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A Great Start (for the Modi government)

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jul 04, 2014 07:32 AM

The National Democratic Alliance government has made a terrific start. Time will tell how this plays out, but it has begun decisively and set a sure tone.

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An Infrastructure Road Map

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jun 02, 2014 08:30 AM

What should and should not be done by a new government in this crucial sector.

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Extractive Charges on Spectrum & Petroleum

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Apr 07, 2014 03:57 AM

The author examines whether government levies on these critical inputs are beneficial or detrimental.

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Institute for Internet & Society 2014, Pune

by Samantha Cassar — last modified Apr 07, 2014 11:31 AM

Last month, activists, journalists, researchers, and members of civil society came together at the 2014 Institute for Internet & Society in Pune, which was hosted by CIS and funded by the Ford Foundation. The Institute was a week long, in which participants heard from speakers from various backgrounds on issues arising out of the intersection of internet and society, such as intellectual property, freedom of expression, and accessibility, to name a few. Below is an official reporting summarizing sessions that took place.

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An Introduction to Spectrum Sharing

by Beli — last modified Mar 20, 2014 09:34 AM

We will look at how current technology – mainly GSM, but also CDMA and touching upon LTE - shares spectrum, how they might share spectrum, the trade-off between spectral (in this case, 'trunking') and 'economic' efficiency in the traditional, purely intra-operator shared scenario, and how it might be overcome by inter-operator sharing.

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Centre- or State-Driven Development?

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Feb 12, 2014 04:47 PM

Federalism requires a strong Centre as well as strong states, and effective organisation and coordination -- which can be facilitated by using the Internet.

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For a Telecom Revival

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jan 13, 2014 04:32 AM

The government announced momentous decisions, subject to Cabinet approval, on telecom policy on December 3.

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Predictability in Infrastructure

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Nov 18, 2013 08:47 AM

Systematic planning and execution can reduce the need for crisis management in infrastructure and manufacturing.

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Regrouping for Growth - Interest Rates - III

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Oct 03, 2013 05:13 AM

Aside from muddling along, the choices are to try to grow and retain capital to staunch the gap temporarily, or to settle for low growth and capital flight.

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TRAI Consultation Paper on Spectrum

by Shyam Ponappa and A.B. Beliappa — last modified Sep 18, 2013 06:36 AM

Shyam Ponappa and A.B.Beliappa worked on this submission to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on their spectrum consultation paper. The submission was made on August 21, 2013.

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Breaking into the Closed Circle: Domestic High-Tech Manufacturing Needs Access To Markets

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Sep 03, 2013 07:32 AM

The deferral of India's preferential market access (PMA) policy for locally manufactured high-tech products indicates some lack of clarity and/or confusion in the government.

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Building Up vs Tearing Down

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Aug 02, 2013 07:06 AM

We have to find ways to deal with corruption without subverting our developmental aims.

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Law & Order through Traffic Systems

Law & Order through Traffic Systems

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jul 03, 2013 05:29 AM

A TV white space system for traffic management may induce us to observe discipline and law-abiding behaviour, writes Shyam Ponappa in an article published in the Business Standard on June 5, 2013.

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Configuring a 'Non-Toothless' Regulator (TRAI)

Configuring a 'Non-Toothless' Regulator (TRAI)

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jun 05, 2013 10:10 AM

A proposal to give the telecom regulator the right to impose penalties marks a sea change in the government's approach to regulation.

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Prioritizing Communications & Energy

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Apr 28, 2013 07:01 AM

After curbing unproductive expenditure and imports, we must focus on developing communications and energy.

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Are India's Glory Days Over?

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Mar 12, 2013 04:59 AM

Unless major structural changes are effected, India will miss an economic take-off for many years, writes Shyam Ponappa.

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Who Minds the Maxwell's Demon (Revisiting Communication Networks through the Lens of the Intermediary)

by Sharath Chandra Ram — last modified Mar 05, 2013 07:37 AM

A holistic reflection on information networks and it’s regulatory framework is possible only when the medium-specific boundary that has often separated the Internet and Telecom networks begins to dissolve, to objectively reveal points of contention in the communication network where the dynamics of network security and privacy are at large – namely, within the historic role of the intermediary at data/signal switching and routing nodes.

