Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022
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'MTNL, DTS Should Learn To Compete'

For a man accused of having a yen for populism, Union telecommunications minister Ram Vilas Paswan has been remarkably market-friendly. In an interview to Outlook, he reiterates his commitment to fulfilling the ministry's social service obligations.

'MTNL, DTS Should Learn To Compete'
'MTNL, DTS Should Learn To Compete'
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You’ve given telecom players a host of concessions, the latest being a directive to state governments not to charge them right-of-way fees?

This was something that was decided at the information technology ministers’ conference. The consensus was that no right-of-way fee should be charged for laying optic fibre cables. But the damage caused to national and state highways should be repaired by the concerned basic service operator. It was not meant to be a directive but is a mere guideline to the state governments.

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