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  1. Presentation to the Media “Delivering the promise of improved Access, Coverage and Teledensity in India” AUSPI 16th November 2005

  2. Agenda • About AUSPI • Promoting advanced Telecom technologies - CDMA • Fueling unprecedented domestic investment and improving teledensity • Value for customers • Enunciating a telecom vision for India • Enablers for achieving teledensity improvement, and AUSPI’s future plans

  3. About AUSPI • Established in 1997 • Members • HFCL • Reliance • Tata

  4. National / International Players Policy Maker Regulator AUSPI facilitates the adoption of advanced telecom technologies, to accelerate India’s transition into a knowledge economy Vendor International organizations like IEEE, CDG Objectives of AUSPI

  5. New Leadership New Leadership Mr. Ratan N Tata Mr. Ratan N Tata Mr. Anil Ambani

  6. Why CDMA ? • Better voice clarity & consistent quality • Enhanced privacy • Superior power control • Lowest radiation level • Increased talk time for mobile phones • High Speed Data • High speed Internet access • India has less than 0.4% PC penetration (residential) • CDMA 1x handsets with 140 kbps speed offers a superior alternative for e-mail and Internet access • Advanced platform for building highly innovative applications • Most successful 3G technology • CDMA2000 controls 85% of the World’s 3G market and adds 15 million new users per quarter Worldwide • Even the GSM 3G evolution relies on Intellectual property created by CDMA!

  7. 3G technology – a large opportunity for India Enabling affordable fixed and mobile broadband access for urban and rural areas

  8. CDMA Today • Operational in the country with 43 private networks • Has more than 21 million subscribers in the country • Created new markets for mobile services • Over 1 Mn PCOs operational • More than 285 Mn subscribers, 130 operators and 210 networks Worldwide • India is emerging as the key driver of growth for CDMA • CDMA created a competitive landscape that made wireless affordable

  9. Rapid wireless subscribers ramp-up Source: TRAI Over 61 Mn net wireless subscribers added since competition from CDMA was introduced

  10. Affordable wireless services Source: CDG, AUSPI, TelecomWatch,COAI, TRAI

  11. Healthy competition in Handset market Large number of Handset OEMs with lack of dominant market share helps create a competitive market place Note: Vendors with a market share under 5% have been placed in the “other” category Source: Gartner

  12. Investments, subscribers and coverage by AUSPI members

  13. Delivering enhanced value for customers • Affordable service • Subsidized handsets • Innovative products • Innovative applications

  14. Vision • AUSPI share Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s vision of rural advancement and urban renewal • “Science &Technology system can play a decisive role only when it advances the well being of all sections of society, not just a privileged few. It must play the bigger role of creating wealth for all, not just a selected few. A theme that is close to my heart is on ‘making technologies work for the poor and the underprivileged’. In other words, can we develop technologies, which will ameliorate the poverty, create jobs, remove the disease burden of the poor, and improve the overall quality of life?” (Source : Speech at CSIR) • Indian IT and Telecom can jointly transform India into a knowledge society • AUSPI will help define roadmap to achieve a dramatic increase in teledensity by end 2007

  15. Teledensity closely correlated with GDP growth Source: TMG, ITU • 10 % increase in teledensity corresponds to 0.2% to 0.6% increase in GDP (Source: Vodafone) • In a country like India, a rapid increase in telecom infrastructure has multiple benefits-a US $1 investment in telecom leads to US$ 6 increase in GDP (Source: World Bank) • Offering differentiated services (voice, Internet access, Multimedia etc.) via advanced wireless networks will boost India’s economic growth

  16. Enablers for achieving increased teledensity • AUSPI already instrumental in establishing the early building blocks : NTP 99, migration to revenue share license fee regime, and transition to Unified Access Service Licensing Regime • AUSPI’s future focus includes the following key enablers for enhanced teledensity: • Early resolution of spectrum issues • Allowing technology innovation to flourish – case of FWPs, Broadband • Enhancement of rural teledensity, including the use of USO funds • Sharing of National resources • Expeditious interconnection • Removal of ADC • Redefinition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) • Reduction in Revenue Sharing from 10% to 6% including USO levy • Identification and sharing of global best practices

  17. Early resolution of spectrum issues • Technology neutral judicious allocation of spectrum to all service providers. Equality principle for all technologies. • Sufficient upfront allocation to allow efficient planning, based on international average of 15 + 15 MHz • Additional allocation of adequate and appropriate spectrum to CDMA operators • Additional spectrum should be allotted in 1900 MHz band to CDMA operators as both Infrastructure and 800/1900 MHz dual band handsets are commercially available (unlike 2100 MHz band) • Spectrum usage charges to be reduced to cover only cost of administration and management of spectrum • CDMA operators should be migrated to a system of charging for Microwave access and backbone frequency comparable to GSM

