CELLULAR TELEPHONY IN INDIA 2005

2005
CELLULAR TELEPHONY IN INDIA 2005
    • January 6
    • TRAI issued the Telecommunication Interconnection Usage Charges (Fourth Amendment) Regulation (1 of 2005) announcing the New Access Deficit Charges (ADC) Regime.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/regu6jan05.pdf
    • January 12
    • COAI Annual General Meeting was held. Mr. Anil Nayar, Corporate Director, Bharti Televentures, and Mr. Vikram Mehmi, CEO, Idea Cellular were elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively for 2005.
    • January 31
    • COAI made preliminary submissions to Administrator, Universal Services Fund, on Mobile Telephony for Rural Coverage. COAI suggested for the creation of infrastructure at identified locations through independent infrastructure companies and existing service providers should be allowed to enter into agreements with infrastructure companies. COAI also sought clarifications on operational issues.
    • February 2
    • The Government enhanced the Foreign Direct Investment limit from 49% to 74% in the telecom sector.
    • February 7
    • COAI made a submission to TRAI on BSNL’s Circular (of January 29, 2005) on Implementing of IUC Regulation – Routing and Charging of Roaming Calls regarding the Changes made in the call routing arrangement and revenue sharing arrangement wherein new trunk groups were added for CMTS Pol at Level I TAX for national and international roaming subscribers traffic. COAI submitted that in case of both national and international roamers, the calls made were actually local calls so, the interconnection treatment should be same as that for local calls by inroamers. Hence, separate trunk groups at Level I TAX were not needed.
    • February 11
    • COAI made a submission to Government on TRAI’s Final Recommendations on Unified Licensing. COAI welcomed certain recommendations of the TRAI and expressed concern on high registration charges for national and international long distance operators, allowing of niche operators to offer fixed wireless services as well as Internet Telephony and difference in the fees for restricted and full-fledged Internet Telephony.
    • February 24
    • COAI made a submission to TRAI on its IUC (Fourth Amendment) Regulation (1 of 2005) issued on January 6, 2005 submitting that the above Regulation created a non-level playing field for cellular operators vis-à-vis operators offering Fixed Wireless Services. FWTs constituted 77%-97% of the fixed lines of the two large private operators offering it as mobile service, COAI thus requested TRAI to ensure that either The FWT services be excluded from the ambit of ADC or, The cellular operators too, be entitled to recover ADC.
    • March 4
    • TRAI issued a Directive to all the Access Providers stating that the Fixed Access Providers should ensure that the terminal used for Fixed Wireless Services were strictly confined to the premises of the Subscribers & there were no misleading advertisements in the electronic and print media.
    • March 23
    • DoT issued a License Clarification to all UAS Licensees, BSNL and MTNL stating that the terminal used for Fixed Wireless Services should be strictly confined to the premises of the Subscriber.
    • April 13
    • COAI made a submission to TRAI on its Telecommunication Interconnect Usage Charges (Fifth Amendment) Regulation (7 of 2005) submitting that the definition given by TRAI was incorrectand discriminatory. Further, COAI made the following submissions: - 1.The definition of a call as also its physical treatment would not change if the subscriber was roaming. 2.When a subscriber roamed outside his service area, then he would become a subscriber of the visited network and would be treated as such in all respects. 3.The issue of ADC on roaming calls should necessarily form part of that consultation rather than being dealt with outside the consultation process.
    • April 21
    • TRAI Issued its Telecommunication Tariff (Thirty Sixth Amendment) Order 2005 (3 of 2005) to revised the ceiling tariff for different capacities of Domestic Leased Circuits.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/order21apr05.pdf
    • April 26
    • COAI hosted ‘Cellular Summit 2005’-‘The Journey Ahead-50 million to 500 million Mobiles by 2007’.
    • April 27
    • COAI Filed an Appeal in TDSAT against TRAI’s Telecommunication Interconnect Usage Charges (Fifth Amendment) Regulation (7 of 2005) on the grounds inter alia that the Impugned Regulation had been passed in violation of Section 11(4) of the TRAI Act as also principles of natural justice.
    • April 27
    • Hon’ble TDSAT pronounced its Judgment in Petition No. 25 of 2004 (COAI vs. BSNL) on Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO).
    • April 27
    • Hon’ble TDSAT pronounced its Judgment in Petition No. 3 of 2002 (COAI vs. BSNL) on Port Charges.
    • April 28
    • Hon’ble TDSAT pronounced its Judgment in Appeal No. 5 of 2005 (VSNL vs. TRAI) on International Private Lease Circuits (IPLC).
    • April 30
    • COAI Responded to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on IUC Charges Review. COAI submitted that: a.ADC should be provided only to BSNL and not to other fixed operators/ fixed wireless services. b.ADC regime should be merged with USO regime and a revenue share regime should be introduced c.ADC should be recovered from all operators for all types of services. Carriage charges may continue to be distance based.
    • May 3
    • Hon’ble TDSAT pronounced its Judgment in Appeal No. 31 of 2003 (BSNL & Others vs. COAI & others) on Direct Connectivity.
