Telcos not investing enough in infra to avert call drops: Govt

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2015 01:10 IST

The government has slammed telecom operators for not investing enough in building infrastructure resulting in high call drops.

Telecom secretary Rakesh Garg on Tuesday said, operators have failed to make adequate investment in telecom towers and optimisation of spectrum, despite government’s support. He trashed allegations made by telcos that policy support and spectrum were not enough.

Garg pointed that an operator sought about six months time for harmonisation of frequencies with defence ministry adding that “this kind of time frame is unacceptable and it is necessary to expedite the process”.

Dissecting the telecom operator’s claims of investing Rs 1,34,000 crore in telecom infrastructure, Garg said, the operators invested only 13% of the amount to set up towers. The rest was used to buy spectrum.

Garg has requested the Telecom Regulatory authority of India (Trai) to come out with a recommendation paper on call drops that would contain penal provisions against operators.

“Operators have assured me that they will optimise the available spectrum. It (spectrum) is plenty and call drops can be avoided,” said Garg.

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