Welcome Guest

Businessex.Com
Home News COAI reaffirms support for Net Neutrality to drive Digital India initiative

COAI reaffirms support for Net Neutrality to drive Digital India initiative

Tags: Cellular Operators Association of India, Net Neutrality, Internet, Digital India

April 21, 2015 | COMMENTS ( 0 )

COAI reaffirms support for Net Neutrality to drive Digital India initiative

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has reaffirmed its support to Net Neutrality and made a strong pitch for ‘Net Equality’ that will enable access to Internet for a Billion Indians as part of the Government’s Digital India vision.

The Association urged all stakeholders to have a comprehensive and informed debate on the subject of Net Neutrality keeping in mind the requirements of India and its citizens.

Clearing misconceptions that have arisen from the recent public debate over net neutrality and concerns over operators who are trying to control the consumers’ access to the Internet, COAI said, “We support an open Internet and believe that consumers, should decide what to do online. Our job is to enable consumers to benefit from that freedom. We offer choice and do not block or provide any preferential access to any web site or app.”

COAI also underlined their commitment to the Digital India story and called for an open, inclusive and affordable Internet access for every Indian. The Industry Association added that India’s telecom revolution has empowered over 950 million citizens through affordable services and the Internet revolution must now touch every citizen of the country.

COAI said its members are fully committed to investing in the Government of India’s Digital India vision and need an enabling environment that promotes the growth of the entire Internet ecosystem.

The industry estimates that the country would need an additional capital outay of Rs 300,000 to 500,000 crores over the next 10 years in spectrum, new technology, equipment, towers, optical fibre backbone, etc., to meet the PM’s vision of Digital India, and connect 1 billion Indians to the exciting world of Internet. The need of the hour, therefore, is to have a sustainable industry that has the ability to invest in growth of data services and connectivity to all.

“India has over 950 million mobile subscribers - the second largest in the world. This growth was enabled by innovation across the ecosystem – in our ever expanding complex networks, outsourcing models, infrastructure sharing, innovative pricing structures – that allowed operators to offer customers some of the most innovative and affordable call rates in the world,” said COAI.

Please add your comment

Rating
Not readable? Change text.
Enter the characters as seen on the image (case insensitive)
  Notify me of followup comments via e-mail   Subscribe for daily newsletter

Other NEWS

Delhi based startup i2e1 raises $5,00,000

Delhi based startup i2e1 raises $5,...

December 10, 2015

Delhi-based i2e1, a smart network player platform which aims to provide low-cost and free internet to consumers and actionable ana....

Cab aggregators collaborate with state governments to boost entrepreneurship

Cab aggregators collaborate with st...

November 06, 2015

Ola and Uber, cab aggregators have signed agreements with Rajasthan government for skill development and creation of entrepreneuri....

Phase II of startup incubator T-Hub to be operational soon

Phase II of startup incubator T-Hub...

November 04, 2015

Telangana government is planning to expand T-Hub, its ambitious incubator programme, in its second phase with about Rs 150 crore i....

Sabse Technologies receives investment from Ratan Tata

Sabse Technologies receives investm...

November 04, 2015

Global telecom carrier, Sabse Technologies Inc, started by Hotmail Founder Sabeer Bhatia today announced that Tata Sons' Chairman ....

Mobile startup BlackNGreen seeks international expansion

Mobile startup BlackNGreen seeks in...

November 02, 2015

Buoyed by a strong demand for value added services, mobile startup BlackNGreen is eyeing revenue of Rs 350 crore in the next one y....

Startups seek better future under Hay Group's programme

Startups seek better future under H...

October 30, 2015

Global management consultancy, Hay Group will help 100 selected entrepreneurs transform their startups into successful companies o....

Quintype raises USD 3.25 million for product enhancement

Quintype raises USD 3.25 million fo...

October 27, 2015

Quintype, a data-driven publishing company raised USD 3.25 million to enhance product and business development. ....

Hospitality aggregator startup Qik Stay raises $250K

Hospitality aggregator startup Qik ...

October 27, 2015

Delhi-based Qik Stay, a hotel branding and aggregator startup, has raised $250K in seed round of funding from venture capital firm....

Milk Mantra targets a turnover of Rs 150 crore this fiscal

Milk Mantra targets a turnover of R...

October 26, 2015

Odisha-based startup dairy firm, Milk Mantra is targeting a turnover of Rs 150 crore this fiscal.....

Vista Rooms creates app on Instagram, targets tier II & III cities

Vista Rooms creates app on Instagra...

October 23, 2015

Mumbai-based online budget accommodation aggregator, Vista Rooms has created an app-like experience on Instagram where travellers ....

Jiyo Natural receives funding from Indian Angel Network

Jiyo Natural receives funding from ...

October 23, 2015

Indian Angel Network (IAN) has invested an undisclosed amount in Bengaluru-based consumer health food startup, Jiyo Natural.....

​​Vodoo raises USD 1 million from SAIF Partners

​​Vodoo raises USD 1 mi...

October 15, 2015

Deals and price comparison application, Vodoo has raised USD 1 million (around Rs 65 lakh) from SAIF Partners in a seed funding ro....

IBM launches public data centre in Chennai, partners with Nasscom to boost start ups

IBM launches public data centre in ...

October 15, 2015

Technology giant, IBM today launched public data centre in Chennai to tap into growing demand from financial services and governme....

For Nasscom, PPP will boost startups in India

For Nasscom, PPP will boost startup...

October 14, 2015

In the wake of some reservations over the central government creating startup funds, Nasscom's "10,000 startups" Vice President, R....

WalmartLabs to seek partnership with Indian startups

WalmartLabs to seek partnership wit...

October 14, 2015

WalmartLabs, the digital arm of US-based retailing major Walmart Stores, is scouting for startups in India for partnership and wor....