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Folly of Mandating Spectrum Auctions

Posted by Jayna Kothari at Nov 24, 2012 02:35 PM |
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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

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Nov 08, 2012 07:00 AM |
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Look into sharing spectrum and 'Super Wi-Fi', instead of auctions, refarming and exclusive allocation.

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The Supreme Court Delivers

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Oct 22, 2012 06:25 AM |
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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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Changing Our Game

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Sep 06, 2012 11:14 AM |
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Adopting 'co-ordination models' like the Stag Hunt could reduce contention and improve outcomes.

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Decision Analysis for Interest Rates - II

Decision Analysis for Interest Rates - II

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Aug 18, 2012 09:00 PM |
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India needs to make practical choices that prioritise growth. This is the second column. The previous column was published in the Business Standard on July 5, 2012. It explained how lower interest rates could improve growth by increasing net profits.

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Use of DPI Technology by ISPs — Response by the Department of Telecommunications

Posted by Smita Mujumdar at Jul 19, 2012 07:45 AM |
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CIS filed requests under the Right to Information with the Department of Telecommunications, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, BSNL and MTNL, asking a number of questions related to the use of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology by Internet Service Providers (ISP) in India and corresponding regulations.

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Decision Analysis for Interest Rates

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jul 05, 2012 12:50 PM |
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The discipline of systematic evaluation through applying process-flow and decision analysis — in this example, of financial logic — can help make reasoned, practical decisions, whether for interest rates, or for resolving issues in power supply, or in telecommunications, spectrum and broadband.

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Growth, India's Highest Priority

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jul 02, 2012 04:02 AM |
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The government must focus on reviving corporate profits and, hence, growth, writes Shyam Ponappa. The column was published in the Business Standard on June 8, 2012.

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National Telecom Policy 2012 — Issues and Concerns

Posted by Snehashish Ghosh at Jun 30, 2012 07:30 AM |
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Snehashish Ghosh throws light on some of the issues and concerns surrounding the recently passed National Telecom Policy 2012.

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Unlicensed Spectrum Policy Brief for Government of India

Unlicensed Spectrum Policy Brief for Government of India

Posted by Satya N Gupta, Sunil Abraham and Yelena Gyulkhandanyan at Jun 24, 2012 01:40 AM |
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Centre for Internet & Society and the Ford Foundation are delighted to bring you the Unlicensed Spectrum Policy brief for Government of India. The policy brief authored by Satya N Gupta, Sunil Abraham and Yelena Gyulkhandanyan contains an Executive Summary and eight chapters. The research aims to recommend unlicensed spectrum policy to the Government of India based on recent developments in wireless technology, community needs and international best practices.

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Report on the 3rd IJLT-CIS Lecture Series on Telecom Laws and Regulation

Report on the 3rd IJLT-CIS Lecture Series on Telecom Laws and Regulation

Posted by Rohan Samarajiva at Jun 05, 2012 09:30 AM |
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Mr. Samarajiva, by his own admission, is a ‘jack of all trades’. His breadth of regulatory and teaching experience is only matched by his ability to turn a potentially complex topic like ‘Tariff Regulation’ into a beautifully weaved story punctuated with generous doses of wit and humour.

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Google Policy Fellowship Programme: Call for Applications

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is inviting applications for the Google Policy Fellowship programme. Google is providing a USD 7,500 stipend to the India Fellow, who will be selected by August 15, 2012.

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The Coming Telecom Monopoly

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at May 24, 2012 07:36 AM |
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The 2G judgment and Trai spectrum pricing recommendations have led to a policy that makes sense for only one survivor.

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Convergence India 2012

Convergence India 2012

Posted by Yelena Gyulkhandanyan at Mar 30, 2012 05:45 AM |
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The 20th Convergence India conference, deemed South Asia’s largest international ICT event, took place in the country’s capital from March 21-23, 2012. Featuring a grand exhibition of innovative products and industry players from over 25 countries as well as an assembly of prominent speakers, the three day event highlighted the importance of ICT growth and equitable distribution for the socio-economic future of India.

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An Interview with PK Garg

Posted by Yelena Gyulkhandanyan at Mar 14, 2012 05:20 AM |
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Former Wireless Advisor to the Government of India, Ministry of Communications & IT, and current ITU regulatory board member, PK Garg, discusses some of the telecom policy interventions in an interview with Yelena Gyulkhandanyan.

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The 2G Supreme Court Judgment

The 2G Supreme Court Judgment

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 06, 2012 09:55 AM |
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The Business Standard published Shyam Ponappa's two-part article deconstructing the assumptions in the Supreme Court's 2G judgment, and suggesting possible ways forward. The first one was published on March 1, 2012, and the second on March 4, 2012.

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An Interview with Stephen Song

Posted by Yelena Gyulkhandanyan at Feb 29, 2012 02:08 PM |
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Stephen Song, the founder of Village Telco, an initiative to bring practical and inexpensive communication network infrastructure to rural and remote areas, speaks about factors that catalyzed the initiative, the benefits of the network, some challenges, and the Mesh Potato.

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Reversing India's Downward Trajectory

Reversing India's Downward Trajectory

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jan 09, 2012 05:40 AM |
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The country can regain growth momentum with rate cuts and telecom reforms, writes Shyam Ponappa in this column published in the Business Standard on 5 January 2012.

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Inputs for NTP 2011

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Jan 02, 2012 05:07 AM |
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The Centre for Internet and Society wishes to commend the DoT on the draft of the New Telecom Policy and offers its suggestions to improve the draft with specific changes.

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Accessibility in the New Telecom Policy 2011

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Dec 24, 2011 08:55 AM |
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Responding to the call for comments on NTP 2011, 27 organisations sent a joint letter requesting that accessibility for persons with disabilities be included specifically within the goals and objectives of the policy. The submission is available here. It deals exclusively with the issue of accessibility in telecommunications for persons with disabilities, which has been left out of NTP 2011. We outline below in some detail the rationale for including accessibility in the NTP.

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