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The Indian telecom watchdog on Thursday floated a consultation paper in an effort to explore transparent models that can achieve benefits of free data. The paper asks whether free data can be provided to users without violating its previous order that banned discriminatory pricing for some content and websites. This move is aimed at giving consumers more choices for accessing the Internet, according to a posting on the regulator’s website. “This consultation paper is being issued to explore model(s) that could achieve the benefits of offering free data while avoiding the ingenuity that the Differential Tariff Regulation is meant to prevent,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) consultation paper on free data said here. The model should facilitate the unconnected and under-connected consumer to become better connected and should not allow any telecom service provider (TSP) or large company playing a gatekeeper or biased role, the paper asserted. “The model should use the principles of open, transparent and equal access to consumer services by all consumers and all businesses. TRAI believes that the proposed model should not hold back innovation and the opportunity to increase Internet penetration and usage,” it added. In a move seen as an endorsement of net neutrality, TRAI on February 8 said no to discriminatory pricing of data content. “No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content,” TRAI had said in a much-awaited regulatory order. “No service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal, that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged to the consumer on the basis of content,” the watchdog had said.

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The number of Internet users in the country is likely to reach 500 million this year, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “India has grown to around 400 million Internet users. If we take Trai numbers then it is somewhere close to 332 million. As per service providers, they were telling me that up to date it is 402 million. We were to have 500 million users by 2017, I feel it will happen this year itself,” Prasad said while launching Digital Desh Drive 2.India has now over 100 crore mobile subscribers, he added. As per the official data shared by him in Lok Sabha today, the total mobile subscriber base at the end of February has 98.2 crore GSM mobile users and 4.45 crore subscribers on CDMA Network.

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As more and more people start accessing the internet through their mobile phones, mobile data usage is increasing by the day. As per the latest available information with the government, mobile data usage has increased by 135% from 2013-14 to 2015-16. Except for 2012-13 where the absolute number of telephone connections went down by more than 50 million compared to the previous year, the absolute number of telephone connections is continuously increasing every year. In the last two years, the increase is to the tune of almost 6 million in each single year. The drop in 2012-13 is primarily due to the removal of inactive mobile telephone connections by various service providers. The overall tele density (number of telephone connections per 100 population) increased from 75.23% in March 2014 to 82.93% in February 2016 while during the period April 2012 to March 2014,the tele density declined from 78.66% to 75.23% again on account of the decrease in the number of connections in 2012-13. Rural tele density is 50.63% as in February 2016. It increased by 6.62% during April 2014 to February 2016.

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The pace of internet penetration is yet to reach the desired level in spite of telecom companies’ efforts to spread services in the country, a seni or Department of Telecom official said today. Additional Secretary at DoT, N Sivasailam appreciated efforts made by telecom companies to spread mobile phones and services in the country but said internet penetration has yet to happen at intended peace for which efforts are being intensified, as per a statement issued by PHD Chamber. He was speaking on the occasion of World Telecommunication Day ICT Entrepreneurship for Social Impact organised by the chamber. The National Telecom Policy 2012 has set a target to achieve 175 million (17.5 crore) broadband connections by the year 2017 and 600 million by the year 2020 at a minimum 2 Mbps download speed, and making available higher speeds of at least 100 Mbps on demand. Broadband connections in the country reached 14.48 crore at the of February 2016. Source

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Telecom is, in many ways, a very unique market. It depends, for its lifeblood, on the government. This is because spectrum, the fundamental resource without which, mobile telecom service is, simply, impossible to provide, is held and allocated only by Government only. The other critical resources of Right of Way for setting up infrastructure and Number resources are also only available from Govt. Apart from these characteristics, it should also be appreciated that, in this industry, amazingly, a player has to remain interconnected with his or her business rivals/competitors in order to survive! Otherwise, it is curtains for both/all. This is indeed unique. One struggles to imagine a Maruti Udyog having to be interconnected with Toyota and/or Mercedes Benz or a Tata Steel needing to cohabit with Essar or Jindal Steel for survival of either or all… Source

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The GSM subscriber base of leading telecom operators in the country reached 773.92 million in March-end, with telecom major Airtel adding maximum number of customers, according to COAI. “Total number of GSM subscriber as of March 2015 reached 773.92 million. The GSM subscriber base increased by 5.23 million in March 2015,” the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) data showed on Tuesday. The report includes subscriber details of seven companies Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel, Telenor, Videocon and MTNL. BSNL, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications, who also provide GSM technology-based services, are not part of the report.

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The total telephone subscriber base in the country rose marginally in February to 1.0518 billion on the back of growth in wireless users even as wireline base continues to decline. The overall telephone subscriber base stood at 1.0432 billion at the end of January, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said on Tuesday. “Total wireless subscriber base increased from 101.79 crores at the end of January-16 to 102.66 crores at the end of February-16, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.85 percent,” it said. The wireline subscriber base though declined to 252 million at the end of February from 253 million in the previous month. “BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, held 72.54 percent of the wireline market share,” Trai said.

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The total number of Internet subscribers in India is 302 million, according to the Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report 2015. Of this, 94% access Internet on their mobile devices, while only 6% use a wired broadband connection. The Delhi telecom circle recorded the highest teledensity with 221 connections per 100 people, while states such as Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab registered teledensity at more than one mobile connection per person. Bihar, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir registered teledensity less than 60 connections per 100 people. According to the government of India Census 2011, the overall broadband Internet density in India is only 3.1%—Chandigarh has the highest (18.36%) followed by Delhi (17.14%) and Goa (11.95%). Source

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All mobile handsets sold in India from January 2017 will have to feature a panic button that will allow women in distress to seek help. In addition, from January 2018, all mobile phones must have an inbuilt GPS to identify the handset user’s location, according to a notification of the Department of Telecommunications. “Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women,” communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018, mobile sets should have inbuilt GPS.” Source

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