Muntazir Abbas

  • New broadcasting framework for consumer protection: Trai

    New broadcasting framework for consumer protection: Trai

    "The new framework is consumer-friendly and addresses the issues of stakeholders. We have provided the freedom to broadcasters and they are free to price. We have only reduced the bouquet cap to Rs 12," Trai chairman Ram Sewak Sharma said. The new regime was unveiled in Dec 2018, and the regulator has issued amendments on Jan 1, this year.

    Telecom sector demands tax rationalisation, line of credit

    Telecom sector demands tax rationalisation, line of credit

    ​​The telecom players sought the government’s support to lessen the regulatory levies including the reduction of Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) charge to 3%, and reduction of license fee from 3% to 1%, as a part of their pre-budget 2020-21 demand.

    BSNL asks DoT to waive AGR dues of Rs 4,990 crore

    BSNL asks DoT to waive AGR dues of Rs 4,990 crore

    BSNL has to pay a licence fee of Rs 2,099 crore and spectrum usage charge (SUC) of Rs 2,890 crore to the DoT, following the Supreme Court verdict in October asking mobile service providers as well as other entities having a telecom licence to pay dues on account of AGR calculated on overall business.

    TRAI looks to check misuse of recalled numbers

    TRAI looks to check misuse of recalled numbers

    “Providing a revocation list is important to check misuse. If a consumer surrenders a number, the transactional one-time password will go to the original number. There was no way of redirecting and the new user may gain access to another’s identity,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Ram Sewak Sharma told ET.

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