Indra Mohan, president
of India-tech, an industry association for international techno-economic cooperation,
said that there was need for technology that can bridge the two Indias: urban
fact, Sanjeev Kumar Seth, Deputy Director General (Commercial), BSNL, bluntly
asserted that all the talk about teledensity of 11 in India is a distorted image,
and especially in rural India, it will not be more than 2.
Mohapatra of Midas Communication Technologies Pvt Ltd said there is a failure
in adequate data generation, and held that in the absence of a proper data delivery
system, telecom would become a bottleneck.
also raised the important point of why financing agencies are not investing in
telecom infrastructure business. He said that these institutions have shown a
remarkable reluctance in investing, because they must have realised that the returns
are much too low.
raised the issue of ferreting out what ails investment, and this was supported
by many industry leaders attending the meeting, leading to the decision on a full
session on challenges and opportunities in investment in the sector.
Singh pointed out also to the vast expansion of the telecom sector, and yet, stressed
that there were too many problems in customers getting adequate service. "The
mobile service quality in the second phase of the mobile sector growth is not
at all what the first phase had given," he said.
organisers also announced the rates for sponsorship in four categories: Diamond
(Rs seven lakh); platinum (Rs 4.5 lakh); gold (Rs 3'5 lakh) and silver (three
organisers have asked the participants to give written notes on specific topics
under the issues for discussion at the conference, and also suggest names of the
experts who would head the various discussions.