DoT releases draft National Telecom Policy

The draft of National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018 aka National Digital Communications Policy 2018 has been uploaded for public consultations on the Department of Telecom’s (DoT) website late on 01 May 2018 night. One of the key strategies in the draft talks of recognising spectrum as a key natural resource for public benefit to achieve India’s socio-economic goals, optimise availability and utilisation by making adequate spectrum available to be equipped for the new broadband era.

It also talks about enabling ‘light touch licensing/ de-licensing for broadband proliferation'; promoting the co-use/ secondary use of spectrum and constituting a Spectrum Advisory Team (SAT) consisting of experts, industry and academia ‘to facilitate the identification of new bands, applications and efficiency measures to catalyse innovation and efficient spectrum management’.

The draft said the Policy aims to accomplish some of the strategic objectives by 2022 including — Provisioning of Broadband for all, creating four million additional jobs in the digital communications sector, enhancing the contribution of the digital communications sector to eight per cent of India’s GDP from around six per cent in 2017, enhancing India’s contribution to global value chains — and ensuring digital sovereignty.

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