Reliance Jio has written to the Department of Telecommunications protesting against a tender that invites bids for building 2G and 4G towers, criticising the DOT's decision to use legacy technology in fresh telecom constructions. The letter was first reported by PTI. The tender Jio is referring to, is to build 2G and 4G towers along highways and parts of the islands that haven't been covered by any telecom infrastructure at all. Telecom coverage in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is sparse, and BSNL accounts for most of the wireless coverage. Read the DoT's tender The government's Universal Service Obligation Fund will pay the winning contractor for building the towers. Jio argues that the USOF administration's logic of having to cover older feature phones doesn't hold, since the people in these areas never had any wireless connectivity to begin with. Of…
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