Tech it forward
The mobile/digital revolution has been given pace by the rapid creation of huge consumer bases. As intricacy and spread of disruptive tech leap-frog, it is imperative that the resulting sophistication is upheld by unfailing connectivity. As per norms, at worst, call-drops should not exceed 3% of total calls in a network. Even this needs to be improved as we get into more complex applications and higher telecom density. A study shows that call-drops jumped two-fold on 2G networks and by 65% on 3G networks in the first quarter of 2015. Technology—the internet, in particular—has blurred traditional boundaries between computing, telecommunications and broadcasting and this blur will only intensify with all these things increasingly overlapping. It is time that we thought about reevaluating the role of Trai. It should shift its focus from licencing, which prevents it from becoming a true enabler of convergence. Developing technologies must be piloted, nurtured and leveraged to promote growth and, in turn, yield greater returns to the economy. Pragmatic auction-pricing and thoughtful allocation of spectrum, too, has a leading role in harnessing the seemingly endless benefits of modern-day telecom.