No discrimination between telecom companies: Minister

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New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) The government does not discriminate between telecom service providers and stays totally unbiased in its policies towards the sector, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha told a team from the mobile operators’ association here on Friday.

“We don’t discriminate among telecom companies. We are also not biased towards any company,” he reiterated to newspersons after meeting the operators.

The chief executives of top telecom firms that are members of the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) called on the minister and Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak to raise their concerns over alleged favouritism towards new players in the sector.

The meeting came a day after a rather unprecedented move, where the association even wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office complaining about the industry watchdog and contending that some of its moves discriminated against existing players.

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The letter came after a similar missive to the Department of Telecom (DoT) that also specifically alleged that Reliance Jio has launched a full commercial service in the garb of test runs, while expressing concern over some consultation papers floated by the watchdog recently.

Jio has countered the claim, saying its tests are bona fide and aimed at delivering high-quality service.



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