Telecom regulator TRAI the strongly advocated domestic manufacturing of telecom equipment and “digital sovereignty”, as it stressed on the importance of providing opportunities for local players in the sector and called for sharp focus on digital infrastructure investments.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma said government policies relating to electronics and local handset manufacturing have “paid rich dividends”, and added that more needs to be done, particularly to push domestic manufacturing of telecom equipment and ensure value addition.
He warned against dumping strategies resorted by countries to kill domestic industry before raising prices, and added that such “tactics” need to be countered with preferential market access policy.
“Ultimately countries have strategies where they actually dump things and they try to kill the domestic industry and then they raise the prices…essentially we need to realise this tactics and we need to appropriately give preferential market access policy which has been there…need to ensure we implement them”, he said.