More than 23 lakh customers have reportedly received as much as Rs 47 crore in their Airtel bank accounts, which they did not even know had been opened.
An examination of complaints received by the telecom department shows how thousands of Indians struggle with basic connectivity, especially while making digital transactions, due to poor network quality.
The regulator has abandoned an approach suited to India. Is it any wonder that its decision has sparked allegations of being skewed in favour of one company?
The regulatory body should terminate interconnection usage charges completely by 2019 instead of 2020, encouraging operators to turn the new disruption into an opportunity to meet Digital India goals.
While arguments over methodologies and calculations will find its way to the courts, the telecom regulator believes that symmetry in tariffs will bring about symmetry in traffic.
Incumbents Airtel and Idea, for whom net IUC income accounts for roughly 15% of their wireless business, are likely to be hit hard.
The inter-ministerial group is likely to give in to a request for a hike in the duration of deferred spectrum payments, a move that could help increase the cash flow of telcos by Rs 55,000 crore.
The companies include Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications and Aircel.
On Thursday, telecom minister Manoj Sinha will meet with various industry players to discuss their demands. Most banks and telecom operators (barring Reliance Jio) want a number of sops to prevent industry loans from turning into NPAs.
The Mukesh Ambani-led telecom company recently announced plans that came bundled with another three months of free data and voice
J.S. Deepak’s transfer may have been prompted by his conflict with Reliance Jio and TRAI and reflects poorly on an already controversial, crony capitalism-prone sector.
Even as various Competition Commission hearings loom, a prominent US-based equity research group has effectively accused Reliance and the Modi government of crony capitalism.
The telecom regulator seeks to resolve the remaining aspects of net neutrality, namely speed and access.
The three month extension of free data is Jio’s way of dealing with abundant quality of service issues, a failing hardware strategy and second SIM syndrome.
The telecom regulator slaps a Rs, 3050 crore fine on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea while accusing them of stifling competition and engaging in anti-consumer behaviour.
With TRAI siding with Reliance Jio over the points of interconnect issue, incumbent telecom operators will have to prove they didn’t violate terms of their licence agreement.
Fake customer care numbers that lead to political party membership hotlines highlight the flawed nature of mobile membership registration.
The Department of Telecommunications submitted its recommendations to the attorney general’s office last week, in order to make sure it has covered all its bases.
The Apple CEO’s goal could also be about demystifying the company while making it more accessible to the government, the country’s tech ecosystem and Indian consumers.
Should you be compensated for call drops? TRAI wants to, but the Supreme Court and telecom operators don’t agree. Who is right?
Auctions, whether at Christie’s or Sotheby’s for works of art, or of telecommunications spectrum by the government of India, are fascinating psychological games. When the interests of large competing corporate groups are involved, not surprisingly, allegations are aired of criminal intent by manipulation of rules. Even as the […]
More than questions of funding and sponsorship, Freedom House’s ‘Freedom on the Net’ report needs to be open about the problems with its methodology and approach to defining and measuring challenges to the Internet.
How the CAG quantified its estimate of the “undue benefits” Airtel received by misreporting revenues.
A draft CAG report alleges the government helped India’s largest telecom company obtain “undue benefits”, which we estimate to be around Rs 14,500 crore, by miscalculating revenues and nepotism in spectrum allocation. Airtel also gained Rs 44,000 crore through questionable corporate restructuring
In an intriguing case of abuse, a Bengaluru-based programmer was threatened with a criminal lawsuit for attempting to expose an avaricious program that violated net neutrality
Auditor pulls up Department of Telecom for causing loss of thousands of crores by favouring, failing to impose fines on private operators