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Editorial – November 2018

Sunil Bharti Mittal has staged his demand for nationalization of optical fibre cables laid across India by private telcos and BSNL. A votary of light touch regulation, Mr Mittal has invited Trai to take charge of this as a mission for nationalization of private OFC assets. His specific urging is – Trai should come out

India Mobile Congress

Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman, Bharti Enterprises used the Indian Mobile Congress platform to demand nationalization of optical fiber cable laid across India by the private telecom companies and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). It is an annual event organized by the DoT and COAI.  

Regular Spectrum Auctions

Trai in its recommendations to the department of telecommunications (DoT) has advised the government to auction the spectrum at regular intervals. It has stated, “to keep pace with the increasing demand of data services, it is essential that spectrum is auctioned at regular intervals.”  

Telecom Infra RoW Rules

On Oct 3, 2018, a joint meeting was conducted by N Sivasailam, special secretary (telecom), several private telecom companies, and the officers of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), a wholly owned company of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.

The CII Rural Telecom journey

Mattan, a place in Kashmir about 6 km from Anantnag district, is famous for the iconic Martand Sun Temple, one of Kashmir’s oldest and from my lens, a TechoVillage as well.


In Oct 2018, the USO Fund moved a proposal to allow higher cost for implementing phase-2 of the BharatNet project under which 1.50 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) are to be connected with optical fiber cable (OFC). The phase-2 involves laying of 6 lakh km of OFC compared to 3 lakh km laid under phase-1 in

Corrupt Top & Dwindling Finances

On Oct 5, 2010, general manager of Krishna SSA of BSNL in Vijaywada issued an appeal asking interest free loan from BSNL’s employees for raising corpus fund – minimum Rs 2,000 from non-executives and Rs 5,000 from executives.

Communication Satellite BW

In a meeting held on Oct 3, 2018, which was chaired by N Sivasailam, Special Secretary (T), it was decided that the DoT should take back the pricing and bandwidth allocation functions of satellite based connectivity from ANTRIX, a commercial

Net Neutrality

On Sep 30, 2018 California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality Act called “California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018 that will be made effective from Jan 1, 2019. It prohibits internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies