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Conflict between Regulation and Competition Law in the Indian Telecom Sector

The debate regarding the respective realms of competition law and economic regulation is not new. In the Indian context, complaints filed against the telecom incumbents Airtel, Vodafone and Idea by Reliance Jio before the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the Competition Commission of India bring to the fore such an example. This case is analysed primarily through the legal standpoint, and it is argued that competition law intervention is warranted only in “gap” cases: where the regulatory regime cannot account for consumer welfare. Where the regulatory and competition agency reach conflicting decisions, the issue can be resolved by a third body whose decision is binding on both the regulator and the competition agency.

Telecommunications: Interconnection Dispute: Basic Considerations

The issues which need to be understood and deliberated upon for resolving the dispute over interconnection between BSNL/MTNL on the one hand and VSNL on the other.

Convergence Bill: An Advance, but Flawed

What has come to be known as the Convergence Bill, introduced in parliament in the monsoon session, is a great advance on previous enactments for setting up the TRAI and the TDSAT. There are nevertheless a number of serious flaws, omissions and undesirable provisions in the bill which need rectification. A critical analysis.

Telecommunications in the Tenth Plan

Technological developments and mass consumption of telecommunication services have dictated far-reaching restructuring of telecommunication regimes across the world. The same factors necessitate a basic reorientation of the approach to telecommunications development in the Tenth Plan.

Opening Basic Telephone Service to Competition

The primary objective of deregulating telecommunications is to attract investment so that there is an abundance of telecommunications and they become more and more affordable to an ever larger section of the people. Enhancement of consumer choice is another objective. If a consumer is not satisfied with one service-provider, he has the option to go to another.
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