Leading telecom operators have committed to investing over Rs 74,000 crore to upgrade and expand their infrastructure to address the issue of call drops, telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said today.
“Telecom operators raised issue of non-availability of sites for installing mobile towers along with some other problems.”
“Bharti Airtel said that they have invested Rs 16,000 crore on infrastructure and will be spending another Rs 24,000 crore. Reliance Jio has said that they will invest Rs 50,000 crore in installing 1 lakh towers in coming fiscal,” Sundararajan told reporters after meeting senior officials of telecom companies.
Idea and Vodafone also committed to increasing mobile towers in their network.
Over the last two years, mobile service quality has remained a burning issue, irking consumers. In 2016, the regulator had even ordered operators to compensate users for call drops (Re 1 for each call dropped) but the missive was struck down by the Supreme Court.
The DoT had, in a series of meeting over the last few quarters, asked telecom firms to adopt immediate measures to improve call quality including setting up additional mobile towers across the country.