TRAI Chairman RS Sharma
As the telecom industry in India witnessed commotion over the entry of a new competitor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), under the leadership of RS Sharma, adopted constructive measures to safeguard the interests of customers while ensuring that such measures won’t annihilate a healthy competition among the telcos. TRAI’s timely intervention on the interconnect issues has largely benefited the consumer community. TRAI’s initiatives for spectrum auction, green telecom, MNP, net neutrality guidelines, among others are noteworthy. The regulator also played a key role in maintaining quality of voice and data services to India’s 1 billion plus phone users.
Vodafone Group continued its network investment and pricing strategies in India, and found a partner in Idea Cellular to pursue its larger vision for Indian telecom market. The strategy of Vodafone – investment, spectrum acquisition and cost optimization – in India, an emerging telecom market, will be viewed as an exemplary model for other operators to follow.
Vodafone has gone for the consolidation despite having 209 million mobile phone users on its 2G, 3G and 4G networks with 22.78 percent revenue share and 26 percent 4G coverage in 17 4G circles in India. Vodafone-Idea, probably the largest Indian telecom operator in 2018, will be one of the few telecom operators in India to stabilize operations and offer competitive services to consumers.