Editorial articles

Editorial – July 2017

Public Interest determines what is acceptable and what is unacceptable, what is desirable and what is contemptible. Mobile Termination Charge (MTC) is both unacceptable and contemptible. First, MTC is anti-consumer. It is a big burden on the consumer and has been so, for many years now. From April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017, the

Editorial – June 2017

BSNL has been lowering its projections. Operational revenue of Rs 26,500 crore in FY 2016-17 is 7 pc lower than what it achieved in the previous year, Rs 28,449 crore. This is also 13 pc less than the figure targeted in the MoU for FY 2016-17 at Rs 30,500. Similarly it has projected a decline

Editorial – May 2017

Senior government officials in DoT are assessing the Jio impact and they don’t seem to mind declines in government revenue on account of licence fee and SUC because this means additional money in the hands of the consumer and leaps in data usage. A DoT note acknowledges dips in LF and SUC revenues since Q2

Editorial- April 2017

Idea & Vodafone merger agreement has created India’s first SMP (Significant Market Power) in the telecom sector. Trai defines SMP as an entity that has 30 pc of the market share. The combined entity crosses this threshold. For the consumer marketshare, it has 35 pc and for revenue marketshare, 41 pc. Thus, it is the

Editorial- March 2017

Our cover story, ZTE Exports to Iran, is important for two reasons. It shows the organized evasion structures that companies deploy and it also shows the stamina of the Institutions to go after such evasions. ZTE has been charged with violating US laws and illegally shipping US-origin items to Iran, justice obstruction and material falsifications.

Editorial – January 2017

2 plots in Noida, 1 plot in Greater Noida, 2 plots and a house in Ghaziabad, 2 plots in Kanpur, 2 houses in Lucknow and 1 plot in Hapur. This is not a real estate advertisement but listings in the Immoveable Property Return (IPR) of Nitishwar Kumar, the Private Secretary to the Minister of Communications,

Editorial- December-2016

MTNL makes news not for its services but for its losses. And this is a year on year occurrence. And the head of such a company, the CMD designate, PK Purwar, who is also the finance director says, that “savings is ultra vires.” The amount, which would have been saved from this so called “ultra

Editorial- November-2016

The outcome of Docomo-Tata legal dispute will be watched keenly and it will have a seminal impact on future investor-company relations because involved in it are the key questions of contractual inviolability, national regulations and the role of the government. The handling of l’affaire Docomo by Cyrus Mistry was considered un-Tatas like and was flagged

Editorial- October -2016

We have done a comprehensive interview with the Trai chairman, RS Sharma, for this issue of TelecomLive. There were many questions and there are many answers. And also there are a few questions to which answers were declined. But on the whole, it is possible to determine from the interview, the regulatory terrain and pitch

Editorial- September -2016

The regulator, Trai has issued a consultation paper on review of interconnect usage charges (IUC). Since IUC rates have a bearing on the tariff that users have to pay, this is a terrain of consumer interest as much as it is a matter concerning the industry. Trai has sought views from stakeholders for reduction of