27 November, 2020

"TRAI's Teeth Will Be To Chew, Not Bite"

The TRAI chairman, who has to take crucial and contentious decisions like the final abolition of the ADC, on the challenges facing him.

Tribhuvan Tiwari
"TRAI's Teeth Will Be To Chew, Not Bite"
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A 1967 batch IAS officer, Nripendra Mishra is the first TRAI chairman with a sound knowledge of the telecom sector and earlier stints as chairman, Telecom Commission, and secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT). During the former TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal's tenure, the regulator and the DoT fought on most issues. Mishra is expected to make a difference in this area. He has worked closely with Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran as well as private operators on key policy initiatives like broadband. But Mishra has to take crucial and contentious decisions like the final abolition of the Access Deficit Charge (ADC) that will hurt BSNL badly. Excerpts from an interview:

Over the past few years, TRAI has announced a slew of recommendations but little action has been taken on them. What role do you foresee for TRAI?
I would beg to differ. I think a lot of decisions have been accepted and implemented. For example, the ADC regime has been adopted. Then you have the Quality of Services standards which have been fully adopted by the service providers and...
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