The next step is for DoT to implement the recommendations either in toto or in part, as it sees fit. Given that DoT is currently immersed in formulating a new telecom policy, Trai’s recommendations could serve as input.
Rather than Trai fixing IUC, it would have been better that telcos be forced to come up with an agreeable rate applicable across industry
The call to institute a floor price for data services in telecom reflects a growing aggravation on part of the incumbent telecom operators on dealing with simultaneous and sudden attacks on their revenues streams.
The context of tariff regulation and the principles of tariff assessment are vastly different today from the time when tariff regulation was first introduced in Indian telecom in the late 1990s.
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What sort of environment will we bequeath to our children, and who will decide the political and economic weight we place on the utility of future generations? We can think of two fundamental institutions at the heart of this decision—markets and government.
India’s most recent demonetisation has arguably been more disruptive than the ones carried out in 1946 and 1978 respectively.
The resolution of current impasse will require skill and influence capital of the regulator
The anti-sport culture in educational institutions must go. This will be a long and hard process and needs the collaboration of several stakeholders, including parents, principals, Boards and, above all, the sports bodies
OTT service providers and network operators share a collective interest in ensuring recurring investment in high quality and high speed networks
Multilateralism is central to policy formulation in India and shedding that is going to be difficult
Involvement of the state in markets must be consistent with its capacity
The relationship between the value of the internet and its openness could be symbiotic
It remains to be seen whether payments banks and PPI players essay the role of competitors or complements to traditional banks, or act as both.
India has the opportunity to choose an alternative, cleaner growth path. We should focus on policy reforms that address institutional failures to roll out low-carbon infrastructure.
Trai must unpick the analytics embedded in the arguments for and against Free Basics
The call drop epidemic is symptomatic of a deeper institutional weakness that is manifest in trust deficits
The DoT committee’s recommendation to embed net neutrality in telcos’ licences is a proposal fraught with risks
India’s unique characteristics and huge service deficits make apps an odds-on favourite
India’s telecom revolution is largely predicated on the sector’s independent regulator
We must come up with a solution that carefully balances investment while protecting the internet as a vital political and economic space
The growth dividend for the country from broadband will be far higher than from voice