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Call drops can invite penalties: Prasad

Tue, Jun 02, 2015, 03:52 PM
New Delhi, June 2 , 2015: The frequent call drops which mobile phone users face today may soon invite a penalty for service providers, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday, while announcing free roaming facility by the state-run national telecom provider BSNL from June 15.

The minister, talking to media persons on the completion of one year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, said the issue of net neutrality was being discussed internally in his ministry and a final decision will be taken soon by the union cabinet.

"Call drops need to get minimised. We are in discussion for a structure to incentivise or disincentivise it," Prasad said, when asked what the government was doing to check this irritant.

The minister said there were many ongoing campaigns regarding the adverse impact of mobile tower radiation. "If someone comes to me with a problem, I am ready to look at it...."

But he mentioned that if people complained about the ill-effect of mobile towers and asked for pulling them down, then they should not be complaining about call drops as both things do not go hand-in-hand.

In April 2015, India crossed over 100 crore telephone connections.

Prasad mentioned that BSNL has installed 15,000 new towers in one year to do away with call drops.

Talking about the controversial net neutrality issue, the minister said the committee set up by the Department of Telecom has submitted reports to the government. "The final decision on it will be taken by the government and the cabinet."
Agency: IANS
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