  18. Allowing technology innovation to flourish – case of FWPs • Developing nations around the world have used FWPs quite effectively to circumvent problems associated with the creation of last mile copper networks • In India, fixed wireless services have contributed greatly to the growth of fixed services, & were specifically authorised in the basic telecom licenses issued in 1997 • % growth of copper fixed line connections for 12 months ending Jun 30, 2005 – 0.2% • % growth of FWP connections for 12 months ending Jun 30, 2005 - 138% • (Source: TRAI) • FWPs serve as highly functional family phones, with affordable fixed service tariffs • There is a huge difference between “mobility” & “portability”. Reclassification of FWPs as mobile phones will result in great loss for subscribers, besides creating an unhealthy monopoly of the incumbent • FWP services must continue to be classified as fixed services • FWP services have been classified as fixed services since inception • BSNL’s demands for IUC/ADC on FWPs will result in its unjust enrichment, beyond TRAI’s earlier quantification of ADC eligibility • ADC relates to provision of below cost services, not the portability/mobility of a device. ADC, like other tariff related matters, should be decided by TRAI • FWP attract a much higher import duty compared to mobile phones, based on their different classification

  19. Allowing technology innovation to flourish - Broadband • For knowledge based society like ours, broadband penetration would be of top priority. • Broadband would create jobs, increase productivity through infrastructure built up. • Provide access to new and improved service to the population. • Availability of broadband service at affordable price will have positive impact on GDP. To increase broadband penetration AUSPI suggests: • Reduction in Custom Duty to the extent of 5% with no CVD for broadband equipment. • 100% depreciation in CPEs like PCs in the first year. • Government subsidy in rural and semi urban area. • Encouragement of e-governance by government. • Adequate spectrum in one lot for wireless broadband through CDMA • Streamline allocation of spectrum and the role of SACFA.

  20. Enhancement of Rural density • Source: TRAI • To bridge the Urban-Rural divide, Cost to Serve should be reduced • Innovative mechanisms need to be introduced, including effective utilization of the USO Fund

  21. Sharing of National resources • Infrastructure sharing is prevalent in countries like Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia. This is driven by a “Code of Access to Telecom Infrastructure” • Infrastructure sharing reduces duplication & waste of national resources • Infrastructure sharing can be on reasonable commercial terms • Standard policies are required from the Central and State Governments to facilitate development of telecom infrastructure – e.g. cell site installation, Right of Way (ROW) permission

  22. Expeditious Interconnection • Interconnection is to be treated as a right and must be granted without delay • Interconnection terms should be reciprocal • There must be flexibility in call handover principles to facilitate “least cost” in end-customer tariffs • All subscribers of all networks should be allowed to access the services of any service provider

  23. Removal of ADC • ADC regime is not only non-transparent but difficult to monitor and administer. • USO Fund, (whereby all operators contribute 5% of their revenues), is in existence for providing services in rural areas; imposition of an additional burden in the form of ADC on operators is not justifiable • ADC has been withdrawn in most of the countries as it has been found to be inefficient, anti competitive and lacking in transparency

  24. Redefinition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) • PresentlyAGR definition has serious flaws, also accepted by TRAI • Following to be removed from AGR definition: • Interest & dividend income from investments • Revenues from sale of handsets, CPE and Capital Goods • All payments to other licensed operators, ISP income (since no license fee is payable by ISPs) • Reversal of debits and excess provisions • Sale of assets

  25. Reduction in levies • India has one of the highest tax regimens in the World, and levies must be • reduced to bring them in line with International best practices • * Backbone spectrum charges extra **Est. from Spectrum fees & revenue of China Mobile (Source: TRAI) • High percentage of revenue share to be brought down to 6% including levy for USO fund • High service tax of 10.2% to be brought down (already 1/3 of the total collection of service tax is estimated to be from telecom services) • With growth of 3 to 4 million subscribers per month the additional revenues will in any event compensate for reduced taxes and levies

  26. Identification & sharing of Global best practices • Establishment of handset testing procedures • International roaming settlements • Benchmarking service delivery • Facilitating establishment of common standards • Facilitating interactions between operators through joint workshops and experience sharing

  27. In conclusion • AUSPI committed to play its role in the fulfillment of Government’s vision for enhanced telecom connectivity in India • AUSPI members have contributed a sizable proportion of the growth seen in the Indian market • AUSPI will continue to embrace the latest technologies with a view to speeding up the transition of the Indian economy into a knowledge-based information society

  28. Thank you !