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Telecom panel seeks clarity from TRAI

Telecom panel seeks clarity from TRAI

The Telecom Commission has directed the Department of Telecom to seek clarity from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on whether the regulator can impose penalty on the operators for violation for interconnect norms

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Spectrum acquisition is good for the next couple of years

Spectrum acquisition is good for the next couple of years

Rajan S Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), talks about how the scope for further consolidation is going to continue to stress the industry for some time, the October airwaves sale, and the controversy around Reliance Jio´s entry.

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Telecom Commission sets SUC at 3percent of revenue

Telecom Commission sets SUC at 3percent of revenue

The Telecom Commission has fixed the weighted average spectrum usage charge (SUC) at a minimum of 3 per cent of revenue, raising the user charge for Reliance Jio Infocomm and Maxis-controlled Aircel, while shooting down the formula of flat revenue share rate across all airwave bands and operators, proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

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India is on the cusp of a digital revolution

India is on the cusp of a digital revolution

Telecom towers are critical installations on which the backbone of mobile communication rests. These are essential for realising the vision of inclusive growth. The success of initiatives like Digital India, Smart Cities and Right to Broadband, which the government intends to implement in a mission mode, will also depend on this critical and essential infrastructure.

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Mega sale of airwaves by July: JS Deepak

Mega sale of airwaves by July: JS Deepak

Telecom Secretary JS Deepak said the government is working towards a mega sale of 2G, 3G and 4G airwaves by June-July and would a take a call next month on the starting prices of seven bands, including the coveted 700 MHz 4G band, recommended by the sector regulator.

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A Towering problem

A Towering problem

Earlier last month, civic authorities sealed a mobile tower atop a school building in the town of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra after residents registered as many as six complaints, citing radiation concerns.

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Spectrum auction unlikely this fiscal

Spectrum auction unlikely this fiscal

Spectrum auction is unlikely to be held this fiscal due to delay in recommendations over pricing from the regulator Trai, official sources said. The government had pegged revenue from communication services, that include upfront realisation from spectrum sale and licence fee, at Rs.42,865.62 crore for the current fiscal.

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