India Telecom 2010: In the Shadow of Scandal

4:45 AM -- NEW DELHI -- India Telecom 2010 -- India's major annual telecom industry exhibition and conference opened here today under a cloud of scandal as India's national media continues to report on the fallout of investigations and accusations surrounding the award of 2G licenses in early 2008, which is now being labelled as a "scam" by many here. (See India's Regulator Wants 2G Licenses Revoked.)

As a result, the mood is somewhat subdued in the show halls at New Delhi's Pragati Maiden center, where about 190 companies are represented on the show floor.

The vendors with the largest stands are Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Nokia Networks , and Samsung Corp. , all of which have a heavy focus on wireless technologies and applications, while operators such as Aircel Ltd. , Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) , Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) , and Reliance Communications Ltd. also have a significant presence, primarily to show off their 3G capabilities and plans. (See Aircel Earmarks $500M for 3G, India's 3G Players Ready for Swift Launch, and Bharti Gets a Makeover Before 3G Launch.)

But, certainly on this first day of three, there is little in the way of buzz, which is surprising given that India is one of the major growth markets with many new networks to be built, new services to be launched, and new business opportunities to be seized. Even with 3G services just starting to be launched by the privately owned operators, there is no significant presence on the show floor from the 3G handset makers. (See Data Is India's Next Tariff Battlefield , Analyst: LTE TDD Will Reach India in 2011, and Bharti Gets a Makeover Before 3G Launch.)

Maybe day two will be different…

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

Vishnu Goel 12/5/2012 | 4:16:18 PM
re: India Telecom 2010: In the Shadow of Scandal

Achieving wealth is different than getting richer and likewise just achieving numbers of revenues and mobile subscribers in a virgin territory is different than having alround growth in this sector.Using the telecom revenue to offset the current account defecit is one macro benefit India has today.However India doesnt have its own standards,quality service assurance,technology roadmaps,Telecom Manpower development to take on evolving challenges  and productivity per telecom professional.The mood will remain sombre for some more time till the root causes are unearthed.New regime and public leadership and most importantly sector bureaucrats have to show real capability to take the sector to next level.Vishnu Goel T&M +919810101238

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