Without concerns for customer needs, BSNL went ahead and disconnected the Point of Interconnection between Private Cellular Mobile Operators and BSNL fixed line/ mobile subscribers in Punjab.
Such BSNL action has heavily affected the fixed line and mobile subscribers in the state (Punjab) who will not be able to connect to their families and friends in each other’s networks even in critical situations.
Meetings held with CMD BSNL to resolve the issue remained futile and BSNL has refused to withdraw their notice to disconnect the private operators, even after private operators pointed out that the amount claimed by BSNL i.e. Rs. 165.62 Cr at a pan-India level, is erroneous, inflated and not in consonance with the “TRAI's Interconnect Usage Charges (Regulation 2009)”. Such amounts are far lower than amounts owed to the private operators by BSNL and are even backed by Bank Guarantees from the private operators. Thus no credible reason can be seen for such action by BSNL.
Private operators believe that BSNL has shown callous disregard for the needs of consumers and has no reason to have initiated the disconnection action now, especially when the whole matter of interconnection charges was being reviewed by TRAI pursuant to an order from TDSAT.
Tags: BSNL, fixed line/ mobile subscribers, Private Cellular Mobile Operators, TRAI, TDSAT