CELLULAR TELEPHONY IN INDIA 2007

Jan 01, 2007

    • January 2
    • COAI submitted its response to TRAI on its Consultation Paper on Infrastructure Sharing: submitting that infrastructure sharing needed to be encouraged, it be mandated only in critical locations; entity setting up the infrastructure should be left to market forces; backhaul sharing should be permitted, etc.
    • January 3
    • TRAI issued a Consultation Paper on Redressal of Consumer Grievances and Consumer Protection in Telecommunication: The key issue raised for Consultation pertained to evolving a well defined institutional mechanism including procedure & practices for handling consumer complaints & their speedy & effective resolution as is prevalent in many countries across the world.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/ConsultationPapers/102/consultati3jan07.pdf
    • January 4
    • TRAI issued a Directive on Allocation of Short Codes to the Content Providers including SMS based Services, instructing all access providers to comply with the DOT’s guidelines issued recently for allocation of short codes by the access providers to the content providers including SMS based services.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/Directives/99/direction4jan07.pdf
    • January 5
    • COAI sought urgent attention of Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Government of Haryana to issue necessary directions to permit installation of communication Towers in the state of Haryana.
    • January 9
    • ACT started the Nationwide Advertising Campaign spread over two months, to educate all subscribers about the importance of Subscriber Verification Process. Advertisements were published in regional languages and in all leading Newspapers.
    • January 10
    • ACT requested DoT to review the requirement of PAN number for taking up a mobile connection and the same may be deleted from Rule 114 (B) of the Income Tax Rules.
    • January 12
    • TRAI issued draft amendment in the Regulations on Port Charges: The proposed amendment reduced existing Port charges by about 23% to 29% for various slabs, mandated interconnection seekers to place their demand for the required number of Ports on the basis of traffic projection, on an annual basis.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/PressReleases/418/Draft12jan07.pdf
    • January 12
    • COAI submitted its views on Issues Related to Spectrum to the Wireless Advisor: · No interest/ penalty on account of delayed payments of WPC charges.Set up Committee to resolve the matter of increase in microwave charges. Spectrum Usage Charges be capped at 2% of AGR.
    • January 15
    • COAI organized a Seminar on Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) during which the Indian GSM industry announced the launch of MIM. Mr. D.S. Mathur, Secretary DoT & Chairman Telecom Commission presided over the launch of this initiative & delivered the key note address.
    • January 16
    • COAI submitted a detailed note on financial incentives for infrastructure sharing to TRAI. The submission included proposals on fixed incentives, exclusion from AGR of income from sharing of infrastructure, income tax initiatives and incentives by Civic Authorities.
    • January 16
    • ACT submitted to DoT that setting up of cellsites near international borders should be allowed as operators were following DoT guidelines and presently several fading techniques are available which could be used to prevent.
    • January 19
    • Supreme Court dismissed the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by DoT in the Supreme Court challenging the TDSAT order dated July 7, 2007 on the definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR).
    • January 20
    • COAI submitted its response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on “Resale in International Private Leased Circuits segment”; submitting its response on various issues like license fees, period of license, entry fee, FDI limit, roll out obligations etc.
    • January 23
    • COAI submitted its response to TRAI’s consultation paper on” Measures to Enhance Competition in Domestic Leased Circuits market in India”; submitting that DLC’s to be provided to all operators on fair commercial terms and conditions and provision of DLC should be under SLA.
    • January 23
    • Delhi High Court, in the Writ filed by COAI appealing against the perverse order passed by the State Consumer Commission on December 26, 2006 was pleased to stay the operation of the Order of State Commission subject to the Petitioners depositing 50 lakhs with the Registrar General of Delhi High Court within one week from January 23, 2007 & paying other Rs. 25000/- to the Complainant within one week. These deposits are without prejudice.
    • January 24
    • TRAI issued 44th Amendment to its Telecommunication Tariff Order, moving to a usage based composite roaming tariff, thereby, removing the rental component from the charging pattern & at the same time ensuring full recovery of costs to the mobile service providers.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/TariffOrders/61/torder24jan07.pdf
    • February 1
    • COAI submitted its response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on “Review of Internet Services” submitting that product/service which can provided under the UASL License should not be permitted under ISP license, to harmonize license fee, ADC & spectrum charges across ISP and UASL/ CMTS licenses.
