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3 Day Indian Mobile Congress Event to be Held in Delhi From Sept 27

Indian Mobile Congress

IANS has recently announced an exciting news of all the Cellular Operator Associations in India is coming together to hold a Indian Mobile congress for the first time independent of other shows.

COAI is coming together with the Department of Telecommunications and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to hold a three-day show in our capital New Delhi.

COAI Director General, Rajan S.Mathews claimed that in the west there is Barcelona event (MWC) and in the east, they have Shangai Mobile World Congress, but we don’t have such things in South East Asia. So this event is introduced.

The three-day long event will be held from 27th September to 29th September 2017 with the participation of 8 or 10 countries. China holds the similar Mobile Congress almost every year called Shanghai Mobile World Congress and attracts the massive scale of the people.

CEO of the event P.Ramakrishna speaking of which said that he hopes at least a minimum of 8 countries will participate and make the event successful. He claimed that this is a yearly flagship. And India is going to host an Auto Expo for the automobiles which will serve to attract other countries.

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The event is held with a budget of Rs. 15 crores and Israel, UK, Sweden countries have already accepted the invitations. US, Canada are still yet to confirm. It would be great and even more successful if China and Korea also attend the event.

The format of this event is similar to that of Barcelona Mobile Congress (MWC) which hosts the event with the first two days of media and celebrities and other prominent personalities. Even the public can attend the event if they have the passes.

The third-day public can join the event with free entries, and they can use the gadgets on display. This is going to be a great platform for launching new gadgets including earphones and mobile phones etc.

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The Indian Mobile Congress is open to start-ups which work on Artificial Intelligence or some related technology, and they can exhibit their products in the event too at the stalls.

The event will be crowded with people and will be difficult even to walk in there. People have to wait in long and never ending queues to watch a single product and its performance. So COAI has to plan this well and less crowded.

It is a good move by the Indian Government to hold such a Technological event for the first time and this is a big step in the development of our nation.

Government to Launch Toll Free Number 1995 for Taking Call Drop Issues

Toll Free Number 1955

The government of India is planning to introduce a toll-free number “1955” for considering the problems of mobile users on call drops.

A government official said, “A toll-free number of 1955 has been allotted for IVRS system on Call Drop.” Provisioning of this figure will be compulsory for telecom operators, and it should be nearby for local and STD calling.

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Department of Telecom has sent an open letter to the mobile network operators in last week of November. The 1955 number is for the outbound calls to the subscribers, the IVRS system will have to present a pre-defined CLI (Caller Line Identification) to the subscribers, through short code ‘1995’.”

State-owned telecom service provider Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) has been focused on organizing this shortcode 1955. Mobile Communication operators won’t charge any integration, maintenance and operational fee from MTNL. Official sources said that Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha would inaugurate the service but didn’t reveal any more details about the project.

Asking about the plan to the industry body, Cellular Operators Association of India said that the industry has tried to find out further technical clarifications from DoT on routing, charges, etc. for the implementation of the short code 1995 for IVRS system.

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COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said, “We are looking for the response. The industry remains dedicated to addressing the call drop issues and is endlessly working hand to hand with the Government, enhancing both investment and groundwork.”

The Government is in full swing and taking many innovative decisions in the last couple of months. As a part of that now, the Central Government is planning to come up with a toll-free number 1955 to overcome the call drop issues from the mobile users. so if you are a victim of call drops then immediately dial 1955 and lodge a complaint.

Demonetisation: In 23 Places You Can Now Use your Old Rs 500 Notes

In 23 Places You Can Now Use your Old Rs 500 Notes

The Central Government on Thursday has released a circular about usage of old Rs 500 Notes following the demonetisation. Yes, the Government has announced that still you can use Rs 500 old notes in few places. In a statement Government mentioned that Old Notes exchange has stopped and banks or post offices will allow deposit and withdrawal from November 25 to December 15.

However, Government has permitted various exclusions for certain transactions and activities wherein Payment could be made through old Rs 500 notes. Now we can use Rs 500 old notes in the below mentioned places till December 15, 2016 midnight.

