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Against panel recommendation: In 2015, spectrum was given to an operator on first-come basis, says CAG

In 2012, the Supreme Court had struck down FCFS policy in 2G spectrum allocation case of 2008-09 and cancelled 122 telecom permits that were granted spectrum through the process.

Telecom tribunal sets aside TRAI’s predatory pricing rule

On predatory pricing, TDSAT said that Trai’s powers are limited to examining whether a tariff is predatory or not.

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Unsolicited commercial communication: After norms for telcos, Trai may look at OTT players now

The sector watchdog is soon expected to come out with a consultation paper on OTT services, however, it was unclear whether the UCC aspect will be dealt within the same paper or as a separate issue.

Telcos cautious: ‘Tepid response likely for spectrum auction’

While the Trai may have reduced the reserve price by 43 per cent for 700 MHz compared to the 2016 levels, it’s still on the higher side. At Rs 6,568 cr per MHz, operators will have to shell out Rs 32,840 crore for a pan-India 5 MHz.

Telecom department to officers: Attend seminar on gender gap

Last week, a study published by LIRNEAsia — an ICT policy think tank – noted that India had the highest gender gap in mobile phone ownership amongst 16 countries.

Airwaves Auction: Trai suggests lower reserve price across spectrum bands

For the premium 4G spectrum, Trai has reduced the reserve price by 43 per cent at Rs 6,568 crore per MHz.

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Address grievances within 60 days: DoT to service providers

The current mechanism for grievance redressal in the telecom sector has been admitted to be inadequate and the government along with TRAI have been making efforts to revamp the system.

TRAI for allowing use of telecom data to access credit

The recommendations by TRAI on “data empowerment” fall under the broader concept of what is defined by a section of the technology industry as “India Two” — 100 million families that have an annual household income between Rs 2 and 5.5 lakh.

After being steady at 48 paise/min for 5 years, call rate down to 16 paise

Since many users are still using feature phones, they are paying for voice services as a separate item. Once the migration to smartphones picks up, they would, too, begin using bundled packs causing the average outgo to fall further.

TRAI overhauls rules on pesky calls, spam

In May, Trai had released the draft Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulation (TCCCPR), 2018 to check the menace of unsolicited commercial communication, or spam calls and messages.

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