Cabinet Gives Nod to New Telecom Policy, 50 MBPS Speed Promised
The vision is to have robust communication infrastructure, which is “ubiquitous, resilient secure and affordable”.
The Cabinet on Wednesday, 26 September, approved the new telecom policy, now named as ‘National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018’, that aims to attract USD 100 billion investment and create 40 lakh jobs in the sector by 2022.
“Communication systems have been evolving at a rapid pace globally, especially in areas like 5G, Internet of Things and Machine to Machine Communication”, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said.
He added that it was felt that a "consumer-centric and application-driven policy" be brought in.
Some of the objectives of the NDCP 2018 include providing broadband access to all, creating 40 lakh new jobs, and increasing India's ranking in the global ICT Index to 50th spot. The policy aims to ensure broadband connectivity in erstwhile unconvered areas. Connectivity of up to 50 MBPS would be provided to everyone, while Gram Panchayats will be provided up to 1 GBPS connectivity by 2020, and 10 GBPS by 2022.
The vision, Sinha said, is to have robust communication infrastructure, which is "ubiquitous, resilient secure, and affordable", according to PTI. A comprehensive data protection regime is also a part of the policy.
“We also expect GDP contribution of telecom sector, which has been around six per cent, to grow to 8 percent... and expect USD 100 billion investment to come in.”Manoj Sinha, as quoted by PTI
The draft policy, which was in public domain for consultation, focused on increasing high-speed broadband penetration, with use of modern technologies like 5G and optical fibres across the country at affordable rates.
(With inputs from PTI)
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