The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has rejected telcos' call to hold open house discussions (OHD) on floor pricing of services through an online mechanism amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has asked telcos to take steps to ensure users get continuous services, including extending the validity period of prepaid subscribers.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked chief secretaries of states and advisors to UT administrators to designate nodal officers to ensure maintenance of telecom infrastructure amid curfew and lockdown.
“There is an estimated business loss of about Rs 1,000 crore of IT products as well as Rs 350 crore worth of mobile handsets in January and February due to the spread of the coronavirus,” Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders, told.
“We are going to write to all government entities and semi-government firms which use mobile number to authenticate one-time password (OTP) for verification, to make use of mobile number revocation list,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman Ram Sewak Sharma told ETT.
Niti Aayog said, “The proposed minimum floor price are likely to disincentivise competition on cost efficiency, price, and quality parameters, and deter new entries and innovation.” The Centre’s policy think-tank further suggested that setting a floor price now could discourage new entrants riding on disruptive technology and “deprive customers of benefits” of competition.
India should consider local manufacturing of telecom equipment: Country’s top cybersecurity official
“We should give a licence fee to them (Huawei), and ensure that hardware and software would remain ours, and that's the best option,” National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) chief Lt Gen Rajesh Pant told ET. He said a multivendor approach was also one of the alternatives to thwart backdoor apprehensions.
In September 2019, Nelco has forayed into maritime communication services, after receiving an In-flight and Maritime Communication (IFMC) license. Mumbai-based satellite communication and enterprise services has been currently working with a few India-bound international carriers.
Trai has realised that it is no longer a financial arbitrage issue between telcos and apps, but one of security and lawful interception. There is also an absence of a global example of similar rules and the regulator needs to factor in clauses in the upcoming data protection law and social intermediary guidelines before making any recommendations.
A two-private player duopoly in the telecom market would be too risky in India, especially for the consumers, senior officials at the sectoral watchdog said.
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