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Trai plans test drive to monitor call drops

24 September 2015

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will start testing mobile phone networks in the national capital and Mumbai from 28 September to ascertain whether operators have taken measures to address the issue of dropped calls.

The Trai has also floated a discussion paper and had discussions with CEOs of telecom operators in this regard, chairman R S Sharma said on Wednesday.

After meeting the CEOs of telecom companies on 9 September, the regulator had given 15 days' time to the telecom operators for taking steps to address the call drops problem.

''It (test drive) should take four to five days in Delhi and Mumbai, we will start on 28 September,'' Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.

 ''We had circulated the consultation paper. The first round of consultations was completed on 21 September and now for one week, it will be open for counter comments. On 28 September, the counter-comments part will also be closed,'' Sharma said.

Trai would then hold open house discussion on 1 October. ''Thereafter, we will take about a week or so to come out with the final policy, which should be around middle of October,'' he said.

When asked about Trai's view on the call drops issue, Sharma said it has no opinion as of now.

''Trai will actually go by the opinion of people and stakeholders. Thereafter, it will have its opinion and exercise its opinion only after considering the opinions of everybody,'' he added.

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