User: sandman1965 Topic: Telecom
Category: Regulatory
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Telecom panel to discuss Trai's proposal for spectrum allocation on August 31 15.8.2018 DNA: Money
The Telecom Commission, apex decision making body at the telecom department, is likely to meet on August 31 to discuss Trai's recommendation on spectrum allocation, according to official sources. "The next Telecom Commission meeting is proposed for August 31," an official source told PTI without disclosing agenda of the meeting. Another DoT source said though agenda has not been freezed for the meeting but it is likely to take up some of the recommendation made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India regarding spectrum allocation. The source, however, said the latest recommendations of Trai on spectrum auction plan worth Rs 4.9 lakh crore may not come. Last month, keeping aside observation of the Supreme Court order in 2G case that spectrum should be allocated through auction, Trai recommended allotment of radiowaves without bidding route for PMRTS. Unlike cellular services, PMRTS are operated for two-way communication within small distance of around 30 kilometer-range by police, security agencies, ...
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RCom reinstates bank guarantees worth Rs 774 cr with telecom department 13.8.2018 DNA: India
Reliance Communications (RCom) today said it has reinstated bank guarantees worth Rs 774 crore with the telecom department, much ahead of the timelines set by the telecom tribunal. The move not only staves off a looming crisis that the company had faced after the telecom department's show-cause notice to it on spectrum and licence cancellation, but clears the way for the asset monetisation plan of the debt-ridden company. "RCom and its subsidiary Reliance Telecom Limited have today reinstated bank guarantees aggregating Rs 774 crore with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), four weeks ahead of the last date of September 10, 2018 as granted by...Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT)," RCom said in a statement. The reinstatement of the bank guarantees will ensure that the company's licence and spectrum value of Rs 11,300 crore "stands fully protected", the statement said, adding RCom is fully compliant with the stipulated guidelines. "The company's asset monetisation programme ...
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Reliance Jio effect: Vodafone introduces prepaid plan with unlimited voice calls at Rs 99 13.8.2018 DNA: India
In an effort to compete with Reliance Jio and Airtel, Vodafone has now launched a new voice-only prepaid plan for a price of Rs 99, which will offer unlimited local, STD and roaming voice calls for a period of 28 days. This plan is only valid for Vodafone customers in 4G circles. At the moment, it is unknown whether Vodafone is capping the voice calls to 250 minutes per day and 1000 minutes per week. Recently, the government gave final approval to the mega merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular which will create the country's largest mobile operator with 35 per cent market share and around 430 million subscribers, news agency PTI reported. The move comes just days after Idea Cellular and Vodafone India made a joint payment of Rs 7,268.78 crore 'under protest' to the Department of Telecom (DoT) for merging their mobile businesses. A senior DoT official privy to the development told PTI, that the final approval has been accorded to the merger and the entities will now approach Registrar of Companies (RoC) ...
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Vodafone offers 126GB at Rs 799 to beat Reliance Jio and Airtel 9.8.2018 DNA: Opinion
In an effort to compete with Reliance Jio and Airtel, Vodfone has now introduced two new prepaid plans at Rs 549 and Rs 799. Rs 549 prepaid plan The company is offering 3.5GB of 4G data per day with its Rs 549 prepaid plan. This implies that a user will receive 98 GB for 28 days with a daily limit of 3.5GB data per day. Additionally, plan also offers unlimited voice calling with STD calls and 100SMSes per day. Rs 799 Prepaid plan Vodafone is offering 4.5GB data per day with its Rs 799 plan. This implies that users will get 126GB data for a validity period of 28 days. Additionally, plan also offers unlimited voice calling with STD calls and 100SMSes per day. Recently, the government gave a final approval to the mega merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular which will create the country's largest mobile operator with 35 per cent market share and around 430 million subscribers, news agency PTI reported. The move comes just days after Idea Cellular and Vodafone India made a joint payment of Rs 7,268.78 crore ...
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WhatsApp officially rolls out forward message limit for Indian users 8.8.2018 Sify Finance
With the Indian government talking tough on WhatsApp's failure to check the spread of fake and provocative content on its platorm, the instant messaging service on Wednesday said it has begun rolling out its forward message limit to five chats for over 200 million users in India.
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When it comes to litigation, DoT is among the top departments 8.8.2018 Rediff: Business
Lawyers representing govt point out that telcos, because of the large money they can save if they get a favourable judgement, prefer to fight till all legal options are exhausted
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Apple's next iOS update may allow you to report spam calls 8.8.2018 DNA: Popular News
Tech titan Apple has informed telecom regulator TRAI that the new version of its operating system includes a feature that would allow users to report unwanted messages and calls as spam, sources said. The issue of reporting unsolicited telemarketing calls and messages has been a major bone of contention between the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the US-based company. According to sources, Apple in its letter dated June 19 said it has recently announced a new feature in iOS 12 (its operating system) to enhance spam SMS and call reporting. This new capability, the company said, provides developers with the ability to create an app extension that allows users to report both unwanted messages and calls as spam. To report the unsolicited communication, the user will have to enable an Unwanted Communication extension in the Settings app, it added. However, iOS and Apple's app store review guidelines still do not allow a mobile app to transmit a customer's personally-identifiable information and ...
