Indian telecom industry welcomes new TRAI chairman Rahul Khullar

Telecom Lead India: The Indian telecom industry is expecting
that Rahul Khullar, the new chairman of TRAI, will set new benchmark for the
domestic sector which is going through a tough phase.

The domestic telecom industry feels that as Commerce
Secretary, Khullar is credited with trade normalization between India and

NK Goyal, president CMAI Association of India, said Khullar
is a technocrat who can manage the communications industry well. Under him, the
telecom industry, which is passing through a rough period, will flourish

There are several issues that need to get his immediate
attention. First priority should be given to bring back the confidence of the
sector,” Goyal added.

Khullar will be able to take India to global levels. He can
guide the industry to utilize the right technology. Khullar will be a visionary
in telecom sector as well,” said CEO of a top telecom equipment vendor.

Khullar is the right choice. He will bring international
outlook and business approach to the telecom industry. His main focus should be
on handling the current issues. India is yet to give priority to new
technologies which are more efficient and green. Khullar will be able to guide
the telecom industry for bringing future technologies,” said Satyen Gupta,
ex-principal advisor, TRAI.

New TRAI chairman should focus on telecom sustainability: Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor

Bharti Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor said the new TRAI chairman
Rahul Khullar should focus on the sustainability of the telecom industry.

“There should be more transparency in the entire
system. All actions should be focused on sustainability of the sector. If the
Indian economy needs to grow faster, the country needs to develop and
strengthen a virtual infrastructure with the assistance of telecom sector.
Virtual infrastructure can bring more business to India,” said Sanjay
Kapoor, CEO – India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel.

Telecom industry wants to get out of present controversies. CEOs
telecom operators do not want to commit funds to sector which is not viable due
to the recent decisions.

Spectrum refarming: Indian telecom operators need to spend $24 billion more for Capex

Recently, industry body COAI said Indian mobile operators will be
forced to spend nearly $24 billion more on their telecom networks if the
government goes ahead with a proposal to replace the more-efficient spectrum
bands of older carriers with relatively inferior quality spectrum.

The telecom industry is protesting against the recent TRAI suggestions on increasing the base price for spectrum due to the sector’s financial viability.

Indian telecom operators profit to decline 85% in 2011-12

3G is set to take toll on the financial health of Indian
mobile industry. Profit after tax of Indian telecom services segment is
expected to decline 85 percent in 2011-12, according to India Government’s
Economic Survey.

According to industry captains, the government should try to assist the sector to bring more
employment to the country.

Indian telecom sector to employ 1 crore by 2012

The Indian telecom sector is set to provide employment to
around one crore people by 2012. This figure would include 28 lakh direct jobs
and around 72 lakh indirect jobs, according to a recent study commissioned by COAI and
conducted by research firm, PwC.

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