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Several new rules, affecting a common man’s life, are set to come into effect from January 1, 2021 (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times).

New year, new rules: What all is changing from January 1, 2021

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:38 PM IST
Several new rules, affecting a common man’s life, are set to come into effect from the first day of the new year.
Spectrum in the 3300-3600MHz bands, recommended by the telecom regulator for fifth-generation (5G) networks, have not been included in the proposed auction.(Priyanka Parashar/ HT File Photo)
Spectrum in the 3300-3600MHz bands, recommended by the telecom regulator for fifth-generation (5G) networks, have not been included in the proposed auction.(Priyanka Parashar/ HT File Photo)

Spectrum for 4G to be auctioned off in March

Mint, New Delhi | By Ishita Guha
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Govt to auction Rs3.9 lakh crore worth of airwaves across seven spectrum bands
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is working “whole heartedly” in this direction, said Vaghela.(Reuters)
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is working “whole heartedly” in this direction, said Vaghela.(Reuters)

Policies, regulatory regime need to be evolved to reap full benefits of 5G: Trai chief

New Delhi, Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 11:18 PM IST
Describing 5G as a “gamechanger”, Vaghela said it will be widely used not only within telecom but by all other sectors, and help bridge urban-rural divide.
DoT has given telecom service providers till January 1 to implement the newly-recommended changes.(HTPhoto)
DoT has given telecom service providers till January 1 to implement the newly-recommended changes.(HTPhoto)

From January 1, add 0 before dialling a mobile number from your landline

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 12:02 PM IST
The circular dated November 20 also said that it may inform landline customers about this change. “Fixed-to-mobile calls shall be dialled with prefix ‘0’.

Accelerating the digital transformation journey in the telecommunications space

By Samit Banerjee
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 02:30 PM IST
Remote working, e-learning, and physical distancing have become the buzzwords in the present business landscape, and digitization is the driving force that is propelling this radical change.
The arrested accused are owners of Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema channels while Republic TV’s directors and promoters are yet to be probed, said Mumbai police commissioner. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
The arrested accused are owners of Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema channels while Republic TV’s directors and promoters are yet to be probed, said Mumbai police commissioner. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)

2 TV channel owners arrested for ratings fraud, Republic TV on radar: Cops

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Manish K Pathak
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 07:04 PM IST
Preliminary investigations also revealed that these accused persons have manipulated the sampling metering services by inducing the barometer users by paying them periodically to watch particular television channels.
PD Vaghela’s term as chairperson of the telecom body will last for three years or until he turns 65.(TWITTER.)
PD Vaghela’s term as chairperson of the telecom body will last for three years or until he turns 65.(TWITTER.)

PD Vaghela appointed new TRAI chief

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 09:49 PM IST
Vaghela was the secretary, pharmaceuticals, since August 2019. He played a crucial role in regulating prices of medicines and medical goods. Vaghela is also considered one of the foremost bureaucrats to have rolled out the goods and services tax (GST) in 2017.
TRAI also said no regulatory intervention was needed on issues related to privacy and security of OTT services. photo:pradeep gaur/mint
TRAI also said no regulatory intervention was needed on issues related to privacy and security of OTT services. photo:pradeep gaur/mint

TRAI says no to regulations for OTT players

Reuters | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 08:39 AM IST
India’s telecoms firms have long lobbied for regulation of apps that offer free voice and text services over the internet, arguing that such services erode their revenues.
Acknowledging the issue, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had recently directed the officials to inform the masses, particularly youths, about authentic and credible information through official channels. (Photo @Jduonline)
Acknowledging the issue, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had recently directed the officials to inform the masses, particularly youths, about authentic and credible information through official channels. (Photo @Jduonline)

Low tele-density hits parties’ plan to reach voters ahead of Bihar polls

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Subhash Pathak
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 01:10 PM IST
In keeping with deteriorating dele-density (user of phone by per 100 persons in certain area), political parties are depending heavily on virtual rallies so that the electors can see their leaders live on large screens addressing them in their vicinity ahead of the polls.
A student takes note while attending an online class at her home in Srinagar.(Waseem AndrabiHT Photo)
A student takes note while attending an online class at her home in Srinagar.(Waseem AndrabiHT Photo)

Issues facing online education

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Jha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 02:13 AM IST
Digital divide: Students who, in theory, have access to e-teaching will have to depend on inconvenient methods such as mobile phones
Customers buying Reliance Jio sims at a Reliance Digital centre in Mumbai .Photo by(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint File Photo)
Customers buying Reliance Jio sims at a Reliance Digital centre in Mumbai .Photo by(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint File Photo)