    • February 2
    • TRAI issued amended Regulation on Port Charges: The Regulation reduced existing Port charges by about 23% to 29% for various slabs, mandated interconnection seekers to place their demand for the required number of Ports on the basis of traffic projection, on an annual basis.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/Regulations/61/regulation2feb07.pdf
    • February 9
    • COAI submitted structural/technical details for both Ground based and Roof Top Towers to the Ministry of Urban Development.
    • February 12
    • 3 GSM World Congress held at Barcelona, COAI formed an active part of the Indian contingent.
    • February 13
    • COAI submitted its views on Spectrum Band of 2.5-2.69GHz to DoT: · Use of full 2.5-2.69GHz band as an extension band for 3G be guaranteed. · Spectrum allocations fro WiMAX be decided after globally harmonized band is identified by ITU.
    • February 21
    • COAI requested TEC & DoT to consider simple declaration or self certification from Service Providers as completion of roll-out obligations and no Liquidity Damages or penalty be levied on them.
    • February 21
    • COAI requested DoT to make suitable amendments to the USO tender to facilitate bidding by any valid licensee as BSO/ CMTS/ UASL.
    • February 23
    • COAI submitted its response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on “Redressal of Consumer Grievances and consumer protection in Telecommunications” supporting TRAI’s initiative to evolve a mechanism for handling consumer grievances in a speedy and effective manner.
    • February 23
    • COAI submitted a detailed study on Determination of COST Based MTC to TRAI, using two methodologies namely Fully Allocated Cost (FAC) & Long Run Incremental Cost (LRIC).
    • February 26
    • COAI submitted its response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on “Access Deficit Charge” submitting that: · ADC regime be phased out & the same be merged with USO regime · ADC be reduced to Rs 1600 crs for 2007-08 & nil thereafter. · ADC of Re.1/ min on incoming ILD calls be sufficient to meet the requirements of ADC for 2007-08.
    • February 27
    • COAI submitted to TRAI that provisions related to reporting of tariff plans for all kinds of tariffs be made similar to provisions specified for Bulk tariff plans under 42nd Amendment to TTO, i.e. to report to Authority within 7 days after close of quarter.
    • March 8
    • COAI requested DoT to clarify that funds transferred through mobile phones under the Mobile Money Transfer initiative should not be considered in the AGR for License Fee Mobile Money Transfer initiative should not be considered in the AGR for License Fee Calculations.
    • March 9
    • COAI submitted its response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on “Draft Recommendations of the Core Group on NGN (Licensing)” submitting: · NGN only a technology requires no separate category of Service Providers deploying only NGN. · Existing licensees permitted to offer all types of access services, hence can deploy NGN.
    • March 14
    • COAI expressed its concerns on the Final Draft Guidelines for setting up of Cellular Towers & requested the Finance Secretary of Chandigarh that similar guidelines as being followed by Delhi and Punjab may also be prescribed by Chandigarh Administration.
    • March 21
    • COAI made its submissions to WPC on Spectrum Charges for Microwave Access & MW backbone Networks: · Unilateral hike in microwave charges is incorrect, unjustified, leads to violation of a settled contractual agreement & unfairly penalizes the industry. · Restore the charges to levels as mutually agreed between Government & industry in 2002.
    • March 22
    • COAI replied to TRAI’s Letter dated 5.3.07 on tariff plans offered to SMEs, Corporates & Bulk Customers requesting TRAI to issue appropriate amendment doing away with the stipulation that billing be in the name of bulk customers & bills actually be paid by bulk customers.
    • March 22
    • COAI submitted Post Budget Memorandum to Finance Ministry & DoT covering the following issues: Levy of Service tax on renting of Immovable Property for Use in Commerce Business, Excise Duty CENVAT Rule in respect of Cable/ Shelter & Towers, 8% CVD on Packaged or Canned Software, Tax benefit under Section 80-IA not available to companies undergoing amalgamation or demerger after 31.3.2007, Deduction in respect of Sec 80-IA, Tax Holiday under Sec 80-IA, FBT on ESOPs, Accelerated Depreciation for Telecom Industry & Utilization of MAT Credit.
    • March 23
    • TRAI submitted its Recommendations on Resale in International Private Leased Circuits (IPLC) Segment. The salient features of the Recommendations covered the terms and conditions for the resellers to provide end-to-end IPLC of between India & country of destination.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/PressReleases/445/recomIPlC.pdf
    • March 23
    • COAI submitted its response on “Draft TEC Guidelines for Limiting Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiations” submitting that no conclusive and definitive evidences have been found for effects on human exposure by any international body like ICNIRP, etc.
