- The Indian Government has said that it has asked for the information to check the accuracy of telecom operators’ claim that the scarcity of mobile towers has led to frequent call drops.
- The Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked tower operators to share details of the number of mobile towers installed and dismantled across India between April 2013 and March 2015.
- The telecom industry has repeatedly blamed the call drops on the continuing challenges of installing mobile towers coupled with spectrum shortage amid surging data traffic growth.
- Officials said one of the ways to penalize telecom operators could be to mandate them to give free minutes to customers in lieu of call drops.
- The Minister has further said that the government does not accept that spectrum is scarce, and has asked the mobile phone carriers to improve efficiencies to provide better services.