Shashank Agarwal, Managing Director, Salasar

Over the previous decade, the Indian telecom industry has seen numerous positive turns of events. India has accomplished the second biggest endorser network after China with the all-out number of supporters increasing to around 900 million and asserting a metropolitan teledensity in excess of 140 and rural teledensity of 40. With an expected base of 67 million cell phone clients in 2013, India additionally positions fifth among the top nations in this class. With an expanding cell phone entrance in the country, supporters getting to the web through cell phones remain at 176.50 million.

The Coronavirus pandemic—maybe more than some other occasion in mankind’s set of experiences—has shown the basic significance that the media communications framework plays in keeping organisations, governments, and social orders associated and running. Due to the monetary and social interruption brought about by the pandemic, individuals across the globe depend on innovation for data, for social removing, and telecommuting. Many people believe that telecom has been in a steady upward trend since the dot com boom in the late nineties and are now being revolutionised by an array of new services being offered by operators, such as video on demand, interactive television, high-speed wireless internet access, and ultra-fast broadband. Many of these newer offerings being made by telecom companies are being referred to as “5G” networks, which are set to deliver amazingly fast wireless internet connections, and the ability to stream high definition video.

The next step up from Mobile Internet and Mobile Broadband is 5G technology, which will enable wireless networks to span distances of up to one kilometre. With the incredible speed that this type of connection will offer, it is anticipated that the cost per unit will drop in half, which will benefit consumers very well. What’s even more interesting is the fact that most of the cell phone providers in the United States are already starting to use the technology, and are offering it to their customers at incredibly low rates.

The telecommunications services industry consists of digital infrastructure (such as fibre, telecommunications towers, active networks, and data centres), operators (mobile and fixed broadband, data centres, and cloud computing), and applications (broadband connections, telephony, video, e-commerce, and others). The sector holds promising opportunities for private sector investors. The sector has remained “mission-critical” to keep economies moving under the lockdown in at least three different ways:

  1. Providing business-critical connectivity and resiliency;
  2. Facilitating work-from-home arrangements;
  3. Keeping individuals and societies connected and informed, with access to medical, financial, commercial, and other essential services during mandated social isolation.

Telecom Infrastructure is developing and this is the reason it is seeing a colossal interest for telecom administrations. With development at the centre, the Indian telecom tower industry has cut a worldwide specialist in foundation sharing. By zeroing in on the right blend of skills and business openings, the pinnacle business can drive the following foundation upheaval and understand the vision of ‘broadband for all’.

With advancement at the center, India has been one of the pioneers in detached foundation sharing, which is currently a worldwide trademark. The “towerco” plan of action opened critical increases – from quick market extension and quicker an ideal opportunity to advertise, to opex and capex efficiencies, and offloading capex trouble from telecom administrators. Today, India has 83 per cent of its pinnacle locales possessed by towercos, simply second to China (100 per cent).  And India’s investment in telecommunications infrastructure over the last decade has prolonged substantial involvement in the international market. Above the leadership of international operator VSNL/Tata Indicom, the country has been accumulating an extensive infrastructure of gateways, satellite earth stations and fibre optic submarine cables.