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Zee Entertainment slashes channel prices ahead of TRAI regulation

Zee Entertainment, one of the four big broadcasting groups of India, has become the first player to bring its channel prices in line with an upcoming regulation issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.Zee's new tariff card prices its channels a fraction of what they are being sold for

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NET NEUTRALITY: Netflix says let India decide what it wants to watch

Netflix, the world's biggest provider of video-on-demand services, rebuffed attempts by telecom companies to control viewership of online video and said consumers must be allowed to consume any legal content on the Internet without 'gate keeping' or interference by telecom providers.It said its position was that "gate-keepers should not be

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Net Neutrality: Vodafone wants right to manipulate Internet videos

Vodafone India said it would like to be given the power to manage the size of videos watched by users on its mobile network and lower it automatically "for overall quality welfare".Participating in the discussions related to Net Neutrality and the powers to be given to telecom operators in traffic management, the

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Telcos Change Tack as Net Neutrality Fight Enters Final Round in India

If you thought the fight over net neutrality was over with the sending of 1 mln emails to the TRAI two years ago, think again.The telecom service providers, who lost out that in the first round, are back. This time, however, their demands are more subtle, and focused on getting

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Complaints against telcos drop sharply as 4G takes off

Complaints against all telecom providers except Bharti Airtel dropped in 2016, possibly in reaction to the emergence of new operator Reliance Jio and the explosion of 4G data capacity.The total number of complaints lodged with the regulator TRAI against telecom firms dropped 15% in 2016 to 19,774 from 23,293 in

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India’s 3G networks creak under freebie overload; 4G also slows

MySpeed, the speedtesting platform operated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, has revealed a sharp dip in wireless data speeds across operators in March compared to the previous month.The declines were visible in both 4G as well as 3G services, but were more pronounced in 3G networks, which typically

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New TRAI rules to hit Zee Entertaiment, Star, Sony and Sun TV

The regulator's new rules on the pricing of television channels in India, which will come into effect in six months, will reduce the clout of big broadcasting companies such as Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Sony, Star India and Sun TV, while encouraging smaller media owners.So far, bigger groups enjoyed a key

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Reliance Jio interconnect dispute with Airtel, Idea to end this month

The dispute over providing interconnection facility is set to end in the next two weeks, with Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone giving in to the demands of new operator Reliance Jio and the regulator.The decision to comply comes in the wake of a recommendation for a fine of Rs

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TRAI to summon CEOs of Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Reliance Jio on interconnection imbroglio

TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said the authority will soon call a meeting of the CEOs of Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio to resolve the interconnection problems.When asked as to why the industry finds itself in this position, and whether it was due to lack of

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Reliance Communications sees sharp fall in active users after 4G upgrade

Reliance Communications Ltd, the telecom arm of the Anil Ambani group, has reported a sharp fall in its active user base (VLR) for the April-June quarter.BEFORE UPGRADERCom had 93.24 mln active users -- going by the company's visitor location register -- for the January-March quarter, before the 4G upgrade began.

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Vodafone lauds government’s telecom and spectrum reforms

In a rare gesture, a big telecom company has lauded the government's recent changes in telecom policy.The Modi government has, in recent months, cleared long-pending reforms such as allowing the trading of spectrum, cutting levies and initiating rearrangement (harmonization) of spectrum.Usually, the relationship between the government and big operators tends

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Telenor, Idea customers happiest; Bharti Airtel sees jump in complaints

Customers of Idea Cellular turned out to be the happiest among those of all the big private telecom operators in India, while those of Reliance Communications were the most likely to make complaints to the regulator or the government.Among all private operators small and big, MTS' subscribers made the highest

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TRAI’s net neutrality rules could see zero-rated networks replace zero-rated websites in India

The TRAI's new net neutrality rules are likely to see the launch of a number of zero-rated networks by players whose dreams of zero-rated websites have been dashed by the regulator.Under the new regulations, telecom companies have been banned from offering any website for free, but have been allowed to

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TRAI rejects plea by Airtel, Idea and Jio to postpone 700 Mhz spectrum sale

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has rejected the request by three of India's biggest 4G operators -- Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular -- to not sell any more 4G spectrum, especially in the strategic 700 MHz band.The move is likely to lead to a fast rollout of

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Facebook to explore putting ads on Free Basics in the future

Facebook, the world's largest social media company, said it will explore the option of putting advertising in its 'free Internet' platform - Free Basics.Participating in a discussion on Reddit, Facebook's Vice President in charge of Internet.org, Chris Daniels said it's a possibility the company will look at in the future.Facebook

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