Mahesh Uppal, Director, Com First (India) and a frequent participant in LIRNEasia events contends that the Indian telecom regulator’s authority and independence have been undermined by recent actions of the Minister of Telecom.
T V Ramachandran, Director General, COAI [cellular operators association] argues otherwise and states that the Minister’s actions promote Indian consumers’ interest.
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|No one’s doubting Maran’s recent initiatives, but the TRAI remains emasculated on critical issues like interconnection and BSNL’s monopoly|
| Mahesh Uppal,
Director, Com First (India)
“A regulator without robust control of the interconnection regime can hardly ever be effective”
T V Ramachandran,
Director General, COAI
The announcement seeks to introduce unified licensing in the spirit enunciated by the TRAI
It is both untrue and mischievous to suggest that the government is, in any manner, bypassing the regulator. In fact, the recent landmark announcements by the Union Minister for Communication and IT Thiru Dayanidhi Maran constitute a brilliant piece of policy engineering that seeks to introduce unified licensing in the spirit and intentions enunciated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). I believe that these announcements are fully supportive of the regulatory framework and are intended to implement the regulatory recommendations after fine-tuning them to make them more meaningful and effective.