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  • COAI seeks equal rules, spectrum road map in new telecom policy Aug 04, 2017 02:25 PM IST

    COAI seeks equal rules, spectrum road map in new telecom policy

    The policy should have some "permanent fixes" for the failing financial health of the sector and the industry cannot be treated "as a place to go for revenue", COAI Director General Rajan Mathews told PTI.

  • COAI for spectrum auction only in late-2018, early next year Apr 25, 2017 03:19 PM IST

    COAI for spectrum auction only in late-2018, early next year

    "The timing of the auction should be later part of 2018 or early 2019," COAI director general Rajan Mathews told PTI.

  • Mobile towers 'completely safe', insists COAI Apr 13, 2017 08:05 AM IST

    Mobile towers 'completely safe', insists COAI

    "...Citizens have no reason to panic as mobile towers emit low level radiation, which is within the prescribed Department of Telecom, Government of India norms which makes mobile towers completely safe," COAI Director-General Rajan Mathews said in a statement.

  • Streamline audits by multiple agencies for ease of biz: COAI Mar 14, 2017 09:34 PM IST

    Streamline audits by multiple agencies for ease of biz: COAI

    "The audit process by multiple agencies in areas like revenue, billing accuracy and customer acquisition costs can be streamlined," COAI Director General Rajan Mathews told PTI.

  • Treat us like banks on GST, says telecom sector Mar 09, 2017 03:41 PM IST

    Treat us like banks on GST, says telecom sector

    The telecom sector‘s woes are expected to accelerate once the Goods and Services Tax is implemented in July. Given that the industry operates in 22 licensed service areas, the industry will be faced with multiple jurisdictions while paying GST.

  • COAI chief's SOS to govt: Stop charging licence fees & SUC Mar 08, 2017 05:46 PM IST

    COAI chief's SOS to govt: Stop charging licence fees & SUC

    Cellular Operators Association of India chief Rajan Mathews tells Moneycontrol that the government should stop charging license fees and spectrum usage charges as it is getting money upfront through spectrum auctions.

  • Re-verification of old subscribers to cost Rs 2,500 cr: COAI Feb 19, 2017 01:44 PM IST

    Re-verification of old subscribers to cost Rs 2,500 cr: COAI

    Re-verification of existing mobile subscribers through Aadhaar-based eKYC will cost an estimated Rs 2,500 crore, mobile operators' body COAI said today, seeking certain exemptions in the process.

  • TRAI issues a consultation paper to define promotional offers Feb 17, 2017 07:17 PM IST

    TRAI issues a consultation paper to define promotional offers

    With the consultation paper, TRAI aims to bring more clarity in interpretation of its principles as the existing features are not well defined in the tariff order.

  • Vodafone-Idea merger: Consolidation good for telcos, says Former Bharti Airtel CEO Jan 30, 2017 09:12 PM IST

    Vodafone-Idea merger: Consolidation good for telcos, says Former Bharti Airtel CEO

    On the news of a possible merger between Vodafone and Idea Cellular, Sanjay Kapoor, former CEO of Bharti Airtel says, consolidation is good for the industry's sustainability.

  • New rules on network rollout to reduce call drops: COAI Nov 20, 2016 12:46 PM IST

    New rules on network rollout to reduce call drops: COAI

    Cellular operators' body COAI has said that new rules on installation of mobile towers and laying of optical cables will reduce call drops, rev up broadband speeds and improve service quality for consumers.

  • TRAI penalty on telcos is huge; I am disappointed: Rajan Mathews Oct 24, 2016 08:51 AM IST

    TRAI penalty on telcos is huge; I am disappointed: Rajan Mathews

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended a penalty of Rs 3,050 crore on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular for allegedly violating licence norms by denying adequate interconnection points to Reliance Jio Infocomm.

  • Govt could be disappointed over spectrum sale outcome: COAI Oct 06, 2016 09:11 PM IST

    Govt could be disappointed over spectrum sale outcome: COAI

    The five-day spectrum auction has concluded with government minting close to Rs 65,789 crore lower than the expectation of Rs 1 lakh crore. The premium spectrum - 700 and 900 MHz - did not find any bidders due to expensive base price.