    • April 3
    • COAI organized the ITU Forum of the Regional Working Group (RWG) on Private Sector Issues: Asia & Pacific Region on “Promoting Low Cost Access to the Unconnected”. The priority issues discussed were: · Enhancing Low Cost Access · Key Challenges in Growth of Seamless Services · NGN – Planning, Technology & Migration.
    • April 5
    • Hon’ble Supreme Court was kind enough to grant COAI a stay on the direction of TRAI dated 22.03.2007, wherein the TRAI had asked the operators to assess the total excess amount charged from subscribers with effect from May 20, 2005 as the differential Tariff in the Four States matter and to keep the same in a separate bank account, requiring operator not to use this amount except for refunding the same to the consumers.
    • April 18
    • ACT requested DoT to issue uniform instructions to all VTMs to be followed for Subscriber Verification Audits as finalized during the Workshop held at Mussoorie.
    • April 20
    • COAI reiterated its submissions to DoT on Issues related to Spectrum including Interest on Delayed Payment of Spectrum Charges, Spectrum Usage Charges for Microwave Access & Backbone & Parity in Spectrum Usage Charges for GSM & CDMA.
    • April 20
    • COAI expressed its concerns on the issue of Mixed Band Trials reiterating its serious reservations on the exercise stating that mixed band plan solution has not been implemented anywhere in the world, nor has this plan been certified by any international body.
    • April 26
    • COAI made a submission to Defence Ministry regarding Setting up of Cellsites in & around Defence Installations stating that operators often face difficulties in setting up sites around Defence installations, which denies subscribers in those areas the benefits of mobile communications. COAI requested for the support of the Ministry to permit the same within prescribed guidelines.
    • April 26
    • COAI expressed its concern to DoT on the issue of re-calculation of AGR not allowing for deduction on actual basis during the year. COAI requested DoT to follow the approach suggested by TRAI in its recommendations on the same.
    • May 4
    • COAI submitted to TRAI on Review of Reporting requirements in TTO submitting that there is an urgent need to relax the existing tariff reporting requirement.
    • May 4
    • TRAI released its Regulation on Effective & Speedy Redressal of Consumer Grievances and also Direction to ensure Transparency in Telecom Billing stating that all Service Providers had to establish Call Centres within 60 days, appoint or designate Nodal Officers for each area within one month & appellate authorities in each licensed Service Area within three months. Service Providers were also mandated to publish “Manual of Practice for handling consumer complaints” outlining the various provisions, time limits, benchmarks & procedures for seeking redressal of grievances including information which affected the consumers.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/Regulations/64/regulation4may07.pdf
    • May 9
    • COAI made its submissions to DoT on 2.1GHz/ 3G Spectrum stating that the existing licensees have the first right to use of 2.1GHz band and hence they should be given priority for allocating spectrum in this band.
    • May 9
    • COAI made a submission to DoT on Carriage of Intra Circle Calls stating that private NLDOs be allowed to carry intra circle calls of access providers giving the benefits of competition, choice & affordability to the end consumers.
    • May 10
    • TRAI released its Recommendations on Internet Services. The salient features of the recommendations were Use of Device/ technology /methodology to provide access to Internet permitted unless explicitly prohibited, content available without any access restriction on Internet permitted, ISPs permitted to provide Internet telephony without any additional license but not permitted to have connectivity with PSTN/PLMN & Charging mechanism based on % of AGR.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload//460/Recommendation10may07.pdf
    • May 10
    • COAI submitted its views to DoT on the issue of Inclusion of WiMAX into IMT 2000 Family submitting: · Full technical analysis of compatibility/ interference issues between WiMAX and IMT-2000/ WCDMA required. · ITU-R advocated and harmonized 2.5-2.69GHz band be fully preserved as an extension band for IMT-2000/ 3G. · WiMAX operators be allocated spectrum in 3.4-3.6GHz band as per predominant global practices.
    • May 16
    • COAI submitted its views on issues of 3G Spectrum to TRAI. The submissions were same as made to DoT.
    • May 21
    • COAI requested DoT to set up an Evaluation Group for exhaustive analysis for possible inclusion of IP-OFDMA in IMT-2000 Family.
    • May 21
    • COAI replied to CPWD on the issue of Setting up of Cellular Towers on Government Buildings giving details of tower designs & load specifications, structural safety of CPWD buildings & site rentals.
    • May 22
    • COAI made submissions to Dot on the issue of Levies and Duties: · Reduction in License Fee to a uniform 6% across all licenses · Rationalization % reduction in multiple levies · Implementation of a single levy system.
