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Telecom sector needs over 4.7 million more workers by 2022, says Telecom Ministry

March 08, 2018

According to the Ministry of Communications, the telecom sector will need an additional skilled manpower of over 4.7 million by 2021-22 over and above the present strength of around 4 million. This is as per the 'Skill Plan' of the Department of Telecommunications, based on inputs from Environmental Scan Report-2016 of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), assessment of Indian Cellular Association (ICA), Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC).

The ministry stated that other flagship schemes of the government like Digital India, Make-in-India and smart cities are also expected to create employment opportunities in telecom sector. Further, it stated that the telecom sector is one of the highly competitive high-tech sectors and is currently going through a phase of consolidation with mergers and acquisitions happening among various companies.

The ministry stated that the government is implementing programmes to improve connectivity through BharatNet, which aims to link each of the 250, 000 gram panchayats of India through optical fibre network that in turn will boost various economic activities in the rural sector. It will also open up avenues for better access for service providers such as telecom operators, cable TV operators, e-commerce companies, among others to launch new services and in turn aid creation of local employment opportunities.

As per data shared by the ministry, licensed telecom operators have jointly made investment to the tune of Rs 10.44 trillion in 2016-17 alone and the sector has attracted foreign direct investment of about Rs 392.64 billion in the first half of 2017-18.


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