Any reduction of the amounts due would be nothing less than moral hazard. It would be an indication that the government is willing to succumb to pressure tactics and prop up inefficient players.
The report stated that the company is facing challenges in managing its finance because of a large workforce.
"About 2,20,935 subscribers participated in the survey out of which, about 1,38,072 (62.5 percent) have reported call drops," the DoT said in a statement.
Truecaller will allow the bank to use its 150 million customers to transfer money from the UPI or United Payments Interface application of the bank.
The decline in telecom operators' revenues due to falling tariff impacts their capacity to invest and this can also lead to delay in spectrum payment, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
J S Deepak, as the Telecom Secretary, a couple of days ago said the government is looking at making spectrum auction an annual event and will reach out to sector regulator Trai for its recommendations.
Telecom regulator Trai will again begin drive tests in January to assess call drop and other network issues of various operators, including newcomer Reliance Jio.
"Based on a CAG report, licence agreement and extant orders of DoT, demand-cum-show cause notices for Licence Fee (LF) for four financial years have been issued to the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs)," he said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
Telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have relaxed bill payment dates by three days for postpaid accounts following rush at banks due to demonitisation scheme announced by the government.
Cellular operators body COAI has said that actual network-related costs incurred by telecom operators should be used to compute the interconnect charges, thereby batting for an increase in mobile termination charge.
Heeding to the industry's demand for starting spectrum auction from an auspicious date, government has deferred the mega sale of mobile frequencies by two days to October 1.
The Department of Telecom is in favour of giving more penal power to telecom regulator Trai that will enable the sectoral watchdog to impose fine on telecom operators for poor services including call drops.
Rajan S Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India also feels 1800MHz is going to be the key area of interest among the telcos. He says that even though most of the announcements were positive, the government may not be able to rake in a lot of money.
Government has imposed a penalty of Rs 2,313 crore on telecom operators for violating subscriber verification norms till May 31, telecom minister Manoj Sinha informed Parliament today.
Sources say TRAI is evaluating options to make call drop benchmark rate more stringent. In the consultation paper, the regulator may propose stricter call drop benchmark of less than the current rate of 2 percent.
Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha that gross block of investments made by private telecom operators increased to Rs 4,31,597 crore in 2014-15, from Rs 3,65,665 crore in 2013-14.
"Airtel 2G and Videocon 2G are the only 2 operators who need to improve the quality of the network in Chandigarh," it said.
All telecom operators, except RCom and Vodafone, have failed to meet call drop benchmark in Delhi as per a recent test drive for mobile quality of service (QoS) by telecom regulator TRAI, which is seeking more powers to impose penalty on erring firms
"Out of the total outstanding of Rs 54,828.25 crore, the amount under litigation is Rs 44,380.91 crore pertaining to major telecom service providers," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
Calling telecom operators' objection regarding auction of premium spectrum 'paradoxical', Trai Chairman RS Sharma Tuesday questioned their stand as they have earlier blamed government on airwaves crunch for poor service quality.
The company will also explore option of buying or sharing airwaves for wireless services with other telecom operators under spectrum trading and sharing rule as it looks to boost its operations in India, Telenor Group President & CEO Sigve Brekke said.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has recommended a record high base price of Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz for 700 Mhz which alone.
"This consultation is examining the issue of Differential Pricing for Data Services. At the very outset, it must be said that the vague responses and claims made by Telcos with regard to 'Level Playing Field' are irrelevant to this question and can be ignored," Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar submitted to Trai in counter comments.
The regulator issued directions asking telecom operators to "upload daily cell network parameters data to server of TCCMS (Telecom Consumer Complaint Monitoring System) portal of the authority through web-service within ten days of the date of issue of this direction."
"The process of rationalisation for imposition of penalty is under active consideration," Ravi Shankar Prasad said. When asked about the specific time line, the telecom minister said that it will be put in place "very soon".