Top 3 Challenges Facing the Telecom Industry in India
Over the last 25 years, the Indian telecom sector has emerged as one of the leading potential markets globally and has witnessed rapid growth. There have been dramatic changes in the telecom industry in India in the last few years. The two major factors behind setting the stage right for the evolution of this sector [...]
Over the last 25 years, the Indian telecom sector has emerged as one of the leading potential markets globally and has witnessed rapid growth. There have been dramatic changes in the telecom industry in India in the last few years. The two major factors behind setting the stage right for the evolution of this sector are technological innovations and regulatory changes. The telecom industry in India was liberalized in 1994, with the advent of the National Telecommunications Policy or NTP. The deregulation and liberalization of the telecom industry in India have led to its spectacular success. But with success comes responsibilities and with responsibility comes challenges. So, there are lots of challenges which the telecom industry in India is facing, especially with the advent of trends like digitization. A few noteworthy ones include:
Key Challenges Faced by the Telecom Industry in India
Adapting to technology
The mobile operators need a spectrum to provide access to enhance performance but it is a scarce resource. As compared to other countries, in India, the amount of spectrum available for commercial use is quite low. The practice of the government to auction spectrum at an exorbitant cost makes it difficult for mobile operators to provide services at a lower price and at reasonable speeds. This discourages adoption and usage. However, the launch of Jio has helped to some extent to overcome this challenge. But there is a long way to go.
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Lack of automation
Sales teams in the telecom industry in India continue to rely on largely manual processes to collect intelligence on prospects. This process needs automation since it’ll provide intelligence in real time. Without this information, teams may expand sales and resources in competitive markets where termination would not be effective, locations where serviceability is not aligned, or may not participate in the market until it is too late.
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There is a need to make more and more content available in all the regional languages. Additionally, the content should be focused on addressing local problems. Today, mostly the content that is available on the Internet is in English, which is still spoken by a small fraction of the people in India. The experience of using the internet or browsing is not a pleasant one on the small screens of a mobile phone. So, mostly the usage is restricted to chatting on applications such as WhatsApp and playing games. However, reading documents on mobile phones is still difficult. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that mobile phones will completely be able to replace laptops, desktops, and tablets. This is one of the major challenges facing the telecom industry in India.