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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Releases Discussion Paper on Net Neutrality

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a conference paper on the much-talked net neutrality issue, on the lookout for investors view by February 2015 and counter-comments by February 28.

The Net Neutrality Issue has left the telecom service providers (TSPs) and the over-the-top (OTT) players in India at loggerheads. The consultation paper said, “Clearness is one of the primary factors towards guaranteeing observance to the nondiscrimination principles set forth in any net neutrality framework.”

In a net neutrality framework, the scope of limpidity obligations can range from responsibilities cast upon TSPs to unveil technical information on QoS (Quality of Services) parameters, to provide high-level info that is widely comprehensible and may enable customers to make more up-to-date decisions and notice ruins.

TRAI Asks Reliance Jio, Why Happy New Year Offer is Different from Welcome Offer

About the scope of transparency duties, the consultation paper has put a push on price information and commercial terms and traffic management practices along with many other characteristics. The consultation paper also asked sponsors, “What would be the ideologies for confirming fair-minded access to content on the internet, in the Indian context?’ and how should “Internet Traffic” and workers of “Internet Services” be understood in the NN context?”

Timeline of Net Neutrality Related Activities

1. Creation of DoT committee on net Impartiality – January 19, 2024
2. Consultation on regulatory framework for OTT services – March 27, 2023
3. Release of DoT committee report on net Impartiality – May 2015
4. Consultation on Different pricing for data services – December 9, 2023
5. Regulation on Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services – February 8, 2023
6. DoT sought Authority’s recommendations on net neutrality – March 3, 2023
7. Consultation on Free Data – May 19, 2023
8. Pre-Consultation on net Impartiality – May 30, 2023
9. Recommendations on provisioning of Free Data – December 19, 2023

TRAI Asks Reliance Jio, Why Happy New Year Offer is Different from Welcome Offer

Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) has asked the Reliance Jio to explain why it’s Happy New Year Offer is different from the welcome offer and why the extension of its free voice and data plan should not be seen as a violation of existing regulations requiring promotional offers to be limited to 90 days.

TRAI report the letter after Mukesh Ambani-led group announced free data and voice calling for new and existing customers under ‘Happy New Year Offer,’ days before the 90-day inaugural welcome offer ended on December 3.

Reliance Jio Free Offer for New and Existing Customers Extended Till March 31

On December 20, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) submitted the letter which is in the process of examining the Reliance Jio’s new offer and also asked the company why the free data and voice calling offer under the promotional scheme shouldn’t be treated as “Predatory.” However, Reliance Jio didn’t respond on this issue.

Sources with direct knowledge of the development said the TRAI in its letter had quoted RJIL’s customer base went to 63 million as on December 18 to state that the company will become a significant market player in the broadband space shortly, may be this year end.

TRAI said that the preliminary analysis depends on factors like average subscriber additions per day and free data being offered. TRAI has also asked Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited to clarify why the offer of free data under the marketing offer should not be treated as greedy.”

Closed groups said that in a meeting with TRAI, Jio said that the latest ‘Happy New Year Offer’ is fundamentally different from the Jio Welcome Offer which was started on September 5. Initially, it has provided 4GB of free data per day and in the new offer the same was covered at 1GB under fair usage policy.

Also, they resist, in the first offer there was no option of renewal or payment after the 4GB limit was shattered, but in the new offer, you can recharge both data and promised speed.

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Regarding market control, Reliance Jio is six percent of the installations in the country whereas the Competition Commission of India (CCI) norms specify 30 percent threshold to trigger the ‘Misuse of Market Dominance’ clause.

TRAI has also asked Jio to give a projected month-wise estimation of the number of subscribers that are expected to be added till March 31, 2017. Jio has been given five days to clarify the issues upraised by the TRAI.

TRAI Suggests Government to Allow Free Rural Internet and Removal of Convenience Fees on Digital Payments to Boost Cashless Economy

Telecom regulatory Authority of India is taking necessary steps to support Central Government move to make India as Cashless Nation and boost digital payments.

Now, as a part of that, TRAI has put two strong suggestions in front of the Government to boost cashless transactions.

TRAI urged the Government to offer Free Internet in rural areas and remove the convenience fee for digital transactions to achieve the goal. It said, free internet in rural areas will boost digital services and Removal of accessibility fees for Digital payments will encourage more participation in the campaign for making the country the cashless.However, will Government listen to these suggestions or not is the million dollar question.

Providing Free Internet in Rural Areas

To promote the move of cashless economy in the country, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has suggested that a fixed amount of free or reasonable internet should be provided to every national those who are staying in rural areas.

