The Union Cabinet’s announcement of the reserve price for 2G spectrum auctions, particularly the dicing of spectrum into slots of 1.25 MHz with a corresponding reserve price of Rs.3,500 crore, points to strong likelihood of several companies that hold a higher amount of spectrum bidding only for multiples of 1.25 MHz in select circles where they need it most.
In a relief to Sistema Shyam Tele Services and Unitech Wirelss, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has stayed the direction of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) removing 90-day processing period for mobile number portability (MNP) for customers of those operators whose licences the Supreme Court has cancelled.
Repositioning of the mobile phone as an instrument of empowerment, "Broadband For All” at a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps, convergence of network, services and devices and liberalisation of spectrum are some of the salient points of the National Telecom Policy and Unified Licensing Regime for 2012.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued on 7th May 2012 that the Standards of Quality of Service of Basic Telephone Service (wireline) and Cellular Mobile Telephone Service (Amendment) Regulations, 2012, laying down the network related quality of service standards for the 3G networks covering voice calls.
To take up issue of additional channels in existing & new towns to steer clear of any future legal implications and ensure transparency, an empowered group of ministers (EGoM) may soon take up the issues of additional spectrum availability and additional FM radio channels in existing as well as new towns, identified for the third-phase of FM radio expansion (FM-III).
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) launched on 30 April 2012, the Telecom Consumers Complaint Monitoring System (TCCMS) portal www.tccms.gov.in, it would facilitate consumers in locating the “Consumer Care Number”, “General Information Number” and contact details of the complaint centre and Appellate Authority of their service provider.
Norwegian telecom major Telenor wrote off its remaining fixed and intangible assets in India worth 3.9 billion Norwegian krone (Rs 3,583 crore). And, the company said it was likely to quit the country if the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommendations of a steep base price for re-auction of 2G band spectrum were accepted by the government.
A number of FM radio brands, such as HT Media (Fever FM), TV Today (Oye FM), Mid-Day (Radio One), India Today Group and Music Broadcast (Radio City), among others, want the government or Prasar Bharati to foot a bill of around R800 crore if it wants to accept the recent recommendations made by the telecom and broadcast regulator.
Finding itself at crossroads on complex policy matters, the department of telecommunications (DoT) has decided to refer all matters to the Parliamentary standing committee. The decision comes in the wake of the telecom regulator’s recommendations on spectrum auction, a Presidential Reference filed before the Supreme Court and after all other telecom policy matters in the works were disrupted by the Supreme Court’s cancelation of 122 telecom licences in February.
Following the cancellation of 122 mobile licences by the Supreme Court last month, TRAI is ready to set the base price anywhere between Rs 620.48 crore to Rs 4,571.85 crore for a single MHz or unit of spectrum. This has been proposed in TRAI’s latest consultation paper to auction the 2G spectrum as per the Supreme Court order. Mobile phone companies whose licences had been cancelled by the apex court had paid Rs 1658 crore for 6.2 MHz of airwaves on a pan-India basis in 2008.
After the Supreme Court direction for cancellation of 122 telecom licences held by eight parties for 2G and allowed them to return via e-auction, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) released a Pre-consultation Paper on "Allocation of Spectrum in 2G band in 22 Service Areas by auction" on 4 February 2012.
Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have suffered a severe setback with the department of telecommunications (DoT) ordering them to immediately stop 3G services in telecom circles where they don’t have spectrum. The three operators have roaming pacts and offer pan-India 3G mobile services without having spectrum in several circles.