    • May 23
    • COAI responded to TRAI’s Regulation on Telecom Consumers Protection & Redressal of Grievances by stating that there was an urgent need to review the Regulation to allow for applications of a suitable levy for agent assisted calls.
    • May 25
    • ACT organized a Workshop on Subscriber Verification held on May 25-26, 2007 at Mussoorie to discuss issues related to Subscriber Verification. VTM Cells as well as the representatives from the industry participated in this two day Seminar to discuss New Subscriber Verification Process and VTM Audits.
    • May 28
    • COAI files petition in TDSAT challenging the DoT order dated 03.11.2006 which unilaterally and arbitrary hiked the spectrum charges for Microwave Access and Microwave Backbone.
    • May 29
    • COAI wrote to BSNL on the issue of Establishment of Direct Connectivity for Cellular & Applicability of Transit Charges. As per TDSAT’s Order of 3.5.05, COAI requested BSNL to refund amounts collected as transit charges since 3.5.05 & not to levy any transit charge for transit of traffic for calls terminating on BSNL CellOne.
    • June 5
    • TRAI issued Regulation to curb UCC. TRAI proposed National Do Not Call (NDNC) Registry containing list of numbers of subscribers who do not want to receive UCC, NIC to install, operate & maintain NDNC registry, establish in 3 months, Telemarketer have to register with NDNC Registry to avail the facility of scrubbing their calling list.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/468/Regulation5june07.pdf
    • June 12
    • TRAI issued Consultation Paper on Review of Key License Conditions and Capping of Number of Access Providers. The key issues raised in the Consultation Paper pertain to Mergers & Acquisitions & transfer of licenses, Substantial equity holding, Permitting service providers to offer access services using combination of technology under the same license, Roll-out obligations & Determining the number of Access provider in each service area.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/ConsultationPapers/116/cpaper12june07.pdf
    • June 15
    • TRAI released its Regulation on Telecommunications Consumer Education and Protection Fund. As per the regulation, a Telecommunication Consumers Education & Protection Fund shall be established by the TRAI for the telecom consumers’ awareness, education & for protection of their interests.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/473/regulation15jun07.pdf
    • July 6
    • COAI submitted its response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on Review of License Terms & Conditions & Capping of Number of Access providers. COAI submitted: · Subscriber base be the criteria for mergers and the maximum spectrum limit for GSM may be at 22.5MHz. · Crossover allotment of spectrum not permissible under present UASL. · Stipulation of mandatory roll-out obligations for access service should be removed. · Due to lack of spectrum availability, there should be a cap on the no. of service providers.
    • July 7
    • Hon’ble TDSAT rejected the prayer of COAI to grant stay in the COAI Petition on increase of the Microwave Backbone & Access Charges by DoT. However the Hon’ble TDSAT recorded that if the Petitioners were to succeed in the matter, they will be entitled to adjust the higher amounts paid by them.
    • July 17
    • COAI supported the initiative of TRAI of setting up of central NDNC and submitted that the Service Providers will extend the required support to the telemarketers, in order to ensure smooth implementation of the Regulation.
    • July 23
    • COAI wrote to TRAI & MoC on the Spectrum Entitlements of GSM Licenses stating that the GSM operators and Government got into a contractual agreement in 2002 as per which entitlements are based on Government guidelines issued from time to time and there exists a roadmap of up to 15MHz for GSM operators.
    • July 30
    • COAI submitted its inputs to DoT for APG 2007-5 meeting as: · Agenda 1.9 – Band 2.5-2.69 GHz be earmarked for terrestrial services. · Agenda 1.4 – Bands 2.5-2.69 / 3.4-3.6/3.7/3.8 GHz be also earmarked for IMT-2000/ IMT 2000 advanced services.
    • August 7
    • COAI in continuation to its submissions on Inclusion of IP-OFDMA in IMT-2000 Family submitted certain open issues like link budget analysis, outage analysis, spectral efficiency, data & voice capacity, encryption & protocol overheads, coexistence, emissions 7 compatibility with existing IMT-2000 radio interfaces. COAI stated that these open issues need to be resolved.
    • August 13
    • COAI submitted to Chief Minister of Karnataka on the issue of ban on use of mobile phones by children below 16 years, that general consensus of the studies done by various scientific bodies does not demonstrate any substantive link between human health risks and use of digital mobile phones. Keeping in mind the social and economic benefits provided by cellular industry, COAI reiterated that such restriction on use of mobile phones by children is not in public interest and hence such a ban should not be imposed.
