Suggest disincentive to tackle call drops: DoT to TRAI
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has written to sector regulator TRAI to suggest a disincentive mechanism to tackle the issue of frequent call drops. Last week, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad suggested that private operators should minimise call drops and DoT is working on a disincentive architecture on the matter.
"We have asked TRAI to analyse the issue and suggest what kind of <g data-gr-id="17">in-built</g> disincentive mechanism could be used for call drops," Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg said here on Wednesday. Explaining the issue and its possible framework, Garg said it could be in the form of giving free minutes to customers in lieu of call drops. The Secretary said telecom players need to follow the service quality benchmark set by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and should be ready to face <g data-gr-id="18">penalty</g> in case they do not comply with the directions.
DoT, in a meeting with telecom operators last month, had asked the latter to step up. Mobile phone users have been complaining about frequent call drops, but the players apparently have not heeded their demand.
TC finalises views on spectrum sharing norms
Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission (TC) today said it has finalised its view on the <g data-gr-id="49">much awaited</g> spectrum sharing and trading guidelines, which will be sent to the Cabinet for final approval by month-end. “We have finalised the view on spectrum-sharing and trading guidelines. We will try to send the norms to the Cabinet by the end of this month,” Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg said after the meeting.