NTP 2011: Yesterday’s Scam as Policy Today

THE brand new National Telecom Policy 2011 (NTP 2011) proposed with a lot of fan fare has the same objective as earlier such policies – NTP 1994 and NTP 1999 – how to create new … Read more

The New 3G Scam: Har Friend Zaroori Hota Hai

THE more things change, the more they remain the same in telecom. Even after the massive 2G scam that has rocked the country, more of the same are in the offing. In 3G, various parties … Read more

2G Scam: Chidambaram in the Dock

THE United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is sinking deeper and deeper into mire in the 2G case. It is now clear that the then finance minister, P Chidambaram, had indeed given his concurrence to pegging the … Read more

FROM 2G TO KG: India, Mega Scams & Neo-Liberalism

LAST week we had dealt with the broad issues in the KG Basin Gas scam, in which the CAG’s findings are only one element. In this article, we will focus on what the CAG has … Read more

Arithmetic or How to Help the Corporate Houses?

KAPIL Sibal has now thought fit not only to pick up all the arguments given by A Raja for giving 2G license and spectrum at throw-away prices to favoured corporate houses, but has also added … Read more

The Great Spectrum Robbery: Raja Must Quit

THE telecom spectrum scam is now back in the news with CBI raiding the Department of Telecom (DoT), reportedly at the request of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). The CVC had earlier written to the … Read more

The TRAI Ordinance: Removing Obstacles for the Industry

The BJP led Government has promulgated an Ordinance on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) that creates two bodies instead of one, reconstitutes the authority in terms of members and removes the telecom regulator … Read more

TELECOM BAIL OUT OR A TELECOM SELLOUT?

The BJP government has offered a bail out package to the basic services providers, the circle cellular operators and the metro cellular operators. The package offers conversion of the two years license fees to an … Read more

Predator on the Information Highway

Microsoft Corporation, owned by the information technology baron Bill Gates, has decided to release modified versions of its Windows 98 operating system and other software to comply with a recent court order. A Washington Court … Read more

THE NEW TELECOM POLICY — A BLINKERED VISION

Even after two months of announcing of the new Telecom Policy, the actual policy contours remain totally unclear.  While the basic thrust of the policy has been indicated — henceforth even the basic Telecom services … Read more

TELECOM POLICY — IDEOLOGY NOT REALITY GUIDES POLICY

The Government has at last released the long awaited guidelines on Private sector entry in Telecom. The private sector can now provide a competitive network to the existing Department of Telecom’s  (DOT) network under an … Read more

THE NEW TELECOM POLICY – RECIPE FOR DISASTER

On Shri Narasimbha Rao’s visit to the United States, he carried a gift – a New Telecom Policy which would allow multi-nationals and private investors in the basic telecom services in India. This  opening of … Read more