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  • Waive landline broadband fee to lower cost: Trai to Government 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai on Friday asked the government to exempt fixed line broadband service from licence fee for at least 5 years and suggested a series of measures to expedite the roll out of high speed network. It has also suggested a revamp of the government bodies involved in...
  • After net neutrality protests Flipkart pulls out of Airtel Zero 6 days ago

    Following a huge backlash on social media over its decision to partner with Airtel for Airtel Zero, e-commerce giant Flipkart has now pulled out of the program. The decision from Flipkart comes in the wake of growing protests against net neutrality abuse. ...
  • Congress supports net neutrality: Ajay Maken 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday said it fully supported net neutrality and asked the government to direct the telecom regulator TRAI to scrap an ongoing public consultation on whether telecom operators should impose differential charges for services like Skype and WhatsApp. Party leader Ajay Maken noted that any telecom framework...
  • No deal signed for Airtel Zero as it violated net neutrality: Flipkart 6 days ago

    Caught in the debate over net neutrality, Flipkart on Tuesday ended its deal with Airtel for its 'Airtel Zero' pack. Speaking over the agreement, Flipkart CEO-Commerce Mukesh Bansal said, "we want an open and democratic internet. We never signed any deal for Airtel Zero as we realised that in the...
  • Will address concerns of entrepreneurs, startups over net neutrality, assures Ravi Shankar Prasad 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Even as the debate over free and equal access to the Internet continues, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday assured start ups and young Internet entrepreneurs that government will address their concerns. "I can assure that the young Internet entrepreneurs, the startups and all the creators, that the...
  • Net Neutrality: Will TRAI note your concerns to save the internet? 1 week ago

    In less than two weeks the internet is likely to go through a major transition in India. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has come up with a plan to regulate internet services -- mainly the over the top services like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype. The TRAI consultation paper has...
  • AIB video explaining net neutrality goes viral 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Amidst raging debate over net neutrality, AIB is in news once again for bringing the #SaveTheInternet campaign to the common citizen. A video by AIB which explains net neutrality has received more than 9 lakh views in less than 48 hours. The video highlights the #SaveTheInternet campaign started by...
  • Why should telecom companies control what I do on the net: Aditi Mittal 1 week ago

    The Internet is under threat in India as telecom operators have gone to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to allow them to block apps and websites and charge money from both consumers and businesses to the detriment of users. "We are a huge telecom market. Why should telecom...
  • TRAI recommends non discriminate availability of Internet, report on net neutrality to be filed in May 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Amidst raging debate over net neutrality, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has made a committee to look into the issues of the matter. According to sources, the committee was formed in January 2015. A report has been sought by the 2nd week of May. According to sources, the...
  • Indians rally for Internet freedom, send over 1 lakh emails to TRAI for net neutrality 1 week ago

    The Internet is under threat in India as telecom operators have gone to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to allow them to block apps and websites and charge money from both consumers and businesses to the detriment of users. People from a cross section of society including politicians, who...
  • What exactly is Net Neutrality? April 11, 2015

    "What is this Net Neutrality business everyone is talking about?" "Arre who cares, yaar! Anyway dude look at this post, '17 things every cat lover can relate to' It's so funny!" You should care. This is the kind of stuff that you just may not be able to look at...
  • Roaming rates to get cheaper from May 1 as TRAI cuts SMS, call tariffs April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: This is surely good news for mobile phone uses. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reduced ceiling tariffs for national roaming service from May 1 and directed telecom companies to offer special roaming tariff plan from the same date. According to the reduced tariff outgoing local voice...
  • Odisha MP earns internet points by writing a letter to the TRAI Chairman in support of Net Neutrality April 7, 2015

    Remember the Oisha MP ​Tathagata Satpathy​? He was the same person who won the internet some time ago when he took part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.com. He showed us then that he was a pretty cool guy who knew his Pink Floyd references. He also talked...
  • TRAI recommends 112 as single emergency number for India April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: A single number '112' can be used for all emergency phone calls across the country including for police, fire and ambulance, telecom regulator TRAI proposed on Tuesday. Similar to the '911' all-in-one emergency service in the US, government can integrate all existing emergency numbers such as 100, 101,...
  • Available spectrum very scarce in India: TRAI March 30, 2015

    Bengaluru: Expressing concerns over spectrum scarcity in the country, TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar on Monday said the availability of airwaves in India is less than 40 per cent as compared to European nations. "If you compare country in Europe or rest of the world which are similar in size to...
  • TRAI initiates regulatory preparations for WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and other services March 27, 2015

