The telecom industry has been in the throes due to price war since Jio's entry nearly two years ago.
Ola, Amazon, Flipkart found a way to overcome patchy mobile internet connectivity and sluggish data speeds.
The Cellular Operators Association of India, which represents all major telcos, recently urged DoT’s wireless advisor to reduce the clearance process by a third to 30 days.
Trai's plan to impose hefty penalties could raise the spectre of mass litigation and implementation challenges.
Airtel has started offering big discounts to broadband users to retain its 2.5 mn strong customer base.
State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) reported 0.48 million customer additions, depicting flattish market share growth at 9.98% in May.
The COAI represents Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm.
Even as the big telcos step up 4G deployment, brace for 5G and talk of offering fibre-based home broadband at starting speeds of 100 Mbps soon, data junkies have little reason to cheer.
COAI, which represents telecom biggies Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm, in letter to the PMO suggested that the govt “should not delicense but auction the airwaves in the E & V bands”.
The latest round of letters appears part of a coordinated attempt by licenced telcos and internet service providers to build pressure in the highest offices of government.
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