Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TRAI issues Regulation on Domestic carriage charges

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today issued the “Telecommunication Interconnection Usage Charges (Twelfth Amendment) Regulations” which prescribe a revised domestic carriage charge of 35 paisa per minute. An Access Service provider in India offers access services within the Licensed Service Area (LSA) only.  Inter-LSA calls have to be routed through a National Long Distance Operator (NLDO).  The charges to be paid by an access provider to the NLDO to cover the cost for carrying inter-LSA calls are called carriage charges. TRAI had prescribed the carriage charges through the Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) Regulations of 23rd February, 2006 which stipulated a ceiling of 65 paisa per minute.  These charges were reviewed again in 2008/2009 but the same ceiling of 65 paisa per minute was retained.  To review the IUC, the Authority issued a Consultation Paper on 19.11.2014 to seek the views of stakeholders on various component of IUC including domestic carriage charges. Stakeholders were asked to submit written comments by 11.12.2014 and counter-comments by 18.12.2014. On the request of some stakeholders, the dates for submission of comments and counter-comments were extended up-to 22.12.2014 and 29.12.2014 respectively. Written comments were received from two industry associations, 15 TSPs and 47 other stakeholders, including companies, organizations, firms and individuals. Counter-comments were received from six TSPs and one individual. An Open House Discussion was held on 09.01.2015 in Delhi with stakeholders.
On the basis of comments received from stakeholders either in writing or during the Open House Discussion and internal analysis, the Authority has reduced the ceiling of the domestic carriage charge to 35 paisa per minute from the existing 65 paisa per minute through these Regulations which will be effective from 1st March, 2015.  TRAI has already issued regulations prescribing Mobile Termination Charge and Fixed Termination Charge and International Termination Charge on 23rd February, 2015. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

CBI arrests BSNL Patiala GM in Bribery case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd(BSNL), Patiala(Punjab) and a Contractor (private person) in a bribery case of Rs.One Lakh. A case was received on a complaint alleging that a BSNL contractor (private person) was demanding Rs.3 lakhs on behest of a General Manager ranked officer of BSNL for settling the dispute of damages/cuts caused on the optical fibre cables of BSNL, Patiala. Accordingly, BSNL, Patiala had raised demand notes for such damages of its OFC at a rate of Rs.1.50 lakhs per cut for eight such cuts. The contractor came in contact with the complainant and assured him that he would get settled the said matter if the alleged bribe was paid to the BSNL officer through him. CBI laid a trap wherein the Contractor was caught while demanding & accepting bribe of Rs.One Lakh from the complainant on behalf of the General Manager. The GM was also arrested. Searches were carried out at the residential premises of the accused.

Monday, January 19, 2015

BSNL to Strengthens Network Offering with Coriant

Coriant, a global supplier of SDN-enabled end-to-end transport solutions, announced that it has been selected by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), one of India's leading telecommunications companies, to expand its existing Managed Leased Line Network (MLLN). The Coriant™ 8100 Managed Access System will further enhance BSNL's ability to meet the increased and flexible bandwidth needs of its financial services and enterprise customers. The network expansion is part of BSNL's continued effort to support new business-critical applications and continuity strategies for its customers. BSNL's network now boasts one of the world's largest installed base of Coriant 8100 data access products. The solution series supports a wide range of technologies, traffic and media. It delivers reliable and flexible services without compromising on scalability or manageability for future network growth. The end-to-end organization of connections throughout the entire services lifecycle enables higher network reliability and lowers operating costs.
"The MLLN is the most reliable and profitable part of our business, catering primarily to the financial services industry. Network requirements in this sector are incredibly complex as they need hundreds of connections and must support rapid trading and robust disaster recovery. That meant choosing the right supplier was a business critical decision," said Mr. M Aruna Kumar, General Manager, Core Network Planning (CNP), BSNL India. "With a proven history of delivering high-quality networking solutions and world-class service and support, Coriant met all our key requirements for this network expansion initiative."
"The ever-increasing demand for greater network capacity is nowhere more apparent than in the financial services industry. Financial communications services require flexible and resilient connectivity, and always-on performance to meet mission-critical business demands," said Mikko Lavanti, Executive Vice President of Sales, Coriant. "Our 8100 Managed Access System will allow BSNL to continue to deliver reliable broadband services to its customers, while at the same time enable them to expand and seamlessly scale their high-capacity service offerings in a manageable and secure environment."
The new BSNL network will also utilize the robust capabilities of the Coriant™ 8000 Intelligent Network Manager (INM). With this single management system, the 8000 INM offers service providers full end-to-end support for commissioning and monitoring services, making service changes, and performing troubleshooting. This single overarching network manager simplifies network management and can improve profitability and competitiveness through operational efficiency.
About Coriant: Coriant, founded as an independent company in 2013, is an industry-leading supplier of dynamic metro-to-core transport solutions. We serve over 500 customers globally, including 90% of the world's top 50 service providers. Our packet optical, edge router, and Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions enable mobile and fixed line operators to reduce network complexity, increase service velocity, and improve resource utilization as transport networks scale in response to a new generation of high-bandwidth services and applications. Coriant was formed from the distinguished technology heritage and proven networking expertise of Nokia Siemens Networks Optical Networks, Tellabs, and Sycamore Networks. The company operates worldwide in more than 48 countries, with R&D centers in Asia, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Canada, and the United States, as well as a state-of-the-art production center in Berlin, Germany. Learn more at www.coriant.com.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Anupam Shrivastava appointed BSNL CMD

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on 14 January 2015 approved appointment of Anupam Shrivastava as CMD (Chairman and Managing Director) of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).  He assumed the charge as CMD, BSNL for a period of 5 years or till retirement whichever is earlier. He is having 4.5 years service for superannuation. Currently, he is serving as Director - Consumer Mobility at the BSNL. BSNL's Director Enterprises A N Rai is currently handling the additional charge of CMD.  His appointment was pending from long. The Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) had shortlisted Anupam Shrivastava for the post of CMD of BSNL in 2013. His tenure as CMD was to begin from 1 May 2013 but change in the government at the Centre delayed the decision to appoint the head of loss making PSU, BSNL.
He is a BSNL absorbed ITS officer from long time so BSNL employees expect high from him. Shrivastava as CMD BSNL will have uphill task to expedite roll out national optical fibre network, which is one of the major projects of NDA government. BSNL is working to lay about 1.6 lakh kilometres of optical fibre cable (OFC) in 408 districts covering over 81,000 village panchayats under Phase 1 of the project roll out. As per sources, the PSU has finished only laying of only 6 per cent OFC by end of 2014. Government has committed to cover 50,000 village panchayats by March 2015, another 1 lakh by March 2016 and rest of 1 lakh by December 2016 under NOFN project. Besides, Shrivastava will have to work to make the PSU profitable which has been running in losses since 2009-10. BSNL’s profits started declining continuously from Rs. 10,183 crore in 2004-05 before recording a loss in 2009-10.

Idea crosses 150 Million subscribers in India

Idea Cellular recorded over 150 million subscribers on its pan-India network as on 31st December, 2014. Idea recorded the highest growth in Net Adds in the industry, with over 21 million subscribers joining the network in the calendar year 2014. Idea’s unprecedented growth in the last five years has catapulted it to being the 6th largest operator globally, from being the 6th largest in India, in subscriber terms. Idea added nearly 100 million subscribers in the last five years to cross the 150 million subscriber milestone, recently. During this period, Idea was the only operator in India to record over 1 percentage point increase in Revenue Market Share (RMS), YoY every year. Idea has substantially increased its network capacity in the recent years. The company added 11,635 2G and 7,133 3G sites in the 12 months ending September 30th, 2014, and is consistently investing in optical fibre cable (OFC) transmission network to tap the future potential of wireless broadband needs of the growing customer base.
The company has rolled out over 87,600 km OFC network and has over 4,450 OFC PoPs (3G & 2G), across the country. The fibre backhaul network of the company optimally serves Idea’s 2G, 3G, NLD, ILD, ISP and Wireless Broadband needs. Idea has also introduced worlds’ latest high capacity 100G DWDM network technology to cater to the rising data demand. The company has consistently invested in spectrum acquisition in the 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands in the last few years, and now holds a total of 259.5 MHz of spectrum.