India’s growing ambition in Telecom sector

This one caught my eye:

Telecom Diary: Will India’s Atmanirbhar ambition pay off with indigenous 4G/5G stack?, Telecom News, ET Telecom

State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will be the first telecom player to roll out its 4G network by deploying the locally developed 4G and 5G India stack. Last year, the indigenous telecom stack setup for BSNL 4G network was tested for 10 million simultaneous phone calls. Once BSNL launches locally developed telecom equipment, the government expects private telecom players also to come forward and deploy indigenous technology. With nearly 1 lakh sites in 387 districts by top players Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, India’s 5G roll-out is one of the fastest in the world.

I am not “excited” about the commercial consumer deployments. I am very curious about setting up your telecom networks to provision your workplace without reliance on the commercial players. Yes, there has been a loud cackle from existing players (and as usual, lobbying/petitioning), but the cat is out of the bag. Private networks are here, and they will provide tough competition.

It is also interesting to see the use of “PLI schemes”. In simplistic terms, taxpayers’ money is being used to subsidise the initial cost of production, and then recover over the years in taxes.

India’s telecom equipment sector is expected to register strong manufacturing and export growth in the coming years, with the benefits of schemes like Performance Linked Incentive (PLI). Along with the PLI scheme, and a similar design-led initiative, India’s own 4G/5G stack will enable the country to prove its mettle in the telecom manufacturing space, though it may take longer than expected.

I am wondering if something similar will come up for healthcare. The interdisciplinary approaches will have to work together. (As an aside, radiation oncologists should also step up their domain knowledge around “specific IT-policies”).

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