Apropos of the editorial “Telcos versus Trai” (FE, August 10), the ongoing tussle between the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) does not augur well for either of them.
Since interconnection usage charge (IUC) and call-drop penalties are solely within the Trai’s purview, one fails to see any rationale behind these telcos always seeing red when the regulator comes out with any kind of mechanism to keep tabs on their activities, in the larger public interest.
Needless to say, the COAI has so far failed to properly address the issue of call drops. But instead of honestly admitting their failure or taking necessary remedial steps, there has been a clamour among COAI-member telcos to rush to the media to paint the Trai in poor light.
In fact, COAI can’t allege that Trai is trying to advance the implementation of IUC—it has to wait for Trai’s regulation and then go to the courts in the manner it did in the early 2000s. The fact that the regulator has not allowed telcos to do differential pricing of data could perhaps be pricking the telcos.
Kumar Gupt, Panchkula (Haryana)