Security experts warned that IoT devices – be it a smart TV, fridge or a washing machine – would be much more vulnerable in a 5G context since devices with built-in software and processors like computers can serve as jump-off points for launching serious cyberattacks on individual consumers, institutional assets and even critical information infrastructure like e-governance systems.
"In case of issuing new mobile connections to the bulk subscriber, during the physical verification of the premises of bulk subscribers, the latitude/longitude of the premises of the bulk subscriber and data and time of the inspection shall be captured and the same shall be inserted in the CAF and database," the DoT order said.
Paytm’s parent company One97 Communications had approached the court, accusing Trai, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam of not doing enough to curb pesky calls and messages and phishing attempts. It sought Rs 100 crore in damages for the failure of the operators, which had caused it financial and reputational loss.
Outlining the amendments, TRAI said that within a service area, the location of points of interconnect for call between any two fixed line networks and fixed line and NLD networks will be at a place that is mutually agreed to between the interconnection provider and seeker.
“Our suggestions might be to follow some of the market based strategies, for example, to allow flexible use of spectrum and not to prescribe what particular applications or services that spectrum must be used for and let the market decide that,” Pai said at the U.S.-India multi-stakeholder webinar, on Monday.
About two years ago, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had issued rules, making it mandatory for telcos to seek subscriber consent for receiving unwanted calls or text messages from telemarketers.
Rajan Mathews, director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India, said customers have access to the Trai website that provides a calculator to compare tariff offerings. “Trai also has adequate monitoring and enforcement mechanisms to ensure its regulations are followed by operators,” he said.
In response to a petition filed by Venets Media in the Delhi High Court, Trai has said that technology driven solutions have been adopted to protect consumers' data by telecom service providers under the TCCCPR-2018 regulation to curb the menace of spam SMS.
"DoT should coordinate with the Ministry of Finance for making financing options available, in line with the practices followed by other export-oriented economies, to indigenous telecom equipment manufacturers," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman Ram Sewak Sharma told.
“Legal help will be sought over the next couple of days. The DoT has the option of telling the apex court that going by the observations, the department has decided to withdraw the demand of AGR dues and file it with the court or just file a clarification on why the demand was raised and then await further orders,” said the government official.
The Big 3 telcos were dreading the prospect of stiff penalities of around Rs 50 crore per MRO violation, starting June, as DoT had earlier not extended the compliance timelines beyond May 31, despite repeated reminders from operators.
"Four bidders have qualified in the technical round. They include 2 firms that have experience of spectrum auction. In case an experienced firm is selected, then the auction can begin after two months, and in other case, it can begin after 3 months. Based on the plan in process, the auction can start in August-September also, but the timeline will not go beyond October," a source said.
A critical piece of ammo the Chinese had was access to ultra-fast fifth generation wireless broadband networks. In fact, the hours of live video calls and video-conferencing to guide Chinese medical workers in the frontlines happened over 5G networks and the HD cameras, hospital robots and remote-controlled mobile trolleys were also powered by 5G.
"There is no immediate impact but the pain point is the volume of gear that needs to be imported to keep networks provisioned with spares and equipment in the next nine to 12 months, may not happen since the industry has not received the ETA certificate from the WPC," an industry source on anonymity told ET Telecom.
TRAI finalised its recommendations after considering all comments received from stakeholders during the consultation process and further analysis of the issues. TRAI recommended that the valuation of FM radio channels in 273 new cities has been worked out as a simple mean of the three valuation approaches.
Representatives from industry bodies like COAI and Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) as well as telecom operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio and state-owned telcos attended the meeting called by senior telecom department officials.