'Telcos should not be allowed to act as Net gatekeepers'

The final views of Trai are likely to be out by this month-end.

Consumers have right to be compensated for call drops: TRAI

Consumers have the right to get compensated for call drops and this was different from the quality of service guidelines that cellular service providers have to follow under the licence conditions, TRAI told Delhi High Court Friday.

 

Call drops: Ravi Shankar Prasad asks telcos to shape up, or face action

In a stern warning to telecom operators on the call drop issue, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said it's not his "job to find towers" and the companies must improve their networks, or face serious action.

Ringo stops local calling service, alleges blocking by telcos

The app, which offered low-cost local calling at 19 paise a minute, said it has stopped domestic calling rollout and is working on a favourable resolution in due course of time.

Fitch puts telecom sector on negative outlook ahead of Reliance Jio

Fitch puts telecom sector on negative outlook ahead of Reliance Jio

Fitch Ratings on Friday slashed the telecom sector outlook to 'negative' from 'stable' for 2016 and said the impending entry of Reliance Jio will increase the competition and pressurise credit profiles of top-four telcos.

 

No going back on call drop penalty: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Despite mounting pressure from telcos including threat of legal action, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said the penalty for call drops announced by the regulator Trai will be implemented as per schedule.

Call drop compensation unlikely in near term: UBS Securities

Call drop compensation unlikely in near term: UBS Securities

Trai's order making it mandatory to compensate customers for up to three call drops in a day is not likely to be implemented in the near term.

DoT may conduct special audit of telcos from 2008 onwards

The Department of Telecom (DoT) may conduct a special audit of telecom companies from 2008 onwards, although no timeline has been finalised yet.

Soon, telecom companies may compensate users for call drops

Plagued by the vexed problem of call drops, telecom regulator TRAI on Friday proposed that service providers should compensate mobile subscribers for call drops and poor quality of services.

Telcos must inform users about data usage: TRAI

India's telecom regulator TRAI has made it mandatory for telecom operators to issue notices in form of USSD or SMS about data usage to its customers at regular intervals.

Telcos propose licence regime for apps like WhatsApp, Skype

To have a level-playing field, telecom operators have proposed a licensing regime for over-the-top (OTT) players like WhatsApp and Skype, a view which is opposed by internet firms and associations.

Govt body NIXI against selective bundling of apps by telcos

Neutral Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), a body under the IT Ministry, Friday said it strongly supports Net Neutrality and any move by telecom operators to selectively bundle the services will go against the basic concept of internet.

Telcos' finances will be under pressure: Fitch

The spectrum auction which concluded on March 25 attracted bids worth Rs 1,09,874.91 crore.

'Spectrum payment to push up telcos' debt to Rs 3.5 lakh crore'

About 11 percent remained unsold which also included 800 Mhz, 1800 Mhz and 2100 Mhz (3G) band.

Spectrum auction garners bids worth Rs 86,000 cr on day four

Government has got commitments of Rs 86,000 crore from telecom players at the end of fourth day of spectrum auction -- crossing the targeted minimum amount of Rs 82,000 crore from the ongoing sale of 2G and 3G airwaves.

Telcos likely to commit $13 bn in spectrum sale: Fitch

The much awaited spectrum auction, wherein eight companies are bidding to acquire radiowaves in four bands, started on Wednesday.

Zuckerberg lauds telcos for connecting more people to Net

Zuckerberg lauds telcos for connecting more people to Net

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday offered to partner with telecom operators to expand internet access, while lauding the efforts of Indian giant Airtel and other telcos on this front.

Telcos seek fresh pre-bid conference for 3G

The demand to conduct pre-bid conference was supported by most of the telecom operators, including Airtel, Vodafone and Aircel.

Telcos added over 1 crore new users in Feb: Trai

The growth as usual was driven by wireless connection, mobile and dongle based users, while landline services continued to decline.

DoT panel for slab-based penalties for violations by telcos

The government has realised little revenue from such penalties because they have been challenged in courts.