Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Promoting Telecom and Networking Products Manufacturing in India

What is the News? The Minister of State for Communications has launched the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Telecom and Networking Products. What is the objective of the PLI Scheme for Telecom and Networking Products? To boost domestic manufacturing in the telecom and networking products by incentivising incremental investments and turnover. To reduce India’s… Continue reading Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Promoting Telecom and Networking Products Manufacturing in India

Telecom secretary asks C-DoT to work on 6G, launches Quantum Communication Lab

What is the News? The Government of India has asked the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) to begin developing 6G and other futuristic technologies to catch up with the global market in time. What is 6G Technology? 6G (sixth-generation wireless) is the successor to 5G cellular technology. 6G networks will be able to use… Continue reading Telecom secretary asks C-DoT to work on 6G, launches Quantum Communication Lab

Utilize a rear-view mirror for further telecom reforms

Synopsis: Article takes a look at the history of telecom disputes in our courts, which shackled the sector’s potential, and lessons that governing institutions must avoid going forward. Background – Read here: Telecom sector reforms – Explained, pointwise What are some past telecom disputes that happened in India? The 2G case: The 2G case was… Continue reading Utilize a rear-view mirror for further telecom reforms

Cabinet approves major Reforms in Telecom Sector

Synopsis: Govt has introduced a range of reforms for improving the ailing telecom sector. These reforms were much needed in light of the recent Vodafone Idea crisis resulting in a likely duopoly of Airtel and Jio in India’s telecom space. Introduction The Union Cabinet approved a number of structural and process reforms to rescue the… Continue reading Cabinet approves major Reforms in Telecom Sector

A new Vajpayee moment for the troubled Indian telecom sector

Synopsis: There is a need to maintain a robust telecom sector for country-wide access to citizens and for accelerating economic growth. Introduction India opened up the telecom sector to private investment in 1994. But, aggressive bidding by companies to get licences led to financial stress, including defaults. Reforms introduced in 1999 by the A.B. Vajpayee… Continue reading A new Vajpayee moment for the troubled Indian telecom sector

Duopoly in telcom will hurt both consumers and govt

Source: Business Standard What is the news? The government is reportedly looking at a relief package for the stressed telecom sector while also exploring ways to allow operators to pay their dues linked to adjusted gross revenue (AGR) over 20 years rather than 10 years currently. Must Read: Two is too few – Issues with telecom sector Preventing a… Continue reading Duopoly in telcom will hurt both consumers and govt

Telcos need three more bold decisions

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Resolving issues plaguing the telecom sector in India Synopsis: Undoing the retrospective tax amendment affecting Vodafone Group and Cairn Energy among others was an excellent move, and proves what the government can do. These moves must now be followed by further policy changes. A brief look at some of them.  Problems that… Continue reading Telcos need three more bold decisions

Two is too few

Source: Livemint Relevance: Essentiality of Fair competition in the market Synopsis: The telecom sector in India may soon see a duopoly soon. Since the Vodafone Idea is facing various issues to remain afloat creating circumstances for emergence of Duo Poly (Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel). Issues with Telecom sector Declining Average Revenue per User (ARPU):… Continue reading Two is too few

SC lets telecom firms stagger AGR payments over 10 years

News: The Supreme Court has said that telecom operators could pay their adjusted gross revenue(AGR) dues to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) over the next 10 years starting April 1,2021. Facts: What is AGR? Adjusted Gross Revenue(AGR) is the annual license fee (LF) and spectrum usage charges (SUC) that telecom operators are charged by the… Continue reading SC lets telecom firms stagger AGR payments over 10 years