TRAI Calls on Speed Test Apps to Understand Their Methodologies

August 18, 2017

Amid a raging debate on efficacy and results of speed test apps, TRAI plans to ‘study’ the methodology and other nuances of such applications used for checking upload and download speeds of data, an official said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is calling major speed test apps for a presentation to “understand” their methodology. The exercise is expected to culminate into a ‘paper’ that will be placed in the public…

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Jio Effect: Airtel Offers 84GB Data for 84 Days at Rs. 399 to Beat Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer

August 18, 2017

The new Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer pack at Rs. 399 is the latest offering from the disruptive operator to offer its customers bundled data, free calls and more services at low prices. Seeing this, Vodafone, Idea and Aircel had launched similar plans with 84GB data and 84 day validity. Now, Airtel has joined the fray with the Rs. 399 plan offering 1GB data per day and bundled calls for 84 days. Notably, Airtelhas clarified that the new prepaid plan…

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India’s Digital Economy Not Doing Well in Creating Infrastructure: TRAI Chairman

August 18, 2017

While India as a digital economy has performed well in terms of building software applications and services, it lags in terms of infrastructure, the telecom regulator said in New Delhi on Tuesday. Stating the three parts of the vision area of “Digital India” as infrastructure, software and services on demand, and digital empowerment of people, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma said infrastructure is the area it is working on. “From…

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Jio Effect: RCom Introduces Rs. 299 Rental Plan With Unlimited Calls, Data

August 18, 2017

Keeping up with the current trend of offers galore, Reliance Communications (RCom) has announced its all-new Rs. 299 rental plan for its subscribers. The company announced the all-new rental plan in a tweet on Wednesday. It said, “Reliance Mobile introduces the lowest rates ever! Starting at Rs. 299 monthly rental.” The latest rental plan from RCom can be seen as a way to counter other dominant players like Airtel, Vodafone, and…

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TRAI Defends Data Privacy Paper, Says Consumer Interest Vital

August 18, 2017

Defending the move of issuing a discussion paper on data privacy and ownership, TRAI chief R S Sharma has said the regulator raised the “right questions” to protect the legitimate interest of telecom consumers, and is mandated to do so. Brushing off the criticism, the TRAI chief sought to allay industry’s fears on overregulation and jurisdiction, saying people should not presume the outcome or “cry foul” at this stage when the consultation has…

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Jio Effect: Aircel Offers 168GB Data, Unlimited Calls for 84 Days at Rs. 419 in Northeast, at Rs. 449 in J&K

August 18, 2017

With the Reliance Jio juggernaut continuing to make headways in the telecom industry, rival operator Aircel has launched two new plans that offer 2GB data per day and unlimited calls with 84-day validity. These plans have the same validity as the Rs. 399 Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer, which provides half the data (at high speeds), unlimited calls, free SMSs, and access to the Jio apps suite. The Aircel prepaid plans are priced at Rs….

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TRAI Website to Soon Display Tariff Plans of Telecom Operators

August 18, 2017

Telecom subscribers will be able to soon check tariff plans of different operators on the regulator’s website, improving transparency over rates, TRAI Chairman RS Sharma has said. Going further, TRAI is mulling allowing ‘export’ or use of that data to enable people to build tariff-comparison apps and products, just as one sees for insurance or airline fares. The regulator has recently asked all operators to start filing their tariffs in electronic form…

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Reliance Jio Adds More Subscribers Than Airtel, Vodafone Combined in June: TRAI

August 18, 2017

According to fresh report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Reliance Jio has added more than 6 million wireless subscribers just in the month of June. Its competitor Bharti Airtel, in comparison, added over 2 million subscribers, while Vodafone managed less than 1 million. Evidently, Reliance Jio added more customers than Airtel and Vodafone combined. With this increase, Reliance Jio now enjoys 10.39 percent of market share in terms of wireless subscribers, whereas…

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Jio Phone Finally Released as Beta Testing Commences

August 18, 2017

The first batch of JioPhone units will become available Tuesday, August 15 as beta trials of the 4G feature phone are scheduled to commence today, a little over three weeks after it was unveiled at the Reliance Industries AGM 2017. This, of course, does not mean the handset has been released in the market, only that Reliance Jio has made it available to a select group of users to test it out before its…

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Jio Phone to Hit Telecom Sector, Erode Revenues: Vodafone to DoT

August 18, 2017

The country’s second largest telecom player Vodafone expects Jio’s ‘effective free phone’ with unlimited calling to erode operators’ revenues which are already under pressure and sought reduction in various levies imposed by the government as a breather to the industry. “…the new operator continues to aggressively under-price its services, including announcing launch of ‘Effective Zero Price Feature Phone’ with unlimited voice. “This is likely to cause further erosion in revenue for existing…

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