    • June 2
    • TRAI Issued The Telecommunication Tariff (Thirty Eighth Amendment) Order, 2005 (5 of 2005) specifying a separate ceiling Tariff for Managed Leased Line Network (MLLN) based domestic leased circuit.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/order2jun05.pdf
    • June 7
    • TRAI’s issued its Directive on Interconnection, directing all the Service Providers to provide Interconnection on the request of the interconnection seeker within 90 days of the applicable payments made by the interconnection seeker and to furnish compliance report in this regard by 10th July 2005 and thereafter on quarterly basis by the 10th of the month following the end of the quarter.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/dir7jun05.htm
    • June 9
    • COAI made a presentation to TRAI on various aspects of Interconnection Usage Charges highlighting the submissions made in response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on IUC Charges Review.
    • June 10
    • COAI made a submission to the Government on TRAI’s Recommendations on Spectrum Related Issues. COAI submitted that there should be optimal and efficient use of spectrum and level playing field should be maintained.
    • June 17
    • COAI wrote to TRAI highlighting the flaws of the present ADC regime and the benefits of switching over to Hybrid Revenue Share ADC Regime.
    • July 6
    • COAI wrote to TRAI regarding Tariff Plan Information clarifying that the operators were already following the process established by TRAI, vide its Directive dated May 2, 2005 on Publication/Advertisement of tariffs for consumer information.
    • August 8
    • COAI organized a Technology Seminar on “ Leadership Solutions from Texas Instruments”.
    • August 17
    • COAI made a submission to DoT on Mobile Number Portability opining that its introduction was premature and undesirable at this stage and that the potential costs involved would far outweigh the perceived benefits. COAI also stated that it was a consumer-unfriendly proposal, as it would actually increase the end-user price. COAI thus requested the Government to keep this issue pending until the country was able to achieve a teledensity, which was in line with world averages.
    • August 18
    • COAI had a meeting with DDG VAS, DoT to discuss on rollout obligations, delay in provisioning of interconnection and direct inter circle connectivity.
    • August 19
    • TRAI informed COAI that its submissions on Tariff Plan Information were considered and TRAI did not feel the need for revising its Direction dated 29th June 2005 on tariff plan information.
    • August 23
    • COAI welcomed the initiative of the Government on One India, i.e. to examine the possibility of offering more affordable services to Indian consumers by considering an India One tariff for telecom. COAI requested the Government to provide a Position paper on this concept to give a clear understanding on the subject so as to enable the Association to submit a more comprehensive response.
    • August 23
    • COAI organized a Technology Workshop on “ 3GSM (WCDMA) Vs Wi-MAX. Mr. Kanwalinder Singh, President, India & SAARC, Qualcomm delivered the Keynote Address on the status of 3G around the world and how the growth of 3G will be driven in the future.
    • August 23
    • COAI submitted its comments to Government on the use of the 700MHz band for mobile services. COAI stated that it was first important to assess the availability of 600 / 700 MHz from the existing users as also the time frame during which it would be made available for the mobile services and its impact of using this band on future growth of such services as also its effect on international broadcasting.
    • August 24
    • COAI expressed its concerns to Government on media reports regarding the proposed recommendations of the Government Committee on Spectrum. COAI once again reiterated its submissions on spectrum.
    • August 25
    • COAI made a submission to TRAI on Tariff Plan Information Directive that its implementation was extremely costly and the service providers would incur very high expense to ensure compliance. In this regard COAI requested for a meeting with TRAI to discuss the concerns and issues involved in implementing the Directive.
    • August 26
    • DoT wrote to CDMA/fixed operators informing them that as their fixed wireless services were not being confined to subscriber premises as per its clarification of March 23, 2005, it was decided that such services would be treated as limited mobile service within the scope of the license.
    • August 26
    • COAI made a submission to the Government seeking simplification of SACFA procedures.
    • August 29
    • COAI wrote to TRAI that Number Portability was a complex and a costly exercise and required a detailed study. If at all number portability was to be considered, it should first be introduced in the fixed line segment. It was submitted that COAI was looking at commissioning an expert agency and that TRAI should also do the same.
    • August 31
    • In response to TRAI’s show cause notice to the Members on violation of TRAI Direction on publication/ advertisement of Tariffs COAI submitted that in line with the global practices, the issue of advertisements should be left to the market and should not require involvement of the Regulatory.
    • September 2
    • Member Companies of COAI met TRAI to discuss the Directive on Tariff Information. Companies stated that they were already informing the subscribers regarding the complete details of the tariff plans at the time of enrollment and hence would submit a compliance report to TRAI. Companies also stated that any change in the tariff plan implied a new tariff plan thus there was no need to send a separate communication to the customers. Hence, a compliance report for this was not required.
    • September 9
    • Hon’ble TDSAT pronounced judgment in Petition No.45 of 2005 on provision of WLL (M) Walky services by Tata Teleservices.
    • September 12
    • COAI requested WPC for simplification of WPC approval process for import of Telecom Equipment as any delay in the approval led to delays in rollout and expansion of mobile networks.
    • September 14
    • COAI had a meeting with Secretary, DoT, & Chairman Telecom Commission to discuss the issue of delay in provisioning of interconnection and A/T testing in case of augmentation of existing PoI’s.