TRAI has enough powers: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Telecom Minister has written a letter stating that TRAI has enough powers to regulate telecom service providers already.

The latest development in the call drops issue, is that the Telecom Minister has written a letter stating that TRAI has enough powers to regulate telecom service providers, and more powers are not needed at this juncture, according to media reports. Just over ten days ago, Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that he had an open mind to consider giving more powers to TRAI, if TRAI approached him with a well thought of and structured plan of action.

TRAI had asked for penal powers to tackle the call drops issue and protect the rights of the consumers at the start of this month. The TRAI and the telecom industry are locked in a battle over the call drops issue since last November 2015. As of now, the TRAI wants more powers to impose penalties on telecom service providers, which is something that the cellular operators are not happy about.

According to a report in the Hindu, Telecom Secratary J S Deepak has ruled out imposing penalties on telecom service providers as the one and only solution for the increased frequency of call drops. Fears of radiation leads to disruptions in service, and development projects frequently end up cutting the cables for transferring cellular data through backhaul networks. TRAI itself is solving these problems with a consultation paper on in-building access to telecom service providers. This is a national policy that will regulate installation of cellular towers in dense urban environments, removing a number of on ground disruptions to the service.

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