The government wants to overhaul the regulatory structure to allow for technology development and encourage interaction with the industry as a partner and not as adversaries, telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Sunday.
During the opening session of a TDSAT seminar, Mr Vaishnaw said that the system confused everyone and that some people who did not have strong enough values created a mess that has vilified the telecom market in the past.
“Can we have one regulator for the whole digital world? Things like that happen. We really need to rethink our entire regulation in terms of the legal structure, the regulatory enforcement structure, the way our government agencies think, people are trained, the way how we deal with the industry – not as adversaries but as partners. That’s the next big thing we have to do,” said Mr Vaishnaw.
The Telecom Minister went on to say that not much has been done so far but we need to work in a direction to continue developing the technology stack and add more and more start-ups to it as this is a market those future generations of entrepreneurs.
“We were lagging behind when it was still 2G and 3G. We are trying to catch up with 4G. We should at least be running together in 5G, but in 6G we should be leading the way. nation that today is a talent nation. A talented nation should think that way where it takes the lead, sets the goal and sets the direction for the whole world,” the minister admonished.
He said a consortium of 11 institutions, including IIT Chennai, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, created 4G technology in 14 months with expenditures of about $30 million, which is a very small fraction of the cost at which dominant players have created the technology in the telecom sector.
The minister said 35 Indian telecom companies now want to export their products abroad. He said the key study groups for the future development of 5G and 6G under the International Telecommunications Union are now chaired by Indian delegates.