Looks like BSNL has bowed down to pressure from TRAI and Private Telecom Operators and has restored call services from private networks in Punjab, Haryana & Maharashtra. Couple of weeks back, BSNL had disconnected private mobile operators like Airtel, Idea & Vodafone much to frustration of consumers.
According to directive by TRAI dated 25th October – It had directed BSNL to restore the services within 48 hours in the interested of consumers. Although, BSNL did not restore it within 48 hours as directed, today calls from Idea network to BSNL (to & from) have been restored.
Although, there has been no clear resolution on the dispute arising out of non-payment of carriage charges by the private operators, as of now the consumers will not have to bear the brunt of this dispute.
I am not sure if private operators will agree to clear the payments due as put forth by BSNL and I don’t see any straight-forward way this dispute can be resolved. Currently, the regulation provides that a private operator need to pay 35 paise/min to terminate a call in the BSNL fixed line network. On the other hand, the state-run telecom major is required to pay only 20 paise/min for its network calls terminating in the cellular network of private mobile operators.
What’s your take on this ?