Just like the great author Kalidasa, before he attained wisdom, had cut the same branch on which he was sitting, we find that LTGs are cutting the telecom companies, over which they operate.
Telecom operators and internet-based apps have been at loggerheads over the issue of revenue sharing. Telecom operators have been demanding that over-the-top (OTT) players that generate huge volumes of data should pay a fee to them for building networks like it is done to build expressways for smooth and fast rides.
India’s building laws do not mandate telecom infrastructure as an essential ingredient before a building can be declared habitable, thereby leading to poor services indoors.
In responses to a consultation paper floated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of IndiaI, telcos have forcefully argued for high intensity OTTs to bear a part of the network costs based on the traffic they consume.
Navigating the challenges in India’s telecom sector requires a collaborative approach between telecom service providers and large traffic applications. Engaging in constructive dialogue and frameworks can help bolster network capacities and improve service quality, thereby contributing to the growth of the digital economy.
As India has moved aggressively towards smart cities in the last nine years, it has become imperative that we bring in standards into the buildings of these smart cities, that enforce access to connectivity.
C-DEP report highlights measures that need to be urgently taken to make India – which already has the capacity far greater than the domestic demand – the world capital in optical fibre.
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