India’s new Minister of Telecommunications, Jyotiraditya Scindia, has replaced his predecessor Ashwini Vaishnaw. With the industry facing many challenges, he has his own job to do.
“We look forward to working with Minister Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia to advance further policy reforms and lead groundbreaking initiatives to elevate the digital revolution to a new level, integrating various technological innovations,” said SP Kochhar, Director General of the Mobile Operators Association of India (COAI), at a press conference
Scindia mentioned that he will soon propose an action plan. In India, the world’s second largest telecommunications market, Scindia may consider the following issues when taking over the department:
6GHz spectrum
Telecom companies have been requesting the use of 6GHz intermediate frequency spectrum to expand their 5G networks in the country.
The notice issued by COAI stated, “In the last spectrum auction, we could only obtain 800MHz (intermediate frequency spectrum), so in order to meet the requirements, we need to obtain 1200MHz from the 6GHz range. A recent report from GSMA stated that by using 6GHz spectrum, India can save up to $10 billion annually on 5G network deployment.” Scindia needs to decide the fate of the 6GHz spectrum as soon as possible.
Satellite spectrum
It is currently unclear whether the spectrum of satellite services will be auctioned off or allocated by government administration. There are differences in the industry regarding this, and the government needs to make a decision to accelerate the launch of satellite based services in the country.
Satellite based network connectivity is expected to be launched this year and will now be launched next year. Several companies, including Elon Musk’s Starlink, Amazon’s Project Kuiper, and OneWeb Eutelsat, are planning to launch satellite communication services and are waiting for policy clarification.
Promote domestic manufacturing industry
The industry suggests simplifying testing procedures to further promote the localization of telecommunications equipment. The recommendations proposed by COAI to promote India’s telecommunications manufacturing industry include increasing the number of testing laboratories and temporarily exempting tariffs on products entering India for testing and certification.

Restore BSNL
On the agenda, there is also the revival of state-owned service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which is still striving to launch 4G. What’s even more unsettling is that private telecommunications companies have been launching 5G for almost two years now. The Indian government’s insistence on using local 4G technology has led to delays for the service provider, which has been delayed for several years.
According to media reports, BSNL has contacted global suppliers Nokia and Ericsson to support the 4G backbone network built by the Remote Information Processing Development Center (C-DoT). In this situation, Scindia needs to come up with a feasible plan to revive this struggling company.
Strengthen Vodafone’s philosophy
Although Vodafone Idea’s current situation is much better than a year ago, it needs to become a strong competitor to the country’s two major telecommunications companies to avoid a duopoly. The government is the largest shareholder of Vodafone Idea, holding 33.3% of the shares, and needs to strengthen its market position.
Enhancing India’s image
In the past few years, India has been trying to gain a foothold in the global telecommunications industry. India may propose an initiative to increase its contribution to the development of 6G standards. In the past two years, India has established the Bharat 6G mission and collaborated with the United States. India hopes to develop measures to maintain the development momentum of its telecommunications industry and promote innovation.
Improving service quality
The issue of poor telecommunications service quality in India has been raised multiple times, and the Telecommunications Association of India will push the industry to take measures to ensure better quality at the best cost.