Indian government suggests Airtel Zero, Internet.org violate net neutrality

India’s Department of Telecom (DoT), in its preliminary findings, has said that Bharti Airtel’s sponsored content service and Reliance Communications’ zero-rating deal with Facebook/Internet.org are “against the spirit of net neutrality”. A high-level government source told the Economic Times that …

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India’s domestic roaming rates cut by 20-40%

India’s top mobile operators have cut domestic roaming rates (between operators) by 20-40 per cent following the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) setting new maximum rates effective 1 May. Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communication said …

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India’s TRAI: Airtel Zero violates net neutrality rules

An official with India’s telecoms regulator has stated that Bharti Airtel’s sponsored content data service, as well as other operators’ zero-rating access deals with Facebook, including the Internet.org tie-up with Reliance Communcations, violate the principles of net neutrality. The Telecom …

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India’s Jio to launch 4G in five cities by June

India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm reportedly will launch 4G service in five cities – New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Nagpur – by June. According to an anonymous Jio executive, additional cities, where the network is 90 per cent completed, will be added …

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Asia briefs: India regulator cuts domestic roaming rates, Lenovo’s dual-brand lineup faces headwinds & more

India regulator cuts domestic roaming rates The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s move to reduce domestic roaming rates will cut outgoing calling rates between regions, or circles, by 20 per cent and incoming rates by 40 per cent. SMS roaming …

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India’s TRAI cuts mobile termination rate 30%

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reduced the mobile call termination rate by 30 per cent and scrapped the interconnection usage fee for all types of calls made from fixed-line phones. The termination fee for mobile calls will …

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India’s spectrum auction attracts 8 operators

Eight operators in India have stepped forward to participate in the country’s long-awaited spectrum auctions next month. The bidding companies will be Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio Infotel, Reliance Communications (RCom), Tata Teleservices, Uninor and Vodafone. Sistema Shyam …

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India’s DoT pushes ahead with ‘high’ 3G auction price

India’s Department of Telecom (DoT), ignoring the regulator’s complaints about the high base price and scarcity of 3G spectrum to be auctioned next month, has suggested a reserve price 36 per cent higher than the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s …

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India’s TRAI holds firm on 3G auction price

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is standing by its suggested reserve price for 3G spectrum to be auctioned next month and has questioned the government for asking for the price to be increased by 43 per cent. A …

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