Telecom sector: During an event organised by industry body Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) and IMC Studio on the occasion of the ”25th Anniversary of Mobile Telephony” in India, Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Bharti Mittal shared their opinions on the telecom sector in India.
Both the billionaires, Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Bharti Mittal mainly emphasized about the growth of the telecom industry in the near future. They also shared their thoughts about what the two leaders want from the government.
Telecom sector: What Mukesh Ambani Said?
During the event, Ambani repeatedly said about his stance of making “Bharat 2G Mukt” (India 2G free). In support he said that 2G telecom services hold around 30 crore subscribers, keeping them far away from basic internet facility and speed. So, he urged the government to strike out 2G telecom services from the system in order to give chance to the faster services like 4G and 5G.
2G telecom services were started 25 years ago.
“I specifically refer to the fact that India still has 300 million mobile subscribers trapped in the 2G era, their feature phones keep them excluded even from the basic usage of the internet at a time when both India and the rest of the world are standing at the doorsteps of 5G telephony. I think necessary policy steps should be taken with utmost urgency to make 2G a part of history,” he added.
Telecom sector: What Sunil Bharti Mittal Said?
While speaking in the event, Sunil Mittal suggested the government for lower spectrum charges. This means he asked the government to decrease taxes and levies imposed on the telecom sector. In support he said, reducing these taxes and levies will boost economic growth.
The taxes imposed on the telecom industry is quite high so a through revision is the demand of the situation, he said.
“PM”s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat is giving us all a clarion call to ensure more and more value addition is done in India for telecom networks, mobile devices, and software,” he further said.