Centre for Internet & Society

Comments on the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations

Posted by Sandeep Kumar, Torsha Sarkar, Swaraj Barooah, Gurshabad Grover at Jun 22, 2018 10:15 AM |

This submission presents comments by the Centre for Internet & Society, India (“CIS”) on the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations which was released to the public by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 29th May 2018 for comments and views.

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India's Draft Telecom Policy Needs to Bridge the Gap Between Intent and Execution

Posted by Anubha Sinha at May 07, 2018 04:13 PM |
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Earlier this week, India’s department of telecommunications (DoT) released a draft new telecom policy, titled ‘Draft National Digital Communications Policy 2018’.

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The Huawei pointer

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at May 06, 2018 01:04 PM |
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Taking a cue from Huawei. Huawei has an awe-inspiring record of drive, perseverance, fortuitous circumstances, good strategy, execution, and success.

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NPAs & Bad Banks

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 25, 2018 03:53 AM |
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Correcting misinformed impressions about NPAs, and the Swedish model for setting up a Bad Bank.

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Matching Realities and Aspirations

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Feb 01, 2018 11:50 AM |
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Leaving aside fixing the 'mountains' such as land acquisition, NPAs etc, here are some thoughts on systemic focus and action.

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Submission to TRAI Consultation on "Inputs for Formulation of National Telecom Policy - 2018"

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Jan 25, 2018 02:46 PM |
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Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) made a submission to TRAI Consultation on inputs to the National Telecom Policy.

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The 2G Judgment of December 2017: What Was It About?

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jan 18, 2018 02:40 PM |
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The judgment provides a critique of how no proper evidence was presented on existence of an FCFS policy and its improper implementation.

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The tragedy of the unused commons

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Dec 07, 2017 12:00 PM |
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Hope for the good sense and guts to handle it.

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CIS Comments on TRAI Consultation Paper on Promoting Local Telecom Equipment Manufacturing

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Nov 26, 2017 02:55 AM |
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The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) sent comments to the TRAI Consultation Paper on promoting telecom equipment manufacturing. CIS submission drew primarily from the research done in the Pervasive Technologies project.

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Response Submission on TRAI's Consultation Paper on Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in Telecom Sector

Posted by Amber Sinha, Elonnai Hickok and Udbhav Tiwari at Nov 08, 2017 01:20 AM |

CIS submitted its comments on the consultation paper on privacy, security and ownership of data in telecom sector which was published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on August 9, 2017.

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Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler's Views On Auctions

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Nov 07, 2017 10:55 AM |
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The government has already set up a Nudge unit; now, it should apply the Nobel laureate's insights on auctions relating to essential infrastructure.

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NPAs & Structural Issues

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Oct 11, 2017 11:55 AM |
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To fix one you need to fix the others.

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Revamp Telecom Sector & Revive The Economy

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Sep 08, 2017 10:05 PM |
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Share infrastructure and spectrum, and adopt revenue-sharing for growth. There’s little doubt our economy is facing a slough of problems, including misdirection and loss of momentum.

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A New Telecom Policy That Works

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Aug 03, 2017 12:00 PM |
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A sound NTP-2018 requires sustainable, integrated policies that address our realities.

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Broadband Reforms for Local Manufacturing

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jun 05, 2017 07:00 PM |
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Broadband in India needs reforms for local manufacturing and for infrastructure expansion and utilisation.

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Policies to Sustain India's Market

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at May 20, 2017 03:06 AM |
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The question is whether policies can be better framed to harness the market potential. Why is so much investment flowing into India's securities markets?

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A Pathfinding Approach for Digital India

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 03, 2017 04:39 PM |
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It's not only the installation of the OFC, but of ensuring quality and reliability.

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Cashlessness Needs Connectivity

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Feb 02, 2017 03:17 PM |
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And connectivity needs political and administrative convergence. This new year brings with it uncertainties amidst the push for cashlessness. Without going into the demerits or otherwise, some clarity on a road map to go forward from where we are might help with realistic planning to manage our way out of this situation.

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CIS Submission to TRAI Consultation Note on Model for Nation-wide Interoperable and Scalable Public Wi-Fi Networks

Posted by Japreet Grewal, Pranesh Prakash, Sharath Chandra, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Sunil Abraham, and Udbhav Tiwari, with expert comments from Amelia Andersdotter at Dec 12, 2016 01:55 PM |

​This submission presents responses by the CIS on the ​Consultation Note on Model for Nation-wide Interoperable and Scalable Public Wi-Fi Networks published by the TRAI on November 15, 2016. Our analysis of the solution proposed in the Note, in brief, is that there is no need of a solution for non-existing interoperability problem for authentication and payment services for accessing public Wi-Fi networks. The proposed solution in this Note only adds to over-regulation in this sector, and does not incentivise new investment in the sector, but only establishes UIDAI and NPCI as the monopoly service providers for authentication and payment services.

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A Market Structure for Digital India

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Oct 10, 2016 02:09 AM |
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If delivery is priced below cost, communications services will be unsustainable and ineffective. The stress in the telecom sector is evident from the data. The market capitalisation of listed telecom operators has been stagnant since the 3G auction in 2010, while the government collected Rs 2.83 lakh crore of non-tax charges from them.

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