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‘Telecom Operators Committed to Work With Government on Call Drops’

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Indian telecom operators said they are committed to work with the government on tackling the problem of call drops and are keen to undertake the joint exercise with the Telecom Enforcement, Resource and Monitoring (TERM) cells to address the issue.”At the outset, we would like to submit that all our member operators are committed to work the DoT (Department of Telecom) and are keen to undertake the joint exercise with the TERM cell to address the issue of the call drops,” said the Cellular Operators’ Association of India and the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India in a joint letter to the DoT. A copy of the letter dated July 30 which is available with IANS.

The DoT wrote a letter to the service providers on July 17 asking them to submit report on call drop issue by July 31.

It is learnt from sources that two-three operators have submitted their reports to the DoT on Friday and the rest will be submitting it by Monday.

The DoT’s July 17 letter said: “The issue of call drops in mobile networks has been reviewed in the department. It was felt that there is an urgent need to address the menace of call drops.

“Therefore, it is necessary that service providers undertake a special drive for Radio Frequency Optimization, analyse the reasons of the call drops and take appropriate steps viz. installation of more sites, adopting in-building solutions, augmenting existing RF resources etc. as the case may be.”

In their reply, the operators said: “In this regard, we request DoT to kindly issue a standardised audit procedure highlighting common streamlined process and requirements which are relevant for this purpose.”

Parliamentary Panel Urges Regulations for Mobile Towers

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Observing that Indians are more “vulnerable and prone” to electromagnetic radiation than Europeans, a parliamentary panel has recommended the need for a comprehensive study to establish risk levels and adverse health effects of EMR from cellphone towers.A department-related parliamentary standing committee on Science and Technology and Environment and Forests has urged the Department of Telecommunications to consider framing suitable regulations regarding the location and inspection of mobile towers.

The committee also took note of the various reports and studies and felt that unrestricted setting up of mobile towers and antennas in cities and smaller towns resulted in a “concentrated” effect.

“The committee recommends that the department of telecommunications consider framing suitable regulations and guidelines regarding the location and inspection of mobile towers,” the committee chaired by former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar said in its report.

It also said the number of qualified inspectors to carry out inspections to check the effects of EMR from cell towers should be increased.

“The committee is aware that Indians are more vulnerable and prone to risk from radiation as compared to European countries because of their low body mass index and low fat content… The committee recommends that comprehensive scientific studies need to be undertaken to conclusively establish the level of risk and adverse health effects of EMR of cell towers,” it said.

It said the committee currently working on the issue be directed to expedite its report which should be given within a stipulated time frame. The panel also said the recommendations of the expert committee constituted to study the impact of mobile towers on birds and bees should be implemented so that the harmful effects of EMR on birds, bees, insects and others may be minimised.

The committee took note of the supervision by Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (Term) cells to ensure compliance of Base Transceiver Station (BTS) guidelines.

“The committee recommends that apart from self-certification, random checking and inspection reports should be made public so that public at large is aware of the issue… Stringent penalties for violation of norms and guidelines be prescribed and these should go beyond fiscal penalties,” the committee said.

The committee observed that the effects of electromagnetic radiation on health of human beings, animals, birds, honeybees through radiation from mobile phone towers is a matter of concern and intense public discourse. The committee feels that the issues arising there from needed to be “flagged”.

Nokia Set to Roll Out MTNL Network Expansion Plan

Ending the deadlock over supply of equipment to upgrade state-owned MTNL’s network, Nokia Networks has accepted ‘security’ clauses put forth by the PSU major.Nokia is ready to install equipment which would enable MTNL to expand its network in Mumbai and Delhi as well as improve quality of various services.

“Nokia confirms that it has been in negotiation with MTNL on the security clause. We have accepted the final security clause as of July 30, 2015, and look forward to the PO (purchase order) from MTNL,” a spokesperson of Nokia Networks told PTI.

Last week, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told Parliament that MTNL “had issued Advance Purchase Order (APO) on March 4, 2015, on Nokia Solutions and Networks India Ltd. In response, the vendor has not accepted the security clause in the APO.”

The minister had said that the PSU was yet to take a final decision on the matter.

“Nokia Networks has unconditionally complied to APO, including the security agreement. We now look forward to receiving the Purchase Order at the earliest from MTNL to help them expand and modernise 2G and 3G networks and provide superior mobile broadband experience to their customers,” the spokesperson said.

