Majority of our operators have indicated that 5G spectrum is far too prohibitively expensive and that their balance sheets can't afford this, COAI Director General said.
Mobile operators' association is hoping that some of its long-pending demands will be taken up in the coming months.
BBMP is also accusing telecom operators of resorting to wrong tactics.
BBMP is treating all over-the-ground cables as unauthorized, though the industry had obtained necessary permissions and had originally laid them underground.
Data released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) for the month of November 2018 shows that the newly merged Vodafone Idea continues to bleed subscribers.
The COAI's comments assume significance given that hectic parleys continue between the government and industry over liquidity concerns in telecom sector.
An alternate form for buying new SIMs through a mobile app that will time capture photograph of the persons along with ID proof such as Aadhaar card, voter ID or passport is in the works.
The extension of deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile connections to March 31, 2018, provides an immediate relief to both telecom operators and consumers, industry body COAI said today.
Among five incumbent private mobile operators, only Bharti Airtel added new subscribers in September while the rest lost more than 29 lakh customers.