Airtel, Jio and other telcos to invest over Rs 74,000 crore to reduce call drops


In recent times, how many times have you faced a call drop when talking to someone important? It is a pretty common phenomenon these days. However, there is some good news on the anvil. According to a PTI report, the Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan claimed that telecom companies like Airtel, Jio, and other telecom operators are working towards reducing call drops by investing in infrastructure. 

“Telecom operators raised issue of non-availability of sites for installing mobile towers along with some other problems. Bharti Airtel said that they have invested Rs 16,000 crore on infrastructure and will be spending another Rs 24,000 crore. Reliance Jio has said that they will invest Rs 50,000 crore in installing 1 lakh towers in coming fiscal,” Sundararajan told reporters after meeting with senior telecom operators.

Essentially, these telecom operators will add more mobile towers in the future. Even Idea and Vodafone are planning to fortify their cellular networks. 

Sundararajan also stated that telcos have guaranteed that call drops have reduced significantly in the recent past but fading voice calls have become a bigger thorn in cellular networks due to various issues. One of them is the fact that many new mobile phones haven’t complied to certain certification norms. The Department of Telecom (DoT) is looking into this matter. 

Increase in data usage

Additionally, the usage of data has increased manifold. Data usage among consumers is growing at a rate of 20-25 percent every month. Therefore, telcos have all the more reason to fortify their cellular network. 


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