RIL’s telecom unit wants to be party in tariffs case

Mint, New Delhi | By Ishita Guha
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 11:44 PM IST
It has emerged that Trai’s order barring both Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel from offering differentiated products in 4G postpaid plans was passed following a complaint filed by Jio on July 8.
Trai has blocked Airtel and Vodafone Idea’s premium plans citing violation of service norms.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)
Trai has blocked Airtel and Vodafone Idea’s premium plans citing violation of service norms.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)

Bharti Airtel may appeal Trai order on postpaid plan

Mint, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 11:44 PM IST
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has blocked Bharti Airtel’s Platinum and Vodafone Idea’s RedX premium plans that offer faster data speeds and priority services to customers.
According to TRAI, the higher speed for premium customers discriminate against others and violates net neutrality.(REUTERS)
According to TRAI, the higher speed for premium customers discriminate against others and violates net neutrality.(REUTERS)

TRAI blocks Airtel, Vodafone Idea’s premium plans over net neutrality issues

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2020 06:00 PM IST
Vodafone Idea’s RedX plan has been in the market since November 2019. They made some modifications in May 2020 and the Bharti Airtel was soon going to launch a similar plan.
TRAI also said it has recommended a dialling prefix 0 while making a call from a fixed-line number to a mobile number.;photo:pradeep gaur/mint
TRAI also said it has recommended a dialling prefix 0 while making a call from a fixed-line number to a mobile number.;photo:pradeep gaur/mint

TRAI ‘categorically rejects’ reports on shifting to 11-digit mobile numbering plan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2020 03:29 PM IST
It released a clarification regarding its recommendations on ‘Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services’ on Friday. Reports had said the usage of 11-digit long mobile numbers was a part of that.
Any inadvertent lapse in this regard may result in significant charges causing bill shocks, the regulator warned.(HT File)
Any inadvertent lapse in this regard may result in significant charges causing bill shocks, the regulator warned.(HT File)

What TRAI said after users get ‘bill shocks’ over online conferencing calls

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2020 03:39 PM IST
The regulator said it is also aware of cases where the customer care centres of service providers are either premium numbers or international numbers.
TRAI has recommended that the tenure of the members of the BARC India board shall be for two years.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)
TRAI has recommended that the tenure of the members of the BARC India board shall be for two years.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)

TRAI calls for overhauling TV rating agency BARC’s structure

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2020 07:04 AM IST
After a consultation process involving all stakeholders, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended that structural reforms are required in the governance of BARC to mitigate the potential risk of conflict of interest, improve credibility and transparency.
The MySpeed application by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) collects data by occasionally testing internet speed on smartphones of users who have installed the application. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The MySpeed application by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) collects data by occasionally testing internet speed on smartphones of users who have installed the application. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Internet speeds fall to lowest in 2 years

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 11:39 AM IST
The nationwide lockdown began in the last week of March while some states ordered closure of schools and a ban on public gatherings even before that, which led to people staying home
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) also recommended the mandatory provisioning of USB port-based common interface for all digital television sets in India.(Shutterstock)
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) also recommended the mandatory provisioning of USB port-based common interface for all digital television sets in India.(Shutterstock)

TRAI recommends making set top boxes interoperability mandatory

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 03:29 PM IST
The TRAI also called for the setting up of a coordination committee by the I&B ministry having members from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, TRAI, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and representatives of TV manufacturers.
The government is gearing up to conduct spectrum auction, telecom operators have raised alarm on high base price suggested by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The government is gearing up to conduct spectrum auction, telecom operators have raised alarm on high base price suggested by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

DoT to finalise firm to develop spectrum auction software on March 6

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 09:33 PM IST
Financial bids of qualified firms will open on February 28 and the auctioneer will be finalised on March 6.
The informal panel, put together by Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu last month, is also likely to underline that while available laws are enough to deal with both the problems — child pornographic content and the availability of pornography to children — the government has to significantly improve their enforcement.(ANI Photo/ RSTV)
The informal panel, put together by Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu last month, is also likely to underline that while available laws are enough to deal with both the problems — child pornographic content and the availability of pornography to children — the government has to significantly improve their enforcement.(ANI Photo/ RSTV)

Rajya Sabha panel lays out child porn crackdown plan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 01:18 AM IST
Naidu constituted the panel, comprising senior leaders from 10 political parties, to look into the issue of easy access of pornography to children and its implications.
Trai’s decision comes as a major relief for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, which have reported record losses in the quarter ended September 30(Mint)
Trai’s decision comes as a major relief for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, which have reported record losses in the quarter ended September 30(Mint)

