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TEMA Backs TRAI’s Order to Block Premium Plan Offerings from Telecom Operators

It is reported that some telecom operators are offering priority telecom plans to customers. These new plans will provide priority on a wireless network to certain customers. This move may be to attract high paying retail customers and corporate customers.

TEMA compliments and support the views of Shri RS Sharma, Chairman, TRAI – In a fixed line, data speed can be regulated, but not on wireless. Also, you cannot take away rights of people paying lesser amounts”. Chairman TRAI has also asked to quantity the speed.

TEMA always support “Net Neutrality Policy” adopted by Government of India and appeal to all telecom operators that we should continue to support the same, which we all agreed collectively. That means no preferential treatment to a call over others. This move is acceptable with reference to Voice Calls for retail customers and for Government Use in situations of National Emergency when voice calls, voice broadcasting becomes utmost in National Interest in situations like Flood, Earth Quack, War Etc.

It may also be noted that Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the telecom and broadcasting regulator, has decided to block till settlement, these premium plans of two Telecom Service Providers citing discriminatory services to regular customers.

In case few operators require to amend their plans, they should do so, rather than contesting each other in the Court of Law.

Telecom Equipment Manufacturing Association (TEMA), represents Entire Telecom Industry including Service Providers, Manufacturers, Exporters, Innovators Etc for the last 30 years. TEMA, being the oldest telecom association, is credited in helping and supporting Government in formation of various policies, Technical Guidelines, and Liaison with International Organizations like ITU, APT, CTO, IEEE etc.

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