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1 Infrastructure at Crossroads: The Challenges of Governance

Gajendra Haldea

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2011, 0198071191 / 9780198071198, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
Physical infrastructure has a significant impact on economic growth, quality of life, and poverty reduction. This collection of essays, by a senior bureaucrat, tells the inside story of India's infrastructure sector-where it is, where it should be, and what is stopping it from getting there. It weaves together political, institutional, and economic threads into a comprehensive narrative to illustrate the complexities involved in the provision of infrastructure. Focusing on the problems of governance, it underscores the dilemmas faced by policymakers in providing critical infrastructure. The book also offers a nuanced portrayal of the processes involved in the different stages, from conception to implementation, of infrastructure projects through diverse case studies-roads, railways, ports, airports, telecom, and power. It outlines strategies to overcome current bottlenecks and provides suggestions for policy reform. Printed Pages: 232. 037513

Price: 14.37 USD
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2 The Telecom Revolution in India

Varadharajan Sridhar

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2011, 0198075537 / 9780198075530, First Edition, Hardback, New, New, 

Price: 18.50 USD
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3 The Telecom Revolution in India: Technology, Regulation, and Policy

Varadharajan Sridhar

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2011, 0198075537 / 9780198075530, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
This book provides a comprehensive coverage of different telecom services-basic, mobile, national and long distance telephony, internet, satellite, television, and FM broadcasting. It offers an in-depth and valuable perspective on various aspects of this sector by analyzing network externalities, economies of scale and scope, and their effects on market structure and regulation. Elucidating the specific characteristics of basic telecom services, it highlights its unique cost structure, tariff regulation, and universal service obligations. Illustrating the case of mobile services, it dwells upon the different stages of spectrum allocation and management-third generation and broadband wireless spectrum, including the trade off between competition and industry efficiency due to limited spectrum availability and fragmentation. The book also explores market strategies-citing success stories of frugal innovation in operator services, innovative partnerships, and evolving indigenous mobile phones. Printed Page: 352. 037512

Price: 18.75 USD
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