April ended with many busybodies swarming the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) office in New Delhi. There were several meetings that demanded “all hands on deck”, called to figure out ways to deal with a major blow to Trai’s role and image. The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had recently issued a partial stay on Trai’s rules on predatory pricing and defining a significant market player (SMP), i.e. having more than 30% market share, which it set in February. An official present in the meetings said that the stay was akin to “cutting off their limbs” and not letting Trai do its job.  


Shashidhar KJ

Shashidhar has been a journalist for over six years and has worked with The Times of India, The Financial Express and MediaNama, his last assignment. He is a fine bloke, and by that, I mean unusually quiet. Over the years, Shashidhar has written on several subjects. Banking, startups and technology, media, and also financial technology. He started his career on the desk at the old lady of Boribunder. At The Ken, Shashidhar works out of Mumbai and writes on telecom and financial technology. What he really wants to talk about though is his vinyl collection.

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