GSM telecom operators install 1,29,101 base stations in four months to tackle call drops

By November 2nd, 2016 AT 3:32 AM

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said that GSM telecom operators have set up about 1,29,101 base stations in four months, exceeding the target set by double the number. It added that Indian GSM telcos will continue to make necessary investment to ensure instances of dropped calls are minimized and to improve quality of service.


The COAI statement came after CEOs of telecom companies met the Communications Minister to apprise him of the progress of the 100-day plan and to discuss the road-map for the future of telecommunications network in the country.

In June this year, Indian GSM telecom operators had presented the Communications Minister a 100-day plan in which they had committed to an investment of Rs 12,000 crore for installing 60,000 BTS in the country to address the issue of call drops that was causing inconvenience to consumers.

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The total BTS in the country stood at 13,45,470 with a cumulative investment of Rs 8,50,00 crore, COAI said.

“Most operators have executed the 100-day plan that was submitted to the Communications Minister Shri Manoj Sinha in June, and the results are evident in the decreased numbers of call drops in the country,” Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI, said in a statement.

He said that the industry will continue to invest more and augment its current outlay to ensure that people are given the best quality of service, particularly for those areas where connectivity is still a challenge.

COAI said that telcos are also working closely with all concerned authorities to ensure processes are expedited so that towers can be installed at locations where there is a need.

“We continue to need the government’s assistance for obtaining sites in the government buildings and locations. The problem persists in areas like Lutyens’ Delhi and parts of South Delhi, where telecom operators are working with the municipal authorities to set up more towers so people can experience seamless connectivity in these places without having to worry about bad pockets,” Mathews said.

COAI also urged the government to intervene in locating cell sites on Government buildings and land, Postal Department Facilities and defence properties, as access to these sites still eludes the industry.

“It is this type of constructive partnership that will ultimately address the network issue of call drops faced by the industry and the citizens,” he added.

COAI said that greater sensitization of the MCD and NDMC is still the need of the hour as MCD continues to shut down sites and NDMC is yet to release them to the industry. Out of 115 sites applied, no sites have materialized, it said.

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Colonel Zaysen

They may have but MTNL Delhi has not even installed one tower as problem of Delayed SMS, Call Drops are happening 1/2 kms from Karol Bagh Exchange BTS of Prime Central Delhi. This problem started in Middle June 2016 and still no improvement even if phone kept near Window Sill. On 02-11-2016 an important Bank FI Alert SMS was received only when phone was taken to another room, many people said that they heard a recorded voice “Phone is out of coverage area” even though it showed full signal. This is the reality of MTNL Delhi Dolphin GSM NW as… Read more »

Mitali Khetani

MTNL mumbai should install 3G network at Hira Nagar, Nahur Road, Mulund west. MTNL Mumbai has a low 3G indoor coverage at the above location.


MTNL has the lowest 3G penetration of all the operators. MTNL authorities, when asked, stated that they are not getting permission to install towers. Wonder what COAI and GSM lobby have to say about this.


Once i used to Have their Dolphin network but i throw out phone at 1 time got angry when even just next society have Tower and getting worst coverage

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