Raising FDI Limits in Telecom or Rewarding Law Breakers?

THE government’s policies on vital sectors such as telecom have less to do with actual policies for the sector and much more on how to look at financing needs of private capital. If we look … Read more

New Broadband Policy: Action Required, Not Just Wishes

THE most important part of the new Broadband policy announced by the minister of communications and information technology, Dayanidhi Maran is not what it contains but what it does not contain. The contentious recommendation of … Read more

INTERNET ANNIVERSARY

MANY commentators have argued that the information revolution currently underway is as momentous a phenomenon as the industrial revolution. The latter was an integral part of the capitalist social formation, which represented a fundamental change … Read more

Chidambaram’s 74 Per Cent Argument

THE finance minister, P Chidambaram has proposed that the FDI caps for Insurance, Civil Aviation and Telecom be raised to 49 per cent for the first two and 74 per cent for the telecom sector. … Read more

MOBILE OPERATORS CARTEL Will TRAI Act or Allow the Loot?

WITH the increase of cellular tariffs by about 15-20 per cent by all major cellular operators except BSNL soon after they have received fresh concessions on revenue sharing and lower interconnect charges, it is now … Read more

Unified Telecom License: Arun Shourie Vitiating a Sensible Move

ARUN Shourie, the minister of communications has been arguing that the TDSAT judgement on Wireless in the Local Loop (WiLL) cannot be implemented, as it will lead to “more litigations.” This argument should have been … Read more

Poor Teledensity: A Recipe For Backwardness

THE telecom sector, vital for the economic growth of the country is now entering a phase where the well off subscribers bills are being reduced, while the pace of telecom penetration reduces. The last year … Read more

CAS: Deeper Into The Mire

WITH national elections due in a bit more than a year, and elections to the Delhi Assembly less than a year away, the BJP is into full election mode. This has meant being driven by … Read more

Telecom, Power And GATS

THIS year, the Inter-ministerial Conference of WTO in Cancun, Mexico, scheduled for September, is slated to take up the service issues for various sectors. The Generalised Agreement in Services (GATS) was negotiated as a part … Read more

The Telecom Wars

THE tariff order of January 27, introduced by TRAI, imposes steep increase tariffs for most of the fixed line users, which will lead to a long-term adverse impact on telephone demand. The new set of … Read more

Corporate Myth And The Reality Of Television

ON September 7, the world will celebrate 75th year of the invention of television. Yet, compared to the world-wide fame that other inventors such as Graham Bell, Marconi or Edison enjoy, the inventor of television, … Read more

Convergence Bill 2000 Or A Con Job On The People!

THE Convergence Bill 2000 placed before the Parliament is based on the hype that information technology (IT), telecommunications and entertainment industry are merging together. This completely obscures what is converging in the above areas and … Read more