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The Supreme Court & Spectrum Management

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Mar 04, 2013 08:28 AM

Only the Supreme Court can rectify spectrum management in line with other resources, but all stakeholders can contribute.

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What's Needed Is User-Centric Design, Not Good Intentions

What's Needed Is User-Centric Design, Not Good Intentions

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jan 25, 2013 11:26 AM

The inadequacy of essentials and conveniences around us results from a slack approach to both design and execution. We know we are deficient in execution, but we need to be more aware of deficiencies in approach and design. Good intentions, while important, cannot substitute for good systems design and execution.

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Inflation Control Through Structural Reforms

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Dec 21, 2012 09:55 AM

Inflation will persist until supply increases. Policies must therefore address supply through structural reforms, e.g., in telecom and power.

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Folly of Mandating Spectrum Auctions

by Jayna Kothari — last modified Dec 03, 2012 09:47 AM

The recent failure of the 2G spectrum auctions has brought to the fore serious questions on auctions being the only mode for allocation of spectrum.

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Super WiFi & Shared Spectrum: A Time to Start Sharing

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Nov 08, 2012 07:00 AM

Look into sharing spectrum and 'Super Wi-Fi', instead of auctions, refarming and exclusive allocation.

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The Supreme Court Delivers

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Dec 21, 2012 09:57 AM

Now, the spectrum and licence issues need resolution. On September 27, 2012, the Supreme Court of India delivered the opinion of a bench comprising five Judges on the Presidential Reference regarding the auction of 2G spectrum.

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Reviving Growth

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Oct 20, 2011 01:36 PM

The government needs to reduce interest rates and undertake specific reforms to revive growth. The focus needs to be on communications, specifically broadband, it would yield results. Mobile communications have grown phenomenally but the meteoric rise got stalled. However, if the government initiates reforms in spectrum policies with incentives for broadband delivery, prospects could revive and communications could go through another meteoric rise, becoming the growth engine for the economy.

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The Challenges of Direct Democracy

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jan 30, 2012 12:51 PM

India must weigh the pros and cons of various approaches to direct democracy and develop one of its own.

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NTP 2011 Objective: Broadband

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jul 26, 2012 10:09 AM

The Indian government has to choose between accessible, affordable services and short-term revenue, writes Shyam Ponappa in this article published in the Business Standard on June 2, 2011.

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Spectrum reforms - Good & Bad news

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jul 26, 2012 10:02 AM

A good initiative is under way, but needs changes to work out complex issues, writes Shyam Ponappa in this article published in the Business Standard on May 5, 2011.

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Learning from Fukushima

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 30, 2011 12:47 PM

Take remedial steps and demystify the unreasoning dread of nuclear power, says Shyam Ponappa in his latest column published by the Business Standard on April 7, 2011.

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India's untapped potential: Are a billion people losing out because of spectrum?

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:31 AM

As one of the world’s fastest growing economies and with over 65% of its billion-plus population under 35, India has huge potential. But according to Shyam Ponappa of the Centre for Internet & Society, its spectrum management – the electromagnetic waves that are used from home appliances like microwaves and remote controls, to radios, cell phones, and of course, the internet – could be a huge barrier to the country’s economic and social development.

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Big-Bang Budgets?

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Jul 26, 2012 10:10 AM

Clarity of planning and conceptualisation needs to be the hallmark of policy planning for the Budget, says Shyam Ponappa in this article published in the Business Standard on March 3, 2011.

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Spectrum auctions - 'Jhatka' or 'Halal'?

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 09:57 AM

The choice is between sudden death and a slow one. The article by Shyam Ponappa appeared in the Business Standard on 3 February 2011.

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The policy langurs

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:15 AM

The comforts of civilised living for all Indians require dedicated collective effort. The article by Shyam Ponappa was published in the Business Standard on 6 January 2011.

