PAC Raises Major Concerns Over Shared Mobile Infrastructure, Asks DoT take action on USPs

PAC Raises Major Concerns Over Shared Mobile Infrastructure, Asks DoT take action on USPs

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has asked the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to adopt measures to have more control over Universal Service Providers (USP) working in the field telecommunications, specially related to Shared Mobile Infrastructure Scheme.

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NEW DELHI: The Committee in its sixty forth report submitted to Lok Sabha has noted with serious concerns about the deficiencies in the services provided by the USPs to provide mobile services in uncovered areas.

The report said that there were ineffective penal clauses in service level agreement. Similarly there were no clause to safeguard Department of Telecommunications (DoT) against defaulting Infrastructure Providers and USPs.

The Committee desired that action should be taken against those responsible for non implementation of green towers. The Report said that the Committee is perturbed to note that the poor performance of USPs mainly Reliance Communications Limited (RCL), Reliance Telecommunications Limited (RTL), Aircel and Vodafone in commissioning of mobile services at the allotted sites.

As on October 2016, the USPs failed to fulfill the target USPs only provided services from 7065 sites till closure of the Scheme.

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