Letters to the editor

Written by The Financial Express | Updated: Oct 18 2014, 08:04am hrs
Revive landlines

This refers to the report Full number portability by March 31 (October 16). The mobile number portability has already missed its earlier deadline of April 2014, and it is hoped that the full number portability will be achieved this time. The big brother of mobile phoneslandline phones which have been in existence for more than a century, should also have number portability. Landline phones are more reliable than mobile phones, in emergencies like monsoon flooding in Mumbai, as mobile networks get jammed easily. Besides, the landline phone bill is accepted as proof of permanent residencebe it for KYC norms of banks or for applying for government benefits. It is strange that mobile phone subscribers discontinue landline phoneseither they surrender these or stop paying the bills. Old Bollywood movies show the actors using the fascinating piece of the rotating dial phone. Even during Ukraine crisis, the Russian and the US president are seen on news channels, using landline phones for conversation as they are less prone to electronic bugging and surveillance as compared to mobile phones. The surveillance of the mobile phone of German Chancellor by the USs National Security Agency generated controversy. The government should also make efforts to revive the Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) to manufacture landline phones. Senior citizens like me remember fondly the good old phone directory of landline phones which has been discontinued since the past few years. Now, the directory is as a CD. One had to pay a premium to have a bold entry of his/her telephone number and his/her address printed in the Yellow Pages directory. There should also be a city-wise directory for mobile phones.

Deendayal M Lulla


Dehumanising employees

The so-called generous perks offered by Facebook and Apple, both US-based companies, of $20,000 for female employees for freezing their eggs shows the insensitive, inhuman face of employers. It seems these two corporations treat their employees, particularly female employees, as machines and robots. The next thing to come would be shifting the burden of pregnancy to surrogates so that female employees need not go on maternity leave. It is now easy to fertilise eggs with sperms in a lab and put them in the womb of a surrogate for pregnancy. Of course, there will be many who will argue that this will give rise to another industry and provide employment to surrogates, doctors and labs!

Sudhir Keshav Bhave


Telcos must calibrate risks

What kind of risk-return planning goes on at telcos is beyond the understanding of common and uninformed people like me. If they are making high bids for spectrum, is it that they foresee a loss and are keen on bearing it Why else would many be arguing that the bid amount is too high The telcos make their bid after due diligence on what the returns from the market are likely to be. The bids are finalised only after a profit scenario is envisaged. So, crying foul on the telcos behalf, especially when a national resource like spectrum, is concerned seems unwarranted.

Sumona Pal


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