TRAI fines telcos Rs 56L for call drop in H1

Chennai: Telecom regulator TRAI has imposed penalties worth Rs 56 lakh on telecom operators in the first half of this year for failing to meet call drop benchmark, the Parliament was informed.

According to the data shared by Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) imposed highest penalty of Rs 22 lakh on Tata Teleservices, which is in process of merging its mobile business with Bharti Airtel, in March 2018.

TRAI found Idea Cellular and State-run telecom firm BSNL not meeting the call drop benchmark during January-March and April-June quarter. The regulator imposed penalty of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12 lakh on Idea in first and second quarter of 2018, respectively. It imposed penalty of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 4 lakh on BSNL during the first and second quarter, respectively.

NT Bureau