A day after the prime minister and other cabinet ministers extended support to the department of telecommunications (DoT) to check rising incidence of call drops, telecom secretary Rakesh Garg called up heads of telecom companies, namely Sunil Mittal, Anil Ambani, Kumar Mangalam Birla and Vittorio Colao, amongst others, to convey concerns and sought early remedy.
Garg not only conveyed the concerns of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of call drops but also warned that DoT would be compelled to impose penalties under licence conditions, if the problems continue. Garg called up Mittal of Bharti Airtel, Colao, global CEO of Vodafone, Ambani of Reliance Communications and Birla of Idea Cellular, to explain the government’s concern on call drops.
The development also comes a day after Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman RS Sharma met CEOs of telecom companies and gave them 15 days to strengthen and optimise their networks. Trai will, after this, once again conduct a survey to check the performance of operators in Delhi and Mumbai.
Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has repeatedly stated that telcos are not investing enough in the networks which is leading to call drops, which telcos have denied.
On Wednesday, Prasad had said the government is currently not thinking of imposing penalty on telcos for call drops.
“But I don’t rule out the option if the situation doesn’t improve. Naturally, if there is an issue, it needs to be addressed by those who are in the game,” Prasad had explained.