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  • 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.

  • Industry divided on impact of gas price reduction Sep 30, 2016 06:36 PM IST

    Industry divided on impact of gas price reduction

    As the government on Friday cut gas prices to USD 2.5 mmbtu till FY17-end, industry experts seemed divided on the benefits of the reduction. While former ONGC Executive RS Sharma was critical of the pricing policy, IIFL's Sanjiv Bhasin said the cut was a win-win situation for customers.

  • Call failures due to points of interconnect unacceptable: TRAI Sep 26, 2016 02:32 PM IST

    Call failures due to points of interconnect unacceptable: TRAI

    Based on the data related to Points of Interconnect (PoIs) with respect to Reliance Jio submitted to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India by telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, the telecom regulator‘s Chairman RS Sharma said the call failure rates are unacceptable.

  • ONGC did not suspect gas migration to RIL block till '13: Ex-CMD Sep 01, 2016 10:24 AM IST

    ONGC did not suspect gas migration to RIL block till '13: Ex-CMD

    The AP Shah committee said on Wednesday that Reliance Industries Limited had made unfair profits from ONGC's oil fields in the Krishna-Godavari basin.

  • Trai to start mobile service quality consultation this month Jul 17, 2016 12:18 PM IST

    Trai to start mobile service quality consultation this month

    In a bid to improve customer experience in the world's second largest mobile market, telecom regulator Trai is planning to start consultation on quality benchmark for voice and data services in a fortnight.

  • ONGC may save Rs 800cr from kerosene price hike: RS Sharma Jul 13, 2016 11:10 AM IST

    ONGC may save Rs 800cr from kerosene price hike: RS Sharma

    RS Sharma, CMD, ONGC is very happy with the government's announcement of hike in kerosene price, which will help reduce the subsidy burden of these companies.

  • Kerosene hiked 25 paise; it's a plus for OMCs: Ex-ONGC chief Jul 04, 2016 10:19 AM IST

    Kerosene hiked 25 paise; it's a plus for OMCs: Ex-ONGC chief

    The hike was long due and will be positive for upstream and oil marketing companies (OMCs) like Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, says RS Sharma, Former CMD, ONGC.

  • Telcos stand on spectrum auction 'paradoxical': Trai chairman Mar 29, 2016 10:20 PM IST

    Telcos stand on spectrum auction 'paradoxical': Trai chairman

    Calling telecom operators' objection regarding auction of premium spectrum 'paradoxical', Trai Chairman RS Sharma Tuesday questioned their stand as they have earlier blamed government on airwaves crunch for poor service quality.

  • TRAI will comply with SC order on call drop case: RS Sharma Mar 18, 2016 01:28 PM IST

    TRAI will comply with SC order on call drop case: RS Sharma

    In an interview with CNBC-TV18, RS Sharma, TRAI Chief said that the regulatory authority will conduct another test in April on the call-drop issue.

  • RIL, ONGC, GSPC to benefit from 60% gas price hike: RS Sharma Mar 03, 2016 04:11 PM IST

    RIL, ONGC, GSPC to benefit from 60% gas price hike: RS Sharma

    RS Sharma, Former Chairman of ONGC, says the government will hike the gas prices by 60 percent only for the oil fields already discovered but where production has not started yet.

  • TRAI chairman defends move to rule out differential pricing Feb 09, 2016 04:36 PM IST

    TRAI chairman defends move to rule out differential pricing

    Speaking to reporters, RS Sharma said the regulator had come to this conclusion after consulting various stakeholders

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