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Telcos can still travel far with 4G. But if the government wants 5G to be the destination, it better build the road.

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Telcos can still travel far with 4G. But if the government wants 5G to be the destination, it better build the road.

Financially strained incumbents are reluctant to invest in 5G, but the government’s agenda might leave them no choice. The truth: A smooth passage to 5G is impossible without regulatory and licensing reforms.
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9 Oct 2018 8 Mins Read 0 comment
Government to telcos: Are you ready for something new? Telcos [hesitantly]: Aye aye, captain. Government: I can’t hear you! Telcos [loudly]: Aye aye, captain. Government: Okay… Let’s do 5G! Telcos [firmly]: Bye bye, captain. That made-up dialogue sums up the tug of war brewing between the government and the telcos on 5G. But does India really need
are struggling with serious operational and financial challenges. The government must intervene — by building an environment in which telcos will be encouraged to invest in 5G rather than feel their hands forced. What telcos need is enough time — to monetise their existing investments and to provide better experience with gradual network upgrades. ( Graphic by Abdul Shafiq)
Government to telcos: Are you ready for something new? Telcos [hesitantly]: Aye aye, captain. Government: I can’t hear you! Telcos [loudly]: Aye aye, captain. Government: Okay… Let’s do 5G! Telcos [firmly]: Bye bye, captain. That made-up dialogue sums up the tug of war brewing between the government and the telcos on 5G. But does India really need are struggling with serious operational and financial challenges. The government must intervene — by building an environment in which telcos will be encouraged to invest in 5G rather than feel their hands forced. What telcos need is enough time — to monetise their existing investments and to provide better experience with gradual network upgrades. ( Graphic by Abdul Shafiq)

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