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DoT examining if January 23 legal deadline for AGR payment applies to non-telecom PSUs

Telcos Airtel and Vodafone Idea are legally bound to comply with the payment timelines stipulated by the SC.

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.

Broadcasters miffed at TRAI’s new caps on channel pricing

Indian television stations have sought to reverse the order a day after TRAI announced new caps on pricing and bouquet discounts. In the amended rules, announced after three-and-a-half months of consultation, the Telecom regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has reduced the cap on MRP of TV channels that are part of a bouquet by 37% to Rs 12 from Rs 19.

TRAI lowers cap on MRP of individual channels

TRAI has reduced the cap on the MRP of individual channels to Rs 12 per month, from Rs 19.

Lost phones can be tampered with, tracking may be limited

The central registry for stolen or lost mobiles may not be able to protect the tampering or untraceablity of the phones. The IMEI can also be changed while repairing a broken or malfunctioning mobile phone. However the IMEI number which the registry wants to block, can also be changed, say experts.

Govt will give 5G spectrum for trials to all players: Ravi Shankar Prasad

"We have taken a decision to give 5G spectrum for trials to all players," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. An in-principle decision has been taken in this regard, Prasad said at an event here. "5G is future, it is speed. We will encourage new innovation in 5G," he added. Sources said all operators and vendors, including Huawei, will be included in trials.

Telecom companies may see licence fee cut

Industry experts said that while the planned move will give telecos some relief, it might not be enough.

TRAI moves may help lift fortunes of Voda Idea, Airtel, say analysts

The recent Supreme Court verdict adversely hit Vodafone Idea and Airtel, which backed the government’s wider definition of adjusted gross revenue (AGR), and face statutory dues of Rs 53,039 cr and Rs 35,586 cr respectively. They need to pay up in just over a month from now.

Telecom industry needs some sanity and orderliness: Sunil Mittal

Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal, welcomes TRAI’s move to begin discussions on setting a floor price for data and voice tariffs, adding he hopes for a 'legal' relief. Even experts say regulatory steps will be of much help to telcos. Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio have sought a floor for data tariffs, but don't want voice to be regulated.

Trai likely to defer zero-IUC regime for a year, says source

The telecom regulator in September had issued a discussion paper on deferring the implementation of the zero-interconnect usage charges (IUC) regime, saying that consumers are yet to migrate completely to data calls and that the imbalance in voice traffic between operators still exists.

Can telecom companies charge for ‘free’ video services?

Can telecom companies charge for ‘free’ video services?

Regulator Trai is taking a serious view of the free subscription offers to movie and music streaming services and many other consumer issues as part of efforts to drive in transparency in tariffs offered by mobile operators to their subscribers, especially in view of rising consumer complaints about misleading information in telecom ads.

Will AGR issue force telecom sector to move towards duopoly?

Will AGR issue force telecom sector to move towards duopoly?

Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel reported a combined loss of Rs 74,000 crore on Thursday. It is the biggest ever loss for both telecom firms, as they made provisions following the recent Supreme Court ruling on adjusted gross revenue (AGR). Will Voda Idea and Airtel weather this storm or will Indian Telecom Sector move towards a duopoly. ET's Gulveen Aulakh explains how bad the situation is for these companies. Watch

TRAI recommends cap on DTH platform services, exclusivity in new recommendations

TRAI recommends cap on DTH platform services, exclusivity in new recommendations

In the new recommendations issued Wednesday, TRAI has capped the total number of platform services to 3% of the total channel carrying capacity of the DTH player, subject to a maximum of 15 such channels. At present, Tata Sky alone has over 30 platform services, while Airtel Digital TV and Dish TV also have much more than 15 services.

View: India imperils foreign investment with telecom cash grab

View: India imperils foreign investment with telecom cash grab

The AGR drama may end up setting every wrong precedent possible. Future investors will think twice.

Govt within its rights to hold spectrum auction, but older telcos unlikely to bid: COAI

Govt within its rights to hold spectrum auction, but older telcos unlikely to bid: COAI

COAI Director General Rajan Mathews said given the latest AGR judgement from the apex court and the sector's deep crisis, the older operators are unlikely to have the wherewithal to bid for spectrum. "If the auctions are indeed held, then the government should ensure there is no monopoly in acquisition of spectrum," Mathews added.

Even a 10% hike in tariffs may fetch telcos Rs 35,000 crore: DoT

Even a 10% hike in tariffs may fetch telcos Rs 35,000 crore: DoT

DoT estimated that increase of 10% in realisations from subscribers may yield Rs 35k cr in revenue for telcos.

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