Tag Archives: TRAI

India adds 15.64 million cellular subscribers in March!

22 Apr

The Indian cellular story continues with a record addition of 15.64 million subscribers in the month of March! The tally of total wireless subscribers in India stands at 391.76 million, making it the second largest market after China. Despite a global economic slodown, subscriber additions in India are expected to retain momentum thanks to an onslaught of new carriers as well as existing carriers tapping rural areas that have so far remain untouched.

News on 19 Feb

18 Feb

TRAI recommends new accounting system for telcos
The
communication ministry has been asked by TRAI to start a new reporting
and accounting system for the telcos. Under the new system, the
companies will need to  declare both combined and standalone revenues,
reports The Economic Times.
An audit of the telcos once in three to five years has also been
recommended. With the new system, the telcos will  have to give a
detailed break up of revenues earned from different services. The
recommendation was made after RCom divulged lower revenues from its
mobile services in order to pay less for the government license fee. As
most companies sell a wide range of services, it becomes necessary to
ensure the right revenue amount is disclosed.

Cellphones to be available on finance options
Mobile phones might soon be available on consumer finance from leading cellphone vendors. According to The Economic Times
cellphone manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and LG are looking at tying
up with finance firms and banks in this regard. Nokia is working with
SKS Microfinance to launch the scheme in rural areas, after similar
schemes did well in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. HTC  is planning to
roll out a pilot  scheme in the North. “Consumer finance for mobiles
phones, though new in India, is a tried-and-tested model globally. It
is a good way to boost sales in markets that have a distributor-led
sales structure. It helps target new consumer segments,” said HTC India
country head Ajay Sharma.

RAI makes way for unrestricted VoIP in India

19 Aug

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has allowed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide unrestricted telephony over the Internet. The move would enable consumers to call on landlines and mobile phones via their Internet connections. Believe it or not, till now Indian consumers could make Internet calls to other people on the Internet only.

The move is likely to drive down the cost of long distance calls — both STD and ISD. In an already competitive market that has some of the lowest tariff rates in the world (you can talk for a minute on a local call for a cent), carriers will come under some more pressure to make revenues. Nevertheless, for consumers like you and me, it is celebration time as the regulator has just opened doors to even cheaper calling tariffs!

Nation-wide Mobile Number Portability by June next year

11 Apr

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has recommended nation-wide implementation of Mobile Number Portability by June 2009. With the implementation of MNP, consumers will be able to change their operators while maintaining their old subscription number. 

Trai has recommended that it should not take more than two hours to disconnect a number from one carrier and port it to another carrier. Moreover, prepaid subscribers won’t be able to transfer balance on their account to the new carrier. They either have to consume the balance or forgo it before their subscription is transferred to a new carrier.

According to Trai’s recommendations, a neutral, third party agency will bid for setting up an MNP Clearing House Administrator. Further, it has recommended that no carrier can hold more than 10 percent equity in the agency.

A ‘Do Call Register’ on the way?

1 Apr

With the ‘Do Not Call Register’ not delivering the expected results, the National Consumer Commission has asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India if it could start a ‘Do Call Register’ instead. If the proposal is taken seriously, then tele-marketing calls would be made only those subscribers who have registered themselves in the ‘Do Call Register’.

“Issue notice to the secretary, TRAI… for responding to the contentions raised by the parties and also express views as to why ‘Do Call Register’ should not be maintained instead of ‘Do Not Call Register’,” the Commission said.

The order follows complaints by consumers who had registered themselves in the ‘Do Not Call Register’ yet received unwanted calls from tele-marketers.

TRAI phases out ADC regime

28 Mar

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has announced that Access Deficit Charge (ADC) on domestic calls will be done away with from April. Currently, private carriers pay 0.75 percent of their annual gross revenue to BSNL for using the latter’s network in rural areas. Trai will recommend the government to pay BSNL Rs 2,000 crore per annum for a period of three years under the Universal Service Obligation Fund as subsidy for sustaining wirelines installed before April 1, 2002.

The ADC for international incoming calls has also been halved from Re 1 to 50 paise, and that too be done away with from October. The move should ideally lead to cheaper international calls to India and a marginal decrease in the calling tariffs within the country.

India to overtake US in mobile telephony, become global number two

25 Mar

With a current wireless subscriber base in excess of 250 million and over eight million new subscribers a month, India is expected to become the second largest mobile population in the world after China. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) announced that India is expected to overtake the US by April this year. India added 8.53 million wireless subscribers in February to take the total tally of wireless subscribers to 250.93 million. 

Three carriers added over a million subscribers in February. Bharti Airtel added over 2.25 million users in February, while Reliance Communications added 1.61 million and Vodafone Essar 1.41 million.