Vikram Raghavan

Evolution of Communications Policy and Regulation in India


Vikram Raghavan’s presentation will trace the regulation of communications in India beginning with the East India Company’s decision in 1854 to create a monopolistic telegraph network. He will highlight major statutory and policy developments before and after India’s independence in 1947 emphasizing the post-1991 economic reforms. Those reforms transformed India’s communications landscape and created huge, new markets for telecom, broadcasting, and internet services. Vikram will also focus on the existing regulatory and policy framework that has helped establish India as the fastest growing telecom market in the world.