Data services to be next big revolution: Sibal

September 6th, 2012 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 6 (IANS) Data services will be the next big revolution after voice services, Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal said Thursday.

“India is at the threshold of another revolution - data revolution. And in a knowledge-based society, non-discriminatory, cost effective and timely information is the key to empower the common man,” Sibal said at the curtain raiser of the India Telecom 2012 conference.

According to the minister, the mobile phone has become more than a communication device and services are becoming increasingly linked through mobile, internet and other digital modes of delivery.

He also said that the Electronics Delivery Bill will be introduced in the next session of Parliament.

The minister rejected the charge of policy paralysis in the government. “We have taken decisions after decisions. If there is paralysis it is the roll-out of those decisions and it depends on the private sector.”

“We wanted to tell the industry that we have a clear roadmap for both telecom sector, IT sector as well as the manufacturing sector. Now it is for the industry to use this environment to take the telecom story forward and to reach the services to the people of India which are affordable to them, specially in the context of providing data because that would require devices much cheaper than are today,” he added.

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