നെറ്റ് ഷട്ട്ഡ to ൺ കാരണം ഓരോ ടെൽകോയ്ക്കും പ്രതിദിനം 1.5 കോടി രൂപ നഷ്ടപ്പെടുന്നു: COAI – ETTelecom.com
Mumbai: Telecom operators said they are each losing atleast Rs 1.5 crore a day in each state that has seen mobile internet shutdowns, with consumers delaying their recharges for bundled plans with data options and top ups.
“A telco loses a minimum of Rs 1.5 crore a day per state if its internet services are shut down. If the state holds a large population and the ban is for a longer duration, then the loss is larger,” said Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). The body represents all three private players Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea.
Since December 15, parts of Karnataka, UP, Delhi, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal and Gujarat have seen the mobile internet services shut down, with many districts under an internet blackout ranging from few hours to days. India has been in the news for the large number of internet and mobile services disruption since protests over a new citizenship law – Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) – started few days ago.
According to a senior executive in one of the private telcos, when the network and services get stalled, the customer delays his recharges, does not go for smaller tops that are important for the revenues. “For the operator, the prepaid customers’ delay hits them,” said the executive. Over 90% of the customers are pre-paid.
The impact though would have been far more in previous years when a subscriber used to be charged based on his or her usage, compared with the bundled plans that exist today, which lock in a specific amount that a user pays to a telco, say experts.
The industry body also pointed to the inconvenience caused to the customers. “There is significant inconvenience caused to the subscribers since it prevents them from carrying out some of the essential services like banking, medical appointments etc. But we are license holders and have no choice but to follow orders of the government,” said Mathews.
On December 19, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court issued notices to the government seeking its views on multiple challenges made on the Constitutional validity of the freshly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which grants fast-track citizenship to non-Muslim refugees who fled to India due to religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The government will have to place its views in the second week of January 2020. The Act was notified in the gazette on December 12, 2019, but it carries no date from when the Act would come into force. This will be notified by a subsequent notification, the gazette said.