Telcos are a way of life in India and if the government wants to see them survive, it will have to give them more power.
The telcos have taken over many functions, from charging tolls to sending SMSes, and they have been making a profit.
However, there are some who are wondering if the telcos are too powerful.
They feel that they have taken control of the telecom industry, which is an essential function in the country’s economy.
So, if they want to take control of our economy, they have to stop monopolising it and give us some rights and safeguards.
The telecoms industry, with about 5.5 crore subscribers, has been under constant pressure from government and the telco lobby to get more power, especially in the digital space.
For instance, in 2015, a government commission, headed by former telecom minister Radha Mohan Singh, recommended that the government establish a regulator that would give greater power to telcos.
However, as of now, the government has not decided to adopt the commission’s recommendations.
“It seems to be an important issue to have this conversation with the government, but it seems that there is still some time before the government is ready to take the right decisions,” said an official.
Telecom regulator Radha Singh (R) speaks to an employee at a Telenor Telkom offices in Mumbai, on June 5, 2020.
(Source: AP) The government has said that the commission is the best way to give more powers to telco and is also being proposed to amend the Telecommunications Act to make it a matter of public interest.
“It is a critical issue for our economy and for our people, who are suffering,” a government spokesperson said.
The telcos lobby is worried about these proposals, particularly when the government proposes to amend Section 144A of the Telecom Act, which gives them a wide range of powers.
Telcos, including T-Mobile, Vodafone, Vibhampati and Idea, have said that this could lead to an arms race, with the big telcos demanding that the smaller telcos give them greater powers.
They also argue that the new regulator could undermine the role of telecom regulators.
“In a democracy, you should not be given such a broad power,” said Anil Agarwal, a telecom analyst and founder of telco consultancy Teleskal.
Agarwal also believes that the telcom lobby’s pressure on the government to give the telccos more power could have a negative impact on India’s telecom industry.
“They are trying to have an economic war with the telcroppers, but they could end up hurting the economy.
This is a huge opportunity for India,” he said.
India is currently witnessing a sharp rise in demand for Internet services.
The country is one of the world’s fastest-growing telecom markets, and this is driving demand for more affordable services like telephony and video calling.
Experts believe that the telecoms lobby could help India’s telcos, but with such high expectations, it is difficult to predict how much impact it could have.
As a result, the teltech lobby is not expecting any big changes in the telecom sector anytime soon.
“I think the government will look at the proposals and see whether they can actually achieve some of the objectives that the companies are asking for.
However it is hard to predict what will happen,” said Agarwals company, Telesakal.