The Ten Commandments for Telecom Evolution in India.

The Ten Commandments for Telecom Evolution in India.

1.      Scrap Boundaries within the nation.

  • Treat the country as one service area.
  • Allow Interconnects between own and other Service Provider networks.
  • Review NLD policy.  NLD licensing in the present form is an impractical concept and need to have a re-look.
  • Charging Gateways are required to make the Pan India telecom practical.

2. Segregate the business of  ‘Network Operation’ and ‘Service Provision’.

  • These are different ball games. These should work better when conceptually segregated and managed separately.
  • Less the number of Networks, better will be the resource utilization, saving in network costs and better network quality.
  • More number of Service Providers brings in healthy competition, lower service costs and better service quality.

3.   Give the users, freedom to choose and use any Service Provider / Network anywhere any time.

Provide full number Portability by Seamless Roaming with Optimal  Routing in Wireless Networks which could be done straight away in  GSM networks.

  • To enable this, adopt Service Provider based National numbering plan. (Please seemy posting on universal numbering plan  )
  •  Carrier Selection by carrier access code.

Provide Carrier Selection by making the system to ask for Preferred Carrier code ‘Pc’ during Call Set up using Intelligent Networking.
Allow to set-up common Charging Gateways for revenue sharing between Service Providers and Network Operators.

4.      Rural Telecom shall be the joint responsibility or licensed service providers.

  • Make it mandatory that the licensed Service Providers share rural Telecom service.
  • Service Providers shall form a Consortium to set up common network in rural areas by sharing the network cost and revenue.
  • Rural customers get the opportunity to use best network available to him.
  • Network sharing by Service Providers will make the business more viable.
  • On achieving the above, ADC in the present form becomes irrelevant.
  • Telecom services in rural areas cannot be and should not be left as the sole responsibility of any one Service Provider.
  • The now rural networks will later become sub-urban and urban networks, for which the licensed service providers would naturally claim business access.
  • As the volume of other networks over grows the incumbent’s systems, the current form of ADC becomes meaningless or need to be reversed.

5.  Meld Telecom & IP  services to  push growth of Data and E-business.      

  • Open out Telecom to the needs of IP by allowing Telecom Signaling interface to inter-work with external IP servers in PDN.
  • Use User-User-Signaling etc., in CCS signaling for authentication and security.
  • Allow non-commercial users, long distance communication on VoiP networks.Impact of transition from Voice to Data and Multimedia.

6.      Tread diligently in New Generation Network roll outs.

  • Spectrum allocation for 3G needs careful handling.
  • WCDMA based 3G is not very spectrum efficient technology.
  • Most of the 3G services need high data speed.
  • The higher the data rate, lower will be Network coverage area, increasing cost of network. Therefore, most of the high-end 3G services will be available only in isolated pockets.
  • With high cost of user end devices, the Business cannot bring in enough volume to sustain. 3G as originally propagated ended as poor business cases.
  • Need to look in to more efficient and commercially viable technology such as MPLS over OFC for short and longhaul and Wi FI, Wi Max etc. for end links

7. Make Data services available, accessible and affordable to common man.

Current data access charges are too high. It should be less than half the telephone rent when data access is shared over telephone line.
Allow Data Service Providers in Packet Data Network.
Allow exclusive service provider run non- telephony related VAS such as ‘Pay by Phone ‘ products, Charging Gateways etc., in PDN to collect, apportion and share revenue between various stakeholders.
Encourage SME’s to bring in low cost applications and solutions for SMB units in PDN.

Push to implement value added services that can quickly bring in financial inclusion of people in the lower strata.

Universal Money Management by phone

8.      Handle Radio Spectrum issues judicially.

  • Do not sell fresh spectrum for every new technology inception. Auctioning out or permanently leasing out the spectrum will end up in hoarding of spectrum. Allow spectrum usage on revenue sharing basis and insist to vacate it for new technology products. It was wrong to sell wireless spectrum.

and 2G spectrum Scam – much a do about nothing.

  9.   Restrict FDI in Telecom & IP in indigenous manufacturing and R&D areas only.

  • Need more focus on investment in R&D to develop and deployment of indigenous Hardware and Software for Telecom and IP.
  • Insist technology transfer to local companies and revive ITI, States owned PSUs, and other local Telecom & Infrastructure manufacturers.

10.  Give more focus on Quality of Service.

  • In the Telecom rush, QoS is getting compromised.
  • Most of the Service Providers/Network operators do not adhere to even basic fundas of Telecom practices and performance parameters.
  • Service Providers push to sell with no matching network capabilities.
  • Features and data speed being promised in the data services are rarely realized
  • In the face of fierce competition, at the purchase, setting up and for the operational levels, Quality is compromised to keep the cost low. This need to change ——————–

Author: P.Abraham Paul  Twitter  PA_Paul


About Abraham Paul

Vision & Objective: Telecom has always been the passion of my life. After 60 years of outstanding career and many personal contributions to the industry, I still have same urge, and desire to give back to the industry, the abundant experience, knowledge and potential acquired, by providing consultancy service to forward looking enterprises and entrepreneurs in Legacy and New generation Telecom & IT in the areas of Business Management, Technology, Engineering and Services. Apolitical and religiously unbiased.
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