COAI welcomes HC order to deseal mobile towers in Delhi

Telecom industry association COAI has welcomed the Delhi High Court’s order to deseal mobile towers.

The court ordered the three Municipal Corporations of South, East and North Delhi to deseal towers with proper licenses in their areas.

HC also sought an explanation for sealing such towers despite making the payment of full license fee by telecoms. The court directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to follow its earlier orders of 17 October 2014, 13 March 2015, and 1 May 2015.

Earlier, COAI and AUSPI, representing the private telecom operators, moved the court against the MCD for taking actions without due process.

“The decision of the High Court is encouraging and will provide relief to all consumers suffering due to multiple call drops. The sealing of towers was leading to call drops, creating serious inconvenience for the consumers,” said Rajan S Mathews, director general of COAI.

As per the report of the drive test conducted recently by TRAI in Delhi, 523 towers have been sealed in the city. More than 122 towers have been sealed in the past two months alone by the Corporations under MCD.

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