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2G still relevant; tech self-reliance is crucial: TRAI chairman RS Sharma

​​Trai has proposed that DoT may take up with the ministry of finance the issue of reduction in GST rate from 18% to a flat 5% by declaring the telecom sector as a core infrastructure industry and economy enabler in India, says TRAI chairman RS Sharma.
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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman RS Sharma has backed India’s older operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, saying 2G technology is still popular, especially in the farflung and rural areas of the country. Speaking to Muntazir Abbas, Sharma said the government should promote local manufacturing of telecom equipment, especially due to strategic interest. Edited excerpts: What
India to be self-reliant in telecom tech? We have to be self-reliant in telecom technology and manufacturing of telecom equipment. Not only do we end up spending a huge amount of precious foreign capital in importing telecom equipment and devices but also our dependence on foreign communication technologies and equipment may be a risk from a strategic point of view.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman RS Sharma has backed India’s older operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, saying 2G technology is still popular, especially in the farflung and rural areas of the country. Speaking to Muntazir Abbas, Sharma said the government should promote local manufacturing of telecom equipment, especially due to strategic interest. Edited excerpts: What India to be self-reliant in telecom tech? We have to be self-reliant in telecom technology and manufacturing of telecom equipment. Not only do we end up spending a huge amount of precious foreign capital in importing telecom equipment and devices but also our dependence on foreign communication technologies and equipment may be a risk from a strategic point of view.

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