The panel has also rejected other big-ticket demands such as lowering the annual licence fee and spectrum usage charges (SUC), a senior official said.
“The meeting has been called with all telcos on September 1. The minister wants to take stock of the call drops situation as it stands today,” said one of the officials.
The views – without naming JioPhone – came during Trai discussions around net neutrality and could spark another round of hostilities between the new entrant and incumbent operators.
India is the most robust and dynamic growth market in telecom, the sector is undergoing some temporary stress but it is seeing big time consolidation, she mentioned.
"We have got details from 10-12 companies, four have asked for more time, so we may extend the deadline for all," a senior official said, asking not to be named.
According to senior industry executives, some domestic device vendors are also seeking clarity from pre-loaded app developers about security features to protect user data.
“We have always believed that privacy, and the rights of ownership of data of the owner, that's the reason why we started this consultation paper,” he said.
The apex court said on Thursday that informational privacy was a facet of the right to privacy and asked the government to take steps to ensure data protection.
The telecom department (DoT) typically takes 45-60 days for giving necessary approvals for merger, unless complications or clarifications are needed from merging parties.
To be co-promoted by India’s top telco and the handset maker but not subsidised by Airtel, the phone will be based on the popular Android operating system. Airtel would be able to generate additional sales without having to manage the end-to-end supply chain of making and selling smartphones.
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