As we get more and more connected, networks, infrastructure and devices will be increasingly vulnerable. Data privacy, therefore, is both a major challenge and an opportunity.
Budget 2018: The telecom sector is amongst the highest FDI contributors to the economy (Rs 1.3 lakh crore), and the second-largest investor in infrastructure (Rs 9.2 lakh crore). It contributes 6.5% to the GDP, paying Rs 70,000 crore in FY17 only and employing 40 lakh people directly and indirectly.
Budget 2018: The telecom operators are preparing to roll out 5G technology-based communications services and need an easier business environment to encourage investment, apart from reduced pressure on the balance sheets. Most importantly, the government should re-introduce the customs duty exemption on 4G LTE network equipment import.
The DoT proposal is aimed at reducing call drops. But there is also a need for more spectrum and towers to tackle the problem