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Countries with highly evolved and transparent bureaucracies have difficulty managing spectrum allocation in a manner that is fair and forward looking. It doesn't help that there are greater demands on the spectrum management function in nations with ubiquitous use of wireless technologies.

India's spectrum management is in my view not efficient (read "a holy mess"). This fact has far reaching implications for the nation, and especially in the near term for companies like my employer that seek to harness the latest in wireless technology to bridge the digital divide.

Stories on spectrum management often don't reach the front page because the idea is not easily expressed in simple "newspaper man" words. This time however, there is one story1 that has bucked the trend. Sure, sure there's doubtlessly been frenetic PR lobbying, which is natural given the amount of money in play. However, I believe that this just might be an inflection point in the Indian government's sad track record of managing technology.

1 GSM providers ask for a 5:1 handicap as compared to CDMA, not 2:1, as the government proposes. CDMA providers are naturally quite upset.

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