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The reasonable amount of data suggested by TRAI is nearly 100 MB per month, per user. TRAI has issued a notice yesterday and said, “In order to build the reasonable gap for the persons staying in rural areas and to support Government’s move towards cashless economy, the authority suggests a scheme under which a reasonable amount of data say 100 MB per month per person may be made available to rural subscribers for free.”

Moreover, TRAI has made three very effective themes while suggesting this initiative. They are

1. Free Internet in Rural Areas must be delivered in association with local ISPs, with Government supporting the initiative. Hence, all the practical and after-sale support has to be provided by the concerned ISP.
2. The sponsorships allotted should be derived and funded from Government’s Universal Service obligatory Fund (USOF), which allows saturation of telecom and internet services in the country.
3. Remove Convenience Fees from Digital Payments

During the event of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), TRAI chairman RS Sharma has strongly mentioned the removal of convenience fee on digital payments.

TRAI Launches Web Portal to Help Users Check Level Of Call Drops

Sharma said, “It is vibrant to remove convenience charge by the banks to create a well-operated and bearable digital and cashless economy.”Government recenty announced that it has removed service tax on all digital payments which are below RS 2000.

TRAI Chairman Said, “The Aadhar Card Mobile Jan Dhan Accounts has involved a massive user base of 1.1 billion Indians into the cashless mode and now all we need is to parallel the cash payments with cashless payments to bring a huge change in the country.”

TRAI Ensures 512 Kbps as Minimum Broadband Speed in India

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued the draft guidelines for broadband service providers.The latest act is to ensure the depressing speed of 512 kbps would be considered as Broadband Internet in India.

TRAI which is a nodal agency for everything related to Telecom services in India has finally redefined the minimum broadband speed in India.

According to the reports of TRAI, any service that is offering, ‘broadband internet’ have to offer the speed of 512kbps strictly. This newly announced speed is double the 256 kbps which were mandated earlier.

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TRAI says, “Broadband is a data connection that can support interactive services including Internet access and has the capability of the minimum download speed of 512kbps to an individual subscriber.”

Compared to other countries like South Korea, a tiny country offers the average internet speed of around 29Mbps. Another small country Norway offers 21.3Mbps, and in the Czech Republic, the average speed is about 17.8Mbps. But in India, the average internet speed is 2.5Mbps which are lower than in the countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.

In fact, India has the slowest broadband speed in the entire Asia Pacific region. There is disappointing news for the people in India.

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Last year, TRAI floated a consultation paper regarding finalized minimum broadband speed in India. And now they finalized the 512 kbps as minimum broadband speed. Many telecom networks had written to Telecom authority about minimized internet speed and also mentioned that in result they might face heavy losses.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India didn’t change the 512kbps minimum speed, and neither increased to 1Mbps which was what needed for a fast growing country like India. In its directive issued on 11th October, TRAI says that the internet service providers will have to guarantee that the speed of fixed broadband should not dip under 512kbps in any circumstance.

So from now onwards the minimum broadband speed in India remains 512kbps, and the country stays in the slow lane.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha Soon Launching Feedback Platform to Assess Call Drops

Telecom minister Manoj Sinha said they are soon launching feedback platform to assess call drops. Direct feedback platform will introduce in next month. Manoj Sinha has given warning to all telecom operators that his ministry will not hesitate to give the penalty if this call drops continuously happens. Mostly this issue is rising between other operators and newcomer’s Reliance Jio

Telecom department formulates various development policies for accelerated growth of telecommunication services. It is also responsible for grant of licenses for various telecom services like Unified Access Service Internet and VSAT service.

Telecom services are one of the important aspects of the country’s development. We have many telecom operators in the country they are Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Tata Docomo, Reliance jio, Airtel, MTNL, Idea, Telenor India, Vodafone, etc.

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Recently a meeting was held between all heads of telecom operators and telecom minister. Sinha said there is good progress in the improving connectivity. TRAI also reports call drop situation has improved. TRAI measurement is circle wise. But sometimes call drops will happen, and this is not covered in the report.

He also mentioned “We are forming a platform that will take direct feedback from the people on call drops. Soon we will complete that platform. In past telecoms has submitted a 100 days action plan on the strategy to solve call drop issue. They have committed a setting up of 60,000 base stations and one lakh base stations in a year.

Sinha said, “Till customers are fee of call drops I won’t satisfy”. The platform would ready in next month by that we can easily identify the problems. The operators have gone beyond the 60,000 BTS’ with 61,000 base stations being set up. This is however does not include the reliance jio number. At present have got 965 MHz spectrum.

TRAI Launches Web Portal to Help Users Check Level Of Call Drops

In the issue of interconnection between reliance jio and other operators the TRAI has suggested the penalty of Rs 3,050 crore on the existing players.

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