Ministry will change the digital profile of India, steps to penalize telecom companies for call drops: Ravi Shankar Prasad

ravi-shankar-prasadIn an interview to Economic Times, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Ministry is considering the call drop issue as priority and hence, taking into account a system of ‘disincentive’ to telecom operators in case of call drops.

“EMF (electric and magnetic field) radiation scare is one big factor, which is affecting the quality. To improve call drops, we need to install more BTS (base transceiver station). Consumers and consumer activists must understand that,” Minister said pointing to the radiation arguments occurring around. He also reiterated his statement that the towers are safe, which he claimed on the basis of studies from World Health Organization.

In addition, Prasad said that the Ministry will focus on Right of way and installation of BTS, as the development of country strongly lies in the improved internet penetration. “Government is trying to improve the penetration to 50 crore from the present 30 crore in next two years,” he said.

The department will take spectrum sharing guidelines to the Cabinet by June-end. Prasad denied any rumors of spectrum scarcity and assured that more spectrum auctions will be followed.

As a next year focus, the Government will work on improving the quality of BSNL and MTNL. To discuss on NOFN (National Optical Fibre Network), the IT Ministers and secretaries will meet on May 29. “The idea is to have at least four or five fibres for government to deliver e-governance, equal amount of fibre pipes for BSNL and another four or five for private players,” Minister summarized.

With the help of State government, Ministry is trying to encourage rural BPOs. Mode of incentives will be worked out to improve the same. Overall, according to Prasad, the aim of Telecom Ministry is to change the digital profile of the country.

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sanjit roy
May 25, 2015 11:12 pm 11:12 PM
Citizens of India wants zero call drops good coverage high speed data, but when it comes to installation of new cellsites or laying of fiber optic cables near their residence/office then we will not let it happen and only start blaming the operators and ministers for call drops slow data speed and weak coverage. I must say their are peoples like from the jholawaala civil society who are accusing operators for radiation they should stop using cellphones before accusing operators. I know many of us will not agree with me, but this the truth and will continue to happen in… Read more »
May 26, 2015 8:07 am 8:07 AM

I fully agree only mobile rowers radiate? every electronic equipment in our house radiate like TV ,ovens,tubelight etc.Its just someone needs some attention they are creating this qs a helath hazard there are more things to do the dumping yards near residental places are more harmful.

People of india wake up. And stop getting the wrong number

May 25, 2015 5:29 pm 5:29 PM

TT Friends! I dont think he is using any mobile phone probably his PS/PA or family/friends are using it regularly and it is they who are having the feel of of “Call drops” and he(ravi) gets frowned upon regularly by his near and dear ones thats why he is so much concerned on “Call drops” other than this he wont give a shit to citizen’s problems.

sanjit roy
May 25, 2015 10:45 pm 10:45 PM

@Shreyas: Do u know him personally? Because u are so aware that he dont even use a cellphone! If u would become the TM of India then r u capable to stop the call drops within a year?? Plz reply!!

May 25, 2015 4:54 pm 4:54 PM

Instead of penalizing telecom companies for call drops the governament should penalize the

ISP for not providing 2Mbps minimum broadband speed as per TRAI’s guidelines by 1 January