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Broadband labelling crucial to empower consumer experience: TRAI

Broadband labelling crucial to empower consumer experience: TRAI

New Delhi [India], Apr. 8 : CUTS International on Friday organised a conference in the India International Centre, New Delhi on designing a nutrition label for broadband services in India.

Such a label will enable complete information disclosure by the Broadband providers on Quality of Service (QoS), in a standard format to consumers, which may result in safeguarding consumers from misleading advertisements, unfair contractual terms, practice of non-disclosures and most importantly, help them choose between services.

High 3G price to adversely impact Indian mobile networks: GSMA

telecomNew Delhi - High 3G spectrum base price of Rs 3,705 crore recommended by inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission and less quantum of airwaves being put for auction will adversely impact development Indian mobile networks, global telecom body GSM Association said Thursday.

"The GSMA is concerned by the action of the Telecom Commission to increase reserve prices for India's 2100MHz (3G) spectrum auction next month ? almost 36 per cent higher than those recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)," GSMA's Chief Regulatory Officer Tom Phillips said in statement.

Telecom regulator TRAI last month recommended base price of Rs 2,720 crore per Mhz for 3G.

TRAI keeps 3G spectrum base price unchanged, auction in February

New Delhi - Telecom regulator TRAI on Thursday kept the base price of 3G spectrum unchanged at Rs 2,720 crore per megahertz stating all spectrum in 2100 MHz band will be auctioned in February.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on December 31 had recommended this rate for 3G spectrum which is about 19 percent lower compared to the price paid by service providers in the 2010 auction.

Earlier, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has questioned the methodology for arriving at base rate of Rs 2,720 crore per megahertz for these airwaves.

Reports said the DoT may approach the Cabinet on January 15 about the pricing of the 3G spectrum.

Telecom Commission sends back 3G spectrum proposals to Trai

New Delhi - Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission (TC) has decided to send back Trai?s recommendations on 3G spectrum pricing for a reconsideration.

According to sources, TC today discussed Trai's proposals on 2100 MHz band base price, used for 3G services, in its meeting and decided to send back the recommendations for a review.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on December 31 had recommended a base price at Rs 2,720 crore per megahertz.

An internal committee of the Department of Telecom (DoT) is believed to have suggested fixing base price of 3G spectrum at Rs 3,899 crore per megahertz, about 43 per cent higher than the rate recommended by Trai.

3G spectrum auction: TRAI recommends 22 percent lower base price

.in/fiTRAI 3G Spectrum AuctionNew Delhi, Dec 31 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday recommended a base price of 2,720 crore rupees per mega hertz (Mhz) for pan India 3G spectrum.

The base price is about 22 percent lower than the previous auction which would provide relief to the mobile operators. Earlier in 2010, the 3G spectrum was auctioned by the government at pan-India reserve price of 3,500 crore rupees per mega hertz.

TRAI has also recommended that Department of Telecom (DoT) should put additional 15 mega hertz for auction which will have to be obtained in exchange of spectrum, that is, with the Defence services.

DoT panel suggests Rs 3,646 cr/Mhz price for CDMA band

New Delhi - A DoT panel has suggested a base price of Rs 3,646 crore per Mhz for the auction of CDMA spectrum, 17 percent higher than what the regulator Trai has recommended.

Also, the price suggested by an internal panel of Department of Telecom (DoT) is almost equivalent to that of premium 900 Mhz band, which is considered more efficient than other GSM frequency bands.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) last month recommended a base price of Rs 3,104 crore per megahertz, which was already 15 per higher than the price that the regulator suggested in February this year.

TRAI fixes Nov 29 as deadline for porting out Loop customers

New Delhi - Telecom regulator TRAI has fixed midnight of November 29 as deadline for subscribers of Loop Mobile to shift to other networks while retaining their numbers by using the MNP facility.

Loop Mobile's permit in Mumbai is expiring on November 29 as it did not purchase spectrum in February auction which was mandatory for continuing its operations.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India today directed Mobile Number Portability service provider "not to process the request for porting in respect of mobile telephone numbers belonging to Loop Mobile...As donor operator after 23:59:59 hours of 29th November".

TRAI paper on broadband next month; WhatsApp, skype etc in queue

TRAI paper on broadband next month; WhatsApp, skype etc in queueNew Delhi - The telecom regulator TRAI will invite views of public on issues related to roll out of broadband in the country by end of next month.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is also planning to issue a consultation paper to discuss regulatory framework around Over-the-top (OTT) players like WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, WeChat etc.

Trai starts consultation process for spectrum auction

TraiNew Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai on Thursday began the consultation process for the next round of auctions for spectrum held by mobile operators - Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and RCom - as some of their licences are set to expire in 2015-16.

"The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has today released consultation paper on valuation and spectrum price: Licence expiring in 2015-16," Trai said in a statement.

The process will determine the reserve price of spectrum to be auctioned across 18 out of the 22 telecom service areas across the country for 900 Mhz and 1800 Mhz bands, used for providing mobile services based on GSM technology standard.