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI started the process to prepare regulatory framework for Internet-based calling and messaging applications like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and Google Talk, known as over-the-top (OTT) players. "Worldwide, there is an ongoing debate among governments, industry and consumers regarding regulations of OTT services and Net-neutrality. In this background,...
  • Norms for billing, issue of receipts not being complied with: TRAI March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: Observing that prescribed norms for billing and issue of receipts for payments made by subscribers are not being complied with by Multi System Operators, broadcasting sector regulator TRAI has incorporated provisions to levy financial disincentives on such entities. In a statement, TRAI said that such non-compliance has resulted in...
  • Vodafone India seeks more time to stop using '111' number for customer care services March 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Vodafone India has sought more time from sectoral regulator TRAI to stop using '111' for its customer care services, citing inconvenience to subscribers from any immediate stoppage. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had asked the company on March 2 to stop use of '111' number as it violated...
  • TRAI asks Vodafone to stop using 'unallocated' 111 for customer care services March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Sector regulator Trai today directed Vodafone to stop using '111' for offering customer care services, as it violates the national numbering plan, and submit a compliance report by March 10. In a direction to Vodafone, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said that Department of Telecom had issued...
  • Supreme Court to hear Vodafone's plea against inter-connection usage charges on March 9 February 27, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday deferred to March 9 the hearing on a plea of telecom firm Vodafone India against TRAI's recent tariff regulations by which inter-connection usage charges (IUC) have been revised. A bench of justices J Chelameswar and RK Agrawal adjourned the hearing as the matter was...
  • TRAI proposes up to 80 per cent cut in mobile roaming rates February 27, 2015

    New Delhi: Mobile subscribers can look forward to lower charges as telecom regulator TRAI has proposed a sharp cut of about 35 per cent for making calls and up to 80 per cent for sending messages while roaming. "Through the Amendment Order, the Authority intends to reduce the ceiling tariffs for...
  • BSNL, MTNL, Videocon plan to slash call rates February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Telecom companies BSNL, MTNL and Videocon are considering reducing call rates after telecom regulator TRAI cut down interconnection charges. "Removal of fixed termination charges will help BSNL serve its customer better. We will come up with better offers in next financial year. Customers will have more affordable services," BSNL...
  • Starting May 3, you will be able to change your mobile service provider across India February 25, 2015

    New Delhi: Mobile subscribers from May 3 will be able to port their numbers anywhere in the country while changing service providers, as telecom regulator Trai has amended the regulation on it. Mobile Number Portability (MNP) currently allows consumers to change their service provider while retaining the same number only within...
  • STD calls to cost less as TRAI slashes network charge that one operator pays to another by about 50% February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Long distance domestic telephone calls are set to become cheaper as regulator TRAI today slashed a network charge that one operator pays to another for carrying the call by about 50 per cent to 35 paise a minute. Carriage charges play an important role in determining the long...
  • Telecom tariffs to go down as Trai cuts call connect charge February 23, 2015

    New Delhi: In a bid to boost fixed line phone connections in the country, telecom regulator Trai on Monday removed charges that a landline service provider has to pay to the other service providers for transmitting its customers' phone calls - a move that is likely to lead to lower...
  • Telecom tariffs to go down as TRAI cuts call connect charge February 23, 2015

    New Delhi:In a bid to boost fixed line phone connections in the country, telecom regulator TRAI removed charges that a landline service provider has to pay to the other service providers for transmitting its customers'phone calls - a move that is likely to lead to lower tariffs. Now, calls made from...
  • TRAI issues draft rules for full mobile number portability January 25, 2015

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI has issued draft regulations to facilitate full mobile number portability which is set to start from May 3. The full or nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) will allow consumers to change service provider in any part of the country while retaining their existing number. At present, mobile...
  • DoT may place 3G base pricing before Cabinet by January 15 January 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Eager to conduct simultaneous auction of 2G and 3G telecom airwaves, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is likely to approach the Cabinet by January 15 for pricing of 3G spectrum. The Cabinet on Monday approved the starting prices for auctioning 2G bandwidth to...
  • Complaints about pesky calls, SMSs drop by over 80 per cent December 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Steps taken by authorities to rein in pesky calls and SMSs seem to be bearing fruit with the average number of complaints received per month regarding such unsolicited communications coming down by over 80 per cent in the ongoing financial year. According to data shared by the Department of...
  • TRAI reiterates its proposals on spectrum auction November 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI on Monday said it stands by its proposals, including spectrum reserve price, taking back airwaves from BSNL, swapping 2100 MHz with defence forces and increasing supply of radiowaves. The Department of Telecom (DoT) had sought clarifications from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on its...