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Budget 2011: Expectation of telecom sector

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(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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