The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), on completion of 20 years of its existence, will be organising a two day seminar on 'Digital Broadcasting in India' on 4th and 5th May 2017 at Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, followed by a cultural programme on 5th May, 2017 (Evening) at the same hotel.
The recent recusals by the two successive benches have delayed the Trai tariff case at the Madras High Court, but now it will be heard by the Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee on 24th April. First, the two-member bench comprising Justice Nagamuthu and Justice Anita Sumanth had recused from the case after an anonymous petition to the chief justice had claimed that Justice Nagamuthu had sought P Chidambaram’s help in becoming the judge.
Country’s telecom regulator TRAI is set to hold many open house discussions on net neutrality, a hot issue with the industry and the common man; it is a concept that multiple stakeholders including content providers and telecom service providers have backed in full form with reasonable traffic management practices.
To ensure online data protection, country’s telecom regulator TRAI is working on a new regulatory regime which is expected to be ready by this Diwali. It was informed to the Supreme Court by the central government.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will hold an Open House Discussion on the following subject at the date, time and venue given below:
On 19th April, country’s telecom regulator TRAI released Pre-Consultation Paper on ‘Ease of Doing Business in Broadcasting Sector.’ Written comments from stakeholders are invited by 8thMay 2017.
To reduce telcos operational cost and mitigate RoW (right of way) challenges, country’s telecom regulator’s chairman RS Sharma has said, “A request for proposal (RFP) will be floated shortly for common duct. The initiative will be conducted in Jharkhand’s Deoghar with an aim to offer a common duct for at least 20 years. No other telecom service operator will be allowed to dig land.”
Country’s telecom regulator TRAI has formed 3 subgroups to identify and terminate obsolete regulations and orders. Subgroups have been constituted in in areas like licencing, tariff and service quality. The entire exercise is likely to be completed in next 2-3 months.
On 17th April, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the last date for submission of written comments and counter comments on Consultation Paper "Introduction of UL (VNO) for Access Service authorization for category B license with districts of a State as a service area" up to 1st May, 2017 and 8th May, 2017 respectively.
The telecom regulator TRAI, on April 7, released the “Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report”for the quarter ending December, 2016. The report provides a broad perspective of the Telecom Services in India and presents the key parameters and growth trends of the Telecom Services as well as Cable TV, DTH & Radio Broadcasting services in India for the period covering 1st October, 2016 to 31st December, 2016 compiled mainly on the basis of information furnished by the Service Providers.
Country’s telecom regulator TRAI has again extended the last date for receiving comments and counter comments on theConsultation Paper on 'Regulatory Principles of Tariff Assessment' till 1st May 2017. The Paper was issued on17th February, this year, inviting comments from the stakeholders by 17th March, 2017 and counter comments by 24th March, 2017. On request from various stakeholders, the last date for the submission of comments on the Consultation Paper was extended up to 7th April, 2017 and counter comments by 15th April, 2017.
Through a notice dated 11th April, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the last date for receiving comments on ‘Ease of Doing Telecom Business in India’ till 25th April 2017 after some stakeholders requested the regulator for the same as the paper deals with various issues, and hence the extension of last date was needed.
The Telecom regulator TRAI, on April 6, said it will issue its order on the revised quality of service norms for mobile services after a few weeks; this will also include benchmarks for newer technologies like VoLTE.
On March 29, country’s telecom regulator TRAI released its recommendations on “Sharing of Infrastructure in Television Broadcasting Distribution Sector”. Some of the features of these recommendations are:
The country’s telecom regulator TRAI has amended Clause 3 (b) of the tariff order to clear the confusion about the nature of channels in the tariff order and the declaration of reference interconnection offer (RIO) in the interconnection regulation. Now, 60 days post the publication of the tariff order in the official gazette, the broadcasters will have to tell the nature of a channel as pay or free to air (FTA) and the maximum retail price (MRP) of the channel. Earlier, it was 30 days as per the principal tariff order.
On March 29, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the ‘Report on Activities’ for the period: 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016. The report presents an abstract of the activities of TRAI during that entire period. All the recommendations, regulations, orders and directions referred to it in the report are available on TRAI web portal.
In the TRAI tariff order case, the Madras High Court has declined to pass an interim order on Star India and Vijay TV’s petition seeking a stay on TRAI tariff order and interconnection regulation, following an undertaking by the latter.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is inviting sealed tender from companies/ firms that satisfy the following eligibility conditions for conducting audit and assessment of quality of service (QoS) provided by service providers.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is organizing ‘Consumer Outreach Programme’ in different parts of the country. These progrmmes are primarily intended to outreach to the customers, industry bodies, State Govt., various Govt bodies, CAGs, and TSPs. India’s regulator TRAI organises customer outreach programme in several parts of the country regularly to aware the industry. Interested candidates may visit as per programme in the event.
The claims made by the Telecom, that the sector's health is falling, has been dismissed by the regulator TRAI. TRAI also contested TC’s authority to comment on promotional tariff plans. TRAI may write to the Telecom Commission (TC), the highest decision making body in the telecom department (DoT), saying its view linking the health of the sector to the revenue accruing to the government was faulty, and matters around tariffs, including promotional offers, fall within the domain of the regulator.
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