Lava is investing in mobile phone design including setting up a mobile phone design centre in India.
Foreign nationals who do not have Aadhaar will also be able to get their mobile numbers re-verified, but by visiting their carrier’s retail outlets.
Calling Mittal a "friend", he said profits and losses are risks businesses take and it is more important to find out if the country and consumers gained.
Trai has further recommended that DoT should devise a suitable matrix, linking the penalty to the severity of the incident and recurrence of the violation, for imposing financial penalties.
OTT companies' latest opposition to regulation has brought them once again in conflict with telcos which are demanding a level playing field.
Trai added that the inputs received in response to the March 2015 consultation paper will also be considered while examining these issues.
Having such a long, free promotional period, decided by laws of the land in their favour, is unheard of: Sunil Mittal
"The long, free promo period such as Jio had is not common. In Europe or US, it would have been stopped. It would have been seen as predatory," Mittal said.
Jio’s entry in September 2016 with free calls and data tariffs disrupted the Indian telecom space, forcing older telcos to dramatically drop tariffs.
An industry insider said that it was unlikely that the suitors would bid aggressively for the airwaves as there is no longer any spectrum shortage in the country.
The Department of Telecommunications, which said in April last year that all mobile phones must have GPS capability, has now scaled down the mandate.
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