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Those Dropped Calls

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Sep 04, 2015 02:59 PM
September 04, 2015

And what could be done to fix them...Why do we have so many dropped calls on our mobile phones? Operators say it's because of the closure and shortage of cell towers, and too little spectrum.

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The Centrality of Cash Flows

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Aug 25, 2015 04:27 PM
August 25, 2015

Greece's experience tells us that cash flows are crucial to economic outcomes. No matter how far-reaching the vision, ambition, and slogans, the effects of cash flows are profound and inevitable.

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Funding of National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) - Who's Accountable?

by Aditya Garg — last modified Jul 17, 2015 03:19 PM
July 17, 2015

The National Optic Fibre Network, a part of the Government's Digital India Initiative, has been in the news since the recent Expert Committee Report. In this Blog, the author examines the Accountability of the funding of the project.

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Unfettering Stranded Capacity

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jul 11, 2015 04:00 PM
July 11, 2015

Government can't control market forces, but can and must fix regulatory issues. First, the good news: the government does appear to be making serious efforts to tackle stranded capacity and stalled projects, as in the instances below. Such issues need to be resolved because of their effect on future investment and employment. Now, the bad news: one part is that some problems need solutions which are fraught with political risk.

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Stranded Capacities & Greater Expectations

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jun 22, 2015 01:56 AM
June 22, 2015

India's infrastructure is in a shambles because of stranded capacities that don't connect with unmet needs. Every aspect of infrastructure, such as electricity or broadband for communications, needs to be designed and executed to flow through from end to end.

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TRAI and the Disclosure of Personal Information

by Nehaa Chaudhari and Vidushi Marda — last modified May 10, 2015 09:16 AM

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in March 2015 invited comments on its Consultation Paper for the regulation of over-the-top (OTT) services. In an unprecedented wave of public participation, TRAI received over a million e-mails in support of net neutrality.

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Response to TRAI Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-Top (OTT) Services

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified May 09, 2015 11:27 AM
May 09, 2015

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) sent a joint response to the TRAI Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) Services with scholars from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The response was sent on March 27, 2015.

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Railway Takeaways for Digital India

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Apr 10, 2015 01:37 PM
April 10, 2015

Extending the approach of the Railway Budget to telecommunications and broadband. For the first time since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) formed the government last year, we have something more than grand aspirational statements to go by.

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TRAI-ing Times: The Story So Far

by Tarun Krishnakumar — last modified Mar 30, 2015 01:32 PM
March 19, 2015

24th December, 2014 marked a pivotal moment in the Indian experience with network neutrality. On this date, one of India’s largest telecom players, Bharti Airtel, announced the introduction of a new ‘VoIP’ usage policy for its mobile users.

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A Road Map for Digital India

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Dec 28, 2014 01:25 AM
December 28, 2014

India's current policies for telecommunications don't serve our interests. Here's what must change.

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