Notable brands including Lava, Intex, Micromax, Karbonn and even Chinese brands Oppo and Vivo have reduced the number of in-shop promoters — in some cases to nearly a third — over the last couple of months.
The Appellate court will now hear the matter of RCom seeking removal of the stay on the sale of those assets which was issued by the National Company Law Tribunal, on April 23.
As per the govt rules notified late last March, the life of a smartphone has been determined as five years, while that of a featurephone at seven years.
“As per TRAI act 1997, transparency is an important mandate of Trai. Presently, telecom service providers offer tariffs at their websites,” the authority said in a statement Monday.
Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), which represents apps such as Facebook, Amazon, Makemytrip and Flipkart, said that app makers were already heavily regulated under the IT Act.
India's No 2 and No 3 carriers, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, are merging their operations to create the country’s largest phone company with over 410 million customers.
Trai had said that its aim was to stymie the “menace” of grey route of international calling, which it said also posed a “serious threat” to national security.
Lenovo-Motorola group’s Asia Pacific head Shashank Sharma will take on Mathur’s responsibilities in the interim, the company said in a response to ET queries on Thursday.
Trai is likely to seek more powers to regulate the flow of data from users to app makers. Any such move will face strong resistance from app makers.
India, where 98% of mobile phone owners use Android-based handsets, has emerged as a crucial market for Google.
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