This was announced by the new association president Prakash C Bajpai also president of Reliance Infocomm while briefing media after ABTO annual general meeting on Wednesday. Mr Bajpai was elected president replacing Tata Teleservices managing director S Ramakrishnan.
Commenting on the possible merger of two telecom operators associations: ABTO and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Mr Bajpai agreed that there were many issues common between ABTO and COAI and said that the the merger would be ideal. He, however, denied any concrete development towards the merger of two associations.
Interestingly, differences between the two associations emerged soon over the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in telecom service sector. While COAI has been lobbying for allowing 74 per cent FDI in the sector, ABTO president said, Right now, we do not see it (FDI limit) as a major issue. As concerns have been raised within the government, we leave it to the government to decide. Anyway, if you have a good business case, there is no dearth of capital within the country.
ABTO also demanded more spectrum from the government for basic/unified
operators to roll out broadband and next generation services.