According to Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), the telecom sector has transformational powers and is set to act as a force-multiplier for other sectors.

That said, the government should view it as an essential service and enabler for industries instead of treating it as a cash cow.

COAI also noted that the advent of 5G would lead to growth of technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics. This in turn will help telecom sector also to grow.

As per COAI, given the changing context, telecom sector should be viewed as a different piece, given that it is now a horizontal with transformative impact across sectors.