19 October, 2020

Well Connected

If reforms have improved the lot of the ordinary Indian, it is primarily due to the telecom revolution

Well Connected
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We breathe, eat, and drink telecom," said Sunil Mittal, chairman of the Rs 1,000-crore Bharti Enterprises, in a recent interview to this magazine. This holds true not only for the successful CEO but for every Indian who wants to make the grade in a market which has, effectively, ‘shrunk’ to a global village.

India is a changed land following the telecom revolution triggered by the New Telecom Policy initiated in 1994. Prior to this, in April 1986, a pioneering state-administered project titled the ‘Mission: Better Communications’ was launched. Its objective was to enhance subscribers’ satisfaction by improving services and to increase connectivity in rural areas in a time-bound manner. To provide improved telecom services, two thrust areas were recognised. These were modernisation of existing telegraph services and setting up of a national digital network.

Telecom, which was in effect a preserve of the elite, has since then become a partner in progress for the masses. The revolution in the telecommunications sector has affected not only its...

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