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Spectrum auction policy of India

Spectrum Auction Policy of India Government policies and interventions is a part of UPSC Paper II and Paper III and Telecom sector is a highly important topic for UPSC Mains 2021. Hence, Spectrum Auction Policy is important to read for IAS Examination. What is a Spectrum? Energy travels in the form of waves known as electromagnetic waves. These waves differ from each other in terms of frequencies. This whole range of frequencies is called the spectrum. In telecommunication like TV, r

Analysis of Telecom Sector: IUC Charges

Analysis of Telecom Sector: IUC Charges The end of the Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) regime on January 1, under which one telecom operator paid a charge to another on whose network a subscriber’s voice call was completed, creates a new era in which these companies can focus on upgrading their networks and service. The measure was delayed by a year by regulator TRAI due to concerns that not all operators were ready, and the shift to more efficient 4G networks and compatible su

National Security Directive for Telecom sector

National Security Directive for Telecom sector Under the security directive, operators will have to buy equipment from trusted sources. Telecom firms have asked the government to clarify about the entity that will be held liable in the event of a security breach in the network post implementation of the National Security Directive (NSD) in the telecom sector. A meeting was called to work on the road map for trusted products by the NSCS. Telcos wanted the government to come out with cl

TRAI Regulations

TRAI Regulations The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to ensure “complete and strict” implementation of the regulation issued by it in 2018 for curbing unsolicited commercial communications (UCC). Telecom Regulatory Authority of India It was established in 1997. It is a statutory body. It is an independent regulator for telecom services and tariffs in India. Before TRAI, Central Govt us

BharatNet project

BharatNet project Cabinet accorded approval for revised implementation strategy of BharatNet through Public Private Partnership mode in 16 States of the country.  BharatNet will now extend upto all inhabited villages beyond Gram Panchayats (GPs), in the said States. The revised strategy also includes creation, upgradation, operation, maintenance and utilization of BharatNet by the concessionaire who will be selected by a competitive international bidding process.  The es

Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) issue of Telecoms

What is Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR)? Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) is the usage and licensing fee that telecom operators are charged by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). It is divided into spectrum usage charges and licensing fees, pegged between 3-5 % and 8 % respectively. As per DoT, the charges are calculated based on all revenues earned by a telco – including non-telecom related sources such as deposit interests and asset sales. Telcos, on their part, insist that AGR

Myanmar/Malaysia-India-Singapore Transit (MIST) Cable

Myanmar/Malaysia-India-Singapore Transit (MIST) Submarine Cable System The union environment ministry’s expert appraisal committee (EAC) on Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) has given its go-ahead for the construction of an 8,100km-long undersea, transnational fiber optic cable system connecting Mumbai to Singapore, via Chennai. About MIST cable                        &

Governing Telecommunication in India

Governing Telecommunication in India The Ministry of Communication, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently issued an invitation for comments regarding the requirement to update the legal framework governing the telecom sector. It also published a consultation document in which it advocated for the creation of a new legal framework that is precise, understandable, and responsive to the development of new technologies and social norms. Need for a New Framework Long before I

Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022

Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022 To control Internet-based OTT (Over-The-Top) telecom services, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently announced the draught Indian Telecommunications 2022 Bill. ?????????????? What are the Draft Bill's Main Points? The Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, and The Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Protection) Act, 1950 are the three independent laws that now regulate the telecommunications industry.

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