The Union Minister of Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology and Communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the future of electronics and smartphone manufacturing in India was vigorous, with the sector alone contributing $1 trillion to the economy by 2025.
In what should have been a major story that was buried under other headlines, India achieved a significant milestone in its Digital India programme when 100,000-gram panchayats, or village councils, across the country were connected through a high-speed optical fibre network called BharatNet.
'India is moving towards becoming a very digital country. You have seen the examples from the money perspective over the past several weeks. Irrespective of which side of the debate you are on, the benefits of digital are going to be across sectors,' emphasises Narendra Bhandari, General Manager, Developer Experience & Evange-lism, Microsoft India. He predicts that this 'Digital' or 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' will transform the infrastructure sector too in an unimaginable manner.
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will seek Cabinet approval for phase-II of the BharatNet project by September wherein it has been proposed to include state governments and their units for faster implementation and utilisation of cable operators to provide Internet to households at the gram panchayat level.
GSM industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has escalated a war of letters by writing to the Telecom minister, reiterating its demand for a review of pricing of CDMA airwaves and reducing the 10 MHz cap on such spectrum, asserting that failure to do so would lead to violation of auction rules.
As the call drop menace refuses to subside, the government is now weighing the option of slapping a penalty on telecom operators. Individual letters are to be shot off to company promoters to convey the concerns raised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.