People familiar with the matter said the company levied a penalty of around 50 times the commission paid on several retailers who violated the guidelines for the first time, and removed repeat offenders from the network besides imposing a fine on them.

This is in response to the massive Aadhaar-related fraud that came to light a few weeks ago.

[…] UIDAI imposed a fine of Rs 2.5 crore on Airtel for allegedly opening payment bank accounts for its mobile subscribers without consent. The report also notes that Airtel routed the LPG subsidies of 31 lakh users (payments worth Rs 190 crore) to their Airtel payment bank accounts instead of the beneficiaries’ original bank accounts.

It still boggles my mind all the crazy shit that Aadhaar has enabled to happen, so easily.

Airtel 4G Trials Launched in Mumbai

Airtel on Saturday officially rolled out 4G LTE trials in the Mumbai on Band 40, 2300MHz using the TD-LTE technology. The company has previously rolled out its 4G services in 23 other cities and over the weekend, it has also added Chennai, Hyderabad & Vishakhpatnam along with Mumbai to its list.

Existing and New Airtel customers with 4G compatible mobile handsets can upgrade their existing SIM cards to newer 4G U-SIMs for Free by visiting any nearest Airtel gallery or by ordering one from their website at http://airtel.in/4g. You can also check whether your handset & SIM are ready for the 4G network by visiting this page and entering your mobile number there.

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DoT Receives Legal Notice on Zero-Rating Plans of Telcos

[Indian Netizens and Internet Entrepreneurs Welfare Association (INIEWA)], created last month, has said in the notice that zero-rating plans are violating the licence condition under which telecom operators must give customers unrestricted access to the Internet.

64.91M Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Requests In India Till August 2012

64.91 million subscribers submitted number porting requests till the month of August, 2012, according to the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. This is up from 59.30 million porting requests till July 2012, an increase of 9.45% month on month. However, this also means that of a total connection base of 908.35 million connections (701.88 million active), just 5.61 million connections sent port out requests during the month.

MNP was launched in Haryana on November 25, 2010 and was made available pan-India on January 2011. That’s close to 65 million requests in 20 months.