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List of Places for using old Rs 500 Notes

  1. You can use Rs 500 old notes for pre-paid mobile top-up.
  2. Any Purchases from Consumer Cooperative Stores will be limited to Rs 5000 at a time
  3. Payment of fees in Central or State Government colleges
  4. Foreigners will exchange currency up to Rs 5000 per week. So, necessary entry to this effect will be made in their passports
  5. Pay Current bills, water bills, gas bills
  6. Toll Plazas at National Highways remains closed up to December 1. Now from November 1 to December 15 midnight, they can allow old Rs 500 notes.
  7. Payment of School Fees up to Rs 2000 per student in Central Government, State Government, Municipality and local body schools.
  8. Government Hospitals will also allow Rs 500 notes
  9. Railway Stations
  10. Public Transports
  11. Airline Tickets at Airports
  12. Milk Booths
  13. Crematoria/burial grounds
  14. Petrol Stations
  15. Metro Rail tickets
  16. Pharmacies and Medical Agencies
  17. LPG Gas Cylinders
  18. Railway Caterings
  19. Current and Water bills
  20. Entry Ticket of ASI monument
  21. Consumer Cooperative Stores
  22. Taxes and Penalties to Government bodies court fees
  23. Seeds at State-owned outlets

However, few organizations stated that it is very difficult if you allow Rs old 500 notes at this time. Cellular Operations Association of India (COAI) on Thursday said Government’s decision to allow old Rs 500 notes for prepaid mobile recharges will address difficulties being faced by consumers.

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“We are happy that Government responded to our request in the interest of customers, addressing the difficulties faced by the ordinary citizens who can continue to top up and use mobile services which are essential services,” said Rajan Mathews, COAI director.

According to the latest reports, the recharges and top-ups for prepaid mobiles have drastically fallen as consumers struggle with less liquid cash in their kitty. Now allowing old 500 notes for prepaid mobile recharges will increase the accounts for over 90 percent of the Indian mobile market.

COAI Battle on Interconnecting Issues with Reliance Jio, TRAI Calls for Peace Meeting

coai battle

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) called all the operators in India for a meeting last Friday and on this Monday to sort out the issues. Reliance Jio and COAI battle may affect the mobile users in a negative aspect.

Reliance Jio is hitting the headlines from the day of its launch. Now, the latest topic is the war between RIL on one side and all other telecom operators on the other side.

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Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) director general Rajan Mathews said the GSM industry body would have “no role” in Reliance Jio Infocomm’s upcoming bilateral talks with incumbent carriers for additional points of interconnection (PoIs).

“Interconnect is a bilateral, commercial matter, and the COAI has no role to play in it,” Mathews told a news official on Monday.

“In view of the above, the statement of Director General, COAI, in electronic media alleging that he was not allowed by Trai to participate in the said meeting at the behest of Reliance Jio is to say the least patently wrong, mischievous and perhaps made with a malafide intention.

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Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio and Cellular Operator’s Association of India (COAI) are the members to attend the meeting today under the chairmanship of TRAI’s secretary Sudhir Gupta.

Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and TRAI have some serious differences over some of the issues related to competition and regulatory concerns which in turn gave a chance for Reliance Jio to complain against Airtel, Vodafone, and other telecom operators.

The meeting has gained significance as there exists a technical point called “Points of interconnecting.” As Reliance Jio is offering free calls over VoLTE for all its users irrespective of the network this technical obligation has a vital role to play.

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When a Reliance user makes a call from Reliance network to another network (both VoLTE and regular voice calls) it has to direct through physical Points of Interconnect. Now, the problem lies in providing these Points of interconnections by Airtel, Vodafone, and other COAI members.

Other than RIL, all others claim that they financially and physically cannot provide the interconnect points. Reliance Jio’s offer of free voice calls has placed a heavy traffic on other telecom operator’s networks and interconnected points.

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To handle the load, they need to provide new points of interconnect firstly. Unrevealed aspect at this meeting also specifies about the revenues that are lost by these operators due to JIO’s plans and the benefits that RIL will be enjoying.

One has to wait till Monday as the TRAI chairman R S Sharma will be back from his foreign tour. A final consensus may be arrived at least on this Monday i.e yesterday.