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Editorial – January 2019

The new broadcasting regime will come into effect from Feb 1, 2019. It will make channels for the consumers dearer by 50 per cent. This hike in channel pricing will happen due to three reasons. First, due to non-implementation of 15 per cent cap on discounts under bouquet. Second, due to non-reduction of cap (presently

New Broadcasting Regime

“For the last few weeks, there have been many news reports about Trai’s new regulation on cable television and DTH. For many years now, I have been an Airtel DTH user. I have received no communication (like phone or SMS) from Airtel regarding this. After seeing few ads from Star, Sony and Zee, I visited

Inventory based B2C e-commerce

On Dec 19, 2018, thousands of traders from various parts of the country staged a protest rally at New Delhi demanding that the centre should announce a policy on e-commerce and stop allowing FDI in retail trade and withdraw FDI in retail approved so far.


The financial performance of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) continues to deteriorate. The same is the situation with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL). With the exception of just two circles – Kerala and Andaman Nicobar – all the circles are in big losses.

MTNL’s last 10 years

MTNL is incurring financial losses from 2009-10 onwards. The earnings of MTNL and the expenditure on salary and allowances of officers and employees during the last ten years is given in.

Mobile to soon reach all villages

The department of telecommunications (DoT) has taken a decision to be technology neutral in all the USO funded projects. Henceforth, it will specify only Quality of Service “QoS” for Voice & Data (speed) as per Trai’s regulations. The bidders would be free to quote their own solution and the company quoting lowest Viability Gap Funding

Two years of 4G

Within 2 years of the aggressive launch of 4G services by Reliance Jio (Sep 2016 to Sep 2018), the number of 4G customers in the country has crossed 38.74 crore providing 4G-LTE access to over 88 per cent of the population. Maharashtra has the highest

Mobile Radiation

In 2018, only in three circles – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and J&K – on actual testing, a total of 49 towers sites were found to be having radiation level in excess of prescribed limits. Surprisingly, only in three more circles – West Bengal, Maharashtra and North East – radiation levels were found to be in

Trai Drive Test results

Trai has been receiving complaints for call drops from consumers of various Telecom Service Providers (TSPs). Bharti Airtel tops the list with 543 complaints in CY 2018. In order to assess the network quality of mobile services of TSPs, Trai has been regularly conducting Independent Drive Tests (IDTs) in cities, highways & rail routes.

Segmented Tariff

On Dec 21, 2018, Trai has filed appeal in the Supreme Court against TDSAT’s judgement dated Dec 13, 2018 on predatory pricing and discounted offers, arguing that it dismantles the regulatory framework for tariff assessment and places consumers at the mercy of service providers. It has also asserted that the tribunal’s judgment hinders it from