iWorld

Spectrum sharing and trading guidelines on the anvil: Ravi Shankar Prasad

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/internet-images/2015/07/06/Untitled-1.jpg?itok=Tse2F1ZF

NEW DELHI: The Government is in the process of finalising the spectrum sharing and trading guidelines and is working towards creating an enabling ecosystem to make India a digitally-enabled society, according to Communications & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Addressing a CEOs Roundtable on ?Investment in the NexGen Digital Infrastructure? organised by FICCI in collaboration with the Ministry to give an impetus to the recently launched ?Digital India? programme, Prasad said in the last 15 months, the government has been able to set a benchmark with its approach in spectrum auction. He added that the private sector has a pivotal role in driving the ?Digital India? programme.

Prasad said the government is working towards ?Digital Inclusion?. In this regard, the process of digitally linking services such as healthcare and postal with community centres in rural areas have already begun. ?Digital India? programme needs massive investments, said Prasad and urged the industry to take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.

Prasad said electronic manufacturing has been one of the neglected sectors, which holds great promise. His ministry has been pursuing this vigorously and has been able to take the entire county onboard to drive this initiative. He added that the success of ?Digital India? would lead to employment generation, both primary and ancillary, and enhancing digital literacy of the citizens.

While highlighting the initiatives of the government Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg said harmonization of spectrum had begun and by the yearend this process would be complete for majority of bandwidth. He added that Mobile Number Portability is now possible throughout the country and Bharat Net by way of National Optic Fiber Network, would connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in India.

Garg underlined cyber security, local testing labs for cyber security and cloud computing as some of the promising areas for private sector investment. He added that with the expansion of digitization services such as e-health would become a reality where a person from rural area would be able to consult doctors in cities through a virtual platform. 

Electronics & Information Technology Additional Secretary Tapan Ray said, ?Digital India programme aims to provide a seamless communication between the government and its citizens. For this, the government in its ?Digital India Week? launched services like Digital Locker and E-sign to enable every citizen to seek services from the government.?

?India is marred by a digital divide,? said Ray and added that there is a need to bridge this gap with the creation of digital infrastructure. He called upon the industry to invest in digital infrastructure as the sector required massive funding which the government alone could not provide. Highlighting the areas for investments, Ray said that cyber security is one of the biggest challenges for the sector, which provides a huge opportunity to the private sector to explore as continuous vigilance would be needed to safeguard systems against cyberattacks.

FICCI President Jyotsna Suri said public-private partnerships would play a major role in shaping the future of ?Digital India? programme, by bringing efficiency along with much needed funding required for sustainability and scalability. She added that industry needs to understand the nature of the opportunities being offered by the government programmes like ?Digital India? hence FICCI has initiated the ?Digital Bharat? series as a platform for having transformative exchanges and deliberations.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/18/Mukesh-Ambani-800.jpg?itok=2N8bZVJV
Jio and organised retail add to RIL's growth in second quarter

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani’s largest startup in the world in the form of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd or Jio has only gone from strength to strength since its inception. The mobile and broadband subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), which is already the largest mobile data carrier in the world...

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/17/netflix.jpg?itok=I7LNZeIl
Netflix adds 6.96 mn subscribers in Q3

After a disappointing Q2 result, global streaming giant Netflix has again beat all expectations in its Q3 earnings. Netflix has not only added 6.96 million subscribers in this quarter but it has reported $4 billion streaming revenue for the quarter which is up 36 per cent year over year.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/16/AMBANI.jpg?itok=zNibmglX
RIL close to buying majority stakes in DEN, Hathway

Reliance Industries is expected to buy controlling stakes in two of India’s largest cable TV and broadband service providers

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/16/Taranjeet%20Singh.jpg?itok=dnumI-hj
ZEE5 appoints Taranjeet Singh asChief Revenue Officer& Business Head - New Projects

ZEE5 India, India's second largest OTT platform known for its muscle in multi-lingual content, today announced the appointment of Taranjeet Singh as the Chief Revenue Officer & Business Head – New Projects for the platform.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/16/netflix.jpg?itok=bVIQH9bf
Netflix Q3 app revenue up 90% y-o-y

Netflix's financials show it had a strong Q3 on mobile. The app dramatically observed an upswing by generating gross $243.7 million which represented a 90 per cent year-on-year increase as compared to Q3 2017. The popular streaming app has surpassed an estimated $1.4 billion in total gross revenue...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/15/avia.jpg?itok=D8QtSi-I
AVIA announces new members

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) today announced that Netflix has joined as a Patron member, alongside Globe Telecom as a Corporate member, strengthening the mandate of the Association to represent the interests of companies across the broader video industry in Asia.

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/15/coai.jpg?itok=9s-1J2pW
3 more quarters of losses for telecom industry, says COAI

According to COAI director general Rajan Mathews, the telecom sector will probably experience three or more quarters of losses, as the telcos remain under pressure due to high levies and unsustainable tariffs.

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/15/hulu.jpg?itok=_ijK9rAv
India’s Porus Rises In the land of the Rising Sun- Japan

One Life Studios premium historical drama series Porus, which depicts the legendary warriors battle against the world’s biggest conqueror Alexander the great will now be showcased in one of the top premium OTT platforms in Japan- Hulu.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/13/Data-breach.jpg?itok=TX7OnSWg
Data of 29 mn users hacked says Facebook

MUMBAI: Social media company, Facebook, on Friday stated that hackers had accessed 29 million user data in the breach which was disclosed late last month. Facebook previously had said that 50 million users were affected due to the data breach.

iWorld Social Media

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories