NEW DELHI: Mobile operators earned a minor reprieve on the penalty for call drops as telecom regulator Trai told the Delhi High Court that no coercive steps would be them till January 6, the next date of hearing on the matter.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) PS Narasimha made the submission before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath which listed the pleas of cellular operators challenging the call drop regulations for further hearing on January 6. The ASG, however, made it clear that the regulations would come into force from January 1 as has been decided.
The operators have sought quashing of Trai’s October 16 ruling that mandates service providers to pay subscribers Re 1 per call drop experienced on their network, subject to a cap of three a day.
Besides Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) and 21 telecom operators, including Vodafone, Bharti Airtel and Reliance have said that the decision has been taken knowing fully well that laws of physics make it impossible to provide a hundred per cent call drop-free network.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the cellular operators, told the court that the penalty is being levied without considering the infrastructure problems faced by the companies.