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Monday, June 01, 2020

Rajat Kathuria

The writer is director & chief executive, ICRIER. Views are personal.

Telecom operators have regrettably sullied their reputations in the interest of short-term gains
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

When the Supreme Court adjudicated on the definition of adjusted gross revenue, it was in no mood to give the benefit of doubt to telecom operators, even for legitimate reasons.

Dominance in the telecom sector can sometimes mean accommodating opponents, cushioning their fall
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

If the SC judgment sticks, competition will remain debilitated. Moreover, the demands that governments make of the telecom sector could be an enormous burden for Jio alone. Sometimes, to win the war one has to lose the battle. This is a battle well worth losing for Jio.

The revival plan for BSNL and MTNL does not inspire confidence
Sat, Nov 16, 2019

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.

For all its current troubles, WTO may still emerge as the lynchpin of global trade governance
Tue, Aug 20, 2019

A question uppermost on trade economists’ minds is whether the WTO is worth saving. One way to evaluate the question is to investigate its achievements, with the obvious caveat that the past is an imperfect guide to the future.

Government needs to assist the telecom sector to facilitate a smooth transition to 5G
Thu, Jul 04, 2019

Unfortunately, the revenue enthusiasm of the private entrants was belied, not least because tariffs for the new services were set at impossibly high levels. The Rs 156 per month rental and Rs 16.80 per peak minute tariffs encouraged subscription but not usage. Revenues did not materialise and besides, the incumbent public sector monopoly made life hard for the private sector entrants.

Death by Breath
Take a deep breath
Fri, Apr 10, 2015

India is at a crossroads: It can pursue a carbon-intensive development agenda with huge health implications.

Trai and try again
Fri, May 14, 2010

Trai’s recommendations attempt to correct past errors.