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Managing Radio Frequency Spectrum

Radio spectrum is a limited resource and by tradition has come to be owned by the state. Its use has to be regulated in terms of purpose of use, place, transmitted power and coverage including directivity. In India the sharp demand for allotment of radio spectrum arose in the 1990s with the introduction of cellular mobile radio. The government and its agencies have not been particularly able or wise in coping with the diverse demands since then.

Convergence Bill: An Advance, but Flawed

What has come to be known as the Convergence Bill, introduced in parliament in the monsoon session, is a great advance on previous enactments for setting up the TRAI and the TDSAT. There are nevertheless a number of serious flaws, omissions and undesirable provisions in the bill which need rectification. A critical analysis.

Getting Best Value

The government has decided to reduce its stake in Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) from the present level of 52.97 per cent to 26 per cent by selling 25 per cent to a strategic partner who would have management control and the balance 1.97 per cent to employees. The decision is in conformity with the desirable objective of extricating the state from the provision of commercial services and concentrating its efforts on the supply of public goods that the state alone can provide. However, the way the government is going about the disinvestment process gives scope for disquiet.
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