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Moderate participation expected in spectrum auctions; telecom industry's debt to elevate at Rs 4.6 lakh cr in FY21: ICRA
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Moderate participation expected in spectrum auctions; telecom industry's debt to elevate at Rs 4.6 lakh cr in FY21: ICRA

Rating agency ICRA expects moderate participation for the upcoming spectrum auctions at Rs 55,000-Rs 60,000 crore due to the limited financial flexibility of the industry

Coronavirus crisis underscores urgency of bridging divide between India's digital haves and have-nots
Lifestyle

Coronavirus crisis underscores urgency of bridging divide between India's digital haves and have-nots

36 percent of Indians have internet access out of which only a third are women. This is not a digital divide anymore; this is a digital ditch.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Extend prepaid validity so users get uninterrupted services during lockdown, TRAI tells telcos
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Extend prepaid validity so users get uninterrupted services during lockdown, TRAI tells telcos

Sector regulator TRAI has asked telecom operators to extend the validity period of prepaid users to ensure that subscribers get uninterrupted services during the 21-day nationwide lockdown

Reliance Jio opposes BSNL, MTNL suggestion; PSU telcos seek to exempt from minimum rates for phone calls, data services
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Reliance Jio opposes BSNL, MTNL suggestion; PSU telcos seek to exempt from minimum rates for phone calls, data services

Reliance Jio has opposed the suggestion of BSNL and MTNL to exempt telecom operators having less than 15 percent market share from minimum rates for phone calls and data services

Vodafone Idea says no TRAI intervention on tariffs may prompt more industry exits; Airtel for 2-year floor price
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Vodafone Idea says no TRAI intervention on tariffs may prompt more industry exits; Airtel for 2-year floor price

In its recent submission to the TRAI, Vodafone Idea flagged the "deep financial distress" in the telecom sector, reflecting in unprecedented decline in revenues.

Free voice calls no excuse for poor service quality, will not pass regulatory muster, says TRAI chief
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Free voice calls no excuse for poor service quality, will not pass regulatory muster, says TRAI chief

TRAI officials conduct standard tests on roads, trains and other busy spots and any operator found to be giving poor service is punished, said Chairman RS Sharma

Transparency in tariff: Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea not in favour of TRAI's plan; say move will lead to customer complaints
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Transparency in tariff: Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea not in favour of TRAI's plan; say move will lead to customer complaints

In December last year, the TRAI had extended by nearly a month to 23 January the timeline for stakeholders to submit their comments on the issue of 'transparency in publishing of tariff offers'.

Television broadcasters in India get together to criticise restrictions on services
News & Analysis

Television broadcasters in India get together to criticise restrictions on services

TRAI this month ordered direct-to-home and cable operators to double the number of channels they offer.

Bharti Airtel nearly doubles minimum recharge from Rs 23 to Rs 45 for prepaid customers
Business

Bharti Airtel nearly doubles minimum recharge from Rs 23 to Rs 45 for prepaid customers

The announcement pertains to prepaid subscribers of Bharti Airtel and Bharti Hexacom in all service areas

World's cheapest, biggest telecom market faces life-threatening crisis; industry favours TRAI intervention to fix floor price
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World's cheapest, biggest telecom market faces life-threatening crisis; industry favours TRAI intervention to fix floor price

With 1 gigabyte (GB) of mobile data costing just $0.26 compared to $12.37 in the US and $ 6.66 in the UK, India in 2019 emerged as the nation with the cheapest telecom tariff in the world.

Digital Communications Commission clears Rs 5.22 lakh cr spectrum sale plan; auction in March-April
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Digital Communications Commission clears Rs 5.22 lakh cr spectrum sale plan; auction in March-April

The Digital Communications Commission, the apex decision-making body at the telecom department, on Friday approved a Rs 5.22 lakh crore spectrum auction plan entailing 8300 MHz of airwaves across 22 circles and the sale is likely to take place in March-April

Airtel to invest Rs 20,000 cr despite economic slowdown; Sunil Mittal seeks govt support for faster clearances
Business

Airtel to invest Rs 20,000 cr despite economic slowdown; Sunil Mittal seeks govt support for faster clearances

Early this month, Bharti Airtel's board had approved raising $4 billion through equity dilution and debt funding.

TRAI extends deadline of 6 paise per minute call charges till December 2020
News & Analysis

TRAI extends deadline of 6 paise per minute call charges till December 2020

From 1 January 2021 onwards the termination charge for wireless to wireless domestic calls shall be zero.

TRAI issues notice on revised MNP process that will come into effect by 16 December
News & Analysis

TRAI issues notice on revised MNP process that will come into effect by 16 December

The new process entails 3 working days' timeline for port out requests, and 5 working days for requests for port out from one circle to another.

TRAI fixes 3 working days to process mobile number portability in same circle, 5 days for inter-circle
Business

TRAI fixes 3 working days to process mobile number portability in same circle, 5 days for inter-circle

According to present rules, telecom operators and MNP service providers are required to process the request of subscribers within four days in the same circle to change their telecom operator without changing their mobile number

5G spectrum: Govt has no plans to reduce price; industry bodies, telecom operators seek revision in proposed base rates
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5G spectrum: Govt has no plans to reduce price; industry bodies, telecom operators seek revision in proposed base rates

A telecom player interested in buying spectrum for 5G service in 3300-3400 Mhz and 3425-3600 Mhz band will need to shell out at least Rs 9,840 crore as per TRAI's proposal.

TRAI unlikely to intervene in telecom tariffs, floor price for now; any call on issue to be taken later: Report
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TRAI unlikely to intervene in telecom tariffs, floor price for now; any call on issue to be taken later: Report

TRAI 's views on the issue said that making any fresh move on floor prices or intervention does not make sense at this point, given that operators have already announced plans to hike tariffs in coming days, according to sources.

TRAI chief meets Vodafone Idea CEO, others industry officials to identify priority issues for 2020
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TRAI chief meets Vodafone Idea CEO, others industry officials to identify priority issues for 2020

Amid ongoing turbulence in the telecom sector, TRAI chairman on Wednesday met heads of telcos, including Vodafone Idea CEO, to identify priority issues that will be taken up by the regulator in 2020

Reliance Jio adds 70 lakh mobile users in September; Vodafone Idea, Airtel lose over 49 lakh subscribers: TRAI
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Reliance Jio adds 70 lakh mobile users in September; Vodafone Idea, Airtel lose over 49 lakh subscribers: TRAI

Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel lost over 49 lakh users in September this year, while rival Reliance Jio added 69.83 lakh new users to its network, as per data from sectoral regulator TRAI