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Close Call for the Telecom Industry

Emmanuel Christi Das ,Editor

T he Indian Telecom industry is the second-largest in the world with a subscriber base of over 1.2 bn.

The industry has witnessed exponential growth over the last few years primarily driven by affordable tariffs, wider availability, roll-out of Mobile Number Portability (MNP), expanding 3G and 4G coverage, evolving consumption patterns of subscribers and a conducive regulatory environment.

Telecommunications is one of the prime support services needed for rapid growth and modernisation of various sectors of the economy.

Market Research Store said that the policies and regulatory frame works implemented by the regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, created a potential environment for service providers.

Currently, the Indian wireless services market is led by Bharti Airtel, followed by No. 2 Vodafone, thied ranked Idea Cellular with Reliance Communications at No. 4. State-run BSNL is also a prominent operator in the market, while Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm is preparing to commercially start operations by this year end.

Facebook's 9.9% take in Reliance Jio would facilitate the telco to deleverage the balance sheet which could eventually improve, and the development is likely to impact Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, top research firms Wednesday said. The research firm believes that the development would likely to shake up the already-stressed country's telecom sector. Telecom sector has a debt of nearly Rs 7 lakh crore, and the two incumbent telcos owe combined nearly Rs 90,000 crore to the government following the recent adjusted gross revenue (AGR) fallout.

This edition is focusing on the solution providers that have a major role to play in the Indian telecom upliftment. Working together, putting piece by piece, these vendors can help businesses’ revenue shoot.
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