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Telecom Operators to Install 70,000 New Towers to Curb Call Drops

File photo of a man using his mobile phone. (Reuters)

File photo of a man using his mobile phone. (Reuters)

The telecom service providers on Friday presented a 100-day action plan to the government on call drops.

The telecom service providers on Friday presented a 100-day action plan to the government on call drops. They said to collectively set up 70,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) within that time-frame.

"The telecom operators have presented a four-point action plan to the Department of Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak and other government officials. Firstly they said they will set up 70,000 BTS across the country in 100 days to address call drop problems.

Secondly, the operators said optimisation of network will be done in all 22 telecom circles in the country. Thirdly, they sought government's help in addressing interference issues by people like setting up of illegal mobile repeaters to boost signals," Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators' Association of India.

Gopal Vittal, Bharti Airtel's CEO for India and South Asia, Sunil Sood, Vodafone India's CEO, Himanshu Kapania, Idea Cellular's Managing Director and Sanjay Mashruwala, Reliance Jio's Managing Director among others attended the meeting as COAI members.

"They have proposed a 100-day action plan," DoT Secretary J.S. Deepak said, adding, "I don't think, in my personal view, someone should go to jail every time a call drops."

Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently said he has an open mind on empowering the telecom watchdog to impose penalties on operators for call drops and poor service quality, but will wait for a formal request.

"If the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) approaches us in a structured manner about the legal architecture we will consider it with an open mind," Prasad told IANS in a recent interview.

first published:June 11, 2016, 11:59 IST