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  • The Indian telecom sector is on a new growth trajectory. Mobile networks are fast transitioning to 4G. The country is gearing up for 5G services. Fibre deployments are growing rapidly. And new business opportunities such as Wi-Fi, in-building solutions (IBS), active equipment and data centres are gaining traction.

  • The pace at which the country has adopted 4G is phenomenal. It took seven months to reach the milestone of 100 million 4G subscribers, against eight years for 250 million connections on 3G.

  • Data consumption is at its peak and growing further. At 2,360 PB, the country's data consumption in 2018 was the highest in the world. India has become the second largest market for social networking giants such as Facebook and LinkedIn and is soon expected to surpass the US.

  • Data consumption is at its peak and growing further. At 2,360 PB, the country's data consumption in 2018 was the highest in the world. India has become the second largest market for social networking giants such as Facebook and LinkedIn and is soon expected to surpass the US.

  • The massive growth in wireless connectivity and broadband infrastructure is also driving directional changes in the way businesses function across verticals. So much so that it has become a facilitator for digital platforms to displace physical world ecosystems. A prime example is the cab aggregator market.

  • All this has been achieved through the government and industry aligning their efforts towards a mobile-cum-broadband powered Digital India.

  • Concerted efforts have been made to develop a robust telecom infrastructure by accelerating fibre deployment, implementing a universal RoW policy, allowing 605 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi services, establishing a framework for a public data office and removing cascading taxation from the virtual network operator regime. Initiatives such as Smart Cities and Startup India have also created opportunities for telecom players.

  • The most noteworthy development has been the launch of the NDCP 2018. Its impact on towercos in terms of increasing tower fiberisation, rolling out fibre on government premises, streamlining approval processes, mandating IBS, incentivising clean energy usage, and allowing IP-1s to roll out and share active infrastructure with operators would pave the way for transforming IP-1s to network companies (netcos). The policy rightly addresses various 5G-pertinent topics as well.

  • Meanwhile, the telecom industry seems to have achieved the right structure and is slowly finding its way out of controversies and stressed financials. There are signs of recovery - operators are raising capital and focusing on new technology roll-outs or operational efficiencies. Towercos have also progressed in terms of leveraging opportunities such as smart cities, fibre, micro and macro-sites, and IBS.

  • However, a lot more needs to be done. Energy costs should be further optimised through better solutions and business models. The successful tower sharing model has to be replicated in other infrastructure set-ups such as Wi-Fi, active equipment and data centres to ensure faster time-to-market and reduced costs for telcos. There also needs to be a greater impetus to the deployment of next-gen services such as IoT, robotics and AI.

  • The mission of this conference is to highlight critical telecom infrastructure-related issues and concerns for the government and the industry to deliberate on, and assess new and upcoming opportunities. It will attempt to point out the initiatives required to address both supply and demand-side issues, to achieve India's ambitious mobile and broadband targets. It will also provide industry stakeholders a platform for sharing experiences and showcasing the latest innovations and technologies.

 

 
     
 
       
 
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