Jan 9: The issue of call drops will come up for discussion yet again on Wednesday at a meeting called by the department of telecommunications (DoT) with top executives of mobile telephone companies.
Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, who will chair the meeting, will discuss with telecom companies on what measures are to be taken in this regard, said reports. It was only last year that the DoT had issues a new set of rules pertaining to the call drop issue. Post the meeting with telecom companies, the DoT is also expected to hold discussions with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).
The Telecom Secretary is of the opinion that the department would look to communicate the concerns of the government on the state of call drops and seek the stakeholders to do all they can to address the issue effectively.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had put forth a revised set of rules with regard to quality last year. It had then mooted a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on telecom operators who failed to meet the benchmarks. The set of rules had also stated that the penalty amount would rise to Rs 1 million in case the violation of the benchmarks goes on for consecutive quarters. The regulator had also altered the methodology of gauging call drops from October 1, 2017, the reports added.