Of course. First and the foremost. We lack a credible infrastructure to speak off. Telecom equipment could have sparkled a “revolution”; got the manufacturing instead of services job in the economy. Detractors to this statement would allege, for obvious reasons that jobs are nevertheless being created; but it is the manufacturing that counts for a robust economy. This has been mentioned in the previous posts so I wouldn’t comment on this issue again.
In the same vein, broadband has been given a complete miss. In some recent telecom conference, the same issue was raised with assholes patting themselves on their back about “mythical 100 million” users. Telecom is a very dynamic field; it is impossible to nail down the exact number of subscribers unless you have strict defined criteria for what constitutes an active connection and the user who has fallen off the grid. Nil. Nada.
3G has been a monumental waste of resources (indirectly your money, you assholes); for all your crowing about the “world class data services”, these companies are sticking up a sore thumb up your ass. In terms of indirect taxes, huge mark ups on the tariff plans, advertising costs and pathetic end result to consumers (who likes caps on the broadband, you sissies), consumer is the end looser.
The reason why everyone jumped on the “3G bandwagon” was because of spectral efficiencies and not otherwise. No one likes dropped calls; 3G is going to ameliorate that. This also gave the companies a reason to upgrade their ancient infrastructure and opening up the backdoors for “real time snooping”.
Hence, these three issues are the most “rattling issues”, in my opinion. They are unlikely to be addressed in fancy documentations, “think tanks”, myriad “research firms” and others because none of them seem to have a fundamental grasp on the issues. So for all those morons who whimper on the forums about “lack of services”, you are unlikely to see any major change coming this year either.
- TRAI proposes Rs.1-lakh cr infrastructure investment (hindu.com)
- India telecom changes proposed (bbc.co.uk)
- India min says M&A norms for telcos need to be liberal (reuters.com)
- India’s former telecom minister officially charged (marketwatch.com)
- Is the telecom party in India over? (trak.in)
- ‘Raja manipulated Telecom Commission’ (hindu.com)
- Mobile Fair-India telecoms gear boom seen surviving scandal (reuters.com)