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IMG on telecom wants tax payers to pay for bad business decisions of Airtel and Vodafone. No wonder India tops crony capitalism index, says B K Syngal
IMG on telecom wants tax payers to pay for bad business decisions of Airtel and Vodafone. No wonder India tops crony capitalism index, says B K Syngal

It is a classic case of Crony Capitalism. When the government gave incumbent telecom operators (Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular) natural resources such as Spectrum at administered prices (at the cost of national exchequer) and their businesses flourished, Indian government was good. When these ‘Czars’ took bad business decisions and lost money, they again wanted the tax payers to compensate them.

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Telecom NewsReduce the IUC: Use pure LRIC methods to calculate interconnection charges
B K Syngal, Former CMD, VSNL

The telecom regulatory authority of India or TRAI has started the exercise of reviewing interconnection usage charge (IUC). There is always a dispute between incumbent and new operators on interconnection charges. Incumbent operators want high IUC as they have been around for a longer time and, thus, have more number of subscribers, while new operators want low IUC........read more
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RS Sharma on the status of Digital India
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R S Sharma
Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

Our understanding is that the implementation of a project like BharatNet should be done by entities that have their own interests in monetisation of the network........read more

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Telecom NewsTelecom NewsIMG on telecom wants tax payers to pay for bad business decisions of Airtel and Vodafone. No wonder India tops crony capitalism index, says B K Syngal
It is a classic case of Crony Capitalism. When the government gave incumbent telecom operators (Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular) natural resources such as Spectrum at administered prices (at the cost of national exchequer) and their businesses flourished, Indian government was good. When these ‘Czars’ took bad business decisions and lost money, they again wanted the tax payers to compensate them....read more
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Pulse M Over-the-Ear Wired Headphone makes music sound deep, clear and full of life. And they look just as lively with a premium white leather and rose gold metal finish design that’s stylish and comfortable...read more

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