Gear makers such as Nokia and Huawei say wider consultations are needed before finalising the policy as they have already invested millions of dollars and are hoping to put in more money and export from India.
“It may be a better option that any further discussion on the issue (floor tariff) is held after the lockdown is completely lifted and normalcy is restored,” Sharma told ET, virtually ruling out an online open house discussion on the issue, and thus, an early decision on the contentious issue.
Telecom secretary Anshu Prakash held a meeting with all the carriers and infrastructure providers to list out all the sites where the towers are down, fibre has been cut and sought to know how many of those can be repaired in next 24 hours. Prakash asked Airtel and Vodafone Idea to get 1,000 sites working in next 24 hours, said industry executives.
The US-based company, as a part of its study interacted with as many as 200 chief executives and chief information security officers across industries such as finance, retail and healthcare, and found areas of disconnect between business and security leaders.
Telecom companies have urged the government to allot necessary 5G bandwidth for free to augment wireline connectivity in the wake of a surge in demand for data and voice services amid the lockdown forced by Covid-19.
RS Sharma rebuffed the telecom industry's demand to speedily set a floor price for services.
Sandeep Aggarwal, chairman of the telecom committee of the PHD Chambers of Commerce & Industry and co-chairman of Tepc said while the government’s decision might help local electronic equipment companies, tenders worth Rs 200 crore and below in the Indian Railways and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) are very few.
The headcount has now come down from more than 1,000 employees a year ago, with the majority of job cuts in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak that forced shutdowns in the February-April period. The headcount comprises staff on the company’s rolls as well as those on contract and outsourced manpower.
The Indian unit of Fiberhome, a Wuhan-based producer of fibre optic, had in mid-2019 bagged a pan-India fibre-based network programme contract from PGCIL that aims to offer broadband services and resell bandwidth to public departments.
The survival of homegrown telecom gear makers and suppliers has once again come under the cloud with a few firms mulling layoffs following the non-payment of their outstanding.
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