PM intervenes in call drop issue, asks official to solve it on ‘urgent basis’

Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi himself has finally intervened in the call drop issue, citing it as ‘an issue that affects the common man’ and asked officials to address the problem on urgent basis.


The direction was given in a high-level meeting chaired by PM to review the progress of digital and rural infrastructure, besides connectivity. “He directed that steps be taken urgently to resolve the problem, and also to ensure that the problems in voice connectivity do not extend to data connectivity in future,” an official statement from Prime Minister’s Office said.

PM has asked the officials to explore every possibility of leveraging existing resources including railway and other communication infrastructure, to provide mobile connectivity in remote parts of the country. He also asked the officials to provide electricity to all unconnected villages in the country within 1,000 days, as he mentioned in his Independence Day address.

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“He emphasized that targets for digital infrastructure should be synchronized with the targets for the Digital India initiative,” the statement read. PM directed the departments to monitor progress on real-time basis.

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Chiranjeev Mishra
August 26, 2015 10:39 am 10:39 AM

I salute to Hon’ble PM on his remarks on poor connectivity & call drops. I urge to the department to install mobile tower in our areas i.e. Village Kalhera, P.O. Gander (Marera) Tehsil Jaisinghpur, Distt. Kangra (H.P.) so that this problem could be sort out at the earliest.

August 26, 2015 8:52 am 8:52 AM
Accept it or not but private operators are deliberately getting into cheap tactics of call drop. They disconnect calls themselves or your voice will not reach others in first call. I have many examples where in a particular area there was not call drop before when customers were more and now when it is less and network still the same call drops are on increase. Specially I found this with AVoId and not Reliance, Tata and Videocon here. AVoId is playing this game so that Govt rule in favor of increased radiation levels and let companies take it upto the… Read more »
August 26, 2015 12:09 am 12:09 AM
Operators will continue blaming ARPU for their poor QOS. Call drops – FUP’s- Slow internet speeds etc will be here to stay until strict actions are taken against them by the governing bodies. The scaling down and cancellation of new operators in different circle reduced competition for the AVOID group. Their unified pricing strategy has given them oodles of profit and limited choices for their customers. I still dont understand why TRAI cant stop some of COAI’s ridiculous stuffs like Post FUP speeds (like 30 kbps), take back spectrum (3G/4G) from operators who have failed to upgrade/ cover villages and… Read more »
Sanjit roy
August 26, 2015 1:19 am 1:19 AM

@vipin-bro there are lot of idiots who will not let operators to install cell sites near their residence or office, as we know data/voice traffic cannot be handled by only spectrum it needs adequate numbers cell sites. Now tell me what to do about those idiots??

August 26, 2015 4:41 am 4:41 AM
@sanjith . Yes, Correct. people are concerned about the radiation levels, so they protest about installing new BTS. But, the operators always have an option to use the exsisiting infrastructure to enhance coverage. They can get into mutual tower sharing agreements. Why cant they form such an agreement with BSNL who have cell sites almost everywhere? It will bring in more revenue to already struggling BSNL and will be benefitial to both the parties. Also there was an article on TT about micro cell sites and signal boosters. If the operators can provide signal boosters to privileged customers this problem… Read more »
August 26, 2015 4:43 pm 4:43 PM

Well said…
Bsnl ask huge amount for tower sharing …so that other operators r not interseted in sharing with bsnl….
As said above some residents idiots dont allow for fresh tower construction….in trivandrum many jio 4g towers are on half build stage due to this idiots…govt should support these tower companies becoz they r spending much on these construction and for leasing…

Madhan kumar
August 27, 2015 3:45 am 3:45 AM

@Firoz: I don’t know what makes you to think that Bsnl asks huge amount for its Tower Sharing Deal with Private operators.Can u see these Avoid Fraud Looting group is earning more & more profit with day by day increasing revenues so all I could say is that there’s nothing wrong in Bsnl asking huge amnt from those always earning looting private fraud operator’s in order to revive from it’s loses!