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Department of Telecom seeks TRAI's views on regulating services like WhatsApp, Google Meet
News & Analysis

Department of Telecom seeks TRAI's views on regulating services like WhatsApp, Google Meet

The DoT has asked TRAI for its views on regulating internet telephony and messaging services like WhatsApp, Telegram and Google Meet, and to come up with recommendations for a regulatory framework.

Start of new era for Indian Telecom: Ashwini Vaishnaw on 5G spectrum auction
India

Start of new era for Indian Telecom: Ashwini Vaishnaw on 5G spectrum auction

The Union Cabinet has approved the modalities for holding 5G spectrum auction, and 72 GHz of radio waves will be put on the block by July-end

Analysts see 5G drive significant advancements; some say spectrum base price 'remains an issue'
Tech

Analysts see 5G drive significant advancements; some say spectrum base price 'remains an issue'

The Union Cabinet has approved the auction of airwaves capable of offering fifth-generation or 5G telecom services, including ultra-high-speed internet, and gave its nod to set up of captive 5G networks by the big tech firms

India's own 5G stack to be ready by Sept-Oct: Ashwini Vaishnaw
India

India's own 5G stack to be ready by Sept-Oct: Ashwini Vaishnaw

Speaking at an event organised by TRAI, Ashwini Vaishnaw said India's indigenous telecom stacks mark "big fundamental technological advancements"

PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates India's first and indigenously made 5G test bed
News & Analysis

PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates India's first and indigenously made 5G test bed

Developed by a team of institutes led by IIT Madras, the test bed will allow Indian tech startups to test their facilities and technologies in India itself, reducing the dependency these companies have on foreign companies and their facilities.

PM Modi to address programme to mark TRAI’s silver jubilee celebrations, release postal stamp
India

PM Modi to address programme to mark TRAI’s silver jubilee celebrations, release postal stamp

The prime minister will also launch a 5G Test Bed which will help Indian industries and startups test their products, prototypes, solutions and algorithms in 5G and next-generation technologies

TRAI recommends 35% cut in prime 5G spectrum base price
India

TRAI recommends 35% cut in prime 5G spectrum base price

The move to cut reserve price follows more than 60 per cent of the spectrum put on the block at the auctions in 2016 and March 2021 remaining unsold

5G spectrum auction likely in April-May 2022, says communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw
Business

5G spectrum auction likely in April-May 2022, says communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

The Centre will bring out a series of further reforms and 'telecom regulatory structure should change in coming 2-3 years', Vaishnaw said

TRAI launches new TV Channel Selector portal: How it works and how to get started
News & Analysis

TRAI launches new TV Channel Selector portal: How it works and how to get started

The portal is aimed to facilitate consumers who either don't have a smartphone, or the ones who would simply prefer the web browser.

Delhi HC asks TRAI to ensure strict implementation of regulation to curb unsolicited commercial calls
News & Analysis

Delhi HC asks TRAI to ensure strict implementation of regulation to curb unsolicited commercial calls

The HC also directed telcos to ensure they strictly comply with the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preferences Regulations (TCCCPR) 2018 issued by Trai.

Zero IUC regime: What is IUC, how it will impact Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea
News & Analysis

Zero IUC regime: What is IUC, how it will impact Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea

The zero IUC regime was previously slated to come into effect from January 2020, but then the telecom regulator deferred its implementation till 1 January 2021.

'PM- WANI is the right tool to achieve the objectives of creating millions of inter-operable Wi-Fi Hotspots in India': Consumer Voice Advisor
News & Analysis

'PM- WANI is the right tool to achieve the objectives of creating millions of inter-operable Wi-Fi Hotspots in India': Consumer Voice Advisor

It took almost seven years after the internet was first thrown open to the public in 1995 to reach 1 percent of India’s population, and another nine years for this figure to cross 10 percent.

PD Vaghela appointed TRAI chief; look forward to creating stable regulator environment, says COAI
India

PD Vaghela appointed TRAI chief; look forward to creating stable regulator environment, says COAI

Vaghela, a 1986-batch IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre, is currently Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals

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

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
Business

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
Business

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
Business

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
Business

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
Business

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'.