The telecom regulator TRAI conducted Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Consumer Advocacy Groups and Consumer Education in Gangtok, Sikkim, on 16 February.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) conducted an open house discussion (OHD) on Consultation Paper on "Next Generation Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) communication networks" on 15 February to obtain valuable inputs of the concerned stakeholders. A number of stakeholders including manufacturers, telecom service providers, associations and academia etc. participated in the Open House Discussion. The stakeholders have reiterate their written submission during the OHD on the issues such as challenges with existing networks, suitable next generation network model, spectrum band and quantum of spectrum for PPDR network.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will be organizing Consumer Outreach Programme in different parts of the country. These programmes are primarily intended to outreach to the customers, industries bodies, State Government various Government bodies, CAGs and TSPs. Details of venue, date for the programme to be organized in Bhimavaram (Andhra Pradesh) along with contact person and telephone number is as under:
On 16 February, The telecom regulator TRAI released the "Telecommunication Tariff (63rd Amendment) Order, 2018 on 'Regulatory Principles of Tariff Assessment' to ensure Transparency, Non-discrimination and Non-predation in telecommunication services.
The telecom regulator TRAI organized a dedicated Consumer Outreach Programme (CoP) on 7 February, 2018 at National Law University (NLU), Dwarka in New Delhi to educate the student community about various initiatives taken by TRAI to safeguard consumer interests. Besides students and faculty of NLU, representatives of telecom service providers participated in the programme.
As reported earlier, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), Sony Pictures Networks India, ZEEL, and Viacom18 had sought a stay on the TRAI’s tariff orders dated 8 September 2015 for commercial subscribers in the tribunal. The Federations of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), the apex body of hotels and restaurants in India, is also a party to the matter.
Corrigendum 1: To increase the participation of prospective Application Service Providers the EOI is now also being published on CPP Portal (Central Public Procurement Portal), accordingly revised date and time for the pre-bid meeting, last date for submission of bid and bid opening date is given below :-
On 8 February, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released a Consultation Paper on "Method of allocation of spectrum for Public Mobile Radio Trunking Service (PMRTS), including auction, as a transparent mechanism".
On 2 February, the telecom regulator TRAI organized a Seminar on the topic "Smart Phone Usage in Internet Age” in Lucknow through its regional office Bhopal.
On 5 February 2018, the telecom regulator TRAI released a “white paper on wireless data speed measurement”. It said that to maintain accuracy and transparency, data speed testers must share their methodologies. The regulator added that accuracy in measuring broadband experience is crucial for consumers to make informed choices.
In its recommendations to the Department of Communication (DoT), the telecom regulator TRAI has reiterated that it should be entrusted the job of regulating the information communication technology (ICT) and the broadcasting sector as part of the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018.
The telecom regulator TRAI has suggested a review and rationalization of both the levies in the New National Telecom Policy (NTP). Due to layering of service providers in the value chain, infrastructure, networks, services, and applications, the regulator feels it is essential to review the positions to avoid cascading of levies.
The telecom regulator TRAI, in its recommendations on ‘Issues related to Digital Radio Broadcasting in India’ (released on 1 Feb), stated that there is a definite need to facilitate digital radio broadcasting in India to effectively utilise spectrum in VHF-II band for Radio broadcasting, to provide diverse content and other value-added services to radio listeners.
TRAI is organizing Consumer Outreach Programme in different parts of the country. These programmes are primarily intended to outreach to the customers, industries bodies, State Government various Government bodies, CAGs and TSPs. Details of venue, date for the programme to be organized in Firozabad (Uttar Pradesh) along with contact person and telephone number is as under:
On 1 February, 2018, the telecom regulator TRAI conducted a "Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Consumer Advocacy Groups and Consumer Education" in Coimbatore.
For a long time, it has been demanded by the industry that the regulator TRAI should bring the new media like live streaming under the net of regulation. Now as per media sources, the telecom regulator is evaluating a consultation process to regulate online video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar.
On 31 January, the telecom regulator TRAI brought down mobile number portability rates by almost 79 per cent to a maximum of Rs 4. It cited lower cost and higher volumes for such transactions. The new charges will come into force from the date of notification in the official gazette.
In the landing page matter, the petitioners have challenged the telecom regulator TRAI on two grounds – it has no jurisdiction to issue a direction while the second ground was that the authority didn’t follow the principle of transparency while issuing the direction.
On 22 January, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the last date for the submission of comments on consultation paper related to the empanelment of auditors for digital addressable systems for broadcasting and cable sector.
The telecom regulator TRAI will hold an Open House Discussion on the Consultation Paper on ‘Next Generation Public Protection & Disaster Relief (PPDR) communication networks’.
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