Japanese telecom gaint Softbank recorded a loss of $350 million for last nine months of 2016 in the fair value of the Company’s investments in India. The loss comes on top of a $555 million writedown on the value of Softbank’s India portfolio in the six-month period ending September 2016. “With reference to the current markdown, portfolio…
As the government promotes its Make in India initiative, telecom equipment companies including Sweden’s Ericsson, Finnish Nokia Networks and China’s Huawei have already made the country a manufacturing and export base even as some plan to expand their existing operations.
The equipment makers say that despite a decline in production over the past few years due to a slowdown in the telecom industry, operations and investments can be scaled up, given the renewed growth potential as telcos improve data coverage and the government’s pro-business sentiment.
“The positive customer response that we are getting in the Indian market, strong manufacturing competence that exists and the potential for exports from India are factors that have encouraged us,” said Chris Houghton, head of India operations at Ericsson, which will invest $15 million to set up its second manufacturing unit for telecom core products in Pune. The plant will also export to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
India’s telecom equipment industry has seen production fall after service providers scaled back operations or exited the country following the top court’s annulment of 122 permits held by nine companies in 2012. Local production, including mobile phones, dropped to Rs 29,500 crore in 2012-13 from Rs 53,275 crore in 2010-11, according to government estimates. This may decline toRs 28,000 crore in 2013-14. Original post at ET Telecom