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Budget 2011: Expectation of telecom sector

(The views expressed in the column are the author’s own and not those of Reuters)

With urban mobile penetration nearing 100 percent and rural mobile penetration around 25 percent, I think the government’s plans for enabling rural inclusion can give a big boost through telecom in disseminating banking, healthcare, education, specialised offerings for fishermen, artisans, etc. through e-connectivity. It needs focus, attention and support of government through various financial measures.

Also, isn’t this industry suffering from massive litigation on tax-related issues which is diverting business focus?

From direct tax perspective, I have mainly three budget expectations for telecom sector.

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