Rajan S Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), talks about how the scope for further consolidation is going to continue to stress the industry for some time, the October airwaves sale, and the controversy around Reliance JioÂ´s entry.
In India, for every 10 per cent of the population using basic services such as voice and SMS, the national GDP increases by 0.5 per cent; a similar expansion of Internet and other non-voice communication or data adds 1 per cent to GDP, according to government figures available with the countryÂ´s Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
Telecom today has penetrated much deeper into India in comparison to electricity. Network availability is of prime importance to any telecom operator. However this is quite challenging owing primarily to non availability of good quality grid power supply at remote locations.