Trai To Meet VSNL, FLAG On Bandwidth Issue Today

New Delhi: | Updated: Mar 24 2004, 05:30am hrs
Fighting for settlement of the release of bandwidth, warring players VSNL and Reliance-owned FLAG would come together on Wednesday during a review meeting convened by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Although no specific agenda for the meeting was disclosed, sources said that the bandwidth tangle would surface during the course of discussion as Reliance had earlier sought intervention of the regulator. While Tata-controlled VSNL feels that the matter is a commercial issue and Trai has little to do in it, Reliance has requested intervention for release of bandwidth. Trais meeting with VSNL and Flag officials assumes significance in the backdrop of VSNL making an offer to Reliance to release 17 additional STMs and that too with a hefty discount of up to 40 per cent on access and facilitation charges. Though no final decision has been taken, the new offer by VSNL may clear the decks for reduction in international bandwidth prices.