The fifth series of India Telecom conference was held in New Delhi last December. This was the opportunity to have a closer look at this enormous emerging market for Telecoms.
The Indian telecom and specifically the mobile market has been one of the biggest growth stories of the last decade. Such has been its meteoric growth that the mobile share of telecom revenue increased from a meager 34% in 2004 to more than 76% of overall revenues in 2009.Telecommunications network grew by over 40 per cent during 2010 with addition of 216.13 million connections. With 700 million connections, Indian Telecom Network is now the largest wireless network in the world.
However, the theme of India Telecom 2010 was ‘Broadband for All’ for a good reason: There is a dire need of stable policies as the broadband draws long term investment. So far, Broadband penetration in India is not even reaching 1%, one of the lowest in the worldIn addition to these problems, the spectrum bids for both 2G and 3G have been tainted by dysfunctions and delays, generating many losses and discouraging many investors.
Indian Telecom offers without question an amazing potential growth for the investors and is likely to participate actively in the profound changes of Indian society, but it also comes with uncertainties which represent a risk for the investors this country is looking for.