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TRAI grants six weeks additional time to telcos to file monthly, quarterly reports due in April

The decision comes within days of industry body COAI writing to TRAI for granting additional time to companies to file such reports, citing massive efforts being undertaken by telecom companies to overcome "numerous operational challenges" in order to keep vital networks up and running amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

COAI urges TRAI to consider online open house discussion on "pressing" floor price issue

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TRAI rejects telcos' call for online talks on floor tariff

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  • "We have already floated a consultation paper on the subject of floor pricing… There is no question of expediting the process…There is no such deadline of 1st April on it," Trai chairman RS Sharma told ET on Friday. "Telcos are well within their right to fix a floor if they see an urgent need for it. There is nothing stopping them from doing that," he added.

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said on Tuesday there’s no longer any need to restrict the number of text messages allowed to be offered at a concessional rate nor regulate the tariff for short message service (SMS) since robust regulations are in place to ward off unwanted calls and text messages.

    Replying to supplementary queries during Question Hour, Minister of State for Telecom Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre said there has been a lot of improvement in call drops in the last three-four years and TRAI has introduced parameters for disincentive to telecom companies and a fine of over Rs 2.5 crore has been recovered from them.

    “The incumbents that are battling the tough situation of AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue) payments are likely to move at a slow pace with their investment plans towards 5G with the current low level of ARPU (Average Revenue Per User),” the ratings agency said in a sector update on Monday.

    “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.

    The comments come amid continuing call drops being experienced by subscribers across the country.

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has claimed complete jurisdiction to regulate cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, even as the industry contended that it is already regulated by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

    Phone operators have rejected recent criticism by the telecom regulator about a decline in quality of mobile services and an increase in call drops.

    Mukesh Ambani-led Jio added a modest 82,308 mobile users, taking its subscriber base past 370 million in December, way below the 9.1 million and 5.6 million customer-adds reported by the company in October and November respectively last year.

    Prodded by the sector and the government to come up with a floor price, a reluctant Trai in December floated a consultation paper to fix a floor price for voice and data services on telecom networks. It, however, warned that such an exercise has historically been termed ‘market distorting’ by economists. It also called the move “anti-consumer”.

    he Industry body Tower And Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) said that around 90 per cent of employees in the country is working from home and the adoption of e-Services, OTT platforms, e-Commerce and e-Governance etc has increased and all this has led to a significant upsurge in mobile and internet traffic by almost 20-30 per cent.

    The telecom regulator on Friday recommended changes to the merger & acquisition (M&A) rules with an aim to speed up deal closures and reduce legal disputes.

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