TV Ramachandran

Articles By TV Ramachandran

49 Articles

Broadbanding India needs changed mindsets

For a bright spectral and digital future, what India direly needs is a drastic change in mindsets to recognise that spectrum is a powerful resource for public good

India News

Net neutrality, digital access, and Trai: Will innovation and the real end-users win?

The telecom regulator, Trai, has launched the second, and hopefully, final phase of its net neutrality consultation, more than two years after the commencement of formal regulatory and policy discussions on the subject.

Opinion News

Spectrum auction 2016: A great outcome on holdings; here’s why

India has never before witnessed a bigger or more complex auction (this was for 2355 MHz) nor such a varied set of spectral offerings (as many as seven different bands). It had appropriately been termed by...

Opinion News

The interconnection row: Recalibrate termination charges

It should reflect the economics of expanding networks aggressively to connect the unconnected

The interconnection row: Recalibrate termination charges

Column: Equal is not necessarily equitable

Blanket ban on discriminatory tariffs as bad as carte blanche sanction; developed countries take case-by-case calls.

Opinion News

White-Fi band & Satya Nadella visit: Digital India can ill-afford to give away precious UHF spectrum for wi-fi

The latest traveller by this road is Tim Cook, who, liberally scattering praise for India, hinted at iPhone manufacturing in the country.

satya nadella in mumbai News

More mobile towers essential to reduce cellphone radiation. Here’s how

Better signal reduces electric and magnetic field (EMF) exposure, improves optimal functioning of mobile phones

Opinion News

Column| DIPP’s IPR consultation: Trying to fix what is not broken

The above highlights a key issue with respect to SEPs, which was at the core of the Ericsson dispute with some local OEMs.

Column| DIPP’s IPR consultation: Trying to fix what is not broken

Trai shows the expressway to broadbanding India

BharatNet as the prime engine of Digital India can be a potential GDP multiplier—it can add between $36 billion and $72 billion to India’s GDP in the coming years

Opinion News

Column: Undermining a good regulatory system

Trai is being subverted by a tactic of pressurising adopted by some telecom stakeholders

Column: Undermining a good regulatory system

Digital India needs reforms in satellite communications

With the liberalisation of satellite communication, the first phase of broadband deployment under Digital India is possible for all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in just 12-18 months

Opinion News

Data pricing: Differentiation isn’t discrimination

Sub-Saharan Africa, the Philippines, etc, have all adopted zero-rating and witnessed increased internet penetration

mts News

Wide open spaces of Indian White Space spectrum

There is hardly any White Space spectrum in Band IV in lower UHF in India. Instead, there is a vast expanse of ‘non-white’ spectrum—one could call it regular spectrum

Opinion News

Mobile radiation may cause no harm

Some studies point at certain benefits of exposure to low doses of ionising radiation. In this backdrop, non-ionising EMF radiation could be entirely safe.

Mobile radiation may cause no harm

The great Indian myth of mobile tower ‘radiation’

Radio frequency radiation from mobile towers and phones is minuscule—one-thousandth to one-millionth of an eV! It means mobile tower radiation is lakhs of times weaker than X-rays or UV rays, even visible light

The great Indian myth of mobile tower ‘radiation’

Column: Call drops – Blame it on spectrum policy

India’s EMF radiation limits, too, are a significant factor affecting network quality

Column: Call drops – Blame it on spectrum policy

Spectrum sharing rules: A missed opportunity

The recently announced guidelines are disappointing; the telecom minister’s indication of a review of cap rules is welcome

Opinion News

Column: Tune policy to spectrum dynamics

Fragmented spectrum harms both consumers and the nation. Too many operators cause poor spectrum usage

Column: Tune policy to spectrum dynamics

Column: Net neutrality recommendations: DoT diktats too harsh on telcos

Curbing collaborations between telcos and content-providers will harm consumers’ interests

Telecom budget News

Net neutrality: Digital India needs a local avatar

It would be retrograde for India’s economic development if a westernised version of net neutrality is imposed

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Who’s afraid of the ‘never-was-neutral’ net neutrality?

We need a balanced consumer-friendly approach, not a net neutrality diktat

Who’s afraid of the ‘never-was-neutral’ net neutrality?

Spectrum auctions 2015: A resounding success or a Pyrrhic victory?

Trying to maximise revenue from auctions chokes the other revenue streams and larger potential economic benefits

Spectrum auctions 2015: A resounding success or a Pyrrhic victory?