The Aditya Birla group’s Idea Cellular became the third major operator to criticise the government’s telecom policy on Thursday, stating that telecom policies smack of “crony capitalism.” The statement comes in the wake of reports of increased lobbying by GSM operators, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar, seeking the removal of telecom minister A Raja.
Idea’s statement seemed to anticipate such a change. “For too long, the telecom sector policy has variously displayed characteristics of quota raj, license permit raj and an SSI mindset, conveying unfortunately impressions of crony capitalism. The sector and the nation deserve a new deal. We expect the government to seize the moment,” it said.
Interestingly, industry sources said both the Anil Ambani and Tata groups are known to be indifferent or even slightly supportive of Raja.“Tatas did not not get spectrum in 3 circles for many years during the time of Dayanidhi Maran.. At least during Raja’s time, things do get done, if not as fast as they should be,” said a person close to the Tata group, requesting anony -mity.
However, the Tata group too feels ‘neglected’ under the current regime.Sources point out that while Ambani and Tata were supposed to be on the same eligibility level for GSM spectrum, Tata is yet to get GSM spectrum in many cities such as Delhi, Ahmedabad and Patna.
Meanwhile, operators also complained of the ongoing blockade of Chinese equipment in the name of ‘security concerns’, pointing out that the different levies are pushing them up against the wall.
According to sources, nearly all the operators, including Bharti and Tata, have written to the home ministry over the last three months seeking details of the so-called tests that the equipment has failed.“They are not giving any details. All they keep saying is ‘national security’,” complained an official with one of the affected operators.
“If they want us buy from European firms, it won’t solve any of the problems because their equipment is also made in
The official added that a switch-over from the Chinese vendors to European vendors can “almost double” the equipment-related capital expenditure.It is expected that each operator will have to invest close to a billion dollars (Rs 4,500 crore) to deploy a 3G network after the auctions are over.
Meanwhile, Chinese equipment vendor ZTE met the home secretary G K Pillai along with the Chinese ambassador. “We had a meeting. Talks are going on. We have appealed to the government. We have put forward our thoughts. Let’s see,” D K Ghosh, ZTE India head, said after the meeting which lasted for about half an hour. “The talks were held in a positive environment,” he said, when asked whether he was happy with the talks.
Later in the day Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan also met Pillai. Emerging from the nearly 45-minute meeting, Zhang told mediapersons that “we had a very good discussion. It was a positive meeting. I hope all relevant issues will be resolved.”
Friday, May 14, 2010
Idea joins war against telecom ministry
Industry Research Reports
LIC Term Insurance or Pvt Life Insurance Term Plan ? Which is the best term insurance in India ? Which Insurance company has the best cla...
આજકાલ કોઈપણ સમસ્યા હોય લોકો એન્ટિબાયોટિક્સ અંગ્રેજી દવાઓ લેવાનું વધુ પસંદ કરતાં હોય છે કારણ કે આજની પેઢીને આપણા જુનવાણી નુસખા વિશે જાણ હોત...
http://www.livemint.com/2007/12/13162756/SBI-UTI-MFs-to-manage-post-of.html New Delhi: Government has appointed PSU mutual funds UTI MF a...
Introduction The Japanese began using candlestick patterns for over 100 years before the West developed the bar and point and figure syst...
મ્યુચ્યુઅલ ફંડ્સના સોદામાં ઉચ્ચ સ્તરની પારદર્શકતા આવે તે હેતુથી શેરબજાર નિયમનકારી સંસ્થા સેબીએ એજન્ટ્સને ચૂકવેલું પુરેપુરું કમિશન જાહેર કરવ...
Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) is the best tax saving (Section 80C) investment option for investors looking to create long term w...
સેબીએ કોમોડિટી ડેરિવેટિવ્ઝ માર્કેટના નિયમનને કડક બનાવ્યાના એક વર્ષ પછી કોમોડિટી એક્સ્ચેન્જિસની વૃદ્ધિના પગલાની શરૂઆત કરી છે. MCX અને NCDEX ...
સીબીઆઈ કોર્ટે બુધવારે એફટીઆઈએલ જૂથના સ્થાપક જિજ્ઞેશ શાહને 26 સપ્ટેમ્બર સુધી પોલિસ કસ્ટડીમાં રાખવા આદેશ આપ્યો હતો. સીબીઆઈએ 30 સપ્ટેમ્બર સુ...
હેરિટેજ ફૂડના રિટેલ બિઝનેસને હસ્તગત કરવા માટે ફ્યુચર ગ્રૂપ વાટાઘાટના અગ્રીમ તબક્કામાં છે. આ સોદાથી કિશોર બિયાની હૈદરાબાદ, ચેન્નાઈ અને બેં...
મેનેજમેન્ટ સ્નાતકો માટે ઇન્વેસ્ટમેન્ટ બેન્કિંગમાં કારકિર્દી હંમેશા આકર્ષક રહી છે. જોકે, હવે આ સેક્ટરના પડકારોને લીધે ઘણા મેનેજમેન્ટ સ્નાત...