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  • Always ensured choice lies with the consumer, argues TRAI chief RS Sharma Jul 09, 2020 08:51 PM IST

    Always ensured choice lies with the consumer, argues TRAI chief RS Sharma

    TRAI chief RS Sharma said, the regulator has always tried to ensure that the choice always lies in the hands of the consumer.

  • Unleash market forces to realise full potential of satellite communication: TRAI chief Nov 28, 2019 02:00 PM IST

    Unleash market forces to realise full potential of satellite communication: TRAI chief

    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.

  • Trai vows action against cable TV, DTH cos violating new norms Apr 22, 2019 05:45 PM IST

    Trai vows action against cable TV, DTH cos violating new norms

    The watchdog also promised to shortly begin "audit" of subscriber management and other IT systems of errant operators.

  • TV viewers may soon be able to switch service providers without changing set top box Mar 26, 2019 10:00 PM IST

    TV viewers may soon be able to switch service providers without changing set top box

    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.

  • Stand by spectrum pricing, industry decides tariff: Trai Chairman Feb 27, 2019 05:57 PM IST

    Stand by spectrum pricing, industry decides tariff: Trai Chairman

    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.

  • Trai to decide on rules for Internet calling, messaging firms soon Feb 26, 2019 09:10 PM IST

    Trai to decide on rules for Internet calling, messaging firms soon

    '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.

  • New broadcast pricing regime: 50% subscribers haven't selected TV channels yet Jan 22, 2019 04:29 PM IST

    New broadcast pricing regime: 50% subscribers haven't selected TV channels yet

    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.

  • TRAI not into PR role, follows consultative process in framing rules: R S Sharma on detractors Aug 26, 2018 11:35 AM IST

    TRAI not into PR role, follows consultative process in framing rules: R S Sharma on detractors

    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).

  • TRAI chief Ram Sewak Sharma gets two year extension Aug 09, 2018 06:59 PM IST

    TRAI chief Ram Sewak Sharma gets two year extension

    The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved reappointment of Sharma as chairperson of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

  • Podcast | Editor's pick of the day - All you need to know about RS Sharma's Aadhaar tweet fiasco Aug 01, 2018 11:22 PM IST

    Podcast | Editor's pick of the day - All you need to know about RS Sharma's Aadhaar tweet fiasco

    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.

  • RS Sharma vs privacy champions: Both parties claim victory after TRAI chief's Aadhaar dare Jul 30, 2018 12:16 PM IST

    RS Sharma vs privacy champions: Both parties claim victory after TRAI chief's Aadhaar dare

    The TRAI chief dared people to harm him using his Aadhaar number.

  • Apps should collect minimal data like Aadhaar: TRAI chief Jul 18, 2018 09:45 AM IST

    Apps should collect minimal data like Aadhaar: TRAI chief

    "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.

  • As telemarketing goes out of hand, TRAI set to tighten norms to rein in menace Apr 12, 2018 09:33 AM IST

    As telemarketing goes out of hand, TRAI set to tighten norms to rein in menace

    The problem has only become severe in the last few years as more and more users come to possess smartphones and use more data.

  • EXCLUSIVE-TRAI chief launches spirited defence of cut in interconnect charges Sep 29, 2017 11:36 AM IST

    EXCLUSIVE-TRAI chief launches spirited defence of cut in interconnect charges

    A conversation with TRAI Chairman RS Sharma can’t be without a discussion on interconnect user charges.

  • Hurt by baseless criticism that questions integrity: Trai Chief RS Sharma Sep 26, 2017 03:05 PM IST

    Hurt by baseless criticism that questions integrity: Trai Chief RS Sharma

    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.

  • Trai's discussion paper on spectrum auction likely this week Aug 21, 2017 12:37 PM IST

    Trai's discussion paper on spectrum auction likely this week

    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.

  • Telco offers cost govt Rs 800cr, review them: Ministry to TRAI Mar 02, 2017 09:31 AM IST

    Telco offers cost govt Rs 800cr, review them: Ministry to TRAI

    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.

  • TRAI examining BSNL's new app-based calling service; view soon Feb 19, 2017 12:26 PM IST

    TRAI examining BSNL's new app-based calling service; view soon

    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.

  • TRAI begins operator-assisted drive tests to check call drops Feb 16, 2017 12:56 PM IST

    TRAI begins operator-assisted drive tests to check call drops

    "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.

  • Jio's interconnection row resolved with Vodafone, Idea: TRAI Jan 30, 2017 05:53 PM IST

    Jio's interconnection row resolved with Vodafone, Idea: TRAI

    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.

  • India's low broadband penetration a concern: Trai Chairman Nov 30, 2016 03:24 PM IST

    India's low broadband penetration a concern: Trai Chairman

    "There is one area where we need to do a lot of work and that area is broadband connectivity," Trai Chairman, RS Sharma said.

  • Efforts on to make USSD as friendly as UPI, e-wallets: TRAI Nov 30, 2016 01:55 PM IST

    Efforts on to make USSD as friendly as UPI, e-wallets: TRAI

    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.

  • Trai's recommendation on free Internet likely this week Nov 07, 2016 08:36 PM IST

    Trai's recommendation on free Internet likely this week

    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.

  • Telcos can't complain about lack of spectrum post auction: TRAI Oct 18, 2016 04:47 PM IST

    Telcos can't complain about lack of spectrum post auction: TRAI

    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.

  • Despite 700 Mhz flop, TRAI chief terms spectrum sale a success Oct 14, 2016 09:12 AM IST

    Despite 700 Mhz flop, TRAI chief terms spectrum sale a success

    Mobile phone companies now can‘t use spectrum scarcity as an excuse for poor quality of services, TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said.

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