Regulatory structure needs to be revised to allow for technological development: telecommunications minister

Government plans to overhaul regulatory sector to facilitate technology development

New Delhi:

The government aims to revise the regulatory structure to enable technology development and encourage 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, Mr Vaishnaw said the system was confusing everyone and some people who did not have strong enough values ​​created a mess that 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,” Mr. Vaishnaw.

The telecommunications minister further said that 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. , because it is 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 “Today we call a a talented nation. A talented nation should think like this where it takes the lead, sets the goal and sets the direction for the whole world,” the minister urged.

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 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.

Ruby A. Robillard