ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Issues and Way Out

Limited Mobility Service Controversy

The disquiet and controversy over the proposal to have limited mobility service in short distance charging areas should be the occasion for a thorough and profound look into the information and telecommunications technology policies for the country.

Telecommunications is the only sector in which significant liberalisation and demonopolisation have taken place, though there have been a number of distortions and mistakes in implementation. Of course, these are being corrected, sometimes in full, sometimes only partially. The characteristic of telecommunications now is convergence of computers, telecommunications and broadcasting. An important element of convergence is the extinction of difference between mobile and fixed services.

Technological advances both in computers and the repeated use of Radio Frequency Spectrum are so rapid that distinctions between local, intrastate, interstate and international telecoms on the one hand and mobile and fixed services on the other, as well as traditional telephony and data are difficult to maintain. Revolutionary advances are taking place very fast. The glaring example is that of Internet telephony which is improving day by day and is becoming as good as traditional switched telephony with almost all the features of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) being incorporated in IP telephony.

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