Trai must try harder
I think that TRAI has made a mess of the issue of call drops and is making it more messy instead of solving it. Most of the problems are the creation of Trai and only the regulator can solve it. It doesn’t take rocket science expertise to understand that one of the main factors contributing to call drops is due to less spectrum holding with the service providers. The amount of spectrum holding with service providers in India is almost a third that of their counterparts in other countries. The rules for spectrum sharing, trading, etc, should be made flexible so that service providers can compensate this. Also, frequently, the “in-use spectrum” with the service providers is taken away and replaced with that of completely different frequencies, resulting in retuning and optimising of networks of towers. In addition, there are strict regulations on transmission by cell towers—in India, it is one-tenth of WHO-recommended ICNIRP limits. If this is increased to the ICNIRP-levels, the problem of call drops can be solved. Lesser than optimal transmission by cell towers makes cell phones less efficient as these devices have to work harder to tune into weak signals, resulting in quick draining of batteries. Under these circumstances, there is little that service providers can do to improve the situation and penalising the service providers will be like flogging a dead horse.
Krishan Kandhari, Ahmedabad
Getting GST back on track
This refers to the report “End of Monsoon session ends the early GST roll-out hopes” (FE, September 10). Perhaps, this could now mean ‘drawing of curtains’ over the Modi government’s last attempt for passage of the Goods & Services tax (GST), which was supposed to be made effective from the beginning of the next financial year. However, notwithstanding the various technical ‘road blocks’ put in its path by the Congress party, the ultimate loser will only be the nation as a whole. Mind you, politics and good economics can hardly go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, the entire nation has been a ‘witness’ to this beleaguered party’s well-known politics-oriented opposition to whatever PM Narendra Modi says and does, solely with the aim of putting him in a dock. One wishes that better sense would soon prevail in the hearts and minds of the think-tank of the Congress party as nothing could be more important than supplementing the government’s efforts to serve the national cause.
SK Gupta, Delhi