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Akhil Gupta’s annual strategic perspective on the Indian tower market, including recommended best practices to be adopted by the global tower industry
Akhil Gupta is Bharti Infratel and Airtel’s “tower Tsar”. His unique perspective spans not only Infratel, Indus and Airtel but the entire tower industry in India as Chairman - TAIPA, and almost a decade of evolution of India’s unique tower industry. This year, Gupta reflects on the impact of MNO and towerco consolidation on the Indian tower market, quantifying the current state of 3G, 4G and small cell rollouts, and sharing his vision of the finer points of crafting a tower industry where towercos and MNOs share efficiencies equitably.
TowerXchange: What would you say have been the biggest developments in the Indian tower market over the past year?
Akhil Gupta, Chairman, Bharti Infratel:
There have been four major developments: One; 4G rollouts have started while 3G rollouts have picked up pace.