  • Trai debunks COAI allegations, seeks apology Sep 10, 2016 09:56 AM IST

    Trai debunks COAI allegations, seeks apology

    Trai held a meeting with Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to resolve the ongoing dispute over inter-connecting points but COAI, which represents incumbent players as well as RJio, was kept out of the meet.

  • Telecom operators' body writes to PMO over Jio Sep 08, 2016 10:48 AM IST

    Telecom operators' body writes to PMO over Jio

    Incumbent operators have sent letters to the PMO highlighting the volume of traffic originating from Reliance Industries Jio onto their networks, said Rajan Mathews, Director-General of COAI.

  • Mukesh Ambani says Jio's rivals making excuses over interconnect Sep 08, 2016 09:41 AM IST

    Mukesh Ambani says Jio's rivals making excuses over interconnect

    Jio customers suffered over 5 crore call failures to other networks in a single week because of insufficient interconnect capacity provided by incumbents, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani had told shareholders at the AGM

  • Significant steps being made to curb call drops: Rajan Mathews Jul 25, 2016 04:34 PM IST

    Significant steps being made to curb call drops: Rajan Mathews

    The telecom companies in the meeting stated that there has been a significant reduction in call drop rates and that the industry has come up with a new technology to automate the monitoring of mobile networks.

  • Spectrum usage charges key concern for telecom industry: COAI Jun 22, 2016 02:29 PM IST

    Spectrum usage charges key concern for telecom industry: COAI

    Clearly we'd asked for reductions in overall financial impacts viz-a-viz SUC charge, says Rajan Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

  • Call drops: Airtel introduces self-regulatory mechanism May 12, 2016 05:00 PM IST

    Call drops: Airtel introduces self-regulatory mechanism

    Airtel said it will set aside a certain amount capped at Rs 100 crore per annum for calls dropped beyond 1.5 percent of its total volume, which is 25 percent more stringent than the TRAI's norms which are set at 2 percent of the total volume.

  • 24th Convergence India 2016 to Showcase Technologies and Innovations to Set the Roadmap for `Digital India` Jan 15, 2016 04:35 PM IST

    24th Convergence India 2016 to Showcase Technologies and Innovations to Set the Roadmap for `Digital India`

    The Digital India mission of the Government of India aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and a knowledge economy. The ...

  • Telcos will have to pay Re 1 for every call drop: COAI Oct 29, 2015 02:28 PM IST

    Telcos will have to pay Re 1 for every call drop: COAI

    Cellular Operators Association of India's Rajan Mathews met TRAI chairman RS Sharma on Thursday afternoon to discuss the issue. Mathews said TRAI can look at changes to methodology for call drop drive tests later. A joint team from TRAI and industry will meet every two weeks to discuss the test results.

  • New towers in defence areas can curb call drop menace: COAI Aug 18, 2015 06:22 PM IST

    New towers in defence areas can curb call drop menace: COAI

    While telecom secretary Rakesh Garg accused the telecom companies of not doing enough to tackle the call drop menace, COAI talks about the real issue pertaining to the call drop menace.

  • Telecom Comm finalises views on spectrum trading norms Jun 12, 2015 08:10 AM IST

    Telecom Comm finalises views on spectrum trading norms

    Call drops may become fewer and consolidation moves among telecom companies get a fillip as the telecom department has given its final clearance to long-awaited rules on sharing and trading of airwaves.

  • Govt's nod to spectrum sharing sorts out 3G ICR woes: COAI Jun 11, 2015 03:36 PM IST

    Govt's nod to spectrum sharing sorts out 3G ICR woes: COAI

    Rajan Mathews of Cellular Operators Association of India says he hopes the final recommendations are approved by the Cabinet.

  • Regulatory hurdles hampering India's development: Vodafone Jun 08, 2015 07:20 PM IST

    Regulatory hurdles hampering India's development: Vodafone

    UK-based telecom giant Vodafone has said the present “regulatory challenges” in India are hampering economic development but the country offers good long-term investment opportunities for global firms.

  • Aggressive spectrum bidding to weigh on telcos books: COAI Mar 11, 2015 10:20 AM IST

    Aggressive spectrum bidding to weigh on telcos books: COAI

    In an interview with CNBC-TV18, COAI head Mathews says tariffs could rise post the auctions as telecom players try to pass on higher spectrum cost to consumers.

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