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21 Jan

Digitising India: Hopes, Expectations and Challenges

Digital India

Originally posted on: The Indian telecom industry has an important role to play in fulfilling the objectives of the “Digital India” initiative, owing to the deep penetration of operator networks. However, several challenges persist in reaching out to rural consumers, for both broadband and wireless mobile connectivity. Government intervention is needed to resolve the structural […]

11 Mar

Spectrum auction: Modi government’s approach is out of sync with Digital India plan

*As featured on Economic Times on March 8, 2015 – By Mahesh Uppal By Friday evening, bids in the ongoing spectrum auction had reached Rs 77,000 crore, or over $12 billion. They could rise substantially before the auction concludes. The bids are great news for the central exchequer. Regrettably, the bids also suggest the government’s […]

08 Jan

What to do about Net Neutrality?

By Mahesh Uppal The Mobile operator Airtel’s recent decision – hastily withdrawn – to charge more for internet based telephony services goes against the principle of Network Neutrality. The broad principle of Network Neutrality makes sense. It attempts to impose on internet service providers (ISPs) an obligation similar to the one on other utilities like […]

28 Jul

Economic Times – Department of Telecommunications may use Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s data to reach uncovered areas

“Accurate and robust data will be invaluable to estimate India’s rural mobile coverage. It can also be useful for designing future auctions as it will help specify realistic rollout obligations for telcos that win spectrum through those auctions” Click on the PDF icon to read more:   Quotes from Dr. Mahesh Uppal

15 Jul

Mint – DoT draws up a list of pending policy issues

“They are being a little ambitious as most of the policies have been pending for a number of years.
DoT has taken several ad hoc decisions in a sector ridden by conflicts between major players
pulling it in often opposing directions. The minister has said that decisions will be made on merit
alone. If he is successful in doing that, then there should not be a problem,” Mahesh Uppal,
director with Com First (India) Pvt. Ltd said. “Also, much will depend on whether DoT can raise
funds for its massive plans. This will require it to move faster on auction of spectrum, especially

23 Apr

Fixed Fee is the Fix

On April 17, the Supreme Court upheld the government’s plea that Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) was within its rights to audit the accounts of private telecom companies. The problem with the judgment is not that Supreme Court is mistaken, but that the ruling deals with the symptom of a more serious problem […]

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