IMC 2020: Govt Must Incentivise Investments In Telecom Infra, Make Spectrum Affordable, Says Ericsson’s Nunzio Mirtill


Swedish telecom gear vendor Ericsson has urged the Indian government to incentivise investments in India’s telecom infrastructure sector, speed up spectrum availability and make spectrum prices affordable.

“Networks are as important to countries as roads and electric grids and airports. I strongly encourage India to prioritize actions to incentivize investments in digital infrastructure, including making spectrum more affordable and speeding up the availability of spectrum,” said Head of Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India, at Ericsson, Nunzio Mirtillo.

“An encouraging policy framework will provide the enabling environment to help the Indian service providers make a seamless switch from 4G to 5G and help realize the ‘Digital India‘ vision,” he said at the 4th edition of international digital technologies forum, the India Mobile Congress being held virtually this year.

India’s telecom sector, in the efforts of enabling policies including more quantum of the spectrum, is set to establish new benchmarks in the next-generation network deployments and service delivery.

Mirtillo said that Ericsson manufactures its 4G and 5G radio equipment in its Pune factory in Maharashtra for the domestic market and exports as well and is keen to serve its 5G customers in India.

He said that the pandemic has made positive outcomes for broadband and connectivity in India. According to Ericsson’s global studies, a 10 per cent increase in mobile broadband consumption ratio leads to a 0.8 per cent increase in GDP.

“4G remains the dominant technology in 2020 accounting for 63 per cent of mobile subscriptions. India today has the highest average traffic per smartphone user per month at 15.7GB per month,” he said.

“The average monthly mobile data usage per smartphone continues to show robust growth in India, boosted by the rapid adoption of 4G and people working from home during COVID-19. For example, the average time spent on mobile broadband has gone up by 2.2 hours per day in India during the pandemic,” Mirtillo said.

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