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July 18, 2012
The need for creativity and innovation has never been higher.
The telecom industry has traditionally been a significant IT spender, both on the network side as well as the business side. Over the past decade this industry has witnessed possibly some of the most dynamic changes that are impacting various businesses and the general public. Telecom service providers who traditionally carried voice are now handling all kinds of digital content and have become carriers of mult...
July 18, 2012
Impact of the TRAI reserve price recommendations on consumers
The draft NTP 2011 emphasises the role of telecoms in “accelerated equitable and inclusive economic growth by laying special emphasis on providing affordable and quality telecommunication services.”   In light of these aspirations PwC in its paper on "Impact of TRAI spectrum recommendation on consumers and industry" assessed TRAI’s ‘Recommendations on Auction of Spectrum’ published on 23rd Ap...
June 22, 2012
Will an infrastructure RESCO need a battery bank?
The question may sound strange, even unbelievable, given that the topic refers to a model of energy production using renewable energy sources largely for use by telecom infrastructure!!  Sadly the answer is YES. The expectation is that the RESCO, while acting as the producer of energy, must deliver it only when “triggered” to so by the tower company. So what happens when a solar photo voltaic-d...
June 22, 2012
The telecom industry is going through testing times
The telecom industry in India, which till recently was cited as the most remarkable growth story in the world, is on the verge of breakdown today, and requires urgent intervention from the government to prevent this downfall. The sector which has been highly instrumental in escalating the socio-economic scenario of the country to such credible levels, is today reeling under heavy pressure and finding sustainabi...
Tags: COAI | NTP 2012
October 14, 2011
Ecosystem For Integrated Energy Management For Telecom Towers
As the tower industry seeks newer means to reduce cost of operations through optimisation and management of energy, the realization that one shoe fits all will not work, is sinking in. There is no point therefore, in force fitting technical solutions crafted in the past, unless they have the strength of promise to deliver measurable performance outcome savings. It is in this context that a technology ecosystem ...
September 19, 2011
Delaying Qualcomm's ISP Licence : Failing after succeeding spectacularly
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) seems intent on undoing one its most spectacular successes.  Last year, it auctioned spectrum for two important wireless technologies viz 3G and BWA (Broadband Wireless Access), which can help deliver broadband services across India speedily and cheaply.  It was praised for conducting a remarkably transparent auction and for delivering a whopping Rs.105000 crores (ove...
August 11, 2011
Remote Management of Telecom Infrastructure
There are close to 400,000 telecom sites spread far and wide within the country – densely located in urban India and sparsely in the rural hinterland. The ability to monitor, engage and control equipment and its performance is limited not by technology but the inadequate applications. The extent to which technology has been deployed is largely for alarm monitoring which indicates a failure that has already tak...
August 08, 2011
Seizing the Power of Technology
Business leaders in India today live in interesting times. In domestic markets or abroad, businesses are still under tremendous pressure; customers, suppliers and shareholders expect ever faster service, in ever broader geographies; continued economic uncertainty makes the ability to bring new products to market quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively more important than ever. They are therefore transform...
June 20, 2011
DG at telecom sites: Are we managing it well ?
A lot has been written and spoken about the use of the DG as the primary source of backup power when grid fails or is unavailable.  While the DG is indeed that critical but is the management of DG through technology reflecting our desire to keep the run time as low as possible? For a moment let us keep aside the challenge of pilferage of diesel or the energy produced by the DG set itself. We will undou...
June 15, 2011
Green energy must be taken to the next level
The telecommunications sector has been the poster-boy of India’s growth story, witnessing remarkable user penetration over the last decade. Analysts have pegged that with every 10 per cent increase in mobile penetration, there is aresultant GDP growth of 1.2 per cent– leading to the development of other business modelsand improved access to the poor. Today, with around 800 million subscribers, one can c...
May 24, 2011
Will the Ministry succeed in empowering TRAI?
An industry that has rallied over 800 million telecom users and expects to cross the 1 billion mark by 2014 needs a regulator with more teeth. This has been a long-standing demand of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which has not been able to ensure that operators comply with policy decisions. With the new telecom policy under way, the Ministry of Communications and IT is finally consi...
May 19, 2011
Who deserves USOF subsidies most?
  In rural areas of India, population is generally sparse, incomes low and the cost of setting up infrastructure very high. Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) was set up in 2002 to improve the economics of providing telecommunications services in such ‘high cost’ areas. However, despite significant gaps in voice connectivity and virtually no broadband in urban, leave aside rural areas, over half of ...
May 10, 2011
Well meaning but risky approach to telecom manufacturing
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), with reason,  is concerned that very little of the equipment deployed in the country’s telecom network or handsets used by consumers  is developed or manufactured locally.  Manufacturing would create jobs and cheaper local equipment could lower costs of expanding its sparse rural and broadband networks. Given their imminent role in priority sectors l...
May 09, 2011
Renewable Energy for Telecom- Need for a Paradigm Shift
We often find ourselves, within the telecom Industry,  at cross roads to decide whether CAPEX is worth spending on renewable energy solutions and exacerbate our predicament with RoI calculations. 60 per cent of our land mass provides for one natural resource ( the sun ) or the other (wind). Yet when we get to the drawing board we look at “sizing” of the solution based on the entirety of ele...
April 28, 2011
Time to take stock
We proudly talk about the exponential growth of mobile communications in India and yet we know so little about the infrastructure assets we hold. While we built 350,000 towers and counting, their share ability, readiness to support power needs, space availability, reliability and performance of assets- are all but vaguely known to us. Now that we have some time as we aspire to enhance tenancies, it is best us...
April 27, 2011
Android 2.1 – the learning curve
About three months ago, I decided to start using an Android smartphone out of curiosity. I was quite happy with my 5-year-old Nokia N73 but I wanted to get the hang of the open source OS. So I bought a cheap droid – the Micromax A60, which runs non-upgradable Eclair (Android 2.1).  My attitude was similar to learning to drive on an old cheap car – any damage you caused is financially relatively limited....
April 19, 2011
HTC 7 Mozart – Brilliance Inhibited
HTC 7 Mozart is one of their latest, smart phone running Windows 7 for mobile just about launched in India sometime last month. A dream design, the slick single-piece body with a cool battery compartment also housing the antennae is a masterpiece of art. The look and feel is a unique mix of metal, plastic and rubber in one perfectly shaped handheld. Great ergonomics meets flawless design in a device form f...
April 12, 2011
Minister Sibal's Update on New Telecom Policy
  On New Year’s Day 2011, India’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr Kapil Sibal gave himself a 100 days to come with a new policy regime. This would attempt to fix the many anomalies and distortions in the rules that lie behind the recent scams that have marred the many successes of the sector On 11 April  at a press conference, he reported on the progress made. The broad...
March 07, 2011
MWC 2011 – Mobile Convergence Point for the planet
MWC has been a harbinger of things to come, if not for the devices and handsets at least for the mobile infrastructure and network applications space with particular focus on the operators. [Much of the device magic it is believed is lost to CES] – that being the case, it was no surprise that this year’s Barcelona Mecca was resplendent with global bigwigs from the infrastructure space painting the town ...
February 16, 2011
Active infrastructure sharing: Yet to take centrestage
Despite the government notifying guidelines for active infrastructure sharing in 2008, the concept, unlike passive infrastructure sharing, has yet to gain traction in the Indian market, cost benefits notwithstanding. While small beginnings have been made with operators entering into intra-circle roaming agreements, the industry is still evaluating the business models in this segment. However, while in finan...
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