MTNL plans to upgrade its network with investment outlay of about Rs. 400 crores. Under the project, MTNL has decided to add 1,080 number of 3G sites and 800 number of 2G sites in Delhi and 1,080 number of 3G and 566 number of 2G sites in Mumbai to its network.

After installation of additional mobile towers, the peak download speed on MTNL’s 3G mobile network is expected to reach 21.1 megabit per second (Mbps) from present peak speed of 3.6Mbps. MTNL floated tender in 2013 to expand its network but has been unable to proceed mainly because of financial stress on the company. It has been running in losses since 2009-10. The company posted loss of Rs. 2,893.39 crores for 2014-15.

The company received some relief after government decided to lower pension burden in December 2013 and approved refund of Rs. 4,533.97 crores in January 2014 that it paid for broadband spectrum.

MTNL shortlisted Nokia Networks for its expansion plan in December 2013 and issued an APO in March this year.

Soon, Anyone Can Activate or Deactivate Mobile Internet With a Simple SMS

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Mobile subscribers will be able to activate or deactivate Internet services on their mobile phone by calling or sending an SMS to a new toll free number 1925 from next month onwards.The new directive from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) follows a large number of complaints from customers that mobile operators were keeping the process of deactivation very complex to earn extra revenue.

The directive issued on Friday mandates telecom operators to provide toll free number ‘1925’ from September 1 to activate or deactivate mobile Internet service either by making a call on the number and following instruction or by sending a SMS.

Customers can send SMS to 1925 by writing ‘START’ to activate and ‘STOP’ to deactivate the service. Telecom operators will have to immediately reply to customer about status of activation and deactivation of their service.

The new amendment issued in Telecom Consumers Protection Regulations directs telecom operators not to charge subscribers for usage beyond subscribed limit without their explicit consent.

“No service provider shall activate or deactivate the data service on the Cellular Mobile Telephone connection of a consumer without his explicit consent,” Trai said.

Though provision to activate or deactivate a value added service has already been in place but telecom operators often refused complete deactivation of mobile Internet services.

“These complaints mainly relate to… non-availability of information relating to data usage… non-availability of information to consumers whenever the data pack is exhausted..activation of Internet service on mobile phones without the explicit consent of the consumer,” Trai said.

Under the new rule, the regulator has clarified that the consent of a mobile customer expires after the subscribed mobile Internet limit like 500MB, 1GB, 2GB etc., gets exhausted.

“Authority decided that those consumers taking data packs such as STV (special tariff voucher) or Combo Voucher or add-on pack will be deemed to have given their consent for data services. Such consent will be deemed to be only for the duration of validity of data pack or on exhausting the data limit, whichever is earlier,” the regulator said.

The difference in mobile Internet rates under scheme and without any scheme can be as high as 500 times.

The regulator has asked telecom operators to send alert to those customers who have not subscribed to mobile Internet service, but use it as per their need, after every 10 megabytes of data consumed by them. Consumers will also have an option to opt out of this alert.

Customers on international roaming will only get alert to switch off mobile Internet service on their handset if they are not using it.

Verizon Will Drop Phone Contracts, End Discounted Phones

Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless provider, will stop offering phones at discounted prices when customers sign two-year service contracts.The move was made in the name of simplification, but it could result in some customers paying more.

All wireless carriers have been trying to wean customers off subsidies, in which a $649 (roughly Rs. 40,887) iPhone 6 goes for $200 (roughly Rs. 12,600) with a two-year contract. Instead, carriers have been encouraging people to buy phones outright by paying the full retail price in monthly installments. A few carriers, namely Sprint, also offer leasing options for a lower monthly fee, but the customer doesn’t get to keep and resell the phone without additional payments. Verizon is the second national carrier, after T-Mobile, to end subsidies entirely for new customers.

Existing customers will be able to keep current plans. Verizon says there will be restrictions, but it didn’t elaborate. For instance, it wasn’t immediately clear whether customers keeping the current plan will still qualify for subsidized phones.

Under the new plans, which take effect Aug. 13, prices for voice, text and data services will drop by roughly $20 (roughly Rs. 1,260) per month compared with subsidized plans. But customers will no longer get the subsidies on the phone, valued at about $19 (roughly Rs. 1,197) for an iPhone 6 (Review | Pictures). But there are variations, so some will pay a bit more, others a bit less.

