| | November 20184 Vol 01 · Issue 8 - 3 · November, 2018 Publisher Alok Chaturvedi Managing Editor Anamika Sahu Editorial Ananth.V Sophia Rohtagi Srrayvinya OLM Susila Govindaraju Group Art DirectorAshok KumarAdvertising Managers Monisha.R Shashi RanjanNoida Ashu Sethi Garima Anandadvertise@ceoinsightsindia.comEditorial queries editor@ceoinsightsindia.comTo subscribeVisit www.ceoinsightsindia.com/magazine-in or send emailto subscription@ceoinsightsindia.comCover price is Rs.150 per issue.Editor Alok ChaturvediPrinted and Published By Alok Chaturvedi on behalf of BizprintMedia Technologies Pvt Ltd and Printed at Precision Fototype Services at Sri Sabari Shopping Complex, 24 Residency Road Bangalore-560025 and Published At No. 124, 2nd Floor, Surya Chambers, Old Airport Road, Murugeshpalya, Bangalore-560017.Copyright © 2018 BizprintMedia Technologies Pvt Ltd, All rights reserved. Repro-duction in whole or part of any text, photography or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher assumes no responsi-bility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the magazine and accord-ingly, no liability is assumed by the publisher. Design Mohana Krishnan Vishnu T RVP - Sales & Marketing Virupakshi PattarCirculation Manager Magendran PerumalWith over 70 percent of the population residing in rural areas and a telecom penetration of 58.45 percent as of July 2018, the Indian rural market will drive the telecom sector largely in the coming years. The Government of India's recently launched National Digital Communications Policy will attract $100 billion worth of investments and generate over four million jobs in the sector by 2022. However, with the availability of new technologies, the variety and quality of services from telecom companies and ISPs are increasing, resulting in decreasing profit margins, while the line between telecom companies and technology vendors is blurring. Hence, it is paramount for the telcos to take a fresh look at the ICT innovation aspect and adapt their organization to digital transformation by creating strong cross-functional interfaces, while keeping the operation and maintenance cost at the lowest. Heavily burdened with debt amounting to Rs.7 lakh crore, the Indian telecom industry is also struggling between maintaining the workforce count or adapting AI and ML to automate some of their backoffice operations and trivial customer interactions to keep their cost in check. While the industry is struggling with answers to these questions, what is eminent is the amount of innovation and cutting-edge technologies the industry is adopting to provide the best of the services. Bringing to you such companies who are the torch-bearers in the domain when it comes to innovation and helping the industry survive with flying colors, CEO Insights features `10 Best Telecom Companies - 2018'. From addressing the operations and maintenance requirements of the industry, to producing hi-tech Optical Fibre Splicing Machines & OTDR test equipment and many more, the featured companies are the ones who are transforming the industry for the better.Do let us know what you think!Anamika SahuManaging Editoreditor@ceoinsightsindia.comEditorialCreating Cross-Functional Interfaces Between Digital Transformation & Innovation is the Crux for Telecom Industry
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