Industry body COAI has opposed 'de-licensing' of 'E and V bands' and made an aggressive pitch to the telecom department to allot them to mobile operators for backhaul usage.
Telecom regulator Trai is in the final stage of slapping penalty on operators who have not met call drop norms for the March quarter, its chairman R S Sharma said.
COAI said that issues with Reliance Jio could have been resolved through conversation as lawsuit against the association makes relationship difficult with the member.
Cutting telecom levies to below 10% and speedy implementation of the proposed new telecom policy will be crucial for attracting USD 100 billion investment, COAI said.
In the ongoing war of words agitating the telecom sector, the COAI asserted that its differences were with the telecom regulator and not with any operator in particular.
Reliance Jio has sent a letter to the telecom body to publicly apologise within 48 hours for its "defamatory statements".
Trai termed as "baseless" the COAI's allegations that its orders appeared to be favouring 1 operator, and cautioned industry body against making unsubstantiated charges.
Mathews said that the industry is "saddened" to see that telecom, a bedrock for pushing Digital economy forward, "continues to remain an orphan".
Mathews said the problem is confined to geographical pockets and some companies.
COAI said the proposal to extend payment period for spectrum to 16 yrs will ease cash flows initially,but won't yield any tangible benefits for telcos.