Latest Article: August 24, 2021
Users and service providers are swimming against the tide even after the abolition of retro tax.
Shyam Ponappa | August 24, 2021
This applies across the board in the broadest “spatial planning” sense that integrates housing and land use at all levels with commercial, industrial, cultural, scientific and educational activity, transportation, and all governance and infrastructure: water, sewerage, energy, communications, basic health and education. Infrastructure being the first level of enablement is the essential starting point.
The 2014 Election - National Democratic Alliance II (NDA II)
Previously, India’s leaders acknowledged repeatedly that infrastructure is India’s great need. Yet, they took no steps [exception: NTP-2011 in October, 2011] to marshal forces to draw up a credible strategy and execution plan. This is what needed doing. Only good intentions and/or money won’t do, because delivery systems and processes have to be developed, i.e., planned, and built from scratch.
- July 2014
And it gets worse for Digital India as another spectrum auction augers ill, with high bids (over $16 billion) expected in March, and the attendant deprivation of network rollout and service delivery. - February 2015
...And worse: yet another spectrum auction ends with Rs. 109,000 crore (~$17.6 billion). - April 2015
- October 2016
... And even worse, with a series of annual auctions threatened from 2017! - March 2017
The National Digital Communications Policy 2018 is an aspirational statement with no policy changes so far - October 4, 2018
Big bang changes for Wi-Fi! 5 GHz regulations similar to the US FCC. - October 2018
As the sector stalls, government set to do 5G spectrum auction, wanting more cash when the industry is overloaded with debt! - January 2021
Another ill-advised auction - March 2021. And another monumental failure, neither serving the government's cash needs (too much left on the table), nor the consumers (too much spectrum left untouched).
A reversal (FINALLY!) of the retro tax amendment affecting Vodafone, Cairn, and others - August 5, 2021.