Telecom infrastructure is the key to the growth of the IT software and services marketplace and a segment that has attracted the attention of Nasscom and the software sector for the past few years. Nasscom has in fact been lobbying with the Government to create a world-class, international level telecom network to facilitate the process of software exports from the country.
With the software development delivery model increasingly moving towards outsourcing and offshore services, a robust and reliable telecom infrastructure has become a priority. Issues such as teledensity are important for enhancing Internet penetration in the country, which in turn will spur the growth of the domestic software and services market as well as industry segments such as e-commerce.
The Government has already taken substantial steps to deregulate the telecom environment since 1993. Initiatives such as liberalizing the Internet environment through the introduction of the ISP policy have been moves in this direction. Yet, our telecom infrastructure lags behind other Asia Pacific nations such as China, Singapore, among others that boast higher telephone/PC/Internet penetration, and world-class telecom infrastructure in terms of bandwidth availability, etc., which are so important for domestic IT market proliferation and software exports.
Which of the following best describes the author’s assessment of the steps taken by the government to deregulate the telecom environment post 1993?