"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 Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman RS Sharma rejected accusations of micromanagement and interference in the pricing of television channels.
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.
The state-owned telco with a revenue to wage ratio of 75% had floated a scheme for voluntary retirement after the Cabinet’s approval in October this year to bring down its huge salary burden.
"We have won the Delhi project worth Rs 128 crore. In more than 5,000 buses we are installing cameras and distress button,” TCIL chairman Rajiv Gupta told ET, and added that it was a first-of-its-kind initiative. The Delhi govt had to float the proposal again with changed terms and conditions.
BSNL has paid the outstanding dues worth Rs 150 crore each to Nokia and ZTE, according to a source. BSNL is also set to release Rs 22 crore to Swedish Ericsson and Rs 50 crore to UTStarcom through circle offices towards supplies for the Phase-V GSM expansion initiative.
Foreign vendors give an ultimatum to BSNL to clear Rs 3000 crore in dues by December 31; may stop support
Foreign gear vendors have said they will abandon the debt-laden PSU if its dues are not cleared by Dec 31.
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.
Commerce and Industry minister Piyush Goyal has ruled out any suo motu support to the ailing telecom sector.
“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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