Over the past couple of months, call drops have marginally reduced, but Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has cautioned telecom operators that the service quality has to improve further. Failing to do so, they will be “out of the sector” where there is an “open and competitive market.” He further said that the upcoming spectrum auction will provide operators with more radiowaves to help improve services and earn more revenues. Also Read - Telecom Minister blames people obstructing mobile tower installation for call dropsAlso Read - Call drops in Delhi to rise as MCD seals 566 towers
“On my first day (in the Ministry), I had said we will see a qualitative improvement in the situation over the coming four months. I can say, the situation has already improved, and it is visible. I assure consumers that in about 3-4 months there will definitely be further qualitative improvement,” Sinha said in an interview. The telecom market is “open and competitive,” and be it public or private – not providing good services will find themselves out of the sector, Sinha added. Also Read - Telecom service providers commit Rs 74,000 crore to arrest call drops
“It is an open and competitive sector. Whosoever does not give quality, will be out of the sector. Often there is discussion that spectrum is less. We will address that with the auctions. To quite an extent, people will get relief from the call drop issue,” he said. ALSO READ: Call drops: Reliance Jio to report operator-wise data
Terming quality of service as one of the key areas that impacts the common man, the minister said that telecom operators are working on improving their services by creating infrastructure and making investments. ALSO READ: Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha to meet telco CEOs over call drops on July 25
“Where the NDMC and the cantonment board are concerned, new BTS have to be put up. Our Department in co-ordination with others have resolved issues,” Sinha said referring to certain areas of the national capital. He exuded confidence that companies will participate “enthusiastically” in the upcoming spectrum auctions, as they will need the radiowaves to offer good quality service, increase their revenue, and maintain a good image. ALSO READ: TRAI launches online portal to check for call drops at specific locations
“With the kind of competition that exists in the market, whosoever has to give quality service will need spectrum. It is required for increasing revenue, customers, for good data service, voice calls, and for good image also,” Sinha said. ALSO READ: Airtel, Vodafone receive maximum complaints regarding quality of services, call drops
“Those who will not buy spectrum, will not be able to meet these parameters. Therefore, I believe people will participate (in the auction) and participate with enthusiasm,” he added. The auction for telecom spectrum across frequency bands is set to take place within a few weeks and is expected to be the biggest to be held in the country.