Lacklustre trend growth calls for attention to the economy, with less distractions, diversions, and disruptions. Government can lead with payment on time.
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.
Previously, India’s leaders acknowledged 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 and needs 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 got worse for Digital India with another spectrum auction [March 2015] and the attendant deprivation of network rollout and service delivery.
...And worse: another auction with Rs. 109,000 crore (~$17.6 billion). - April 2015
... And annual auctions threatened from 2017! - March 2017
The National Digital Communications Policy 2018 is only an aspirational statement - October 4, 2018
Big bang for Wi-Fi! 5 GHz regulations similar to the US FCC. - October 2018
As the sector stalls, government talks 5G spectrum auction, wanting more cash while the industry drowns in 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 retroactive tax amendment affecting Vodafone, Cairn, and others - August 5, 2021.
Spectrum Usage Charge zeroed; past due demands being reconsidered? - October 7, 2021
5G Spectrum Auction July 2022 nets Rs. 1.5 lakh crore (about $19 billion), making that amount of capital unavailable for investment in networks. Allocation of an even larger amount to reviving BSNL and MTNL increases uncertainty of outcomes.