Category Archives: TRAI

Telecom Ministry Presses For Strategic M&A Guidelines

There is no doubt left that post the 2G scam, the telecom industry was taken aback and that is why so much was being talked about the same. There was desperate need to clear out lines of operation so that all the involved parties can get satisfaction. There are recent reports that the communications ministry is in favour of making the M&A norms more liberal so that the best possible services to the customers can be provided.

However, the complete draft has not been made public, close sources have made it clear that there should not be more than six or seven players in a circle (service area). It has been told that post a deal, it should be considered that of the entire total stake, the combined entity should not have more than 25% of the total available airwaves in that region.

Apparently, the telecom department (DoT) panel is not that keen to go with the recommendation given by the TRAI. There is call for making combined entity’s market cap not more than 35%. However, the matter would be discussed by the Telecom Commission in the time to come. There are chances that the matter would get some final look in the next meeting on December 1.

However, bringing the industry, the ministry and the opposition to one common point is not that easy and who better than Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal can tell about this, who would be seeking Cabinet’s approval before enforcing NTP.

There is confirmed news that Telecom Minister would be putting up his best efforts to ensure that this matter is being resolved between the government and service providers soon.

“I will meet with the industry players soon to discuss the 3G roaming issue, industry players have sought time and I am hopeful to resolve the issue”, said Sibal.

TRAI Keen on Eradicating Pesky Calls, Messages

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is in the thick of things these days. Not long ago, it dropped a limit on the number of SMSs that a user can send on a daily basis and now, it has stressed that a strict and stern action is deeply required by Telecom service providers in order to entirely wipe out the threat of unsolicited messages and commercial calls.

TRAI officials said: “We are doing an audit of what the service providers are doing and we have found that some service providers need to tighten their measures”.

It is likely to finalize suggestions for blocking stolen and lost mobiles by the end of 2011 with the intent of curbing the illicit practice of handsets market. In addition, it will also discourage the extensive theft of mobiles, not counting the misuse of the stored personal information and other imperative data in such handsets.

While expressing his opinion regarding the guidelines, a TRAI official asserted that the recommendations were expected to be revealed by the end of November, the process has been delayed a bit as TRAI has encountered a few issues related duplicate IMEI numbers being used extensively in mobile handsets accessible all over the market, which is not all that easy to track. And therefore, TRAI is effectively working on soling the issue of concern at earliest. Though the officials of TRAI are not sure how much time will it take in fixing the said issues, it is being expected that TRAI authorities will find some way out to tackle fake IMEI numbers by the end of this year.

The International Mobile Equipment Identity, or IMEI, is a unique serial number allotted to handsets for easing out the process of identification, when and if needed. The number is recorded in the database of EIR, the Equipment Identity Register, of the service provider.