Verizon is also streamlining its data plans to four main options, ranging from “small” at 1 gigabyte to “x-large” at 12 gigabytes, all sharable under family plans. Verizon currently has 15 options ranging from 0.5 gigabyte to 100 gigabytes. Two gigabytes is plenty for most single-line customers, though a few hours of streaming video could eat that up.

Customers will no longer have two-year commitments, but they might be stuck with Verizon for two years anyway as monthly installments for the phone stretch over that time.

Here’s a look at how the changes affect various customers. These monthly prices are for unlimited calling and texts and a set amount of sharable data. The phone costs extra.

Individuals
Those with contracts paid $60 a month for 1 gigabyte of data and $90 (roughly Rs. 5,670) for 3 gigabytes. Subtract the $19 worth of subsidies on the iPhone 6, and the monthly cost was $41 (roughly Rs. 2,580) for 1 gigabyte and $71 (roughly Rs.4,470) for 3 gigabytes.

Those who were already buying their own phones paid $45 (roughly Rs. 2,800) for 1 gigabyte and $75 (roughly Rs. 4,700) for 3 gigabytes.

Under the new plans, customers will pay $50 (roughly Rs. 3,150) for 1 gigabyte (a price increase for both groups) and $65 (roughly Rs. 4,000) for 3 gigabytes (a price cut). The 2 gigabyte plan is being discontinued, so customers will have to choose more or less.

Couples
For two lines, couples paid $130 (roughly Rs. 8,200) a month for 3 gigabytes and $150 (roughly Rs. 9,450) for 6 gigabytes under subsidized plans. Subtract the value of the subsidies ($38 for two iPhones), and you got $92 (roughly Rs. 5,800) for 3 gigabytes and $112 (roughly Rs. 7,000) for 6 gigabytes.

Couples who bought or brought their own phones paid $100 (roughly Rs. 6,300) for either 3 gigabytes or 6 gigabytes, thanks to steeper discounts Verizon had offered to customers who declined subsidies and chose larger data plans.

Under the new plans, that couple will pay $85 (roughly Rs. 5,350) for 3 gigabytes (a price cut) and $100 for 6 gigabytes (a price decrease from subsidized rates, but no change for others).

Family of four
Four lines sharing 10 gigabytes cost $240 a month under subsidized plans, or $165 (roughly Rs. 10,400) after subtracting the $75 value of subsidies on four iPhones. Those who weren’t on subsidized plans paid $140 (roughly Rs. 8,800) a month.

There will no longer be a 10 gigabyte option. A new 12-gigabyte plan will cost $160 (roughly Rs. 10,080). So that’s a price cut for those on subsidized plans and an increase for others (but those customers are also getting more data to share).

‘Telcos Must Notify Customers About Data Usage at Regular Intervals’

India’s telecom regulator Trai on Friday made it mandatory for telecom operators to issue notices in form of USSD or SMS about data usage to its customers at regular intervals.Mobile network operators now need to send information about the usage to data users at every 10MB of data consumption except customers opting for special schemes like add-on packs, combo offers, and others. The consumers are to be provided with an option to opt out if they do not desire to receive such information.

For customers using special data packs, the operator has to compulsorily inform the customer whenever the limit of data usage reaches 50 percent, 90 percent and full exhaustion of the allotted data limit.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) also ordered the operators to intimate customers when the data balance available in the account reaches 500MB, 100MB and 10MB.

“Further the consumer shall be informed about the details of tariff applicable after exhausting the data limit, when the data limit reaches 90 percent or the data balance available in the account reaches 10MB,” Trai said in a note.

Operators also need to send an alert to international roaming customer cautioning the person to deactivate data service if one does not intend to use data services.

Trai ordered the service providers to implement the same by November 1 this year.

The regulator further said data services should be activated only with the explicit consent of the subscriber through a toll free short code – 1925. The same short code can be used to deactivate the data services as well.

“Data services through Special Tariff Voucher or Combo Voucher or add-on pack will be deemed to have been activated with consent till the expiry of the validity period of the voucher/pack or on the consumption of entire data, whichever is earlier,” said the Trai notification.

Additionally, the customers also needs to be informed through SMS at periodic intervals about the prescribed procedure for deactivation of data.

The regulator said it has been receiving several complaints from consumers regarding non-availability of information relating to the amount of data used during a data session.