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Indian telecoms at the crossroads again

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In the 18 years I have been working with Indian telecoms operators, I can recall several points where I felt the industry was at a crossroads in its evolution.

The first was the introduction of the national telecoms policy in 1999 and associated revenue share arrangements, waking up what was a fairly docile industry at the time.

The introduction of third and fourth GSM operators in 2002 was another milestone, as was the system of calling party pays (CPP) introduced a year later. Before that, we used to look at our handsets and think twice about answering phone calls as in those days the receiving party paid for part of the call.

Time to create a holistic mobile ecosystem

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Mobile phones have transcended various phases of evolution since the time they began their journey. They have come a long way from being simple feature phones, which were meant for making calls and sending text messages.

India to ring in 2013 in the mobile sector

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For many of us in the mobile industry, 2012 has been a year with a lot to celebrate and a lot to be concerned about. Restrictions and regulations are growing. As we all know, that can cut both ways: too much regulation and we might see constraints on growth.

Pricing a Gig

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How to price a gigabyte of data is a dilemma confronting India’s mobile operators as they steadily build up their 3G subscriber bases.

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