said that he had reasons to believe that the Unified License would come into being
and would enable anybody to offer directly all telecom services except wireless.
that he knew that cable operator industry is concerned about the non-uniformity
of the taxation due to the propensity of the local state governments to tax at
will. Digitisation would help improve things, he added.
about the challenges of digitisation, Sarma that it could probably be done faster
than the sunset date because it is not difficult and also it is aided by the National
Broadcast Plan (NBP). Trai wanted both digitisation and a broadband optic fiber
network in the country which is being realised on ground.
there is an optic fiber network, there is immense capacity and an information
highway and Sarma encouraged broadcasters to get into this business. Though the
NBP was not looking at present at cities, the NBP recommended by Trai called for
fiber to home in all cities having a population of more than a million people,
fiber to hubs in all cities with lesser than 1 million population up to 10,000
people and node to the smaller towns and villages.
far as cities are concerned, Sarma informed that in a few months time, any entity,
be it a telecom service provider or MSO could get into an agreement with a city
government through a collaborative initiative or a public private partnership.
Optic fiber on every road would offer a tremendous opportunity for offering services
other than those being given by broadcasters.