    • August 21
    • COA requested NDMC to permit installation of shared towers on certain identified buildings/ premises/ areas falling under the NDMC.
    • August 24
    • Hon’ble TDSAT dismissed the Appeal filed by BSNL in the TDSAT against the TRAI decision of 11.9.2006 which reconfirms that there is no justification for a revenue share on roaming calls and that the terminating network is entitled to only the termination Charge.
    • August 28
    • TRAI submitted its Recommendations on Review of Key License Conditions and Capping of Number of Access Providers. The salient features of the recommendations were no cap for number of service providers in any service area, enhance the present subscriber norms for spectrum allocation, for assessment of market power, market share of both subscriber base & revenue of licensee in the relevant market shall be considered & an existing licensee may be permitted to use alternate technology to provide wireless access service subject to certain conditions.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/489/pr29aug07no74.pdf
    • August 30
    • COAI suggested few amendments to NFAP-2005 to DoT submitting that IND 51 should be considered provided there is no interference with IMT-2000 band and in IND 54 & IND 56A, word Broadband Applications be substituted by terrestrial mobile IMT-2000 systems & systems beyond IMT-2000.
    • August 30
    • Based on the recommendations received from TRAI, Hon’ble TDSAT pronounced its final Judgment on the Definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) i.e. components to be included / excluded in the AGR, The Hon’ble TDSAT made the Order effective from the date on which the Petition was filed in TDSAT. (August 2005 in the case of COAI) and only to petitioners specifically named in the petition.
    • September 5
    • COAI expressed disbelief at the fact that they were not aware of the presentation made by TTSL on Mixed Band Plan. COAI requested DoT to postpone trials and provide the details of the trials beforehand to ensure level playing field.
    • September 6
    • TRAI issued a Position Paper on Provisioning of IPTV Services to deliberate on all relevant issues regarding provision of IPTV services, address the grey area in provisioning of IPTV services & encourage stakeholders to provide IPTV Services.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/PressReleases/492/Ppaper.pdf
    • September 6
    • COAI along with TI organized the "Mobile Services Forum- India 2007,".The main objective of the event was to provide a unique and intimate setting for mobile operators, mobile phone manufacturers and key decision makers of the industry to progress the direction of India's wireless market.
    • September 6
    • COAI raised serious concerns on “TRAI Recommendations on Review of License terms and conditions and capping of number of access providers”, submitting: · Recommendation did not take into account fundamental issue of spectrum constraint, being faced by Government. · First priority in allocation of spectrum must necessarily be given to existing GSM licensees · Subscriber linkage criteria was incorrect, technically flawed · Under present policy & licensing regime, crossover allotments of spectrum not permissible. · 40% limit proposed for merged entity is flawed and incorrect.
    • September 10
    • COAI files Review Application in respect of the AGR Judgment dated August 30, 2007.
    • September 11
    • COAI wrote to DoT in wake of several license applications made by new players, submitting that all applications should be scrutinized properly and checked fro the crossholding restrictions as per the license agreement.
    • September 11
    • ACT wrote to DoT on the issue of scanning of documents stating that industry would start this process for its current subscribers by January 2008 and complete scanning of all forms of existing as well as new subscribers by end of October 2008.
    • September 12
    • COAI submitted to DoT that existing GSM operators had a priority over other applicants & requested for timely allotment of spectrum as per guidelines laid down by DoT, at least in Circles where allotments have been cleared by relevant authorities.
    • September 14
    • TDSAT dismisses Review Application filed by COAI in respect of the AGR judgment which sought to inter-alia clarify that the judgment would be applicable to all service providers from the date they migrated to revenue share regime or date from which they were required to pay license fee on the basis of revenue share.
    • September 14
    • TRAI Regulation on Domestic Leased Circuits to provide improved consumer’s choice. The highlights of this Regulation were: Provision of DLC & local lead for DLC by a service provider to another who would use it for providing leased circuits to customer, Imposition of obligation on all service providers who have the capacity of copper, fiber or wireless, & who have been allowed under the licence to provide DLC, to share it with other service providers mandating service providers to confirm availability or otherwise to requesting service providers within 30 days.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/Regulations/71/regulation14sep07.pdf
    • September 17
    • TRAI released draft recommendations on Growth of Broadband. The salient features of this draft recommendations were BSNL & MTNL be encouraged to appoint franchisees for providing broadband services, Standardisation of DSL CPEs be done by TEC, encourage Indian manufacturers to produce more CPEs, Government should expedite decision on TRAI’s recommendations regarding mechanism & pricing of Spectrum for 3G & Broadband Wireless Access, Spectrum for 3G & WiMAX be made available at the earliest, Streamline RoW procedures, Govt. to ensure availability of more no of Ku band transponders * Utilise USOF to provide subsidy.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/495/recommendation17sep07.pdf
    • September 17
    • COAI submitted its inputs on Agenda Item 1.4 & 1.9 for WRC-07. COAI supported the multi country proposal and was in favour of 2.5-2.69GHz band to be guaranteed for IMT-2000.
