3 industry players are questioning the development of 1 million active Wi-Fi points by September 2019: Manoj Sinha

Three top industry players have submitted a joint proposal to the government to provide interoperable internet and broadband services through a common platform that will launch one million active Wi-Fi points by September 2019, Lok Sabha announced.

"India's Mobile Telephoning Association (COAI), ISPAI and India's Virtual Networks Network (VNOAI) have submitted a joint proposal to the Telecommunications Department to provide Seamless and Interoperable Internet and Broadband Services through of the Wi-Fi Hotspots, "said Communications Minister Manoj Sinha in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

These services are proposed to be provided through a common platform owned and managed by them.

"They have planned to release one million Wi-Fi hotspots by September 2019 under this platform," Sinha added.

In another question, the Minister said about 1,570 complaints about call dropping and inappropriate network coverage were received through the Central Public Disaster Recovery and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) in the telecommunications department between 1 January 2018 and 5 December 2018.

"The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is interacting with Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) and is reviewing the progress of their action plans to address the downfall of their mobile phone networks on a continuous basis," the minister said, and the government monitor and deal with call reductions on mobile networks.

Due to the ongoing efforts, there was a "significant improvement" in compliance by operators with the quality indicators of the regulator's call drop rate service. This improvement is despite the rapid increase in traffic volumes and tougher call dropping rules that have been in place since 1 October 2017, he said.

The minister said the number of Base Station Stations (BTS) installed increased significantly from around $ 7.94 in March 2014 to about $ 20.07 in November 2018.

"In addition, about 9.59 lakh 2G / 3G cells have been corrected / optimized by TSPs during July 16-18," he said.