Rate of the call drop in the nation has dropped down by 8% in the past 1 Year and the aim is to lower it additional by analogous margin by end of this year, Manoj Sinha, the Telecom Minister, claimed this week.
“Call drop has lowered by 8% hitherto since we conducted the previous review. We have placed an aim to lower it by more 8% by the end of 2017,” Sinha claimed to the reporters on call drop issue post the meeting. The minister claimed that the last information rolled out by regulator TRAI as well as the study done by the DoT (Department of Telecom) represents an enhancements during the review period on the call drop front.
The telecom minister conducted previous meeting in July last year where telecom providers had set 1 Year and 100 Days plans for enhancement in issue of call drop. “Telecom providers completed the target arranged for them. Within100 Days, telecom firms set up 60,000 base stations (BTS) and 3.49 Lakh BTSs were set up in 1 Year,” Sinha claimed.
The CEO and MD of Idea Cellular, Himanshu Kapania; CEO and Managing Director of Bharti Airtel for South Asia and India, Gopal Vittal; Managing Director and Chairman of BSNL, Anupam Shrivastava; Director of Reliance Jio, Mahendra Nahata; CEO of Telenor India, Sharad Mehrotra; CMD of MTNL, P K Purwar; and senior spokespersons of Reliance Communications and Vodafone were present at the conference. Sinha also claimed that telecom providers are encountering confrontation from users in setting up mobile towers especially in Mumbai and Delhi.
“Even after essential government approvals, telecom providers are not able to set up mobile towers. They are not receiving space to set up mobile towers as needed. Secretary of DoT and officials of other department will harmonize with other departments of the government. NDMC will make accessible buildings of government for set up of BTSs,” Sinha claimed to the media while addressing the reporters about the issue.
He claimed that the telecom providers are encountering analogous problems in various parts of the nation but confrontation is more in Mumbai and Delhi.