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BSNL Loses Rural Appeal

1:45 PM -- Attempts by state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) to reinstate a rural services levy on India's private operators have failed.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had previously abolished the access deficit charge (ADC), which had historically been paid by India's private operators to BSNL to fund the state-owned carrier's rural operations. BSNL claimed these services would become unsustainable without the levy, and appealed against the TRAI's decision.

That appeal has failed, however. For more on the appeal ruling by India's Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, check out this India Times report.

This is just one more example of the infighting that plagues India's attempts to boost rural teledensity.

For more on India's rural coverage plans, see "A Guide to India's Telecom Market."

— Catherine Haslam, Asia Editor, Light Reading


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