Telecom operators said they are each losing atleast Rs 1.5 crore a day in each state that has seen mobile internet shutdowns, with consumers delaying their recharges for bundled plans with data options and top ups. “A telco loses a minimum of Rs 1.5 crore a day per state if its internet services are shut down. If the state holds a large population and the ban is for a longer duration, then the loss is larger,” said Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). The body represents all three private players Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea. Since December 15, parts of Karnataka, UP, Delhi, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal and Gujarat have seen the mobile internet services shut down, with many districts under an internet blackout ranging from few hours to days. India has been in the news for the large number of internet and mobile services disruption since protests over a new citizenship law – Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) – started few days ago. According to a senior executive in one of the private telcos, when the network and services get stalled, the customer delays his recharges, does not go for smaller tops that… Read full this story
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