Despite repeated assertions by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the implementation of the new tariff order is proceeding at a sluggish pace. Sources in the know reveal that less than 50 per cent of the consumers’ choice has been recorded across cable-digital and direct-to-home (DTH) platforms.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India chief R S Sharma has reiterated that consolidation in the domestic sector is in line with the international practice.
“My sense is that the sector is going to acquire stability, and looking at the examples around the world, 3+1 is a good number. I don’t see this number going down,” he said on the sidelines of an event here.
It is not clear whether the telecom regulator, Trai, will explain the rationale behind its spectrum-pricing recommendations to the department of telecommunication (DoT), but a report in The Economic Times (ET) suggests it may not do so readily. ET quotes unnamed Trai officials as saying that, while the law allows DoT to ask Trai to reconsider its recommendations, there is nothing that says Trai has to give the rationale behind them. In any case, Trai has maintained, as FE reported last month,
When the spectre of dragnet online surveillance and grave violations of privacy looms large over India’s citizens, here is some news for cheer for those opposed to government surveillance.
In a decision which was recently uploaded, the Delhi high court held that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has to disclose, under the provisions of the RTI Act, information to a citizen whether his phone was under surveillance mounted by Vodafone – a private telephone services provider – on orders of the government.
The telecom regulator Trai has approached the Supreme Court against TDSAT order, which dismissed its predatory pricing tariff rule, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
“Trai has filed an appeal before Supreme Court against the order of TDSAT dated 13th December, 2018. The appeal is yet to be listed,” telecom minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The broadcasting industry has been granted some breathing space to implement the new Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) tariff order. The regulator had, earlier this week, indicated it would release a migration plan to ensure smooth implementation of the new tariff regime.
Telecom regulator Trai Friday recommended that spectrum charges for state-owned BSNL's satellite phone services be fixed at 1 per cent of the revenue accrued from such services, replacing the current model of formula-based levy.
If the regulator's recommendations are accepted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), it could drive down the cost of using satellite phone services by nearly 50 per cent,
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has refused to provide the department of telecommunications (DoT) a detailed methodology adopted by it to calculate the reserve price for spectrum for fresh auctions. Sources told FE that now DoT is left with the only option of asking the regulator to come out with a long-term calculation methodology for which the latter will have to come out with a consultation paper and seek inputs of the stakeholders.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on Thursday set aside a regulation brought by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in February which prohibited incumbent operators from providing segmented offers (discounts which are not part of tariff package) to their high-Arpu subscribers.
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