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India launches integration & availability of TRAI Mobile Apps on UMANG platform 7.8.2018 Govt of india: PIB
Policy initiatives of TRAI, over the years, have been to protect the interests of the consumers. Recognizing the importance of reaching out to the consumers and to safeguard their interests, TRAI has now integrated its Mobile Apps namely DND 2.0 & MyCall with UMANG Platform.
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Fake news: Govt may block mobile apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp 7.8.2018 Rediff: Business
The government is also trying to curb child abuse and pornography and such platforms act as catalysts in these cases.
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Telecom companies asked to explore ways to block social media apps 7.8.2018 DNA: Money
Social media applications including WhatsApp and Facebook are in the line of fire again as the department of telecommunications (DoT) has asked telecom players as well as internet service providers to explore ways to block such social media applications on internet. "...once again requested....to explore various possible options and confirm how the Instagram/Facebook/Whatsapp/Telegram and other such mobile applications can be blocked on internet," a letter sent by DoT on July 18 said. The apps will be blocked as "per the provisions of IT Act 2000". There are provisions in the Information Technology (IT) Act 2000 and Indian Penal Code to deal with objectionable contents posted online. However, there was no clear reason as to why these applications need to be blocked. It just says that ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have raised issues regarding such sites. Last month, this matter was also discussed during a meeting with DoT and technical inputs were sought from ...
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Do you have Aadhaar helpline number in your phone contact list? 3.8.2018 Rediff: Business
French hacker Elliot Alderson had earlier pointed out UIDAI helpline (1800-300-1947) could just be "the tip of the iceberg", hinting there could be additional data or trackers on Indian phone manufacturers' devices.
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People aghast to find UIDAI helpline number in their phonebooks 3.8.2018 Sify Finance
Thousands of smartphone users in India woke up puzzled on Friday as a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI was saved in their phonebooks by default.
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People clueless as UIDAI helpline number enters their phonebooks 3.8.2018 Sify Finance
Thousands of smartphone users in India woke up puzzled on Friday with a Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) toll-free helpline number saved in their phonebooks by default.
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Airwaves of over Rs 5 trn may be sold for 5G auction 2.8.2018 Rediff: Business
If it happens, this would mean the largest spectrum auction in terms of amount with over 7,000 Mhz going up for sale across eight bands
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Trai sets reserve price for 5G spectrum auction 2.8.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Setting the ball rolling for next spectrum auction, telecom regulator Trai on Wednesday recommended reserve price for next generation 5G spectrum, which will be auctioned for the first time in India, at Rs 492 crore per Mhz, while lowering the price for premium 4G band – 700 Mhz, by almost 43% at Rs 6,568 crore per Mhz. The reserve price for proposed spectrum band for 5G services in 3300-3600 Mhz frequency has been fixed at Rs 492 crore per Mhz. This will be the first time that 5G spectrum will be put up for sale. For 700 Mhz, the earlier recommended reserve price was at Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz, but this spectrum remained unsold during the last spectrum auction in October 2016 because of a steep price. 700 MHz band is a sought after band for LTE deployment around the world due to its efficiency and higher penetration inside buildings. LTE device eco-system is developing fast in this band. In its recommendations on spectrum auction on Thursday for various bands -- 700 Mhz, 800 Mhz, 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 ...
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Shortage of Funds 1.8.2018 Govt of india: PIB
All non-exempt Ministries/Departments, including Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Power and Ministry of Shipping, are required to earmark 10% of their schematic budget for the North Eastern Region.
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UIDAI advises people not to share Aadhaar numbers in public 1.8.2018 Sify Finance
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) late on Tuesday advised Aadhaar card holders to refrain from publicly sharing their Aadhaar numbers on social media and throwing challenges to others.
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VoLTE calls to be monitored for quality 1.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Voice calls on Long Term Evolution, or VoLTE, networks will now be a part of quality of service (QoS) norms as suggested by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Till now, only voice calls from 2G and 3G network were part of QoS norms which depict call drops and other parameters of quality of networks. New telecom player Reliance Jio's services are purely on VoLTE network, while incumbents including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have started VoLTE services in circles. Two parameters for voice calls on LTE network -- QoS Downlink PDCP SDUs Drop Rate (DL-PDR) and Uplink PDCP SDUs Drop Rate (UL-PDR) will be added to the QoS norms and it should be below 2% benchmark. Even for call drops in 2G and 3G networks, the call drop rate has to be below 2%. These parameters are to be reported as part of QoS Periodic Monthly Report from the quarter starting from October 1, 2018, Trai said in its directions on Tuesday. Trai chairman R S Sharma had told DNA Money earlier this month that the norms will be ...
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Don't share Aadhaar number, says UIDAI after TRAI chief's dare 1.8.2018 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
An all-out war has been raging on Twitter since Saturday after Trai chief R S Sharma shared his Aadhaar number publicly, challenging anyone to show how mere knowledge of the number can be misused to harm him. While some claimed to have got access to his bank account number and email, Sharma refuted the claims saying they were untrue.
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Have an Aadhaar number Here's what you must learn from RS Sharma's experience 30.7.2018 Sify Finance
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