Pre-paid mobile phones to lose ISD facility soon

Agencies

Posted: Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 2044 hrs IST

Prepaid phones New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai has asked telecom companies to de-activate the international calling facility in pre-paid numbers and restore it only after a subscriber gives his explicit consent to avail this facility.

"Inform all pre-paid subscribers having ISD facility, through SMS, within 10 days of the date of issue of this direction, that ISD facility of the subscribers shall be discontinued after sixty days," Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in a directive to telcos.

"If such subscribers want to continue with ISD facility, they should give their explicit consent for availing such facility within 60 days of the receipt of the SMS," it added.

Trai has issued this directive following complaints from consumers about missed calls from international telephone numbers which are often premium numbers charging high tariff, prompting the consumers to make call to such numbers.

Trai said it has also been receiving complaints from consumers about receiving calls and SMSes from

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Pre-paid mobile phones to lose ISD facility soon

Agencies

Posted: Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 2044 hrs IST

Prepaid phones New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai has asked telecom companies to de-activate the international calling facility in pre-paid numbers and restore it only after a subscriber gives his explicit consent to avail this facility.

"Inform all pre-paid subscribers having ISD facility, through SMS, within 10 days of the date of issue of this direction, that ISD facility of the subscribers shall be discontinued after sixty days," Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in a directive to telcos.

"If such subscribers want to continue with ISD facility, they should give their explicit consent for availing such facility within 60 days of the receipt of the SMS," it added.

Trai has issued this directive following complaints from consumers about missed calls from international telephone numbers which are often premium numbers charging high tariff, prompting the consumers to make call to such numbers.

Trai said it has also been receiving complaints from consumers about receiving calls and SMSes from

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Telecom user base drops by over 20 mn

Agencies

Posted: Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 1713 hrs IST

New Delhi : Telecom subscriber base fell to 944.81 million in July from 965.52 million a month ago, the first ever decline in the country.

The subscriber base report for the month of July released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) shows that overall telecom user base of the country dropped by 20.71 million subscribers over June.

"This is the first time we have seen decline in overall subscriber base," a TRAI official said.

The decline in total subscriber base for the first time was led by the wireless segment where users declined by 20.61 million.

The biggest loss in user base came from Reliance Communications that lost 20.48 million users, followed by Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Videocon, Loop and MTNL.

RCom said the drop is due to removal of inactive customers from its user base.

"With an objective to release the substantial blocked resources of number series and in context of DoT's stringent guidelines on issuance of fresh

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Telecom user base drops by over 20 mn

Agencies

Posted: Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 1713 hrs IST

New Delhi : Telecom subscriber base fell to 944.81 million in July from 965.52 million a month ago, the first ever decline in the country.

The subscriber base report for the month of July released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) shows that overall telecom user base of the country dropped by 20.71 million subscribers over June.

"This is the first time we have seen decline in overall subscriber base," a TRAI official said.

The decline in total subscriber base for the first time was led by the wireless segment where users declined by 20.61 million.

The biggest loss in user base came from Reliance Communications that lost 20.48 million users, followed by Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Videocon, Loop and MTNL.

RCom said the drop is due to removal of inactive customers from its user base.

"With an objective to release the substantial blocked resources of number series and in context of DoT's stringent guidelines on issuance of fresh

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‘Broadband services should be delivered in transperant manner’

Agencies

Posted: Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 0101 hrs IST

New Delhi: The government today said directions have been issued by sectoral regulator Trai to telecom operators for delivering broadband services in a transparent manner by providing adequate information about various plans under fair usage policy.

"Trai had issued direction on July 27, 2012 to service providers for delivering broadband services in a transparent manner by providing adequate information to the broadband consumers about various plans offered under Fair Usage Policy (FUP)," Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Milind Deora said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

Deora said telecom operators have been directed, inter-alia, to ensure that speed of broadband connection in all broadband tariff plans is not reduced below the minimum speed specified.

They have also been asked to provide alerts to consumers when their data usage reaches 80 per cent and 100 per cent of the data usage limit bundled with the plan.

"Some of the service providers have started

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