The policy should have some "permanent fixes" for the failing financial health of the sector and the industry cannot be treated "as a place to go for revenue", COAI Director General Rajan Mathews told PTI.
"The timing of the auction should be later part of 2018 or early 2019," COAI director general Rajan Mathews told PTI.
"...Citizens have no reason to panic as mobile towers emit low level radiation, which is within the prescribed Department of Telecom, Government of India norms which makes mobile towers completely safe," COAI Director-General Rajan Mathews said in a statement.
"The audit process by multiple agencies in areas like revenue, billing accuracy and customer acquisition costs can be streamlined," COAI Director General Rajan Mathews told PTI.
The telecom sector‘s woes are expected to accelerate once the Goods and Services Tax is implemented in July. Given that the industry operates in 22 licensed service areas, the industry will be faced with multiple jurisdictions while paying GST.
Cellular Operators Association of India chief Rajan Mathews tells Moneycontrol that the government should stop charging license fees and spectrum usage charges as it is getting money upfront through spectrum auctions.
Re-verification of existing mobile subscribers through Aadhaar-based eKYC will cost an estimated Rs 2,500 crore, mobile operators' body COAI said today, seeking certain exemptions in the process.
With the consultation paper, TRAI aims to bring more clarity in interpretation of its principles as the existing features are not well defined in the tariff order.
On the news of a possible merger between Vodafone and Idea Cellular, Sanjay Kapoor, former CEO of Bharti Airtel says, consolidation is good for the industry's sustainability.
Cellular operators' body COAI has said that new rules on installation of mobile towers and laying of optical cables will reduce call drops, rev up broadband speeds and improve service quality for consumers.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended a penalty of Rs 3,050 crore on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular for allegedly violating licence norms by denying adequate interconnection points to Reliance Jio Infocomm.
The five-day spectrum auction has concluded with government minting close to Rs 65,789 crore lower than the expectation of Rs 1 lakh crore. The premium spectrum - 700 and 900 MHz - did not find any bidders due to expensive base price.
Trai held a meeting with Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to resolve the ongoing dispute over inter-connecting points but COAI, which represents incumbent players as well as RJio, was kept out of the meet.
Incumbent operators have sent letters to the PMO highlighting the volume of traffic originating from Reliance Industries Jio onto their networks, said Rajan Mathews, Director-General of COAI.
Jio customers suffered over 5 crore call failures to other networks in a single week because of insufficient interconnect capacity provided by incumbents, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani had told shareholders at the AGM
The telecom companies in the meeting stated that there has been a significant reduction in call drop rates and that the industry has come up with a new technology to automate the monitoring of mobile networks.
Clearly we'd asked for reductions in overall financial impacts viz-a-viz SUC charge, says Rajan Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
Airtel said it will set aside a certain amount capped at Rs 100 crore per annum for calls dropped beyond 1.5 percent of its total volume, which is 25 percent more stringent than the TRAI's norms which are set at 2 percent of the total volume.
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Cellular Operators Association of India's Rajan Mathews met TRAI chairman RS Sharma on Thursday afternoon to discuss the issue. Mathews said TRAI can look at changes to methodology for call drop drive tests later. A joint team from TRAI and industry will meet every two weeks to discuss the test results.
While telecom secretary Rakesh Garg accused the telecom companies of not doing enough to tackle the call drop menace, COAI talks about the real issue pertaining to the call drop menace.
Call drops may become fewer and consolidation moves among telecom companies get a fillip as the telecom department has given its final clearance to long-awaited rules on sharing and trading of airwaves.
Rajan Mathews of Cellular Operators Association of India says he hopes the final recommendations are approved by the Cabinet.
UK-based telecom giant Vodafone has said the present â€œregulatory challengesâ€ in India are hampering economic development but the country offers good long-term investment opportunities for global firms.
In an interview with CNBC-TV18, COAI head Mathews says tariffs could rise post the auctions as telecom players try to pass on higher spectrum cost to consumers.