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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


The telecom sector that was growing in the range of 22-25% till 2002-03, has shifted to a higher growth path in the range of 35-40%. Today, India's more than 95 million telephone network is one of the largest in the world and second largest among the emerging economies. The higher growth rate has continued during the three quarters of the year 2004-05 and a point-to-point comparison between December 2003 and December 2004 shows a growth rate of 32% in the number of the phones. The total number of phones has reached 92.9 million as on December 31, 2004. The tele-density has increased from 7.02% in March 2004 to 8.6% in December 2004.

The policy of liberalization and increasing competition in the telecom sector has undoubtedly paid rich dividends. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, has laid down a ten-point agenda. This includes broadband connectivity to all at reasonable prices, provision of next generation mobile wireless technologies, connect ISPs to national Internet exchange and introduce Indian domain name, etc.

The private sector has continued to play a significant role in the growth of the telecom sector. The share of private sector in the total telephones has increased from 39% as on March 31, 2004 to 46% as on December 31, 2004. Of the 16.352 million additional phones provided during 2004-05, about 77% was provided by the private sector.



Inaugurating a federalism conference in New Delhi on Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complained that regional parties and those with narrow, "regional and sectional loyalties" tended to distort the "national vision". (Divide And Rule, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 07, 2007)

As the department of telecommunications prepares to release more spectrum to telecommunication companies, conflicts are multiplying, and issues are getting more muddled. (Call For More, Telegraph, Editorial, The Telegraph, Nov 07, 2007)

It really doesn’t matter whether you are a high-tech worker or a housewife; you could be jailed without even having committed a crime merely because the police believes that you are the person who did it. (Jailed Innocence, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 06, 2007)

Companies have reiterated many times that no other country can provide efficiencies of scale, cost and quality the way India can. (Indian It Cos Grooming Overseas Centres On The Lines At Home, Business Line, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Communications Minister A Raja has informed the Prime Minister that there would not be any auctioning of scarce spectrum, as is being demanded by some GSM operators, even as he accused GSM body Cellular Operators . . . . . . (No Auctioning Of Spectrum, Raja Tells Pm , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Regulation is inevitable in all areas of activity and it should be transparent with rights of consultation for all. (Regulation In India: Inevitable Reality , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

In what could set the pitch for another confrontation between the Left and the UPA Government, the Planning Commission is set to recommend aggressive measures to eliminate FDI limits in several key sectors. (Plan Panel Wants Fdi Cap In Key Sectors To Go, Pioneer, Santanu Banerjee, Nov 03, 2007)

The new Airbus 380 'Superjumbo' has completed its maiden commercial flight and there are already plans to transform the world's largest passenger plane into the pinnacle of private luxury - an executive jet. (Jumbo Transformation, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 02, 2007)

A powerful bomb exploded near the Nepal Telecom office in southern Nepal's Parsa district killing at least one person and injuring five others, police said. (Bomb Blast In Southern Nepal Kills One, 5 Injured, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

The Chhattisgarh Police have recovered a mobile phone from the possession of Narayan Sanyal, the highest-ranking Maoist ideologue lodged in Bilaspur Central Prison. (Chhattisgarh: Naxal Leader In Jail Swallows Sim Card, Indian Express, Nitin Mahajan, Nov 02, 2007)

Market capitalisation is not the best indicator. Nor may Reliance Petroleum equity have been counted properly. (Let The Rupee Go, Indian Express, Bibek Debroy, Oct 31, 2007)

During the 1990s Pakistan’s annual growth rate averaged about 3 percent. (Economic Consequences Of Talibanisation , Daily Times, Editorial, Daily Times, Oct 31, 2007)

Trai has approved the Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) of the three undersea cable owners — Reliance, Bharti and VSNL— paving the way for long distance operators and Internet Service Providers to access the trios’ cable landing . . . . (Trai Okays Cable Landing Rates Of Rcom, Vsnl And Bharti, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

Nikesh Arora, the 39-year-old head of Google’s European operations, got the job after wandering around the British Museum, being interviewed on the move by Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. (Business Big Shot: Nikesh Arora, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

A legacy of political brashness isn’t the only thing UP CM Mayawati wants to bequeath. The grandoise plans, it seems, extend to her architectural vision. (The New Mughal , The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

The only way for the Ministry to address this rush is to level the playing field and organise a transparent auction. (The Rush For Spectrum, Business Line, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

In a significant change of its stance, State owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has decided to ride on private operators’ cellular infrastructure in a bid to roll out its services faster and cheaper. (Bsnl To Hire Cell Towers From Private Operators, Business Line, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

It promises to be bigger and grander this year. Over 200 top information technology companies, 60 of them global majors, will converge for BangaloreIT.in, arguably Asia’s largest IT and telecom annual event, to take off at the Bangalore . . . . (Bangalore It Show Takes Off Today , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

After having expressed his “disappointment” over the fate of the Indo-US nuclear deal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Friday expressed concern over the slow progress of UPA Government’s priority infrastructure projects in power. . . (Pm Reviews Infrastructure Projects, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 27, 2007)

With the political crisis paralysing the functioning of the Government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will preside over a high level meeting of the officials to finalise a strategy for expediting implementation of the UPA's flagship schemes within. . . (Pm To Discuss Upa's Flagship Schemes, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)


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