National e-Commerce Policy

On Feb 23, 2019, the government released the draft National e-Commerce Policy proposing setting up of a legal and technological framework for restrictions on cross-border data flow. It also laid out conditions for businesses regarding collection or processing of sensitive data locally and abroad.

New Broadcasting Regime

The new regulatory framework for Broadcasting and Cable Services, being implemented by Trai, in haste, is resulting in complete chaos. Technologically unprepared local cable operators (LCOs) are at the mercy of operators, Multiple System Operators (MSOs). As a result, LCOs are losing customers to DTH players. An LCO operator who was in business for last […]

BIF Conference

Public Wi-Fi will become an important tool for the connectivity in situations when cellular networks are not available and where network offloading is required. To discuss the potential and importance of Public Wi-Fi, Broadband India Forum (BIF) organized a conference in Delhi, titled “De-Licensing of 5 GHz for Public Wi-Fi” on February 15, 2019. TelecomLive […]

Airtel & Vodafone-Idea turn gatekeepers to keep out low-revenue subs

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are turning gatekeepers to keep out low-revenue subscribers after they witnessed some growth in the average revenue per user (ARPU) through their illegal minimum monthly recharge plans. Despite several complaints to Trai by consumer groups, the two telecom operators are continuing with their illegal anti-consumer practices of imposing minimum monthly […]

Trai Report

Reliance Jio continued to top the average 4G download speed chart, beating its nearest rival Airtel with almost double data speed, according to a report by Trai for the six months period to Jan 2019.

Airtel, Vodafone Idea

Subscribers of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea travelling abroad will have to pay more as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have increased their international roaming prices by as much as 20 pc, in a step to boost revenue and margins.

CII Summit

CII organized a Summit on “Internet of Things” on Mar 1, 2019 at Hotel Le Meridian, New Delhi. The Ssmmit highlighted the potential of IoT and how it will revolutionize the way we lead our lives and the way businesses are run today. It focussed on the key benefits that organisations are undertaking towards this […]

112, All-in-one Emergency Helpline

Similar to many developed countries around the world, India has launched a single emergency helpline number ‘112’ for providing pan-India service. The home minister Rajnath Singh and minister for women and child development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi jointly launched the women safety initiative of Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) in 16 states and union territories. People […]

National Electronics Policy 2019

The government has approved ‘National Electronics Policy 2019’ to position India as a global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM). The policy promotes domestic manufacturing and export in the entire value-chain of ESDM and targets a turnover of $400 billion by 2025. This will include targeted production of 100 cr mobile handsets by […]

E&Y Security Survey

Ernst & Young Security Survey 2018-19 India edition has come out with its findings. It says that cybersecurity risk has become a boardroom concern for organizations across verticals, revenue bands and geographies. India is the second largest country in terms of targeted attacks and also leads in the highest number of cyber threats that are […]

TV viewing has now become expensive

In our January edition of TelecomLive, we had stated that the new broadcasting regime, implemented on February 1, 2019, will increase the consumers’ monthly television bill. At that time, holding a contrary view, Trai said that the prices will go down once the new broadcasting regime gets implemented. Similarly, many news reports also perpetuated the […]

Airtel & Vodafone-Idea fleecing customers

For the last several months, lakhs of mobile users across the country have started experiencing a new kind of problem. They get a message from their mobile operators and if a user does not recharge the phone as directed by the operator, his/her phone stops receiving incoming calls & SMS.