TRAI Blocks All Pesky Calls/SMS From Mid-Night

TRAI seems to be adamant with its decision to enforce a restriction of 100 SMS per day per SIM for all subscribers. This decision comes after Telecom Operators lobby COAI requested to go away with 100 SMS per day restriction on grounds of fundamental rights to subscribers.


Telecom Operators lobby COAI Rajan S Mathews said. “All our operators are ready to implement the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to curb the menace of unsolicited calls and SMSes. However, we are concerned about the 100 SMSes per SIM a day and we will be in discussion with the regulator to sort this out”.

In order to stop the annoyance of unwanted Spam calls/SMS TRAI has no plans to rethink this decisions. Starting Mid-Night today, all operators are to follow the 100 SMS per day restrictions on its subscribers.

“In order to curb the menace of pesky calls and messages, as of now, this (limit of hundred SMS per day per SIM) will be applicable to all users. If in future some problem arises, we will see the things,” a Trai source said.

Subscribers can chose to partially as well as fully block category. If subscribers chose partially block category they can receive SMS from category chosen by them. Currently TRAI has categories — banking and financial products, real estate, education, health, consumer goods, automobiles, communication and entertainment, tourism and leisure.

To register under fully blocked category users need to send an SMS “START 0” to 1909 without quotes. To register under partially block category users need to replace 0 with category number. For example to receive SMS from communication category users can send SMS “START 6” to 1909.


TRAI Suggests Rs.60,000Cr Broadband Plan For Villages

To boost broadband penetration in the country, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has suggested rolling out an optical fibre cable network across the country at a whopping cost of Rs 60,000 crore. Here are the details of TRAI’s plans for the same:

  • An autonomous body – National Optical Fibre Agency (NOFA) will be created under the Central Government.
  • A State Optical Fibre Agency will be formed at the state level whose 51 per cent equity will be vested with NOFA and 49 per cent by the respective State government.
  • Project to be financed by the Universal Service Obligation fund and grants from the Government.
  • New network will be rolled out in two phases by 2013 and TRAI has set a target of 75 million broadband connections by 2012 and 160 million connections by 2014.
  • 25.45 lakh km of fresh optical fibre to be laid all across India in order to meet bandwidth requirements. Current lines are limited only to Tier-1 cities.

TRAI To Fine Telemarketers Rs. 2.5 Lakhs for Unwanted SMS and Calls

Looks like the unwanted calls from telemarketers is finally going to end soon. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published the new guidelines for telemarketing companies who call you for anything from a house loan to sell a credit card.

According to the new guidelines published by TRAI, telemarketers will be provided with a new set of numbers which start with "70". This will make it easier for users to identify telemarketing calls before they even pick the phone up.

Also telemarketers will have compulsorily register for the new numbers or else they will be fined anywhere between Rs 25000 and Rs 2.5 lakhs. Also you will not have to worry more about late night calls, since the new TRAI regulations state that there should be no telemarketing calls between 9PM and 9AM.

Overall the new TRAI guidelines will definitely provide relief to consumers who are subjected to unwanted calls. The new guidelines will go into effect start January 2011.

If you do not want to receive any calls at all you can register yourself for the Do Not Call service with your mobile operator.

Mobile Number Portability Comes To Haryana, Entire India To Get MNP From Jan 20

After much fuss over Mobile Number Portability in India, the Indian Govt. finally begun the service in India starting from Haryana. At the launch event, the Communications and IT Minister of India, Mr Kapil Sibal said that the entire country would get Mobile Number Portability (MNP) from January 20, 2011.

The Union Minister for HRD, Telecom & IT, Mr Kapil Sibal (left) at the launch of mobile number portability at Rohtak in Haryana

Rohtak in Haryana became the first Indian city to get Mobile Number Portability. The Secretary of Department of Telecom told the media that MNP will intensify the competition among service providers both in respect of quantity of services and quality of service as well as in terms of tariff. He also said that the DoT is working with Mobile operators to put the system in place over the next two months.

Telecom Operators are very happy that MNP has finally been launched in India as they feel this would provide the freedom of choice to consumers and would promote fair and effective competition in the market. However it seems that not all Indian subscribers want MNP. A study a Colombo-based ICT firm revealed that 26 per cent of Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) mobile subscribers in India would definitely not consider switching even to a cheaper package which indicates some kind of operator loyalty being present among them.

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National Broadband Plan To Be Announced By October End

According to the Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Dr J.S. Sarma the National Braodband Plan will be announced by October end. The national Broadband plan aims to reach 100 million homes by 2014 and all homes by 2020.

