Wednesday, 29 June, 2022

Topic: TRAI

5 cases in 25 years of Internet that changed how India logs online

In 1995, telecom minister Sukh Ram made the first mobile call to Jyoti Basu. And VSNL’s internet service was terrible. But its dial-up link over poor fixed telephone lines opened up a new world for us.

Rhea Chakraborty’s TV trial for TRPs shows why TRAI should stop fixing channel prices

In countries like the US and the UK, regulators distance themselves from economic rulemaking and prescribing price ceilings for TV. Trai should do the same.

How VSNL launched internet services in India in 1995 when even China hadn’t

India's 'Telecom Man' Brijendra K. Syngal, under whose guidance internet was introduced, recounts in a new book the pains VSNL went through to set up the system.

Vodafone Idea, Airtel sending out distress signals. But they are only paying for their sins

Both Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel have pinned their losses to Supreme Court’s recent ruling. Media has described their current state as ‘bruised, battered and bleeding’.

This is the most watched Hindi entertainment channel. Chances are, you haven’t heard of it

Over the past 7 months, Dangal TV has been topping viewership tables, leaving behind established players such as Star, Zee, Sony and Colors.

Market forces are easing telecom tariff wars, TRAI says

Jio, which pushed its way into first place this summer with free voice calling, is raising prices just as rivals Airtel and Vodafone Idea are posting losses and selling assets to raise cash.

Modi govt blocked 2,388 websites in 2018, stopped collecting data of arrests under 66A

IT ministry informs Parliament that websites were blocked for objectionable content. Lack of data on arrests under section 66A draws flak from activists.

Ban or not, Indians love watching desi college girls have sex in HD, says Pornhub

A new survey by Pornhub says Indians account for the third highest daily traffic to the site.  

Fix call drops and sluggish speed before you think of regulating internet

It would be bad enough if TRAI was merely interested in protecting telecom operators at the cost of consumer interests.

Doubtful if India’s ailing mobile telecom sector can create 4 million jobs: COAI chief

COAI’s Rajan S. Mathews wonders how the new telecom policy can achieve $100-billion investment objective 'if the industry is under financial stress'

On Camera


Representational image | File photo of a teacher at a school | ANI

MP para teachers scheme showed India struggled with contract service. Apply that to Agnipath

Agnipath is a continuation of the casualisation of frontline workers in civil bureaucracy—a trend that began in MP in 1996. It didn't turn out too well.
An employee works at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. facility in Chakan, Maharashtra | Bloomberg file photo

Bigger cars, smaller chips — Why Mahindra is worried about increased wait time

A major focus for Mahindra will be defending its market share in the large-format SUV segment from Tata Motors and Hyundai Motor.


The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.