Relief for Vodafone Idea, Airtel as Trai defers scrapping IUC levy

Live Mint, New Delhi | By Navadha Pandey
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 01:38 PM IST
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will now scrap IUC from January 1, 2021 instead of next month.
An informal group of Rajya Sabha MPs, constituted to suggest measures to regulate the access of children to Internet Pornography, will consult social media companies. (Representative Image)(Getty Images)
An informal group of Rajya Sabha MPs, constituted to suggest measures to regulate the access of children to Internet Pornography, will consult social media companies. (Representative Image)(Getty Images)

RS panel to consult social media firms on how to stop kids from accessing porn

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 05:53 AM IST
The group held its first meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday and laid the broad contours of MPs’ task. The panel is likely to give its report by the end of this month after talking to experts and agencies, said a member of the group.
Reliance Jio said it will increase mobile phone call and data charges in the next few weeks.(REUTERS Photo)
Reliance Jio said it will increase mobile phone call and data charges in the next few weeks.(REUTERS Photo)

After Airtel and Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio to hike mobile tariffs

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2019 08:41 PM IST
Reliance Jio said telecom regulator TRAI is likely to initiate consultation process for revision in telecom tariffs.
Telecom regulator Trai on Friday fixed phone call ring time at 30 seconds on mobiles and 60 seconds for landline phones, in case the call is neither answered nor rejected by the subscriber.(HT Photo)
Telecom regulator Trai on Friday fixed phone call ring time at 30 seconds on mobiles and 60 seconds for landline phones, in case the call is neither answered nor rejected by the subscriber.(HT Photo)

Trai fixes mobile call ring time at 30 seconds; 60 secs for landline

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2019 06:39 PM IST
Telecom operators on their own were reducing incoming call ring time to attract reverse call from subscriber of other networks.
In its move to charge customers for the first time since its launch, Jio has put the enitre blame on incumbents and the TRAI.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
In its move to charge customers for the first time since its launch, Jio has put the enitre blame on incumbents and the TRAI.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

Jio charges for voice calls for IUC, rival telcos may wait till Jan 2020

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 01:22 PM IST
The company said that it has paid IUC to Airtel, Vodafone Idea and other operators while offering free voice calls to its customers. So far in the last three years, Reliance Jio has claimed to have paid nearly Rs 13,500 crore as NET IUC charges to the other operators.
India’s internet user base is plateauing but long-term growth potential remains intact as internet penetration still remains low in the country.(iStockphoto)
India’s internet user base is plateauing but long-term growth potential remains intact as internet penetration still remains low in the country.(iStockphoto)

Is India’s internet economy also slowing?

Livemint | By Sneha Alexander
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 05:52 PM IST
According to data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), between 2014 and 2018, the number of wireless subscribers doubled to 568 million even as data usage rose a whopping 56-times to 46.4 billion GB over the same period.
Ookla co-founder and general manager Doug Suttles.
Ookla co-founder and general manager Doug Suttles.

Indian market yet to see return on 4G spends, believes Ookla co-founder and GM

New Delhi | By Abhijit Ahaskar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 21, 2019 10:34 PM IST
The reason behind the speed degradation could be capacity, spectrum, last mile connectivity or backhaul: Ookla co-founder.
The management of Bharti Airtel, present at the earnings call, said the competitive intensity has stabilised to the extent that the company has not seen a reduction in tariffs.(Reuters)
The management of Bharti Airtel, present at the earnings call, said the competitive intensity has stabilised to the extent that the company has not seen a reduction in tariffs.(Reuters)

Airtel says 5G spectrums ‘unaffordable’, urges Govt to reduce base price

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 09:28 PM IST
Vittal said the base prices recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) places the radiowaves in the ballpark range of Rs 50,000-55,000 crore for 100 MHz of spectrum.
The country has 366 million Internet subscribers in urban locations and 194 million in rural areas, says the latest report by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).(Getty Images/iStockphoto photo for representation)
The country has 366 million Internet subscribers in urban locations and 194 million in rural areas, says the latest report by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).(Getty Images/iStockphoto photo for representation)

Hackers stand right behind as you shop online in India

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2019 02:40 PM IST
With more and more Indians going online and generating never-heard-before kind of data, hackers have turned their focus on a country with over 450 million smartphone users and more than 550 million Internet users.
R. S. Sharma , Chairman ,The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).(Ramesh Pathania)
R. S. Sharma , Chairman ,The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).(Ramesh Pathania)

Nine crore TV homes migrate to new tariff regime: Trai chief

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2019 01:48 PM IST
RS Sharma, who is spearheading Trai’s new tariff and regulatory framework for broadcasting and cable services, said of the nine crore TV homes that have made their channel preferences clear, 6.5 crore are cable TV homes and 2.5 crore are DTH homes.
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