Mr Sarma also said   that the Government and TRAI are trying hard to execute the national objective of reaching out broadband connectivity to every home by 2020. After the National Broadband Plan was initially announced in 2004, a target of 20 million homes by 2010 was set but barely 9-10 million connections have been achieved till date which happens to be almost 50 per cent of the targeted growth.

Various issues related to the rapid expansion of the National   Broadband Plan are also being discussed such as the right speed for rural and urban areas, right of way for optical fibrecables, last mile issues, spectrum use and allocation.

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Indians to Get 10 Digit Landline Numbers

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that landline numbers, like mobile numbers, have 10 digits by the end of 2011. It recommended that the country migrate to an integrated numbering scheme for both fixed landline and mobile numbers.

Mobile operators are currently facing a severe number crunch in the face of rapid user growth. After the “9” series of numbers was depleted, the “8” series was announced. Even that is likely to get depleted soon. TRAI dismissed a proposal to make mobile numbers 11 digits, saying that it would inconvenience the existing users.

The existing 10-digit numbering scheme for mobile phones should be continued to avoid inconvenience to customers that would accompany any move to shift to a 11-digit scheme.- TRAI.

Shifting both fixed and mobile numbers to an integrated 10-digit scheme would make enough numbers available for further expansion for about 30-40 years.

The integrated numbering system would also facilitate the extension of mobile number portability to fixed lines. MNP will be available in India by October 31, 2010.

Source: Hindu

India to Get Mobile Number Portability by October 31

MNP in IndiaMobile Number Portability is one of those things which Indian mobile users have been waiting for since eons now; the other being the launch of 3G services. The launch of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has been delayed many times in the past year, but now it seems that MNP may finally be a reality in India.

Mr. J. S. Sharma, Chairman of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), announced today that all mobile operators will have to enable MNP by October 31. The DOT (Department of Telecom) also said that all operators must ensure that their networks support MNP by September 1; failing which they won’t be allowed to launch any new services.

Reportedly, BSNL and MTNL’s networks are already MNP-ready and other major operators will also have to comply with MNP requirements by September 1.

Mobile Number Portability allows you to change their operator without changing their number. With the launch of MNP, operator services are expected to improve as consumers will be free to shift to any operator offering better service. Hopefully, this time around, we will actually get it.

Finally Here Comes The 3G Auction


After what seemed like an endless delay, the Telecom ministry has finally resolved its issues with the defense ministry. Hurray! We had lost hopes so much that, we started speculating whether 4G would arrive before the launch of 3G.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) will issue Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) from the potential bidders by the end of this week. All pending issues have been resolved," said telecom minister A Raja.
Asked about the date for auction of spectrum, he said, "You can take 40-45 days from the date of issuing NIA." Going by this, the auction cannot be completed within the current financial year with only 36 days remaining. The law Ministry had earlier objected to a clause in the draft NIA that successful bidders may ask for compensation in case they were not allotted spectrum within stipulated time period. ^

Though it’s unclear of how many slots would be allocated in each circle, rumor is that state government will be allotting as much as four slots to new players, due to availability of excess spectrum.

Work On 4G Starts Even Before Deployment Of 3G

Even before the 3G service has been deployed in India, India is now getting ready to welcome the fourth-generation (4G) service. The early preparation might help in introducing the service in next four years at least (Work on 3G started way back in 2003). The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday sought industry views on advanced 4G mobile systems, as it prepares a consultation paper on the new technology, that it said would be 10 times faster than 3G.

It is necessary that our country should be prepared to introduce 4G services at the earliest,” the TRAI said. Countries like Sweden are already enjoying the 4G service. he TRAI said it would deliberate on issues such as pricing of spectrum and licensing in its consultation paper.    There were talks that Indian operators might skip 3G altogether, but now that looks highly unlikely as we have seen that operators upgrading their network for 3G.

Do you think 4G might arrive earlier than 3G, considering there won’t be any problem with the spectrum allocation?

Authorities Pull Down Illegal Towers, Leaves Subscribers Without Service

About more than 300 towers in Noida and few nearby cities were closed down by the authorities in a dispute over whether they had been built on private properties where commercial activity is banned.This action This left subscribers clueless and furious over call cut-off and no reception. There are about 600 towers in Noida and around 300 are already sealed. Authorities have already started survey to find out if any more illegal towers are there.


As per rule, mobile operators have to take permission before installing any tower and it cannot be installed on private properties without getting NOC (No objection certificate) from the resident. Mobile operators were left cry baby and alleging that the civic authorities did not give them time or notices before taking action. Mobile Operators also approached TRAI only to gain no response.