    • September 18
    • TRAI released Consultation Paper on Issues relating to Mobile TV. The key issues raised for Consultation were Preferred technology for mobile TV service, Preference for Satellite/ Terrestrial system, Spectrum requirements, Methodology for frequency spectrum allocation, Eligibility for grant of license, Net worth requirements, limits for FDI & portfolio investment, tenure of license, license fee.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/ConsultationPapers/120/cpaper18sep07.pdf
    • September 19
    • On the issue of Pending UASL applications of GSM operators, COAI requested DoT: · Pending UASL applications of existing operators should be accorded top priority for issuance of license and initial spectrum. · Equal consideration for grant of licenses to existing GSM operators having UASL applications pending on date when licenses were last awarded. · Scrutinize all license applications to weed out non-credible applicants.
    • September 20
    • COAI replied to DoT Letter on Compliance on deployment of various techniques for optimal and efficient utilization of the allotted spectrum. COAI submitted that all Indian GSM operators were utilizing spectrum allotments in the most optimal and efficient manner and are thus deploying all available spectrum optimization techniques.
    • September 20
    • COAI requested DoT for implementation of decentralization process of registration under OSP category and telemarketing category to be carried out in all 23 VTM cells, in order to streamline the process and reduce the time.
    • September 21
    • COAI in association with GSMA organized a half-day workshop on ‘Mobile Instant Messaging - Opportunities & The Way Forward’, wherein various Marketing, Strategic, Business Development and Technological aspects pertaining to MIM services were discussed at length.
    • September 26
    • COAI reiterated its views on mixed band plan trials to DoT submitting that it would not lead to any meaningful conclusions, as it has not been implemented anywhere in world & limited trial can never replicate a large scale deployment. COAI also requested that planning & implementation must be done transparently with full involvement of all stakeholders.
    • September 26
    • COAI submitted to DoT various legal opinions of some legal luminaries on the issue of allocation and charging of 2G spectrum.
    • October 3
    • COAI made a detailed submission on proposed restriction on putting up of towers in residential areas in Kerala giving details and the importance of cellular towers for providing seamless mobile services.
    • October 5
    • TRAI issued Regulation on Telecom UCC. The regulation stated that NDNC registry was ready & would be operationalized on 12.10.07. Telemarketers who were registered with DoT were to scrub their calling list from this date. Subscribers registered before 31.08.07 would not receive UCC & subscribers registered after 31.08.07 would get this benefit after a gap of forty five days.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/PressReleases/503/pr5oct07no88.pdf
    • October 5
    • COAI reiterated its views to DoT on subscriber-linked criteria recommended by TRAI that they were based on assumptions that were incorrect, technically flawed and impossible to achieve. COAI also urged that its submissions on TRAI’s erroneous calculations be kept in consideration while reviewing the criteria.
    • October 5
    • COAI made its submissions to MoC on issues like Subscriber Linked Criteria, Scrutiny of applications of new licenses, Priority Treatment for Incumbent GSM operators, & Spectrum charges.
    • October 10
    • COAI once again reiterated its views to MoC, DoT, Finance Ministry on the issue of allocation of 2G spectrum and subscriber linked criteria for spectrum allocation.
    • October 11
    • COAI submitted data to TEC for its Committee on Spectral Efficiency for Mobile Telephony Services including details like Area, traffic density etc. for Delhi & Mumbai.
    • October 15
    • COAI submitted its response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on “ Issues relating to Mobile Television Service” submitting that there was no need to regulate the technology & Mobile TV being an application is inherent in the Telecom Licenses granted to mobile operators viz, CMTS and UAS licenses.
    • October 15
    • Based on the decision of Review Application the Non-Petitioners filed their Petition on AGR in TDSAT.
