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TRAI fixes time limit to provide leased lines

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NEW DELHI, Aug. 16

THE Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked

telecom service providers to give leased lines, including local, domestic and international, to applicants within 4-12 weeks.

TRAI said in a directive to service providers, including BSNL, MTNL and VSNL, that local leased lines should be provided within four weeks and national lines in eight weeks, after the requisite payment has been made.

For international lines (IPLC and lease line ports) the maximum time limit is 12 weeks, TRAI said in a statement here.

The maximum time limit for indicating technical non-feasibility is four weeks for international leased line and two weeks for local and national leased lines.

The TRAI directive has included a provision that all the cases of technical non-feasibility and the cases where the time limit is likely to be exceeded than the one prescribed, are to be referred to the high-level expert committee working under TRAI.

This committee will examine the reasons for the delay and fix a realistic time-limit, taking into consideration the technical problems encountered in providing the leased lines.

TRAI issued the directive after conducting a survey among various Internet service providers and users, which showed that one of the problems they face in rolling out and expanding ISP networks is the unavailability of and delays in obtaining leased line s.

TRAI said the issue of time-frames is expected to reduce these problems faced by ISPs and other service providers.

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