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Take 'Model T' for Telecom

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:16 AM

We need an initiative coordinated by the PMO that optimises both services and government revenues, says Shyam Ponappa in his article published in the Business Standard on 2 December 2010.

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3G Life

by Nishant Shah — last modified May 10, 2012 10:54 AM

You can video chat, stream music and watch TV on your phone. Offering high-speed internet access, 3G would change the world of mobile computing. Nishant Shah's article was published in the Indian Express on 14 November 2010.

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Ideology and ICT Policies

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:21 AM

For better policies, decision-makers need to know their own and others’ biases, and consider what others are doing, writes Shyam Ponappa in an article published in the Business Standard on 4 November 2010.

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Broad-basing Broadband

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:25 AM

Education and training through the Internet need Commonwealth Games-like crisis management, says Shyam Ponappa in an article on broadband for education and training published in the Business Standard on 7 October 2010.

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What a highway can do

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:26 AM

Despite signs of transformational change, we need more - SOPs and quality

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'Containing Inflation' - A myth

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:30 AM

We need problem-solving, not confused rhetoric or misguided action, says Shyam Ponappa. The article was published in Business Standard on 7 August, 2008.

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Catching up on broadband

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:32 AM

The govt can invest some of the Rs 1,00,000 crore from the spectrum auctions to help India catch up on broadband, says Shyam Ponappa in his latest article published in the Business Standard on July 1, 2010.

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India's sorry spectrum story

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:33 AM

In this article published in the Business Standard on June 3, 2010, Shyam Ponappa analyses the spectrum story in India. He says that the approach to spectrum management is an object lesson in how not to use information and communications technology for development.

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China Club instead of Bombay Club?

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:35 AM

Emulate China's coordinated policies for strategic sectors, and we'll rely less on commodity exports, says Shyam Ponappa in his article in the Business Standard on May 13, 2010.

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The Right Ring Tone

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:39 AM

Focus on improving service quality with a strong partner, and not on one-shot stake sales, says Shyam Ponappa in his article published in the Business Standard on April 1, 2010.

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Understanding Spectrum

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:48 AM

What is spectrum and how do government and commercial decisions on this scientific phenomenon affect public facilities and costs? Shyam Ponappa examines this in his latest blog published in the Business Standard on March 4, 2010.

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Alternative Scenarios

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:49 AM

Only about 48 per cent of India is covered by the telecom network with only 20 per cent rural coverage, says Shyam Ponappa. In his article published in the Business Standard on 4 February, 2010, he points out how alternative approaches may enhance extensive coverage.

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Plan and Execute for Results

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 10, 2012 10:51 AM

Good SOPs are a starting point, but there's more under the surface that will affect results.

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Developments in spectrum sharing

by Radha Rao — last modified Aug 18, 2011 04:54 AM

New ways to share spectrum can revolutionise broadband in India - An article in the Business Standard by Shyam Ponappa / New Delhi December 3, 2009, 1:35 IST

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India Study Tour - Report: The South African Telecommunications Sector: Poised for Change

by Radha Rao — last modified Aug 24, 2011 08:02 AM

CIS in collaboration with the LINK Centre, Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and in association with different institutions across India organized a Lecture Tour by Sagie Chetty from 19th Oct to 30th Oct. A report on this study tour is given by Sagie Chetty.

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Response to TRAI Consultation paper No. 6/2009

by Radha Rao — last modified Aug 24, 2011 08:06 AM

CIS Distinguished Fellow, Shyam Ponappa, provides a detailed response to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's Consultation paper No. 6/2009 "Overall Spectrum Management and review of license terms and conditions". Shyam Ponappa is suggesting that, the TRAI approach the telecom policy in a manner which will facilitate greater user access and, more generally, be designed to serve the public interest in the long-term.

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Managing Spectrum

by Radha Rao — last modified Aug 18, 2011 04:54 AM

The Empowered Group of Ministers' goal should be nothing short of a broadband revolution - Shyam Ponappa / New Delhi, November 5, 2009 (Business Standard)

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