Lahoti, who assumed charge at the sectoral regulator Tuesday, told reporters that telecom is a sector where new challenges are coming every day from the point of view of regulation, and one must keep pace with time.
Asked about his priorities for the telecom sector, Lahoti said, “Quality of service (QoS), including monitoring of call drops, and facilitating growth of the telecom sector and providing them a level playing field.”
He added that QoS was a prime goal of Trai.
“Call drops are an issue…Trai has been constantly working on it. This is something where more stringent regulation and implementation is required. Whatever is possible should be done,” he said.
Lahoti added that the regulator will also ensure that the recently passed Telecommunications Act is properly implemented.Trai will also work on improving connectivity inside buildings and how the construction and the telecom industry should work in tandem to provide ubiquitous coverage.Lahoti has assumed charge after nearly four months since the retirement of PD Vaghela. He is only the third non-IAS officer to assume charge as the top official of the regulator.
Amongst the top most on the agenda of Trai will be to give pricing and other details for administratively allocating spectrum to satcom players – after the telecom department sends a reference – which could be done only when a chairman was in place.
During his more than 36 years of career in railways, he has worked in various capacities over Central, Northern, North Central, Western and West Central Railways and in Railway Board.
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