Addressing the ASEAN-TRAI program on 'capacity building and sharing of best practices in policy regulation and development', DoT Secretary Anshu Prakash said the sector is also playing a major role in empowering citizens, contributing to better governance and enhancing transparency.
Worried about the future of the public sector entities, the government has crafted a revival plan, including a merger of BSNL and MTNL. In management jargon, the merger could potentially unlock synergies, but unfortunately there appear none on the telecom horizon.
The instructions, from the Department of Telecommunications, Union Ministry of Communications and IT, clash with the recently announced draft telecom infrastructure policy of Rajasthan, which has regulations on installation of cellphone towers near schools and hospitals.
Moving to regulate satellite communication from the country, DoT has given the initial nod to earmark $8 million to state-owned BSNL for the establishment of a satellite communication gateway in India.