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Telecom industry should empower common man through affordable services and devices: Kapil Sibal
Speaking at the CII National Telecom Summit 2013, organized in partnership with Department of Telecommunications, minister for communications and I.T. Kapil Sibal remarked that 'industry and government need to empower the common man through affordable services, data and devices'.

The minister has said that a combination of liberal Merger and Acquisition (M&A) and FDI policies will facilitate the required investments, and spur renewed activity in the telecommunication sector. He also stressed on the urgent need to establish an indigenous fab facility in the country, according to the statement issued by the CII.  

M.F. Farooqui, Chairman Telecom Commission and Secretary, DoT reiterated the Government’s resolve to collaboratively address all constraining issues with the industry, through dialog. “We are also hoping to issue M&A guidelines within the next two months and Unified Guidelines in next few days”, he added.

Speaking at the event telecom watchdog's TRAI's chairman Rahul Khullar was forthright in his views on problems facing the industry. He also emphasized on the critical need to use telecom infrastructure for public service in the fields of disaster management, financial inclusion and digital transactions, in the long term.

Building further on expected data growth, Kiran Karnik, Chairman, CII National Committee on Telecom & Broadband said that future possibilities will be opened up by broadband, leading to widespread impact in the fields of education, health, financial inclusion, skills and training.
Kicking off the session, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General CII, welcomed the FDI move and the expected M&A regulations, and emphasized that prompt implementation of NTP 2012 will being the sector back on track.

Telecom Minister  Kapil Sibal also released an A.T. Kearney- CII white paper on “Serving India’s Digital Consumer”, on the occasion. Mr. Mohit Rana, Partner, A.T. Kearney said that delivering to expectations of the 600 million ‘digital customers’ in 2020 will require operators to develop new capabilities and ecosystem partnerships. The government needs to provide adequate spectrum at market relevant prices, which will bring back capital investments in the sector.

The summit with theme “Building communications: Accelerating development” was attended by representatives from government, leaders from the Indian telecom, IT and electronics industry including Samsung, Qualcomm, EMC2, ATC, BSNL and NEC, and focused on growth opportunities in telecom business and necessary imperatives to carve out a sustainable growth roadmap.

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