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Why the government must suspend the USO levy, leave expansion of rural telephony to private telcos

The Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) is meant to build rural telecom infrastructure, but over 50% of the money collected is still lying unused. The government should utilise this capital for helping troubled telcos and also stop collecting the steep 5% USOF levy — the highest of its kind in Asia-Pacific — from them. Telcos are anyway fast expanding in the countryside.

Telecom

Why the government must suspend the USO levy, leave expansion of rural telephony to private telcos

The Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) is meant to build rural telecom infrastructure, but over 50% of the money collected is still lying unused. The government should utilise this capital for helping troubled telcos and also stop collecting the steep 5% USOF levy — the highest of its kind in Asia-Pacific — from them. Telcos are anyway fast expanding in the countryside.

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Smart thinking, resilient networks, and luck: telcos give seamless connectivity to India in lockdown

Indian telcos rose to the challenge, and with some smart thinking – and some good fortune too – ensured almost seamless connectivity for a billion-plus Indians despite a spurt in traffic. From shutting 3G services for 4G to routing calls through Wi-Fi networks instead of mobile networks, telcos intelligently pulled out many rabbits from their hats in an hour of crisis.

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When 6 comes before 5 and after 4. Why India may adopt Wi-Fi 6 ahead of 5G.

From smart cities to autonomous cars to industrial automation to remote healthcare, IoT can transform the world – and 5G will contribute to it. With commercial 5G deployments 18 to 24 months away in India, it opens the door for a large-scale adoption of Wi-Fi 6 – similar in many ways to 5G – for new IoT use cases. It’s cheap and available now.

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