    • October 17
    • COAI submitted data to TEC for its Committee on Spectral Efficiency for Mobile Telephony Services including details like Area, traffic density etc. for Chennai & Vendor’s comments on availability, impact on capacity enhancements of the spectrum efficiency techniques expected in future.
    • October 18
    • COAI set up a co-ordination committee to ensure faster resolution of customer complaints pertaining to telemarketing. The co-ordination committee included all mobile operators, public & private.
    • October 18
    • COAI made submissions on installation of shared cell sites in the LBZ area in Delhi to NDMC, submitted that: · Operators would install only shared cell sites in LBZ & NDMC area. · Operators would install sleek looking monopoles. · COAI would provide details of proposed no of operators at each cell sites.
    • October 23
    • COAI submitted data to TEC for its Committee on Spectral Efficiency for Mobile Telephony Services including details like Area, traffic density etc. for Kolkata. COAI also urged TEC to maintain level playing field & requested similar exercise for CDMA operators.
    • October 23
    • Hon’ble TDSAT stated in its interim order that the license fees will be paid by the Petitioner operators as per the new definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue, from October 23, 2007.
    • October 23
    • COAI filed a petition in TDSAT challenging the Government decision of 19.10.2007, which permitted inter alia the allotment of GSM spectrum to CDMA operators.
    • October 23
    • COAI files an Execution Application in TDSAT seeking implementation of the TDSAT order dated 24.08.2007 in the Revenue Share on Roaming matter by inter alia directing BSNL to adjust all amounts collected by them in this regard w.e.f 11.09.06.
    • October 29
    • COAI submitted to TEC Committee that mobile services were also provided on CDMA technology, so exercise to review the subscriber criteria must also be carried out transparently & separately for CDMA services. COAI once again requested that a representative of COAI be formally nominated and involved in the above exercise & practice & process should be in consonance with last exercise carried out in 2003, wherein High-level committee was constituted. COAI also submitted its views on IBS & AMR.
    • October 30
    • TRAI issued a Directive to Access Service providers on provision of VAS for enhanced transparency with regard to explicit consent and unsubscribing. TRAI directed service providers to provide facility of unsubscribing of any VAS, free of charge, In case of any offer made to customer, details to be provided & VAS to be activated after consumer’s consent & maintain records of customer consent, etc.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/Directives/110/DirectionVAS.pdf
    • October 30
    • Pursuant to Open House on Mobile TV, COAI submitted that providing Mobile TV was inherent in the Telecom Licenses granted to mobile operators by DoT viz, CMTS & UAS licenses. COAI also submitted that appropriate terms & conditions be put in place for stand alone Mobile TV operators.
    • November 13
    • Mr. T.V Ramachandran was nominated as COAI representative for Committee constituted by DoT for recommending revised subscriber based spectrum allocation criteria. COAI submitted to reserve the right to produce witness/ international experts before the committee. COAI again reiterated to examine the criteria for both GSM and CDMA in a transparent manner.
    • November 14
    • On Government’s announcement on introduction of Mobile Number Portability (MNP), COAI expressed disappointed to note certain misinformation deliberately circulated in the market & clarified its position, that GSM industry had no difficulty with the introduction of Number Portability. On the contrary, COAI submitted that Number Portability should not be introduced in a selective manner but in all parts of India.
    • November 14
    • COAI submitted Pre-Budget Proposals for Union Budget 2008-2009. Along with other Direct and Indirect tax proposals, COAI submitted that: · Revenue share license fee should be reduced to 6%, as is applicable in the case of NLD/ILD license · All the multiple levies on the sector should be rationalized in a phased manner and recommended a simple industry/investor friendly tax structure.
    • November 16
    • TRAI issued Guidelines to Telecom Service providers prescribing procedure/ practice & code of conduct for Outsourced Agencies engaged by them. The guidelines issued covered Dues Recovery Policy, Obligation of Telecom Service Providers, Appointment of Outsourced Agency & Contract Agreement, Identification & role of Agent of outsourced agency & Procedures & Conduct for agent of outsourced agency.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/PressReleases/509/guidelinesPR.pdf
    • November 16
    • COAI submitted to DoT its disagreement on the Committee view of reviewing only GSM criteria at stage I. COAI also submitted that 3 weeks was too short a time to come to any conclusions and any criteria adopted thereafter should be applied only on a prospective basis.
    • November 21
    • COAI requested Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Delhi to issue necessary order/ clarification to the concerned officials to permit installations of cell sites in the MCD area, since no conclusive evidence of any health ailment have been found.
