#BoycottJio Controversy: No More Than A Storm In A Teacup

On October 9, 2019, I noticed my Twitter timeline was abuzz with a hashtag, #BoycottJio. Until then, I hadn't heard about the announcement by Reliance Jio to charge users 6 paise per minute for voice calls made to other networks.…

One Year On, What’s Plaguing Digital India’s Success?

aPM Narendra Modi’s highly ambitious Digital India Program completes a year of its existence today. In the last one year, several initiatives were announced by the government – from the launch of MyGov.in portal to BharatNet and E-sign to Wi-Fi…

Telecom Firms To Save Rs 150 Cr For Every 10-bp Dip in SUC

The three per cent telecom spectrum usage charge (SUC) for the forthcoming auctions will bring down the weighted average rate from the current 5.1 per cent  for telecom companies. According to ICRA estimates, the sector will save annual revenues of Rs…

Slow broadband threatens Modi’s Internet vision

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to herald a broadband revolution through its ambitious Digital India initiative aimed at providing government services online to citizens nationwide by 2019. It may be setting its sights too high. In addition…

Five ways to resuscitate BSNL!

On the back of Rs 1,000 crore investment in network upgradation, a new CMD at the helm, a cut in mobile tariffs, and the inauguration of next generation network (NGN) technology launch, struggling state-run telco BSNL is leaving no stone…