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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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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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Digital India Needs These Policy Changes

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Sep 01, 2016 02:00 PM |
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Appropriate policies will increase connectivity much more than spectrum auctions.

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CIS Submission to TRAI Consultation on Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi­Fi Networks

Posted by Sunil Abraham, Sharath Chandra Ram, Vidushi Marda, and Thejaswi Melarkode at Aug 28, 2016 09:40 AM |
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The Centre for Internet and Society (“CIS”) is grateful for the opportunity to comment on this Consultation Paper (“Paper”). The comments were prepared by Sunil Abraham, Sharath Chandra Ram, Vidushi Marda, and Thejaswi Melarkode. Special thanks to Shyam Ponappa and Arjun Venkatraman for their inputs and feedback.

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CIS Submission to TRAI Consultation on Free Data

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) held a consultation on Free Data, for which CIS sent in the following comments.

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Airtel Open Network

Posted by Harsh Gupta and Aditya Tejas at Jun 17, 2016 01:25 AM |
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Today, Airtel launched its Open Network platform. The web page displays visualization data on network coverage and signal strength across the country, as well as a detailed breakdown of cell tower placement, including towers that are shutdown or still being planned.

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Breakthroughs Needed For Digital India

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at May 04, 2016 02:34 AM |
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It's time the government accepts that current policies are not enough to bring about Digital India.

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TRAI Consultation on Differential Pricing for Data Services - Post-Open House Discussion Submission

The Centre for Internet and Society sent this submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) following the Open House Discussion on Differential Pricing of Data Services, held in Delhi on February 21, 2016.

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Connectivity: Let's Apply What We Know

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 03, 2016 04:00 PM |
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana. Reprise good decisions, and avoid the missteps.

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Bottled-Up National Assets

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Feb 05, 2016 03:05 PM |
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Apply electronic toll collection systems to roads, and adapt road network concepts in organizing and managing communications networks.

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Millions of Indians Slam Facebook's ‘Free Basics’ App

It has been less than two months since the nationwide launch of the Free Basics app in India. The smart phone application (formerly known as Internet.org) offers free access to Facebook, Facebook-owned products like WhatsApp, and a select suite of other websites for users who do not pay for mobile data plans.

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The Free Basics debate: Trai has a point in imposing temporary ban on net neutrality

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Dec 25, 2015 02:58 PM |

The argument against net neutrality in India is simple. Regulation cannot be based on dogma – evidence of harm must be provided before you can advocate for rules for ISPs and telecom operators.

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