Telecom representative bodies COAI and Auspi today expressed concern over the recent tower sealing drive undertaken by the Noida Authorities.

GSM umbrella body Cellular Operators Association (COAI) and the CDMA counterpart Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers (Auspi) said the move would affect the citizens adversely.

Being the backbone of telecom infrastructure, sealing of any tower breaks the link in the chain leading to call-drops and blackouts and complete breakdown of communication services, COAI officiating director general TR Dua said in a statement today.

The action was taken against service providers who installed towers without requisite permission. There are about 400 mobile towers in Noida and over 100 towers have been sealed so far.

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