TRAI slams BSNL over poor interconnection

4 Jul 2006

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has chastised state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for failing to provide sufficient points of interconnection (PoIs) to private mobile operators, resulting in high levels of congestion and poor quality service. TRAI secretary Rajendra Singh sent a ‘strongly worded letter’ to BSNL chairman AK Sinha saying that the number of congested PoIs increased from 336 in January 2006 to 517 in April. The regulator has already warned a number of operators over their poor interconnect facilities, issuing notices to private operators including Bharti Airtel and Reliance Infocomm in May, but BSNL has now been singled out for special criticism for its ‘extremely high level of congestion’.