Need to review the regulatory structure to promote technological development: Minister of Telecoms

The government is seeking to overhaul the regulatory structure to facilitate technology development and interaction with industry as a partner rather than an adversary, Telecoms Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Sunday. Addressing the inaugural session of a TDSAT seminar, Vaihsnaw said the system was confusing everyone and some people who did not have strong enough values ​​created a mess that has defamed the telecommunications market in the past. .

“Can we have one regulator for the whole digital world? These kinds of things happen. We really need to overhaul our whole regulatory apparatus in terms of the legal structure, the regulatory enforcement structure, how our government bodies think, people are trained, the way we interact with industry – not as adversaries but as partners. That’s the next big thing we need to do,” Vaishnaw said.

He said not much has been done so far, but work needs to be done in the direction of continuing the development of the tech stack and adding more and more start-ups to it, as this is of a market that can create future generations of entrepreneurs.

“We were behind when it was 2G and 3G. We are trying to catch up with 4G. We should at least run together in 5G but in 6G we should take the lead. Otherwise what’s the point of being a nation that we call today a nation of talent.

“A talented nation should think that way where they take the lead, set the goal and give direction to the whole world,” Vaishnaw said.

He said a consortium of 11 institutions including IIT Chennai, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore created 4G technology in 14 months with expenditure of around $30 million which is a very small fraction the cost at which the dominant players in the telecommunications sector have created the technology.

The minister said 35 Indian telecom companies are now looking to export their products overseas. He mentioned that the most important study groups for the future development of 5G and 6G under the International Telecommunication Union are now chaired by Indian delegates.

“It’s very important for all of us to know because when we’re pleading a case, when we’re sitting on the bench, sitting in judgment, that’s when we should think we’re doing it only per case that’s before me or I’m going to see the future be seen for the country. If we see that and maybe make some adjustments in our legal thinking, I think that’s probably going to be a better service to the nation,” Vaishnaw said.

TDSAT Chairman, Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, stressed the need for a regulator for the IT sector.

“I am tempted to share my deep concern about the IT sector because unlike the telecom sector, it is not guided, monitored or regulated by a permanent body of experts like Trai. This is urgent in my humble opinion. This would be in the greater public interest to expand the regulatory areas of Trai to deal with all digital communications and computing or alternatively to have another appropriate expert body to address the challenges related to computing,” said Singh said.

He also suggested the government to increase the benches of TDSAT to deal with the large number of cases that have accumulated due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Due to this pandemic, at least two additional benches are needed. For this, in addition to the president, the members of the force or the judicial members must be increased to five instead of two, which is currently enough for one bench. “, Singh said. .

Ruby A. Robillard