“Providing a revocation list is important to check misuse. If a consumer surrenders a number, the transactional one-time password will go to the original number. There was no way of redirecting and the new user may gain access to another’s identity,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Ram Sewak Sharma told ET.
BSNL has already cleared more than Rs 300 crore to vendors and contractors on account of BharatNet-II, the person said on condition of anonymity. The two companies have also disbursed payable amounts to some circles including Uttar Pradesh (East) and Madhya Pradesh, the person said.
"We have added 18,000 kilometres of fibre in a record time of 10 months with proactive support of ecosystem players including state-run Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) and vendors-consortium which has been delivering well on quality as well as quantity,” Dharmendra Sharma, Director— Gujarat Fibre Grid Network Limited (GFGNL) told ETT.
"Telecom service providers in the private sector namely Bharti Airtel Limited, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea Limited are in complete agreement that TRAI be requested to regulate tariffs by setting a floor price for data services," the COAI director general Rajan S Mathews in a letter dated December 3, 2019, to the TRAI chairman Ram Sewak Sharma said.
Exorbitant prices, insufficient spectrum and newer bands’ unavailability are about to mar India's 5G plans.
BSNL will spend Rs 1,200 crore on network equipment over a two-year period. The telco, which recently received a Rs 74,000-crore revival package from the government, is planning to deploy more than 50,000 new 4G mobile sites at 70,000 locations.
Owing to a tariff hike by Reliance Jio in its voice and data packages, rival companies Vodafone idea and Airtel said they would increase tariff with effect from December this year. State-owned BSNL has also reviewed its plans and is set to raise prices from December, 2019 to beat sectoral stress.
The deferred amounts to be paid by telcos will be without increase in the time period, the FM said.
“Vodafone Idea will suitably increase the prices of its tariffs effective 1 December 2019,” the statement said.
“We want the government to repatriate 550 ITS officers currently being posted in the BSNL and MTNL, and have been offered a special voluntary retirement scheme (VRS),” said PK Jain, president of the ITSA. The move to offer VRS would put an additional financial burden on the financially-struggling state-run telecom carriers.
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