Telcos can get some airwaves for less than half the price paid earlier

NEW DELHI: Telecom operators can get spectrum in the 900 megahertz band, used for 4G services, in the upcoming auction for less than half the price paid for several circles in previous auctions, as per the base prices declared by the Department of Telecom. While most of the base prices are based on the recommendations […]

In order to be ready for 5G, we need to work on proper optical fiber connectivity and bandwidth: TRAI

NEW DELHI: 5G is a very important technological development and a combination of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud services and data explosion will lead us to a completely different domain of 5G deliberated S.K Gupta (ITS), Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in an interactive webinar organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and […]

Supreme Court tells Airtel, Vodafone to give TRAI details of segmented offers

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday directed Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea to disclose details sought by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in connection with segmented offers. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said: “In the light of the above historical background, […]

Parliamentary panel calls telcos, TRAI to discuss 5G preparedness

NEW DELHI: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology will review India’s preparedness for 5G technology in telecom on Tuesday. The panel has called representatives of telcos, DoT and TRAI to hear their views. The parliamentary panel, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, will hear the views of the representatives of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, […]

Senior bureaucrat P D Vaghela appointed TRAI chairman

NEW DELHI: Senior bureaucrat P D Vaghela was on Monday appointed as chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), according to a Personnel Ministry order. Vaghela, a 1986-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, is currently Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals. He has been appointed as the TRAI chief for three years or till he […]

Trai drops probe against Voda Idea on priority plan issue after telco tweaks offer

NEW DELHI: Telecom regulator Trai has decided to drop proceedings against Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) in priority plan matter after the telco withdrew contentious claims on faster speed and modified its offering. The move brings down curtains on the controversial priority plan issue, which saw the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) initiating a probe […]

TRAI issues directions for tariff advertisements

NEW DELHI: In a bid to bring more transparency in telecom tariff advertisements, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday issued fresh directions for advertisement of tariff plans by telecom operators. In a circular, the telecom regulator said “telecom service providers shall prominently highlight the additional terms and conditions and shall also provide […]

Trai grants Vodafone Idea time till September 8 to respond to priority plan show-cause notice

NEW DELHI:Telecom regulator Trai has granted additional time, till September 8, to Vodafone Idea to reply to its show-cause notice on priority plan, after the company sought more time to respond. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) last month had slapped a show-cause notice on Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) over its pay-more-for-priority treatment mobile […]

TRAI raises international call termination charges to 35-65 paise/min

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday said that it has revised the international termination charge from the fixed 30 paise per minute to a forebearance regime within a prescribed range of 35-65 paise per minute. International termination charge (ITC) is the charge payable by an Indian International Long-Distance Operator (ILDO), […]

5G Financing: Unbundle services, say TRAI Chairman

NEW DELHI: Innovative investment solutions are needed for financing the adoption of 5G technology that will have a multitude of applications and users. Dr. R S Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said 5G is important for strategic reasons and called for unbundling of infrastructure and investments for different services in the telecom […]

TRAI slaps fine on Jio, Airtel, others for not meeting service quality norms

NEW DELHI: Regulator TRAI has imposed penalties on major telecom operators, including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular (now merged), for slipping on various service quality benchmarks for the March quarter, according to multiple sources. The fines cover various parameters and service areas, and all the operators are in the process of making […]

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