TRAI chief RS Sharma said, the regulator has always tried to ensure that the choice always lies in the hands of the consumer.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman RS Sharma rued that cost of data in India delivered via satellite technology was 400 times higher than that in the US, presenting a stark contrast to telecom and mobile services domain where India is offering one of the cheapest tariffs in the world.
The watchdog also promised to shortly begin "audit" of subscriber management and other IT systems of errant operators.
Sharma added that interoperability in a product should not come as an "after thought" but should be in place at the product planning stage itself.
Trai Chairman R S Sharma said that the regulator, however, has recommended various measures to lower levies on the sector to help improve the financial health of stressed operators.
'We already have a paper on OTT (over-the-top). We will come out with appropriate recommendations and regulations in near future. Couple of months from now,' Sharma told PTI at the Mobile World Congress 2019 here.
Subscribers yet to choose their channels may get transferred to a basic free-to-air pack which has 100 standard-definition channels for Rs 130 per month.
In his first interview after winning a second term at the helm of TRAI, Sharma said legal options are available for anyone not happy with a particular regulation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved reappointment of Sharma as chairperson of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
Soon after RS Sharma’s Aadhaar number was out on Twitter, began the “Doxing,” essentially dumping of personal details of a person in the public domain.
The TRAI chief dared people to harm him using his Aadhaar number.
"For Aadhaar enrollment, we collect just four set of data - your name, date of birth and your communication address. Nothing more, nothing less. Similarly every app must collect as much data as is required," Sharma told ET Now in an interview here yesterday.
The problem has only become severe in the last few years as more and more users come to possess smartphones and use more data.
A conversation with TRAI Chairman RS Sharma can’t be without a discussion on interconnect user charges.
Defending the decision to slash interconnect rate to 6 paisa a minute from 14 paisa starting October 1 and zero from January 1, 2020, Sharma said in an interview to PTI that the cost of handling calls has been calculated in a transparent manner and the spreadsheets used for doing so are open to scrutiny by anyone.
The consultation paper of spectrum auction and pricing is "ready" and the telecom regulator hopes to release it this week, Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of ITU-TRAI Asia Pacific Regulators Roundtable.
In a sharply worded letter to TRAI, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak questioned the promotional tariffs offered by telcos which have resulted in losses of up to Rs 800 crore in revenues for the government, reports Economic Times.
Telecom regulator TRAI is examining the limited fixed mobile telephony services of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd following objections raised by the cellular operators, and a decision is expected soon.
"The operator-assisted drive tests have started in all the five regions of TRAI, and a number of cities have been covered," its Chairman RS Sharma told PTI.
TRAI met up with telecom companies earlier this month to set agenda for 2018. Issues such as internet of things and framework for data-related issues were discussed., RS Sharma, Chairman of TRAI said.
"There is one area where we need to do a lot of work and that area is broadband connectivity," Trai Chairman, RS Sharma said.
With the government's thrust on digital payments post demonetisation, the telecom regulator TRAI is working full swing to enable digital payments by way of USSD, which enables feature phone users to transact digitally without internet. Over 70 percent of people in India are feature phone users.
Telecom regulator Trai is expected to release this week its recommendations on free data services in the wake of its ban on free Internet platforms like Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero.
Noting that telecom operators had often blamed lack of spectrum for poor service quality, TRAI recommended all spectrum available be auctioned to end the scarcity, he said in his first interaction with CNBC-TV18 after the auction.
Mobile phone companies now can‘t use spectrum scarcity as an excuse for poor quality of services, TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said.