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DoT discusses network roll-out issues with telcos

Operators have been asked to submit their views by tomorrow afternoon

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A day after the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) deferred a decision on network roll-out obligations, the Department of Telecom today discussed the issue with leading telecom operators like Airtel, Vodafone, and MTS.

According to official sources, "EGoM wanted that we should look at possibility of enhanced roll-out obligation. EGoM wants operators should cover 20% of block level headquarters by the end of second year and 30% by third year."

Operators have been asked to submit their views by tomorrow afternoon, the sources added.

Telecom companies, whose licences were cancelled, have been opposing network roll-out condition recommended by Trai and this issue was one of the agendas for EGoM meeting held yesterday.

However, the EGoM deferred decision on network roll-out obligations.

Today's meeting was attended by Uninor Managing Director Sigve Brekke, India President and CEO Vsevolod Rozanov, India Resident Director T V Ramachandran, and representatives from Airtel, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications, they added.

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