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Rishi Tejpal

Rishi Tejpal

1 Lead Analyst - Telecom ET Prime

An engineer by training, I have spent 14 years in the telecom industry with leading vendors, service providers, and research firms. I have handled multiple roles ranging from network design to pre-sales support to business development to research analysis. Before joining ET Prime, I was with Gartner, where I produced research reports to help global telcos hone their business strategies. At ET Prime, I will cover the nitty-gritties of one of the world’s most dynamic telecom markets – India. I will keep an eye on latest trends, new business models, competitive strategies, and regulations. When I am not busy putting telcos under the scanner, you can find me fiddling with tools in my do-it-yourself workshop.

Twitter: @tejpalrishi | Email: rishi.tejpal@timesinternet.in

An engineer by training, I have spent 14 years in the telecom industry with leading vendors, service providers, and research firms. I have handled multiple roles ranging from network design to pre-sales support to business development to research analysis. Before joining ET Prime, I was with Gartner, where I produced research reports to help global telcos hone their business strategies. At ET Prime, I will cover the nitty-gritties of one of the world’s most dynamic telecom markets – India. I will keep an eye on latest trends, new business models, competitive strategies, and regulations. When I am not busy putting telcos under the scanner, you can find me fiddling with tools in my do-it-yourself workshop.

Twitter: @tejpalrishi | Email: rishi.tejpal@timesinternet.in

5G

India’s INR6 lakh crore spectrum-auction plan: Repeat after us — the 5G horse must be reined in now

Notwithstanding pressure on the government to reassess spectrum pricing, the next auction is tagged as one of the biggest ever in terms of the quantum of spectrum to be put on the block and the expected revenue. But the cash-strapped telecom sector isn’t sharing in the enthusiasm. ET Prime has consistently said this: The government must not rush telcos into 5G. Let them strengthen their 4G game first.

9 Jul 20190 comment
Regulation

“The horse has gone out of the barn door”: TRAI’s OTT regulation consultation needs a radical rethink

The question of telcos suffering economic loss in the face of an OTT onslaught is no longer relevant. Regulating OTT players now involves an entirely different conversation. The two key issues: making OTT platforms give up their much-vaunted encryption, if needed, for national security, and the spectre of OTT players having to cough up new taxes. Light-touch regulation is the choice of all stakeholders of TRAI’s consultation process.

31 May 20190 comment
Under the lens

BSNL and MTNL on ventilator, need 4G spectrum and an enterprise-focused business plan to survive

The PSU giants need to focus on rural 4G coverage once spectrum is allocated. There is high demand for data services from tier III towns and beyond. They should cash in on this opportunity. Selling bulk bandwidth alone won’t add much to revenues. They need to develop an enterprise-first strategy and emerge as end-to-end solution providers for enterprise services. Indeed, BSNL and MTNL must build a technology road map to leverage 5G once the spectrum auction happens. Design business case to use 5G to further enhance enterprise offerings.

5 Apr 20190 comment
Telecom

VAS is dead. Long live VAS.

From accounting for over a fifth of the telecom industry’s revenues, value-added services are now a desperate customer-retention tool. But all is not lost.

6 Dec 20180 comment
Telecom

Decoding TRAI's spectrum recommendations

The government wants to sell 5G spectrum in the next auction to keep India in sync with 5G roll-outs across the world. But an immature ecosystem, combined with the financial stress in the industry, may force telecom companies to steer clear.

28 Aug 20180 comment
Grey area

How neutral is Net neutrality?

Rather than heavy-handed and populist regulation, a golden mean will be one that allows telcos to justify their massive network investments while protecting consumer rights. (Yes, it’s possible.)

10 Aug 20180 comment
Telecom

Telcos are scrambling to light their fiber

As the world gets ready for 5G, telcos in India and elsewhere are working underground, literally. But there is a roadblock: Optical fiber, which makes the backbone for high-speed mobile networks, is in short supply.

11 May 20180 comment
Telecom

The 5G due date is coming

Will they? Won’t they? They will, because joining the 5G jamboree isn’t really an option for telecom companies.

3 May 20180 comment
Financials

Airtel lives to fight another day

When you are up against a competitor who is not afraid to lose money, you have to do pretty much the same thing: stand strong and protect your market share without worrying about short-term losses.

26 Apr 20180 comment
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