    • November 21
    • COAI wrote to DoT on the issue of Installation of Shared Infrastructure in LBZ Area, submitted the following details: · Site wise details along with proposed no. of operators. · Only sleek looking Monopoles would be installed in LBZ area. · List of IP-1 vendors installing monopoles. · Only shared sites would be installed in LBZ area.
    • November 21
    • COAI & its members made presentations to Spectrum Committee formed by DoT. The presentations highlighted present spectrum scenario in India compared to international benchmarks, flaws with TRAI & TEC recommendations & way forward.
    • November 28
    • TDSAT grants prayer of COAI in its Execution Application against BSNL for the refund of the amount charged by BSNL from service providers as Revenue Share on Roaming with effect from 11.09.2006.
    • November 28
    • TRAI released it draft Recommendation on Provision of IPTV services. The salient features of the draft recommendations were UASL, CMTS, ISPs & registered cable operators allowed to provide IPTV, Telecom licensees to transmit only such channels in exactly same form for which broadcasters have received permission from I& B Ministry, In case of contents other than TV Channels from broadcasters, telecom licensee shall be responsible for observing program & advertising code.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload77/recommendation28nov07.pdf
    • December 3
    • COAI submitted to DoT on Spectrum Entitlements under License stating that by virtue of contractual settlement of 2002 between Government & industry, GSM operators are entitled to spectrum upto 10 MHz & Government through a series of Orders has further laid down a roadmap upto 15 MHz per GSM operator.
    • December 4
    • TRAI formed a Steering Committee to address issues involved in the implementation of Mobile Number Portability with a special reference to the methodology of MNP implementation, establishing of neutral third party for data base management, level of centralization of data base in terms of national v/s regional set up, time frame of implementation, method of tariff transparency for off-net & on-net calls billing system, dispute resolution mechanism between the various mobile service providers etc.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/PressReleases/516/pr3dec07no101.pdf
    • December 4
    • COAI requested that the deliberations of Spectrum Committee set up by DoT should take place along the lines of explicit terms of reference and also requested to grant the permission to co-opt senior technical experts, to provide further information on the practicable aspects of network deployment. COAI also submitted its concerns on the presentation made by TEC to the Committee.
    • December 6
    • COAI wrote to DoT on the amendment dated December 14, 2005, wherein the NLD license was amended, allowing NLDO to carry and terminate Intra circle traffic, COAI submitted that allowing private NLDOs to carry intra circle long distance traffic would lead to: · Increased competition in intra circle carriage segment. · Reduced congestion on BSNL networks · Optimal utilization of telecom network of all stakeholders. COAI also requested to issue urgent and necessary clarification allowing private NLDOs to carry intra circle long distance traffic with immediate effect.
    • December 12
    • Hon’ble TDSAT rejects the COAI’s prayer to stay the allocation of Cross over GSM spectrum to CDMA operators.
    • December 20
    • COAI files Writ in Delhi High Court against the TDSAT order of 12.12.07, rejecting their prayer for interim relief/stay on the allocation of GSM spectrum to CDMA operators.
    • December 24
    • TRAI issued Consultation paper on Terms & Conditions for Publication of Integrated Telephone Directory for Fixed Line Telephones and National Integrated Directory Enquiry Service (NIDQS) for Fixed and Mobile Telephones. The key issues raised for Consultation were Framework for authorization/ terms & conditions for licensing to publish integrated telephone directory SSA-wise for fixed line telephones, Guidelines for printing of integrated telephone directory for fixed line telephones, Framework for authorization/ terms & conditions of licensing & guidelines for NIDQS & Options for listing in directory services.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/520/cpaper24dec07.pdf
    • December 27
    • On Government’s acceptance of Spectrum Review Committee’s Recommendations, COAI submitted that GSM operators have accrued & vested rights to have their pending applications for spectrum allotments processed as per criteria of March 29 2006. COAI also suggested that the TRAI criteria may be accepted only as an interim solution in order to facilitate a way forward.
    • December 28
    • COAI requested TRAI to enhance the scope of NDNC registry website to facilitate real time sharing of data pertaining to customer complaints amongst Service Providers.
    • December 31
    • Short Consultation on the Issue of Providing Hard Copy of the Bill Free of Cost to Post Paid Subscribers of Telecom Access Service. This consultation process was initiated towards amending Telecommunication Tariff Order to incorporate an explicit provision for providing bill in hard copy free of cost to all post paid subscribers which in any case is provided for in the relevant rules & relevant license agreements.
      http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/522/cpaper31dec07.pdf