TRAI Bill: Law should not be amended on individual preference: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi-TharooNew Delhi, July 14 : Referring to the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) Amendment Bill, former union minister Shashi Tharoor said Monday that the law should not be changed on the basis of an individual's preference, which in this case was the Prime Minister of India.

Mobile number portability touches 100-mn mark: TRAI

TRAINew Delhi, May 29 : The number of subscribers who have availed mobile number portability (MNP) has reached the 100 million-mark, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Thursday said.

MNP was introduced Jan 20, 2011 in the country allowing mobile phone users to retain their mobile number even when moving from one service provider to another in the same service area irrespective of the mobile technology.

TRAI said in a release here that from this year onward corporate porting has also been started where mobile numbers taken in the name of firms can also be ported if such porting is duly authorised by their authorised representative.(IANS)

Mobile number portability requests up by 2.6 million: TRAI

Mobile number portability requests up by 2.6 million: TRAINew Delhi, May 12 : The mobile number portability (MNP) requests have gone up by 2.60 million in March 2014, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed Monday.

The MNP requests increased from 114.41 million subscribers at the end of February 2014 to 117.01 million at the end of March 2014.

The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 931.95 million at the end of February 2014 to 933 million at the end of March 2014, thereby showing a monthly growth of 0.11 percent.

TRAI recommends auction of CDMA or 800 MHz spectrum

TRAINew Delhi, Feb 22 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Saturday recommended auction of CDMA or 800 MHz band airwaves at Rs. 2,685 crore per megahertz reserve price, an official release said here.

The recommendation said the entire available spectrum with the Department of Telecom (DoT) in the 800 MHz band should be put to auction. "The authority recommends that the reserve price for the forthcoming auction of 800 MHz spectrum should be fixed at 80 percent of the average valuation," the recommendation said.

Mobile number portability up by 2.09 mn in November: TRAI

Mobile-number-portabilityNew Delhi, Jan 30 : Request for mobile number portability (MNP) in November 2013 went up by 2.09 million, official data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said Thursday.

MNP requests increased from 104.79 million subscribers at the end of October 2013 to 106.87 million at the end of November 2013, it said.

The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 904.56 million at the end of October 2013 to 910.14 million at the end of November 2013 -- thereby showing a monthly growth of 0.62 percent.

TRAI releases paper on reserve price for auction of 800 MHz Band spectrum

TRAINew Delhi, Jan 2 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper on reserve price for auction of 800 MHz Band spectrum.

On December 12, 2013, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had requested TRAI to furnish their recommendations on reserve price for 800 MHz band in all the service areas in terms of clause 11(1)(a) of the TRAI Act 1997 as amended.

In this context, TRAI issued the consultation paper raising specific issues for consideration of stakeholders.

Mobile number portability requests up 2.3 mn in October: TRAI

Mobile-number-portabilityNew Delhi, Dec 13 : Mobile number portability requests increased from 102.49 million subscribers at the end of September to 104.79 million at the end of October -- a rise of 2.30 million requests within the month itself, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said Friday.

The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 899.86 million at the end of September to 904.56 million at the end of October -- thereby showing a monthly growth of 0.52 percent, according to data released by TRAI here Friday.

TRAI cuts security deposit, registration fee of telemarketers

TRAI cuts security deposit, registration fee of telemarketersNew Delhi, Dec 3 : The Telecom regulator Tuesday said it was halving registration fees and security deposit of telemarketers with the service provider in order to encourage telemarketers register with it.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference (Fourteenth Amendment) Regulations, 2013 to this effect which will come into force after 30 days.

Yashwant Sinha alleges another telecom scam, writes to PM

Yashwant-SinhaNew Delhi, Nov 12 : Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha Tuesday alleged another telecom scam was taking place and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reject TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) recommendations of spectrum reserve price and user charges.

"I would like to draw your attention to another scam which seems to be taking place in the telecom sector," Sinha said in his letter to the prime minister Nov 9.

The letter was released to the media Tuesday.

Telecom Commission for upping spectrum base price

Telecom-CommissionNew Delhi, Nov 6 : The Telecom Commission Wednesday recommended raising the reserve price for mobile phone spectrum auctions by 15 percent more than the price suggested by the Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) in the 1,800 megahertz (MHz) and by 25 percent in the 900 MHz.

The panel has approved the merger and acquisition policy and a senior government official said the merger entity may hold up to 50 percent of market share in each circle. The policy now needs cabinet approval.

The Telecom Commission is the highest decision making agency of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

TRAI recommends Rs.2,918 crore revamp for northeast phone services

TRAI recommends Rs.2,918 crore revamp for northeast phone servicesNew Delhi, Sep 26 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Thursday recommended a Rs. 2,918 crore investment for improving phone connectivity in the North East Region (NER) where coverage is poor in almost half of the villages, chairman Rahul Khullar said here.

"About one-sixth of National Highways do not have telephone connectivity at all. Teledensity is low compared to national standard and in terms of coverage to villages it is very low ... which is very sad," Khullar said.




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