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Can telecom companies charge for ‘free’ video services?

Regulator Trai is taking a serious view of the free subscription offers to movie and music streaming services and many other consumer issues as part of efforts to drive in transparency in tariffs offered by mobile operators to their subscribers, especially in view of rising consumer complaints about misleading information in telecom ads.

Will AGR issue force telecom sector to move towards duopoly?

Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel reported a combined loss of Rs 74,000 crore on Thursday. It is the biggest ever loss for both telecom firms, as they made provisions following the recent Supreme Court ruling on adjusted gross revenue (AGR). Will Voda Idea and Airtel weather this storm or will Indian Telecom Sector move towards a duopoly. ET's Gulveen Aulakh explains how bad the situation is for these companies. Watch

TRAI recommends cap on DTH platform services, exclusivity in new recommendations

In the new recommendations issued Wednesday, TRAI has capped the total number of platform services to 3% of the total channel carrying capacity of the DTH player, subject to a maximum of 15 such channels. At present, Tata Sky alone has over 30 platform services, while Airtel Digital TV and Dish TV also have much more than 15 services.

View: India imperils foreign investment with telecom cash grab

The AGR drama may end up setting every wrong precedent possible. Future investors will think twice.

Govt within its rights to hold spectrum auction, but older telcos unlikely to bid: COAI

COAI Director General Rajan Mathews said given the latest AGR judgement from the apex court and the sector's deep crisis, the older operators are unlikely to have the wherewithal to bid for spectrum. "If the auctions are indeed held, then the government should ensure there is no monopoly in acquisition of spectrum," Mathews added.

Even a 10% hike in tariffs may fetch telcos Rs 35,000 crore: DoT

DoT estimated that increase of 10% in realisations from subscribers may yield Rs 35k cr in revenue for telcos.

Trai to review regulatory regime for international call termination charges

The telecom regulator, in a paper issued Friday, has sought stakeholder views on whether a uniform ITC is still relevant or “if an alternate approach such as a forbearance regime” is required to give local telcos more flexibility to bilaterally negotiate these rates with global carriers and offer more compelling tariffs to consumers.

CoS meets to discuss bailout package for telcos; DoT working on demand notices

Sources said the DoT is working out the exact liability that Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea Ltd, and other telecom operators owe to the government following the October 24 Supreme Court judgment on the way statutory dues such as license fee and spectrum usage charge has to be calculated. The demand notices will be issued in next two weeks.

Telecom stress: Secretary panel may seek legal opinion on options

Government to assess if it has right to grant waiver and whether there are any precedents.

Trai mandates minimum call ringer duration of 30 seconds

The ring duration issue is at the heart of interconnect usage charges spat between older carriers and Jio.

How the Indian telecom industry is heading towards a duopoly

How the Indian telecom industry is heading towards a duopoly

High fees, frequent policy flip-flops, and endless tax demands have driven most operators aground.

Telecom Crisis: Is India sabotaging its best bet at regaining growth momentum?

Telecom Crisis: Is India sabotaging its best bet at regaining growth momentum?

Aviation has already been decimated by state action; it looks like telecom sector is next.

Consultation on TV tariffs transparent, criticism is ridiculous: RS Sharma, Trai Chief

Consultation on TV tariffs transparent, criticism is ridiculous: RS Sharma, Trai Chief

Trai initiated a review of the new regulatory framework for the broadcasting sector on August 16. It issued a consultation paper seeking stakeholders’ responses on 30 questions covering aspects related to the new tariff order.

Why a simple BSNL-MTNL merger is not the solution

Why a simple BSNL-MTNL merger is not the solution

Does merging solve the issue of competitiveness? GoI needs to ponder over this if it plans to stay in the biz.

SC allows Centre's plea to recover adjusted gross revenue of Rs 92k cr from telecom companies

SC allows Centre's plea to recover adjusted gross revenue of Rs 92k cr from telecom companies

The Supreme Court's judgement Thursday backing the government’s definition of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) may hasten further consolidation, paving the way for a two-operator telecom market, comprising Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, with Vodafone Idea’s very survival at stake, analysts said.

SC judgement on AGR could pave the way for a two-telco market

SC judgement on AGR could pave the way for a two-telco market

Analysts say Vodafone Idea's survival could face challenges, paving way for Jio & Airtel to take lead.

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