Editorial articles

Editorial – December 2018

Sunil Bharti Mittal promoted Bharti Airtel is not willing to buy 5G spectrum at this stage. It expects the auction to be deferred. This was disclosed by Brokerage BNP Paribas after a briefing by Airtel’s leadership team at a recent analyst meet. The government, on its part, has not yet signalled any defined auction timelines,

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

Editorial – October 2018

The cabinet approved the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) on September 26, 2018. The policy has been approved after more than a year’s discussions with stakeholders and after DoT responded to the queries posed by the cabinet secretariat. The features of the policy are several: a promise of $100 billion investment, 40 lakh jobs, 1

Editorial – September 2018

A report and a draft Bill have raised the hackles of the American tech companies in India. These are: the BN Srikrishna led committee of experts 176-page report, “A Free and Fair Digital Economy: Protecting Privacy, Empowering Indians”, and a 67-page draft Bill, titled “The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.” Most of these companies are

Editorial – August 2018

In our continuing coverage of e-commerce companies, we bring to you the latest developments in this domain. The two leaders in the field – Amazon & Flipkart – are in massive violations of FDI Rules notified as PN3/2016. A PIL praying for investigations into the practices of these companies was filed in the Delhi High

Editorial – July 2018

BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava has been sponging off another state-owned company for the travel and tour expenses of his wife, Tripti Shrivastava and son Mohit Shrivastava. This issue brings to our readers bills that have been uncleared for these two members of the Shrivastava family since 2014. The amount is in lakhs and owed to

Editorial – June 2018

Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers Ltd are to merge. Bharti Infratel has a 42 pc stake in Indus Towers. Indus had very modest issued share capital of less than Rs 12 lakh when it pledged assets and raised loans and financial assistance to the tune of Rs 9,450 crore. This happened in 2013 and Indus

Editorial – May 2018

Under the garb of implementing the GST regime, BSNL’s top management has sent a proposal for the “information and further necessary instructions” of the DoT under which it intends to amend the purchase orders issued in 2014, in a manner that would mean passing on over Rs 1,000 crore illegitimate favour to seven contractors of

Editorial – April 2018

The Press Note 3 of 2016 (PN3), part of the consolidated FDI policy of India in August 2017, struck a fine balance between e-commerce infrastructure creation and the interests of large number of MSMEs and small retailers. The framework for this was five key principles. First, FDI was allowed only in marketplace and not inventory

Editorial – March 2018

COAI has intensified its slur and defamation campaign against Trai following the regulator’s issuance of the 63rd Amendment to the Telecom Tariff Order on Feb 16, 2018 that protects consumer interests. The latest amendment requiring disclosures of tariff plans and discounts on TSPs’ website for acquiring new customers or retaining old ones, is a disclosure