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Achieving Mobile Connectivity Goals through the Universal Service Obligation Fund

30th October 2017

Country Brand Sector
USA, India Regulation

Persisting Gap in universal mobile coverage

Globally the MVNO industry plays a key role in ensuring that mobile services remain affordable even to the poorest sections of the society and to customers in unconnected areas. MVNOs are usually able to serve customers at lower costs, compared to the MNOs, and it is often possible for VNOs to profitably acquire and serve customers even in remote areas, or who remain unconnected today, because they are unable to afford to purchase Talktime and data.

As of 31st July 2017 – As per Telecom Subscription Data in India

Total Urban Wireless Telephone Subscribers (m) 682.69
Urban Teledensity 168.2%
Total Rural Wireless Telephone Subscribers (m) 504.10
Rural Teledensity 57.0%
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50 Days of “Roam Like At Home” regime in the European Economic Area

7th October 2017

Country Brand Sector
European,Economic Area Telenor, O2 Germany Regulation

In 2013, The European Telecommunication Commission proposed to abolish all roaming charges within the European Economic Area (EEA) and abolish roaming charges. This was decided to be implemented in a phased manner.

From May 2016 – a maximum surcharge for roaming services was imposed (which may be levied by the operators in addition to domestic charges.) This replaced the earlier system of price caps. From June 2017 - the roaming surcharges were completely removed and all operators were asked to subject to “Roam Like At Home” (RLAH) tariffs – i.e the charges for Voice calling, SMS and Data while roaming were exactly the same as levied while at home. To curb abuse and excessive cross-border usage of SIMs – a fair usage policy was mandated.

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Discussions on revision of Interconnection and termination charges in India

16th September 2017

Country Brand Sector
India Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular Regulation

Currently all telecom operators in India pay each other 14 paise (around 0.2 US cents) for all inter operator mobile to mobile calls. This was fixed by the Indian regulator ‘TRAI’ post consultation with operators.

The latest entrant to the Indian telecom industry – Reliance Jio- has been pushing for movement to a “bill-and-keep” regime, and abolishing of interconnection charges (“IUC.”) Reliance Jio alleges that the other incumbent operators have been levying unfairly high interconnection charges on it, and on each other. It claims that all the operators have seen sharp increase in call volumes and traffic, and hence it is time for India to move to a zero interconnection charges regime.

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Mexican Supreme Court ruling Asymmetric Interconnection Charges on Dominant Operator ‘Telcel’

27th August 2017

Country Brand Sector
Mexico Telcel, Telefonica, Red Compartida Regulation

In 2014, the Mexican government under President Enrique Pena Nieto passed a new Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law (called the “TBL”) with the goal of increasing competition in the telecommunications (and broadcasting) sectors. The “TBL” was widely viewed as a measure to curb the dominant position of Telcel - Mexico’s incumbent telecommunications player with a market share of more than 60%.

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Achieving Mobile Connectivity Goals through the Universal Service Obligation Fund

30th October 2017

Country Brand Sector
USA, India Regulation

Persisting Gap in universal mobile coverage

Globally the MVNO industry plays a key role in ensuring that mobile services remain affordable even to the poorest sections of the society and to customers in unconnected areas. MVNOs are usually able to serve customers at lower costs, compared to the MNOs, and it is often possible for VNOs to profitably acquire and serve customers even in remote areas, or who remain unconnected today, because they are unable to afford to purchase Talktime and data.

As of 31st July 2017 – As per Telecom Subscription Data in India

Total Urban Wireless Telephone Subscribers (m) 682.69
Urban Teledensity 168.2%
Total Rural Wireless Telephone Subscribers (m) 504.10
Rural Teledensity 57.0%
Read More

50 Days of “Roam Like At Home” regime in the European Economic Area

7th October 2017

Country Brand Sector
European,Economic Area Telenor, O2 Germany Regulation

In 2013, The European Telecommunication Commission proposed to abolish all roaming charges within the European Economic Area (EEA) and abolish roaming charges. This was decided to be implemented in a phased manner.

From May 2016 – a maximum surcharge for roaming services was imposed (which may be levied by the operators in addition to domestic charges.) This replaced the earlier system of price caps. From June 2017 - the roaming surcharges were completely removed and all operators were asked to subject to “Roam Like At Home” (RLAH) tariffs – i.e the charges for Voice calling, SMS and Data while roaming were exactly the same as levied while at home. To curb abuse and excessive cross-border usage of SIMs – a fair usage policy was mandated.

Read More

Discussions on revision of Interconnection and termination charges in India

16th September 2017

Country Brand Sector
India Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular Regulation

Currently all telecom operators in India pay each other 14 paise (around 0.2 US cents) for all inter operator mobile to mobile calls. This was fixed by the Indian regulator ‘TRAI’ post consultation with operators.

The latest entrant to the Indian telecom industry – Reliance Jio- has been pushing for movement to a “bill-and-keep” regime, and abolishing of interconnection charges (“IUC.”) Reliance Jio alleges that the other incumbent operators have been levying unfairly high interconnection charges on it, and on each other. It claims that all the operators have seen sharp increase in call volumes and traffic, and hence it is time for India to move to a zero interconnection charges regime.

Read More

Mexican Supreme Court ruling Asymmetric Interconnection Charges on Dominant Operator ‘Telcel’

27th August 2017

Country Brand Sector
Mexico Telcel, Telefonica, Red Compartida Regulation

In 2014, the Mexican government under President Enrique Pena Nieto passed a new Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law (called the “TBL”) with the goal of increasing competition in the telecommunications (and broadcasting) sectors. The “TBL” was widely viewed as a measure to curb the dominant position of Telcel - Mexico’s incumbent telecommunications player with a market share of more than 60%.

Read More