter (FY22) in terms of subscribers addition. While the telco still has the largest subscriber market share, it lost 11 million subscribers in the second quarter of FY22. Now, the monthly performance report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) shows that Jio lost 19 million users in September 2021, which dragged the telco’s total subscriber base to 424.83 million. At the same... Read More

November 18th, 2021 3:33 PM 0 COMMENTS

TRAI Might Bring Reforms to Remove Disparity Between OTT and Pay TV

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) wants there should be no disparity between over-the-top (OTT) and pay-TV. In the past, many have called for the regulation of OTT platforms. But the government has so far allowed the OTT platforms to self-regulate so that they can produce the best content for the consumers. According to an Exchange4media report, PD Vaghela, Chairman, TRAI, speaking at the 10th edition of the CII... Read More

November 17th, 2021 5:59 PM 4 COMMENTS

TRAI Report Shows Vi Offered the Best Upload Speeds in October 2021

The telecom regulator TRAI has released the latest data on the performances of various 4G service providers. Vodafone Idea has been one of the most prominent players in the market when it comes to providing quality internet services. Vodafone Idea's low customer base allows the telco's networks to offer a great experience to the users as it must face lesser congestion than the other telcos. Even though Reliance Jio has... Read More

November 15th, 2021 9:08 AM 0 COMMENTS

TRAI to Get 5G Spectrum Details from DoT Within a Week

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) about the availability of the 5G spectrum for the auctions. The lack of a National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) makes it a little confusing for the regulator to make recommendations. According to an FE report, DoT will submit a response to the queries of TRAI within a week. This will allow the regulator to go ahead... Read More

November 12th, 2021 2:03 PM 0 COMMENTS

DoT Wants TRAI’s Help to Understand How to Allocate Spectrum

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) wants the help of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to understand the way the spectrum should be allocated in the future. The telecom department is confused about whether it should administratively allocate the spectrum to the satellite communications (satcom) companies or whether they should also get it through the auctions. According to a Financial Express report, the regulator has sought information from the... Read More

November 11th, 2021 8:42 PM 5 COMMENTS

TRAI to Implement ‘New Tariff Regime’ 2.0 from April 1, 2022

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has come up with the deadline to implement the New Tariff Order (NTO) 2.0 from December 1, 2021, to April 1, 2022. The decision of TRAI will provide a major respite to the distribution platform operators (DPOs) and broadcasters. Notably, TRAI has come up with a new implementation plan for NTO in order to ease the migration of subscribers to the new regime.... Read More

November 9th, 2021 1:31 PM 15 COMMENTS

TRAI Should Put the NTO 2.0 on Hold: AIDCF

The All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) has asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to put the New Tariff Order (NTO) 2.0 on hold for the time being. According to an exchange4media report, AIDCF has requested the regulator to revisit the NTO 2.0 and ensure that a strong framework and set of policies are there which restrict the broadcasters from exploiting the new rules. Major broadcasters such as... Read More

November 4th, 2021 11:45 AM 1 COMMENTS

TRAI Looking to Understand Tariff Issues During Natural Calamities

On Wednesday, the telecom regulator TRAI floated a consultation paper in order to discuss the tariff-related issues for cell broadcast and SMS alerts that are disseminated via the Common Altering Protocol (CAP) platform at times of both disasters and non-disasters. TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) explained that there are specific occasions when the government might like to send alerts to the public free of cost to warn of a... Read More

October 27th, 2021 12:50 AM 0 COMMENTS

TRAI Needs Key Information Before Pricing Premium 5G Spectrum

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was asked by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to recommend prices for the 5G spectrum bands as well as fresh pricing for 4G spectrum bands. But the sector regulator can’t recommend a base price for the mmWave 5G spectrum right away. To do that, TRAI needs to know the quantum of the mmWave 5G band spectrum that will be available in the auction.... Read More

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