New Delhi: In four-five years from now, you would be able to take your landline number wherever you go, from any ‘x’ place to ‘y’ in the country, even as you change your service provider. This is because the Department of Telecommunications has sent a reference to the regulator to frame recommendations on fixed line number portability, a senior official familiar with the development told Mint.
Broadcast regulator TRAI Friday said it is examining possible solutions for achieving TV Set-Top-Box (STB) interoperability, and expects to make headway with industry involvement by the end of this year. The move assumes significance since consumers get tied down to their service providers, as STBs are bound to the operator. When a consumer wants to change the service provider, they are forced to invest in a new STB, adding to the cost burden. Besides, STBs of old service providers remain unused, and ends up as electronic waste. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI),
Instant messaging app WhatsApp Friday told the Supreme Court that it is conducting a trial run of its payment service and will comply with RBI norms on data localisation before launching the full service.The trial run is likely to be completed by July end this year, it said.
Regulator TRAI plans to ask telecom operator Bharti Airtel to cough up additional details on segmented or concessional offerings it made to customers and will insist that information furnished adheres to its ’prescribed format’, a source said.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had last month asked operators to submit information on concessional offers dished out between April 2018 and March 2019, and while Bharti Airtel has shared some details, Vodafone Idea sought two more weeks to submit the same.
Telecom regulator TRAI has directed Dish TV India to comply with the provisions of the new framework for broadcasting and cable TV services, acting on consumer complaints pertaining to the operators' specific offering and grievance redressal helpline.
TRAI, which has promised strict action against those cable TV and direct-to-home (DTH) players who are found violating its new tariff order and regulatory regime, had earlier this week also pulled up Bharti Telemedia on similar grounds.
Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea witnessed a rise in fixed-line subscribers at a time when the overall wireline users in the country continued to decline in February, according to data published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).
“Wireline subscribers further declined from 21.79 million at the end of January to 21.72 million at the end of February,” the report said. Net decline in the wireline subscriber base was 0.07 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.36 per cent.
Telecom regulator Trai will hold a consultation on spectrum allocation with state-owned firms BSNL and MTNL soon, a top official said Tuesday.
"We have received a reference from the DoT couple of days back on the allocation of spectrum for 4G services to BSNL and MTNL. We will issue a consultation paper and hold open house discussion on it," Trai Chairman R S Sharma told reporters on sidelines of an ICEA event.
It has been about a month since new DTH, Cable TV rules were rolled out at the behest of TRAI, apparently giving consumers more power to pay for and subscribe to individual channels. While the initial public reaction to the new system was mostly negative, the problems with the implementation haven’t been resolved yet. RS Sharma, TRAI chairman, clarifies the need and the timing of the new rules and backed the rulings.
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