Telecom Commission to discuss key issues facing Indian telecoms market

7 Jul 2010

India’s Telecom Commission – the highest decision-making body in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) – is meeting today to decide on a number of issues facing the country’s telecoms market. One topic up for debate is the recommendation made earlier in the year by the Pitroda Committee to restructure BSNL, including the possibility of selling a 30% stake in the stake-owned company via an IPO. The commission will also discuss whether to refund part of BSNL’s expenditure on 3G and wireless broadband spectrum, and whether operators are meeting their rollout obligations. As reported in CommsUpdate on 5 July, India’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is understood to have requested details on network rollouts and commercial launches by those operators that acquired mobile network licences between 2006 and 2008. A total of eleven operators have been told to provide rollout details.